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Broke Dad Put Abby Up for Sail
Fox News ^ | June 14, 2010

Posted on 06/14/2010 9:50:22 AM PDT by Ron C.

Here's a dose of reality.

The father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland told The NY Post that he's broke and had signed a contract to do a reality show, "Adventures in Sunderland," about his family of daredevil kids weeks after she set off on her doomed and dangerous solo sail around the globe.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abbysrealityshow; abbystvshow; adventurism; alteredtitle; bookdeal; chaching; childabuse; childendangerment; childneglect; concussion; moviedeal; realityshow; sunderland
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Did Dad push too hard? Many think wrongful parenting is on display here. Many see nothing wrong in adventurous activities. What do you think?
1 posted on 06/14/2010 9:50:22 AM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

I think “Media Whore FailBoat” would be a better title.


2 posted on 06/14/2010 9:51:33 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Ron C.

Maybe he can put her in a balloon and cut it loose.....oh wait. That’s been done.


3 posted on 06/14/2010 9:51:43 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Now can we forget about that old rum-runner Joe Kennedy and his progeny of philandering drunks?)
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To: Ron C.

Broke? Don’t they have seven kids with another on the way? How about showing some common d*mned sense?


4 posted on 06/14/2010 9:51:43 AM PDT by Grunthor (Getting married, T minus 12 days.)
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To: humblegunner

LOLOL! Sounds like a good title!


5 posted on 06/14/2010 9:52:21 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: Ron C.
Balloon-Boy Daddy II.
6 posted on 06/14/2010 9:53:50 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: Ron C.

Television is getting to be like a small town parade. Half the people stand on the sidewalk and the other half walk by.
Eventually we’ll all have reality TV shows. Maybe we can just check each other’s security cameras all day long.


7 posted on 06/14/2010 9:54:10 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: DJ MacWoW; jimbo123; Pit1

*ping*


8 posted on 06/14/2010 9:54:25 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Grunthor

Put on your flame suit...The ‘kids are a blessing’ crowd is about to slam you to the ground...


9 posted on 06/14/2010 9:55:31 AM PDT by devane617 (VOTE THEM OUT! ALL OF THEM!)
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To: Ron C.

The parents should be put in jail and charged with child endangement.

A sixteen year old girl all by herself in boat going around the world.

At least with the boy in the balloon... he wasn’t actually in the balloon.


10 posted on 06/14/2010 9:55:48 AM PDT by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: Ron C.

11 posted on 06/14/2010 9:56:14 AM PDT by byteback
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To: Ron C.

How many yachts do they have?

A lot of us would love to be that broke.


12 posted on 06/14/2010 9:57:17 AM PDT by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: Ron C.

Word was that the 30 ft seas in that part of the ocean was predictable so methinks there may be some culpability.


13 posted on 06/14/2010 9:59:42 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: Ron C.
These kids have sailing in their blood...These young folks turn into Jacques Cousteaus or teachers of the same. Let them enjoy their love.

Imagine the love for her brother to follow in his footsteps. Remeinds me of my grandchildren and the bond they share in sports.

14 posted on 06/14/2010 10:00:33 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Ron C.
BROKE??

When is the old man signing the family up for welfare?

They are going to need some food stamps & somebody to pay the hospital bill for the baby that's on the way.

If this goes well - they may decide that this is a better scam than the reality show!!!

Or maybe this leech might decide to actually get a job & go to work instead of pimping his kids.

15 posted on 06/14/2010 10:00:58 AM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your woy ld. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: Ron C.

The Australian who designed the boat stated the girl was not strong enough to operate the boat and the American Sailing Association refused to sponsor her because they felt it was too risky since her route placed her in the treacherous Indian Ocean during the notoriously tough winter months.


16 posted on 06/14/2010 10:01:04 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Ron C.

“The wheels in motion for this trip had actually started when Abigail was 13 years old,” he added.

*****************

Because 13 year olds should make decisions like this.


17 posted on 06/14/2010 10:01:29 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

and thus died the American character of exceptionalism that was defined by risk taking for glory. This is why modern American culture is devoid of heroes, and children are forced to idolize rock stars & politicians.


18 posted on 06/14/2010 10:01:54 AM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: Ron C.
Search FR for "abbysutherland" back on Friday and Saturday and see all the posts by Freepers on how heroic Abby and her dad were and how those who took issue with her needing a costly (no pun intended) bailout by the Oz navy were nanny staters and worse.

NOW the truth comes out.

It's exactly like balloon boy, when all the media (sadly including Fox News) and many at FR bought into the !!ZOMG!! hysteria, while only a few of us openly suggested a scam.

19 posted on 06/14/2010 10:01:55 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.)
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To: Ron C.

First it was the balloon boy.

Now it’s the buffoon girl...is it the baboon girl?


20 posted on 06/14/2010 10:03:07 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Ron C.

Its Octomom on the high seas


21 posted on 06/14/2010 10:03:16 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Psalm 144

And when they turn 16, when they can’t vote, drink, join the military, sing contracts, lease a car (too immature for making those decisions), let them sail solo around the world.

