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Abby Sunderland's mission to sail solo around the world without stopping is derailed

Abby Sunderland Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old from Thousand Oaks who has been trying to sail around the world alone without stopping, will have to pull in to Cape Town, South Africa, for repairs, she says in a blog post Saturday.

Trying to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, she will continue the trip after reaching South Africa and having repairs to her 40-foot boat.

"I am going to be pulling into Cape Town for repairs thus ending my non-stop attempt," she wrote. "My whole team and I have been discussing whether or not I need to stop ever since my main auto pilot died. It's one thing to sail across an ocean with one well-working auto pilot, it's another to keep going with one that is not at all reliable.

"It would be foolish and irresponsible for me to keep going with my equipment not working well. I'm about 10-14 days from Cape Town right now and though my auto pilot is working for now, we're all holding our breath and hoping it will last."

She added, "I will definitely keep going and whether or not I will make any more stops after this I don't know yet. I admit I was pretty upset at first, but there is no point in getting upset. What's done is done and there is nothing I can do about it."

Sunderland, whose older brother, Zac, sailed solo around the world in 13 months while making several stops, left Marina del Rey on Jan. 23. By late March, she had navigated one of the most challenging and dangerous regions of her trip, rounding Cape Horn between the tip of South America and the Antarctic peninsula.

After making that passage, she told The Times, "It's the milestone I've been waiting for. It's pretty much the hardest part of my trip, and now it's over so it's really great being here."

[Updated: Jessica Watson, a 16-year-old Australian, is closing in on her similar quest to sail around the world alone and unassisted, and reportedly is about 1,500 nautical miles from successfully completing her journey.

Sunderland in effect restarted her journey after stopping for repairs in Cabo San Lucas shortly after she started. Sunderland is five months younger than Watson, but once Watson finishes, she will become the youngest to sail around the world alone without stopping, a mark Sunderland cannot break once she stops in South Africa.]

-- Mike James

Photo: Abby Sunderland in Marina del Rey before the start of her attempted solo global circumnavigation. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 
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Nice gear! Is that a survival suit? PS You look confused. Hint: the tiller is at the other end of your boat.

Michael St.Dee -------- I sure hope you don't have kids or plan to reproduce. Your life must be a pathetic sad existence that I would wish on any offspring you might have. If you do have kids I'm sure they are wasting away in front of video games and piles of candy.

Please educate yourself before commenting any further since you have no knowledge of this young lady, her family or her journey.

Give us all a break loser. Crawl back under your rock and keep watching Nancy DisGrace. That's about your level.

Is it newsworthy - absolutelty. I can pick up a newpaper in any major city in the U.S. and read an article about gangs, gang violence, abortion, teacher's having sex with underage kids - yep, that is news too. But if am going to talk about one or the other at our dinner table it will be about the intelligence needed, the courage needed, the ability to adapt and plan that is needed, the shear, pure, unadulterated belief in oneself that is needed to sail across a single ocean, let alone around the world.


I will celebrate in that conversation the trust that the mother and father have in their children, without which the journey would NEVER happen. I will celebrate the fact that you can not take this journey and not understand how to read, write, do math, know global geography, and more at a level far in advance of their public schooling years. I will celebrate a teen who is not driven by peer pressure, or other pressures, to do anything but accomplish the goals she (and her brother) have for their lives.


Is this newsworthy. Absolutely.


PS - for the people who keep commenting on "rich kids and parents," the bulk of the funds are from sponsorships. The family has no special wealth other than that needed to live in S. Calif! And a sponsor WILL NOT support a project such as this if they don't have a strong opportunity for success. The referenced "support crew" is NOT some NASCAR-like team of experts that are on-call (for a planned non-stop trip, duh) or a team of coaches and nutritionists. In all probability, its a phone call from a local boatyard to a boatyard in S. Africa negotiating and taking care of the logistical issues of a repair person that once she arrives (into this place she has never been before) she'll have an idea of where to go and who to see. Remember, this stop is UN-PLANNED.

When you complain about such a feat I have to guess it is a statement of jealousy. Try using these accomplishments as an example for your kids and build in them the sense of "I can do it" that it is obvious the Sunderlands gave their kids.

couldn't they meet her in a small boat and replace the auto pilot at sea and still be within the rules

