Skip to comments.Sailor Abby Sunderland's Dad Signed Her To TV Deal Before Her Doomed Voyage
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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Shameful. Perhaps social services should check into this family.
EIGHT children ???
and shes the oldest ???
Whats their religion ???
What a dick.
I don’t think America is ready for a reality show based on the “marron” household.
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
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.
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...
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!!
Would you allow your 16 year old daughter to sail around the world by herself?
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
Agreed! It’s a shame so many have the knee jerk reaction they are spewing here.
Have you stopped beating your 16 year old daughter yet?
Ah, with seven more where she came from, Abby was expendable.
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.
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.
Would you want social services(Big Brother) looking into your family? I wouldn’t.
Way to switch the headline.
"Knee jerk"? "Spewing"?
Go Aussies! Pay for the rescue again!
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?
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.
#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.
I don’t have a daughter to beat. Only sons.
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.
They need to be sued on future earnings.
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.
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.
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.
I think "PIMP MY KIDS" is a more appropriate title........
This family's getting more disgusting with each passing day.
you gotta be the stupidist person walkin.
literally the very stupidist......
..no talent to sail ?????????????????
.. good God
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.
Classic brain washing, total and absolute control.
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.”
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.
Thanks for yelling, that really drove your point home =o)
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 :)
If I judge her competent and that was her desire, sure.
Talk about a fool, you have more than shown you are one.
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!
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.
That being said, I think that these parents are completely nuts.
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.
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.
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