Yup. reasonable to me.


22 posted on 06/14/2010 10:03:26 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Richard Kimball

In the olden days, we would just sit out on our front porch and watch our dumb @ss neighbors.


23 posted on 06/14/2010 10:03:32 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: Richard Kimball

LOL. It’s a plan.


24 posted on 06/14/2010 10:03:37 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

Get a grip - we’re turning into a nation of pussies, seriously.

We would rather families sit safely in front of the TV being brainwshed by the likes of Geraldo that these people are the evil ones.

I say good for them - our nation was built by folks with similiar spirit. My own grandfather left home at twelve, shipping out as a cabin boy, generations before that others boarded a ship called the mayflower - most were younger than 25.

The girl was 16 and had all the safety equipment, would I want my daughter to do the same, no, but she doesn’t come across as a victim imho.


25 posted on 06/14/2010 10:04:23 AM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: Thurston_Howell_III
American character of exceptionalism that was defined by risk taking for glory

Yeah, I remember how Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong couldn't wait to spread the details of their family lives all over the media in "reality shows".....

/sarc

26 posted on 06/14/2010 10:04:54 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.)
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To: Ron C.

Hmmm put my hot daughter in a public high school or on dangerous waters...I’m gonna go with dangerous waters.


27 posted on 06/14/2010 10:05:39 AM PDT by exist
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To: Ron C.

“”Did Dad push too hard? Many think wrongful parenting is on display here. Many see nothing wrong in adventurous activities. What do you think?””

You should have been around this weekend. There wasn’t any lack of people’s opinions then. Anyone entering this thread is sure to get blasted all over again but that won’t stop me from giving my opinion one more time.

I think what Abby did was pretty admirable and courageous and I think her parents are raising all their seven children (soon to be eight) in admirable ways and are to be praised/respected for giving them the guidance and environment to challenge, strive, achieve or fail. I understand they have fallen on hard times and are being picked apart in the media and also here on FR and I think that’s sad.

Neither Abby or her brother were without experience or spirit when they set out to achieve a goal and a dream.


28 posted on 06/14/2010 10:05:49 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: LibWhacker

It may have been the yacht that broke him. When I saw that dis-masted exotic 40’ hull bobbing in the ocean I thought I saw the silver lining to this story: the manipulative SOB lost his investment on the other side of the world.

The gold lining is that the kid is alive and well and has every hope of growing up to be a better person than her old man.


29 posted on 06/14/2010 10:05:58 AM PDT by SBprone
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To: Notary Sojac

I remember when they decided aiming high and living life was too risky so they instead put on a helmet and sat at the kitchen table reading. Oh wait, they didn’t.


30 posted on 06/14/2010 10:07:04 AM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: Ron C.
OK so were are all the hypercritical FR posters that bashed many of us (and opined that we were somehow ?destroying freedom, etc) for daring to question the rationale and motives of this young girl and her family

Never mind the fact that it cost the Australian taxpayers $300,000 to find this young lady on the high seas....

If someone chooses to attempt these daredevil adventures, IMO they should be prepared and required to self-fund their own “rescues” when things go badly

31 posted on 06/14/2010 10:07:27 AM PDT by VRWCTexan
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To: Sparky1776; Gen. Burkhalter
We would rather families sit safely in front of the TV being brainwshed

So would the Sunderlands actually. It would all be for nothing if no one watched their reality show Adventures in Sunderland!

32 posted on 06/14/2010 10:08:23 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: Richard Kimball
Eventually we’ll all have reality TV shows. Maybe we can just check each other’s security cameras all day long.

Why wait? Just sign up on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.

33 posted on 06/14/2010 10:08:38 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: Sparky1776
I say good for them

You betcha. If they pay for it. Unfortunately ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2533542/posts

34 posted on 06/14/2010 10:09:19 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Ron C.

Is this an expose from Whorealdo?


35 posted on 06/14/2010 10:09:26 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Sparky1776
We would rather families sit safely in front of the TV

Right. Let your kid sail around the world, or chain them to the tv. Those are our only choices.

36 posted on 06/14/2010 10:09:27 AM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: Thurston_Howell_III
My point being:

Encouraging your kids to do something risky because they really want to do it themselves, but also making sure they take reasonable safety precautions = great parenting

Encouraging your kids to do something risky so you can parlay it into a TV contract = great douchebaggery

37 posted on 06/14/2010 10:10:22 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.)
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To: Thank You Rush

But are they going to teach their kids that it’s wrong to make others pay for your misadventures?

I think the Sunderlands have more of a sense of entitlement than they do a yearning for adventure:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2533542/posts


38 posted on 06/14/2010 10:11:49 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Ron C.

“Broke guy aims to become reality TV star.”

That’s the American spirit!


39 posted on 06/14/2010 10:11:56 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Thank You Rush
they set out to achieve a goal and a dream.

Yeah. Fame and self aggrandizement.

Admirable as hell, that.

