Skip to comments.Weather blamed for 16-year-old’s attempt to sail solo around the world
Posted on 06/13/2010 1:40:59 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
LOS ANGELES | Abby Sunderland’s quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world was star-crossed from the start, and weather was always the principal villain.
Originally scheduled to launch in early December to avoid the chilly winter weather and deadly waves in the Indian Ocean, the California teenager and her team met with delays equipping her boat, Wild Eyes, money shortages and unfriendly hometown weather.
When she finally set sail Jan. 23, experienced sailors issued warnings given the late start, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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LOL! Of course it’s the weather’s fault. Where would we be without Bush and/or the weather. We can blame almost everything on one of the two!
Actual title: Weather blamed for 16-year-olds attempt to sail solo around the world
Wow...that is one incredible title. I hope we never have weather like that here - I don’t have time to try to sail around the world alone.
I blame stupidity and parents.
Really! It's bad enough when the weather makes you take a nap all afternoon, but sailing around the world makes it hard to get much else done.
Poor Little Boat Girl.
No fame or fortune for her!
Life is cruel.
I’ll take the parents for $1000 Alex.
It was her father who made her do it..and the reason why the boat wasn’t properly fixed the first time it had issues was because he was afraid that someone else would break the record. The family sounds like a bunch of media whores looking for their 15 minutes
Are ANY editor's left out there with a hint of grammatical knowledge?
I guess it was so hot in her hometown she had to sail around the planet to cool off. Makes sense.
Are there any poster's with any grammatical knowledge? Its embarassing making errors in a post criticizing someone else ... not that I don't do it myself ...
Thanks for the fixing :-)
I am thrilled that the girl is Ok, but now she says she wants to go back..seriously, she wants to go back and try this again, and she expects people to go rescue her again if she gets stranded
I thought there would be more sympathy / understanding around FR for this girl and her family . The leftist nanny staters have been attacking the parents for allowing her to go , some even suggesting she should be taken away from them ! This girl ( and her bro Zak ) are American heroes with that pioneer spirit and true grit . Compare what she tried to accomplish to what the average 16 year old girl in CA does with her time . Ease up !
... but let's give a few more of the ignorant, nanny state, spineless, do-nothings another chance to expose themselves.
After all, history has thoroughly deprived them of their rightful legacy.
The boat is still afloat a TRUE SALIOR would jury rig a sail and continue on to the nearest port down wind and repair the boat.
I was thinking of giving the ignorant you go grrl cheersquad another chance to celebrate a voyage of disaster.
Boy you got that right.
Regardless of the boat or the weather, my first though was that she had been captured and abducted. The open ocean can be a dangerous place in a number of ways for a sixteen year old beautiful little girl.
Why didn’t they just have her hitchhike through Mexico instead.She was very very lucky in many ways. IMO
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Those on FR might want to take note that the attacks on this family are coming from the left. One of their first digs is to note that the children are home schooled.
I had (and still have to some extent) some sympathy for the brave little toaster clearly in over her head trying to sail a boat and voyage beyond her demonstrated abilities.
America needs better heroes than this.
It was not a reality show family until the media made it one. People are not being right at all here. If she wants to sail the world and has proved to her mentors she can do it, let her try. All of the naysayers pretend her rescue comes out of their pocket. I advise they focus on that 13 trillion their kids are indebted for life.
Tell it like it is....I applaud this corageous girl for taking on an incredible challenge. I hope she gets the boat fixed and tries to finish what she started. I am disappointed at the people on FR who are obviously jealous that a) this family has the money to pull something like this off and b) this girl is doing something few people in the world would have the courage and fortitude to even try....meanwhile their kids are smoking dope, playing video games, etc. The repeated calls for the Aussies to go after the parents for restitution when the Aussies have said “we got it, no problem, that’s what we would expect of you in a similar situation” tells you what you need to know....jealousy and envy are terrible things.
And the Sunderlands are Christian .
yep!! I’m sure those somali muslim savage pirates woulda just tucked her in at night with a stuffed animal all by herself unmolested. yep, that is how they woulda handled that pretty little all alone white western girl. then her head gets sawed off on video.......but not until our navy at no small cost was sent to the area to try to rescue her. stupid attention whore youtube generation is all this was 240b. I’m all for young’ns getting after it adventure wise but not when there is the very good chance our navy at huge costs might need to be tied up in a non military rescue opp.
Before the voyage, Laurence ( the father ) told the Los Angeles Times that he believed the Lord is in control of everything on Abbys journey.
“We are born-again Christians, and we don’t make any decision just based on feeling or even on sound knowledge, he told the Times in a video interview. We also pray about it. The conviction of prayer and the answer to prayer has led to where we are with Abigail’s campaign.
