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Sailor Abby Sunderland's Dad Signed Her To TV Deal Before Her Doomed Voyage
Fox news ^ | June 14 2010 | NYPost.com

Posted on 06/14/2010 12:04:54 PM PDT by NoLibZone

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.

Laurence Sunderland, a sailing instructor who lives in the middle-class Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks with his pregnant wife and seven kids, opened their home to film crews four months ago.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Extended News; US: California
KEYWORDS: abby; abbysunderland; bookdeal; chaching; moviedeal; showmethemoney; sunderland
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1 posted on 06/14/2010 12:04:54 PM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Shameful. Perhaps social services should check into this family.


2 posted on 06/14/2010 12:05:40 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: NoLibZone

EIGHT children ???

and shes the oldest ???

Whats their religion ???


3 posted on 06/14/2010 12:06:39 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: ilovesarah2012
"about his family of daredevil kids weeks after she set off on her doomed and dangerous solo sail around the globe."
4 posted on 06/14/2010 12:06:39 PM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: NoLibZone

What a dick.


5 posted on 06/14/2010 12:08:17 PM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: NoLibZone

I don’t think America is ready for a reality show based on the “marron” household.


6 posted on 06/14/2010 12:08:27 PM PDT by marron
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To: NoLibZone

Media whores doing what they do best. Reminds me of Balloon Boy’s family. Maybe they can both ride off into the sunset on a hot air balloon


7 posted on 06/14/2010 12:09:07 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ilovesarah2012

These young folks are the Jacques Cousteaus of the future. This is their life...their dreams...No one forced her to go....God Bless the entire family.


8 posted on 06/14/2010 12:09:28 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Welfare!!!!!
9 posted on 06/14/2010 12:10:17 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: NoLibZone
Shades of ‘balloon boy’.
10 posted on 06/14/2010 12:11:11 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Whether it was before or after this “dad” needs to be investigated...

It seems his children are just little meal tickets for him...

Endangering children is child abuse...


11 posted on 06/14/2010 12:11:15 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: NoLibZone
First off, the trip was not "doomed". She did not sink, drown, or get lost at sea. A mast broke, and the 16 year old had the presence of mind to send a signal for help.

Next, her 17 y.o. brother had done the same trip around the world, and was fine. Both son and daughter had been raised in sailing since they were children, so if their parents were ok with it, good luck.

As to Dad signing a deal, so what? It's no different than a ball player getting endorsements for shoes, deodorant, etc. And later they host all sorts of shows. And these contracts help cover costs for the voyage.

Go Abby! Try again!!

12 posted on 06/14/2010 12:11:20 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist

Would you allow your 16 year old daughter to sail around the world by herself?


13 posted on 06/14/2010 12:12:33 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Tennessee Nana

When I heard the 17 year old had done the same thing, yeah it was obvious that the father is just using his kids as a meal ticket. When Abby was lost at sea, he probably saw it as an opportunity to get some media attention. They were on every network the day she called for help. Never showed any real emotion or fear for her safety


14 posted on 06/14/2010 12:12:37 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sacajaweau

Agreed! It’s a shame so many have the knee jerk reaction they are spewing here.


15 posted on 06/14/2010 12:13:51 PM PDT by chaos_5
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To: Retired Greyhound; theDentist
Would you allow your 16 year old daughter to sail around the world by herself?

Have you stopped beating your 16 year old daughter yet?

16 posted on 06/14/2010 12:14:43 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: NoLibZone
Laurence Sunderland, a sailing instructor who lives in the middle-class Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks with his pregnant wife and seven kids...

Ah, with seven more where she came from, Abby was expendable.

17 posted on 06/14/2010 12:14:50 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Sacajaweau
Lets, see, the child was home school, the only influence on her life was her parents. Sort of like those TEXAS Mormons and their marriages to little girls claiming it was their decision. Brain washing is brain washing no matter who practices it.
18 posted on 06/14/2010 12:14:52 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Sacajaweau
No one forced her to go....

Maybe not...but there's no way she should have been *allowed* to go.

God Bless the entire family.

More like...God help the entire family.

19 posted on 06/14/2010 12:15:01 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

She should have been forced to sit home by the fireplace and read the bible until mama could finally stomach cutting the cord and letting her precious baby take a risk.


20 posted on 06/14/2010 12:16:44 PM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Would you want social services(Big Brother) looking into your family? I wouldn’t.


21 posted on 06/14/2010 12:17:40 PM PDT by upsdriver (ret.)
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To: NoLibZone

Way to switch the headline.