I just finished reading this
article on Yahoo about this 16 year old girl named Abby Sunderland from California "The land of fruits & nuts" who is solo sailing and circumnavigating the world
to go down in the history books as the youngest person to ever achieve this. First of all, why isn't she in school like the rest of her California classmates?
How is it that she can take a hiatus to do this? Did she graduate early with all of her necessary credits or is she being tutored? She obviously comes from wealth
because I could almost bet my life on it that she
didn't pay for the 40' yacht she's using with her "girl scout cookie sales". I guess the dilemma she is faced with now is that her navigational equipment is on the fritz!
"Oh! Cry Me A River!" If you really planned this through inexperienced little girl...than you would've had a back-up system because all electrical component systems
fail eventually. You can blame your parents for that major mistake. They should have first sent you to a sailing & navigation school to learn how to properly navigate
by using longitudinal, latitudinal & depth charts as well as a sextant to navigate using the moon and stars like the "pros" did in the old days before all of this high tech
GPS equipment and gadgets were ever created. Now that would really impress me! Oh Please! Scientists could train a monkey to do the exact same thing, not
impressed! The only thing this proves and shows the world is that it is an "act of lunacy" that is done for quite simply selfish reasons such as sibling rivalry and
competition. It's not as if you set out to discover new uncharted territory like Magellan or Columbus for the benefit of humanity or offered to help the earthquake
stricken children of Haiti and Somalia. No, done totally for selfish reasons and only exhibits and reconfirms "rebel attitude" amongst many teenagers of today.
I truly believe that criminal charges should be filed against her parents from the state of California and that 'DSS' should intervene with this also and take
custody of Abby. What you're doing is just bluntly "very irresponsible & completely stupid" and in the eyes of many younger teenagers who may view this as quite
a feat, I hope that they will see the truth here for what it really is..."Just a spoiled, irresponsible, immature & rich little girl who's parents chose to let her shuck her
school responsibilities and chores so that she could pursue an extra curricular activity during her mandatory schooling hours and that this is "not the life or real world"
for the majority of the children on this planet." Amen!

this isn't news....because it's not about people dying? planes crashing? celebrity gossip? natural disasters? politics and war? cause that's all we want right, otherwise it's not 'news'

I don't understand this, sailing "alone" but yet has an entire support team following her? That alone could cost several million dollars. I know this is harsh but this is basically a bunch of rich millionaires doing this kind of stuff. How about focusing on heroes within the community who give without all the grandstanding for the press?

Do dreams come true? Hell no... This lady who give up her dream is brave thing to do. You know how boring it is sail around the world all by herself?

Not bad for Abby. I would never listen to idiots out there.

Is Lou Bricano any relation to TJ Simers? I bet both of them are happy about this NEWS.

For anyone here who thinks Mr. Sunderland is rich, he is not by any means. He has spent most of his life building, delivering and sailing boats. Consequently all of his children have grown up on boats. His oldest son Zac has just completed his solo circumnavigation and his second child (oldest daughter) is attempting the same thing. Both kids have worked up their own money for the boats and trust me, if you've ever sailed- for a day, or a week, it's not easy and it can certainly get difficult alone. Add to that now being alone thousands of miles in the middle of the ocean for months and months braving anything and everything that comes your way. There's no pause button, no second chance, no handing it off to someone else. You're it no matter what and you have to deal with ANYTHING that happens on your own. Suppose in the middle of the night, in the darkness a 30 foot rogue wave knocks you down - a sailing term for going over sideways where the mast hits the water. You have no help and no one to call.

These kids, Zac, Abby, Jessica Watson (the Aussy) and Mike Perham of the U.K. are extremely brave and knowledgeable to attempt this feat and my hat's off to them. It IS newsworthy in the sense that it's nice to focus on something we can cheer rather than listening to rants about whether or not Obama has a birth certificate.

Make the stop Abby, be smart, fix the auto-pilot. It is your life line. You'll finish girl. Godspeed.

By the way, Abby changed her starting point to Cabo after she had to stop there. That was going to be her ending point for completion. But it doesn't matter now.

Who's the guy who always says her dad buys the space from the Times for these stories? Let it go man. Take a breath, and let it go.

Kudos to you, Abby Sunderland. Using your noggin. You are still a terrific woman-teen role model. Best to make good decisions than to become another Amelia Erhard. Keep on sailin' and keep on smilin'.

We love you.

As usual when someone begins with "I thought..." it is usually followed by errors. In this case the rules for around the world are to start and end at the same point having crossed the equator twice. So if you start in LA or in Cabo - or in Sydney - you end in the same place and be sure to cross the equator in both directions. Of course, solo and unassisted means just that, so if you have an equipment failure you don't risk your life anymore than you already have. She is a young woman of uncommon courage and grit - I doubt that some of her detractors here could navigate to the local market for more cheese puffs and soda solo and unassisted.

This is puff journalism at its worst. This simply isn't newsworthy. The only reason the Times covers this is because her wealthy daddy buys the coverage. This is a journalistic disgrace.

You are right. A previous Times article back in February indicated she stayed in an apartment for about a week down in Cabo. What are the rules here? How does one define "without stopping"? The Times conveniently leaves out details about Jessica Watson in every one of these puff pieces. Here's the link . . . http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article7094558.ece

Not looking so buff now huh?

I thought it was derailed shortly after she left CA, when she docked in Cabo for repairs? Was she planning to revise her starting point? Meanwhile, the Aussie girl's either home or almost home. I don't knock for a sec what Abby is doing, but be objective about it.


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