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Weather blamed for 16-year-old’s attempt to sail solo around the world
Los Angeles Daily News ^ | Sat, Jun. 12, 2010 | TONY CASTRO

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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TOPICS: Outdoors; Sports; Weather
KEYWORDS: bookdeal; bushsfault; captainobvious; meterology; moviedeal; realitytv
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I'm not sure we need another thread about this Reality Show family, but I gotta get that headline up there
1 posted on 06/13/2010 1:41:00 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: Oztrich Boy

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!


2 posted on 06/13/2010 1:46:03 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Oztrich Boy

Actual title: Weather blamed for 16-year-old’s attempt to sail solo around the world


3 posted on 06/13/2010 1:48:02 PM PDT by tioga (Remember in November.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

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.


4 posted on 06/13/2010 1:52:55 PM PDT by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

I blame stupidity and parents.


5 posted on 06/13/2010 1:55:29 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: xjcsa
I hope we never have weather like that here - I don’t have time to try to sail around the world alone.

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.

6 posted on 06/13/2010 1:59:04 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A cat may look at a queen.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Poor Little Boat Girl.

No fame or fortune for her!

Life is cruel.


7 posted on 06/13/2010 1:59:07 PM PDT by Palladin (Commodore Obama: "Damn the Constitution. Full speed ahead!")
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To: Paved Paradise

I’ll take the parents for $1000 Alex.


8 posted on 06/13/2010 1:59:13 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Drango

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


9 posted on 06/13/2010 2:00:06 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Oztrich Boy
Balloon Boy Syndrome!!!
10 posted on 06/13/2010 2:01:58 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Sarah Barracuda
The family is a bunch of media whores looking for their 15 minutes.

Fixed it!!

11 posted on 06/13/2010 2:03:35 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Oztrich Boy
Her ATTEMPT is the weather's fault?!? Not it's failure?

Are ANY editor's left out there with a hint of grammatical knowledge?

12 posted on 06/13/2010 2:07:22 PM PDT by Teacher317 (It's Islam)
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To: Oztrich Boy

I guess it was so hot in her hometown she had to sail around the planet to cool off. Makes sense.


13 posted on 06/13/2010 2:08:51 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: Teacher317; martin_fierro; Constitution Day
Not it's failure? Are ANY editor's left out there with a hint of grammatical knowledge?

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 ...

14 posted on 06/13/2010 2:12:43 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A cat may look at a queen.)
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To: org.whodat

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


15 posted on 06/13/2010 2:13:34 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Tax-chick; Teacher317; Constitution Day

16 posted on 06/13/2010 2:23:10 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Girl has been brain washed for years.
17 posted on 06/13/2010 2:23:43 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Oztrich Boy

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 !


18 posted on 06/13/2010 2:29:15 PM PDT by sushiman (1)
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To: Oztrich Boy
I'm not sure we need another thread about this ...

... 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.

19 posted on 06/13/2010 2:36:08 PM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: All

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.


20 posted on 06/13/2010 2:36:19 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: sushiman
I admire her moxie, but there is a yawning chasm between commendable ambition and foolhardy adventurism.
21 posted on 06/13/2010 2:40:30 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: meadsjn
... but let's give a few more of the ignorant, nanny state, spineless, do-nothings another chance to expose themselves.

I was thinking of giving the ignorant you go grrl cheersquad another chance to celebrate a voyage of disaster.

22 posted on 06/13/2010 2:43:19 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old already did it. And she did it right.)
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To: Drango
I blame stupidity and parents.

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

23 posted on 06/13/2010 2:49:44 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: sushiman

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.


24 posted on 06/13/2010 2:55:23 PM PDT by Binghamton_native
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To: martin_fierro

LOL!


25 posted on 06/13/2010 2:55:25 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A cat may look at a queen.)
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To: sushiman
I thought there would be more sympathy / understanding around FR for this girl and her family .

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.

By "Team Abby" the Reality Show Family scam earned contempt with http://www.savewildeyes.com/ linked to from http://www.abbysunderland.com/

America needs better heroes than this.

26 posted on 06/13/2010 3:00:17 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

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.


