Teen sailor Abby Sunderland: I’ll try again to conquer the globe
Teen sailor Abby Sunderland has done more by age 16 than most people do in their entire lives. A winter storm ended her solo sail around the world, but she’s apparently not through yet.
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“This was one that was unfortunate that took the mast of the vessel,” he said. “And that’s got nothing to do with her sailing ability. It was an unfortunate thing that happened.”:
Sunderland set out from Marina Del del Ray, on January 23 in her attempt to sail by herself around the world. She had to stop first in Cabo San Lucas and restart the attempt, but problems with the boat’s autopilot forced her to shore again in Cape Town. She had been at sea for nearly four and a half months when she was plucked out of the Indian Ocean.
She’s following the wake of her brother, Zac, who circumnavigated the globe when he was 17. Another 16-year-old sailor, Jessica Watson of Austrlia, currently holds the record for youngest solo circumnavigator, completing a 7-month journey earlier this year.
“Jessica Watson, her family and team were all relieved to hear the good news late this afternoon, that 16 year old solo sailor Abby Sunderland had been located and is safe, despite being dismasted in the Indian Ocean,” said a statement on Ms. Watson’s website.
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