22 posted on 06/14/2010 12:17:46 PM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: chaos_5
It’s a shame so many have the knee jerk reaction they are spewing here.

"Knee jerk"? "Spewing"?

THE GIRL'S SIXTEEN YEARS OLD!!!! IT'S THE ATLANTIC..THE PACIFIC...THE INDIAN OCEAN!!!


23 posted on 06/14/2010 12:20:01 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: NoLibZone
"Honey, If you make it back alive, we have a TV Show. ...Good Luck."
24 posted on 06/14/2010 12:20:41 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: theDentist

Go Aussies! Pay for the rescue again!


25 posted on 06/14/2010 12:21:04 PM PDT by LastNorwegian
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To: Thurston_Howell_III
"... about his family of daredevil kids weeks after she set off on her doomed and dangerous solo sail around the globe."

What is being referred to, or implied?

The father's revealing of the signing of the contract to the press, or the actual signing of the contract itself?

26 posted on 06/14/2010 12:21:44 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: NoLibZone
The large family has long been a curiosity in the community, neighbors said. All seven children are home-schooled. "They rarely leave their house, and they rarely talk to neighbors," local resident Brian Gonzales said.

Interesting. This is a family in which the kids sail around the world and dream of writing books. Social services won't like it; they're looking for conformists and government cookie cutter dweebs.

27 posted on 06/14/2010 12:22:51 PM PDT by marron
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To: None

#1 rule , especially for a 16 year old, you dont go sailing in winter in the southern hemisphere where every storm is taking a beeline directly at you and fighting you the whole way with seas regularly up to 40 ft and sometimes 50ft.. The southern hemisphere storm track is more dangerous with storms tracking for larger distances over open ocean than what we have in the Northern Hemisphere.

I can understand somewhat sailing around the world during the summer months down there, but Winter?....this father is a reckless fool...comments for the daughter are reserved for the father. From what I have read elsewhere Abby tried this trip earlier during the Southern Hemi. Summer and failed and the father bum rushed this for happening now.


28 posted on 06/14/2010 12:23:09 PM PDT by Sporaticus
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To: sam_paine

I don’t have a daughter to beat. Only sons.


29 posted on 06/14/2010 12:23:28 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: theDentist

You got it. These anti-Abby (and her parents) posts all deserve to have barf-alerts. It’s bizarre. The media will give a story an anti-conservative slant and everyone here says you can’t trust them. Then they report on this with a slant and everyone jumps on board and follows them hook, line and sinker.

Abby was an olympic level trained athlete safely pursuing something she was capable of. There was an accident, but getting through the accident safely proves that safety was a key component of the attempt also.

Go Abby!!!


30 posted on 06/14/2010 12:24:48 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: NoLibZone
Well, I hope what they were paid for the real life drama is enough to pay 500k for the rescue.
I don't think there is reality show welfare yet, is there?

They need to be sued on future earnings.

31 posted on 06/14/2010 12:25:05 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Thurston_Howell_III
She should have been forced to sit home by the fireplace and read the bible until mama could finally stomach cutting the cord and letting her precious baby take a risk.

So those are the only options open to the typical American 16 year old? Sit by the fireplace and read the Bible or circumnavigate the earth...ALONE? How about a first date and taking driving lessons as acceptable risks for such kids.

32 posted on 06/14/2010 12:25:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: theDentist
As to Dad signing a deal, so what? It's no different than a ball player getting endorsements for shoes, deodorant, etc.

Yes it is, it is no different than child exploitation for sexual purposes, since the family wanted the money the child would earn. This act is far different that someone who has a gifted talent. It doesn't take talent to sail a boat, only know-how, anyone can do it and with GPS anyone can navigate, since the computer is going to tell them when and where to turn. No big deal. A ten year old could probably do it if you brain wasted him enough.

33 posted on 06/14/2010 12:26:51 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: ZGuy
They have several kids, so if a few go to the ocean gods, so be it.

I'm sure you are with me though in wanting all their reality show pay up to the 500k or so for the rescue costs to be paid.
There is no reality show welfare yet that I know of.

34 posted on 06/14/2010 12:27:14 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: NoLibZone
he's broke and had signed a contract to do a reality show, "Adventures in Sunderland,"

I think "PIMP MY KIDS" is a more appropriate title........

This family's getting more disgusting with each passing day.

35 posted on 06/14/2010 12:28:48 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: org.whodat

you gotta be the stupidist person walkin.

literally the very stupidist......

..no talent to sail ?????????????????

