And now, a word from Abby Sunderland...
Sunderland briefly sums up what happened:
Crazy is the word that really describes everything that has happened best. The long and the short of it is, well, one long wave, and one short mast (short meaning two inch stub.)
The Thousand Oaks teen seems none too happy about those who think her young age -- 16 -- has something to do with what happened to her vessel, Wild Eyes, while sailing in the Indian Ocean:
There are plenty of things people can think of to blame for my situation; my age, the time of year and many more. The truth is, I was in a storm and you don't sail through the Indian Ocean without getting in at least one storm. It wasn't the time of year it was just a Southern Ocean storm. Storms are part of the deal when you set out to sail around the world.
As for age, since when does age create gigantic waves and storms?
I've a feeling she also won't take kindly to those blaming her parents for what happened, by allowing their daughter to take such a voyage alone in the first place.
Sunderland is currently aboard the French fishing vessel, Ile De La Reunion, with her destination as yet unknown.
She plans to write a more detailed blog post later, but wanted to let everyone know she is safe and sound.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Abby Sunderland adjusts rigging as she sails her 40-foot sailboat, Wild Eyes, out of Marina del Rey for a sea trial. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
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