> The ocean establishes whether Laura is capable, not a court, and not some oaffish self-serving lawyer.
You might add to that, "and not some self-serving parent". I just know that that parents are hoping to also put themselves in the spotlight by urging their child to pursue such a voyage.
And the ocean establishes whether she is even worthy of living or dying!
World record keepers should abolish age as something to be beaten, because it will lead to tragedy.