27 posted on 06/13/2010 3:00:31 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: sushiman

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.


28 posted on 06/13/2010 3:06:01 PM PDT by northwinds
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To: northwinds

And the Sunderlands are Christian .


29 posted on 06/13/2010 3:09:30 PM PDT by sushiman (1)
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To: 240B

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.


30 posted on 06/13/2010 3:11:14 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: northwinds

Before the voyage, Laurence ( the father ) told the Los Angeles Times that he believed “the Lord is in control of everything” on Abby’s 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.”

Abby’s 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.


31 posted on 06/13/2010 3:11:50 PM PDT by sushiman (1)
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To: Binghamton_native
Geraldo Rivera unloaded on the parents and this young lady the other night, demanding the parents be arrested, bring in social services etc...

Not much different that the gossipy homeowners associations types right here.

32 posted on 06/13/2010 3:16:13 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: 240B
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.

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.

33 posted on 06/13/2010 3:16:59 PM PDT by northwinds
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To: eyedigress
It was not a reality show family until the media made it one

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.

34 posted on 06/13/2010 3:18:30 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right.)
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"Geraldo Rivera unloaded on the parents and this young lady the other night, demanding the parents be arrested, bring in social services etc... Not much different that the gossipy homeowners associations types right here."

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.

35 posted on 06/13/2010 3:19:41 PM PDT by northwinds
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To: tioga

in other history weather blamed for hitler losing in russia


36 posted on 06/13/2010 3:23:47 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: bobby.223
... those somali muslim savage pirates ...

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

37 posted on 06/13/2010 3:26:48 PM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Oztrich Boy
So far it seems to be that Abby has never taken a formal sailing class.

Yea, and she sets sail on the Pacific.

38 posted on 06/13/2010 3:31:50 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

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.


39 posted on 06/13/2010 3:32:02 PM PDT by beckysueb (January 20, 2013. When Obama becomes just a skidmark on the panties of American history.)
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To: sushiman

It’s a man-child nation now. Wear gray and don’t stick your head above the cubicle wall.


40 posted on 06/13/2010 3:32:52 PM PDT by TigersEye ("Flotilla" means "pirate ships running supplies to terrorists.")
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To: bobby.223; northwinds
Hey guys, i have no dog in this fight. And I am surprised by the strength of opinion on the subject.

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.

41 posted on 06/13/2010 3:35:06 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: beckysueb

Amelia Earhart would have been advised to stay home as well. It is not the peoples business to stop the ambitions of adventurers.


42 posted on 06/13/2010 3:38:44 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: meadsjn
"How many of those Somali muslim savage pirates do you think could make it to 35 degrees south?".

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.

43 posted on 06/13/2010 3:38:47 PM PDT by northwinds
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To: bobby.223; 240B

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


44 posted on 06/13/2010 3:41:50 PM PDT by TigersEye ("Flotilla" means "pirate ships running supplies to terrorists.")
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To: sushiman

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.


45 posted on 06/13/2010 3:41:55 PM PDT by beckysueb (January 20, 2013. When Obama becomes just a skidmark on the panties of American history.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Unreal! It will cost a million dollars to recover that boat!


46 posted on 06/13/2010 3:44:57 PM PDT by beckysueb (January 20, 2013. When Obama becomes just a skidmark on the panties of American history.)
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To: troy McClure
Lots of bad choices were made but she is ALIVE and SAFE thanks to a French trawler working the Southern Ocean. I think she had the skills to “go around” but the boat chosen for her was to fast and too much for her to handle. Remember, At around 36 to 38’ all the gear goes up 25 to 30% in weight and at 40’ everything is 30 to 40% bigger and heavier.
47 posted on 06/13/2010 3:46:16 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: Oztrich Boy

ROFLMAO!!

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.


48 posted on 06/13/2010 3:47:34 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok, joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: eyedigress
If she wants to sail the world and has proved to her mentors she can do it, let her try.

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.

49 posted on 06/13/2010 3:47:42 PM PDT by beckysueb (January 20, 2013. When Obama becomes just a skidmark on the panties of American history.)
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To: northwinds

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.


50 posted on 06/13/2010 3:47:50 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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