40 posted on 06/14/2010 10:12:12 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Richard Kimball

>> Maybe we can just check each other’s security cameras all day long.

That’s not such a bad idea, actually. Let me know before it goes live; I need to shave and put on a clean tee shirt.


41 posted on 06/14/2010 10:13:25 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: Sparky1776

This stunt was TOTALLY nuts. Now the truth come out. The family is broke and needs attention and wants a reality show.

I know what I’m talking about here. My father was a professional yacht salesman. I was practically raised on boats myself. My parents owned boats for many years and only recently sold their boat.

They sailed on the Great Lakes frequently where the conditions can change on a dime and become quite dangerous. My father has extensive experience sailing in both the ocean and the Great Lakes and would never try something so foolish.

The waters the young girl was sailing in were VASTLY more dangerous. The cape around the Horn of Africa is EXTREMELY treacherous and also home to one of the largest concentrations of Great White sharks in the world. Much larger vessels have capsized in these dangeous waters.

Why was it necessary for the sixteen year old girl to be ALL BY HERSELF on such a dangerous voyage? What parent in their right mind could sleep at night with their young daughter in such danger?


42 posted on 06/14/2010 10:13:30 AM PDT by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: Gen. Burkhalter
The parents should be put in jail and charged with child endangement.

Hogwash. Not all sixteen year old people are stupid and incapable.

43 posted on 06/14/2010 10:14:08 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Ron C.

I’m scared of spiders. I can’t imagine being in the Indian Ocean with 30 foot waves crashing on me. The fact that she attempted this trip and withstood those conditions tells me she was ready, willing, and able. You know who is stupider than her? The three young adults who accidentally wondered into Iran while hiking in Iraq. That was stupid and reckless. And the two blogettes who wondered into North Korea while travelling in South Korea. They were pretty reckless too. We had to send an ex president over there to grovel for their release. That was worse than this young adventurer choosing to risk her life for something she believed in. Now if she had sailed in a flotilla towards Israel, I would call her stupid.


44 posted on 06/14/2010 10:15:04 AM PDT by carmody
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To: Notary Sojac

Who said he encouraged it because of a TV contract, you’re inferring his motives, he signed the contract AFTER she left, why not try to monetize her journey? Had she made it she’s be marketable as an inspiration everywhere, able to have her pick of colleges. Too many nanny staters on FR who want children to only sit by the fireside and read the bible. Get real. This guy’s daughter is a blessing, most kids get only have aspirations to spend their days playing world of warcraft and “sexting.”


45 posted on 06/14/2010 10:15:53 AM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: VRWCTexan

>> where are all the hypercritical FR posters that bashed many of us (and opined that we were somehow ?destroying freedom, etc) for daring to question the rationale and motives of this young girl and her family

Haven’t heard a peep out of ‘em. I think they got de-masted in the rough waters of reality.


46 posted on 06/14/2010 10:16:15 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Some of you, with all due respect, sound like the idiots here in Boston.

It’s ok if there’s no money involved, but bad if the family made money off the deal.

This really is silly crap - most of the libs like Geraldo that find this so outrageous would gladly give condoms to kids, allow 12 year olds to get an abortion without parental consent.

Does anyone really think this girl was cast adrift to fend for herself without prior experience? We have developed into a nation of 30 & 40 year olds that find video games as being daring. Sad.


47 posted on 06/14/2010 10:17:11 AM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: Ron C.

I think they should make a reality show starring Octomom, Balloon Boy’s family, and Sailboat Girl. Octo’s toddlers would look cute in little sailor outfits crewing the boat, and Balloon Boy Dad could strap a shark fin to his back and swim around it for added drama. Maybe Jerry Springer could be involved somehow.

Sample episode: The gang are sailing off the coast of Tasmania. Octo’s pregnant again (quads this time), and goes into labor on the boat. Captain Abby tries to get her to the mainland, but Balloon Boy snaps the rudder and a storm is brewing. Cameo by Levi Johnston as Octo’s baby daddy.

Episode 2: Unable to get to land, Captain Abby has to deliver the babies herself. She gets talked through the procedure by a Tasmanian doctor via radio, but crashing waves knock out the radio after the second birth and she has to handle the last two on her own. While she’s distracted, Balloon Boy misplaces one of the newborns, and everybody pitches in and hunts for it. Balloon Boy Dad finally repairs the boat with duct tape, and they make it to shore. Octomom meets Kevin Federline at the hospital and is pregnant again by the end of the episode.

It’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ meets ‘LOST’ meets ‘Cheaper By The Dozen.’


48 posted on 06/14/2010 10:18:13 AM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: Ron C.

Broke?

How much was that boat worth?


49 posted on 06/14/2010 10:18:22 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Ron C.
All seven children are home-schooled.

Oooooh.

Can you believe it! This girl is sailing solo on open ocean waters and she probably doesn't even know how to put a condom on a cucumber.

ML/NJ

50 posted on 06/14/2010 10:18:26 AM PDT by ml/nj
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