Abbys mother, Marianne, told momlogic.com that the Sunderland family became Christians when their oldest son, Zac, was 4. In 2008, the 17-year-old Zac became the youngest person to complete a solo voyage around the world. This past week, he graduated from the Trinity Pacific Christian School program, a homeschool organization in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
God was with me every nautical mile, he said of his own historic voyage during his graduation at Calvary Community Church, according to the Star.
Not much different that the gossipy homeowners associations types right here.
Midtown Atlanta "can be a dangerous place in a number of ways for a sixteen year old beautiful little girl".....should we just all stay home and play video games to be "safe"....and she ain't a "little girl"....she's been on this journey since January and sailed across the Pacific ocean....hardly and inexperienced novice that her parents just shoved out into the sea.
Beg to differ Adventures in Sunderland (Reality TV Show) That's been pitching since 2009. Yeah it's a low rent PR company but The Sunderlands seem to think it'll make them the next Kardassians.
If she wants to sail the world and has proved to her mentors she can do it, let her try.
She has no mentors, apart from her stage father.
The current game on sailing forums is "find any ex-family sailing training Abby has done".
So far it seems to be that Abby has never taken a formal sailing class.
Jessica Watson has taken classes at a sailing school for the 8 years - The last 4 as the Instructor.
Exactly...I never thought I would see Freepers descend into nanny-state liberals who think they know what is best for other peoples' children and side with Geraldo. Pretty soon they'll be calling for the parents to be arrested for home schooling their children....LOL at the jealousy.
in other history weather blamed for hitler losing in russia
How many of those Somali muslim savage pirates do you think could make it to 35 degrees south?
Map of piracy and pirate attacks in 2009
Yea, and she sets sail on the Pacific.
I’d say her sucessful rescue was a stroke of luck this time. I keep hearing about how difficult it was. Next time she mostly likely won’t be so lucky. The media keeps talking about 20 to 30 foot waves. On her blog she said she encountered 60 foot waves. She is one lucky girl to be alive. She doesn’t need to tempt fate again.
It’s a man-child nation now. Wear gray and don’t stick your head above the cubicle wall.
All I meant to say is I would not have let my daughter do this unless she was accompanied in some way.
No flame here just two simple statements. No intent to offend anyone.
As for Muslim Pirates, anyone could have harassed her. It would not necessarily be Muslims. It could have been anyone, some guy on a yatch or fishermen.
As for midtown Atlanta, a more apt analogy would be to have her walk through midtown Atlanta, alone, at three in the morning with no one else around, and then to say, "She's done it before. What could happen?"
But, that's just my opinion. I am not really all that interested or committed to this issue. Just glad she made it back safe.
Amelia Earhart would have been advised to stay home as well. It is not the peoples business to stop the ambitions of adventurers.
LOL....most of these nanny-staters have no idea about where the Somali pirates are and where Abby's route was taking her....she'd be more likely to run into a Somali pirate in Venice on vacation. The girl had already sailed around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope and had been on the seas since January.....these people act like her parents pushed her out of some marina in Southern California with no skills, training or knowledge. I think she would be the first to get around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope without any sailing skills...LMAO at the stupidity.
But of course the toughest street fighting former special forces man with an AR-15 and a 1,000 rounds of ammo would be perfectly safe sailing up and down the Somali coast all alone. /s
I am getting a little tired of the constant critisism of teen girls lately. Its like all of a sudden, if they aren’t willing to take off around the world alone on the high seas then they are just sorry little sluts who pop out babies every 9 monthes. That is just not true. There are many many decent teen girls who are doing things to actually help people in the world. Maybe not by getting in the news but quietly working for the betterment of others. My 18 yr old grandaughter is one of those teens who popped out a baby but guess what. She graduated highschool with honors anyway and is now in college. She is going to be an RN. She is a great mother, never smoked a cigarette or took a drink or drugs in her life. Her parents are just ordinary folks who don’t have a lot of money to help her out but this girl and her babies father work hard providing a living for their little one. They have already bought a home. There are many many good decent teen girls in this country.
Unreal! It will cost a million dollars to recover that boat!
Courageous Boat Girl cost US taxpayors close to 1 million in rescue fees to Australian govt....
Oh, Puhleez...If you don’t want a Nanny State, let these courageous media whores plunk down a cool 2 million for rescue ahead of time in escrow should their courageous freedom thrill not work out so well!
actually now the famous alternative often posed here “ 16 yr old LA doper, ipod junkie prostitute” doesn’t sound as expensive for our country.
She hasn't proved she can do it yet. I really don't think her parents or anyone else has any idea just what she is facing out on the high seas. If anyone has ever seen Deadliest Catch, that might be just an inkling of what its like.
JR needs to be taking names. These are the ones that tell you how wrong you are for being free, strong, and adventurous. They are the politik.