.. good God


36 posted on 06/14/2010 12:28:50 PM PDT by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquors Czar)
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To: Thurston_Howell_III; NoLibZone
Sailor Abby Sunderland's Dad Signed Her To TV Deal Before Her Doomed Voyage

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.

Way to switch the headline.

Good catch. Its Fox's headline, but its still deceptive.

37 posted on 06/14/2010 12:29:24 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron
"They rarely leave their house, and they rarely talk to neighbors,"

Classic brain washing, total and absolute control.

38 posted on 06/14/2010 12:29:48 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Gay State Conservative

We should be delighted theres still Americans being born with backbone instead of hiding under mama’s skirt and shirking outside play to instead sit at the computer and play “world of warcraft.”


39 posted on 06/14/2010 12:29:55 PM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: NoLibZone

So? What is the big deal? I was in college at 15 and doing what others might consider crazy.

I once swam 1/3 of a mile to a bouy in the Monterey Bay on a dare and on my return got caught in a riptide.

I won’t say it wasn’t scary but I did know how to deal with it and making my body perpendicular to the shore, ended swimming another 1/2 mile south to keep from being towed under.

I didn’t think I would have to swim that far to get out of it.

Oh, I was 16 on that one.

Still, there are plenty of surfers of ages 14 and up who regularly drive a wave towards the cliffs and do so safely everyday.

I also use to walk off into the woods for a couple of days, ALONE and still do.

At 16 she can drive but be responsible for sailing a boat around the world?

Heck, we put kids on airplanes, alone, to some other destination, sometimes to a foreign land.

I also, snowboard and will go through trees racing downhill and jump off a cliff if it looks fun.

What one considers dangerous may not be for another and what one considers mature may not be true for others.

How many kids are in college at 16(I was at 15)?

She is probably more experienced than many, including a friend of mine who wants to sail around the world, from port to port and I don’t think he is ready. He does and just needs a boat of his own.

Many are not prepared for adventure and some are.


40 posted on 06/14/2010 12:30:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: theDentist

Here, here!


41 posted on 06/14/2010 12:31:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Thanks for yelling, that really drove your point home =o)


42 posted on 06/14/2010 12:31:10 PM PDT by chaos_5
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To: NoLibZone

I don’t know why so many are so quick to defend this couple.

This child is not old enough to understand the danger. There, I said it. For similar reasons, juvenile offenders are often tried as...well...juveniles.

When we are young, we presume our parents are looking out for our safety...and if they endorse a solo sail around the world, it seems ‘safe’....but it was certainly not safe.

I have talked to some sailers. They make some common sense points:

1. Going solo at sea never a good idea.
2. Entering the Indian Ocean this time of year not good (probably had to do it before she aged out of the record books).

I know others have survived the trip before...but that doesn’t make it safe.

Why doesn’t good ole dad make the next attempt :)


43 posted on 06/14/2010 12:31:19 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

If I judge her competent and that was her desire, sure.


44 posted on 06/14/2010 12:31:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: advertising guy

Talk about a fool, you have more than shown you are one.


45 posted on 06/14/2010 12:31:32 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Gay State Conservative

You’re a total jerk!

Glad you weren’t my parent!

There’s nothing wrong with risking your life!

I’ve done it since I was a small child!


46 posted on 06/14/2010 12:32:31 PM PDT by dalereed (in)
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To: org.whodat
Yes it is, it is no different than child exploitation for sexual purposes, since the family wanted the money the child would earn.

Are you effing serious? Child rape is a CRIME. Sailing a boat is NOT a CRIME. And if it does not take talent to sail a boat, many more teens would be making teh same attempt.

47 posted on 06/14/2010 12:33:54 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Tennessee Nana
The son Zack is the oldest, and who cares what religious affiliation the family belongs to.

That being said, I think that these parents are completely nuts.

48 posted on 06/14/2010 12:33:55 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (ue)
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To: sam_paine

At what age should she be allowed to sail around the world by herself.

Don’t come back with 18 because if she truly wanted to do this, she could go down to a courthouse and become an emancipated minor.

Meaning she is now on her own and requires no adult permission and has all the responsibilities of an adult.

Still can’t drink until 21 but then again you join the army at 18 and still aren’t allowed to drink.


49 posted on 06/14/2010 12:34:06 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: A CA Guy

So far there have been no calls for reimbursement. If there are, since the family is evangelical, I have every reason to believe that they will do what they can to raise the money to reimburse those who spent money on the rescue as that would be the right thing to do.


50 posted on 06/14/2010 12:34:59 PM PDT by ZGuy
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