Skip to comments.US teen sailor leaves on flight home to California
Posted on 06/27/2010 8:02:21 PM PDT by LibWhacker
SAINT-DENIS, Reunion -- Sixteen-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland is homeward bound - though her plane flight back to California isn't the homecoming she originally imagined when she set off in hopes of sailing around the world.
About two weeks after her rescue at sea, Sunderland departed Sunday from the French island of Reunion, off the southeastern coast of Africa, en route to France, then on to California.
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Why didn’t she fly the plane herself with no co-pilot and no
crew - isn’t she SuperGirl?
I am shocked they had no helium balloons to fly her home?
I can’t believe her parents are allowing their sixteen year-old daughter to fly half-way around the world by herself.
Rudderless overly-indulged child of idiot parents sent home after God knows how much money spent by many agencies.
There are some things that require maturity to do. This is one. Only idiot parents would allow it, much less encourage it.
I don’t understand the ugly comments about this situation. I’m glad she’s safe, glad she’s on her way home.
“I cant believe her parents are allowing their sixteen year-old daughter to fly half-way around the world by herself.”
Her brother met her at Reunion. Not sure if they’re both flying back to LAX together.
They should have just sent her to Aruba for a week
She was sent out 8 months ahead of schedule, unprepared, in order to have a shot at the record.
I can’t believe their parents would let two minor kids fly half-way around the world!
Suddenly everybody’s an expert on solo sailing. If she and her family have any sense, they’ll just go home and not talk to anybody. And get another boat ready.
And we’ll all go back to finding our heroes from the ranks of rappers and coked up ball players whose mamas can’t spell.
Why? She came from a family of morons who passed on their genes and lavished her with cash and the freedom to continue moronic behavior. What has it cost nations to save her young, liberal ass so far? That’s money out of your pocket, and mine.
I don’t like fools taking money out of my pocket - maybe it’s ok with you, but not me.
I have been reading a sailing forum, Sailing anarchy. They don’t respect her father. There was also info that wasn’t in articles. And then there are the freeper sailors who gave info. You want info, ask a sailor. I did.
I wish more people in this country had her kind of ambition.
I don't either. In the middle ages, children left their parents when they were 5 or 7 and were indentured as trade apprentices. In most countries in this world a 16 year old is considered an adult and treated as such. By the time a child is 16 in many third world countries, they have been working full time for 10 years.
I look at this as an American challenge. Sure she could have been killed, but then giving your car keys to a 16 year old on a Saturday night is probably just as dangerous.
I know a lot of 16 year old kids who were killed or maimed because their parents let them borrow the car on a weekend night. You don't see them in the headlines when they are fished out of their car by the jaws of life.
How many of these nannny stater critics ever let their children use their car on a weekend? I did. I trusted my kids to act like adults when they were 16. I guess maybe I should be jailed?
We’ve discussed this, can’t you be glad she’s ok?
Her brother met her at Reunion.
Actually, her press officer, Lyall Mercer, and a couple of members of the Family Sunderland PR team went to Réunion to meet her and manage the news of her arrival. Her brother was sent along as cover for this operation.
Did you send your kid out in a car that wasn’t ready to be driven?
Most of these folks have loser kids who play video games all day and they, themselves, have never done anything remotely interesting or adventurous. We've really become an Mommy driven, maternalistic society....no risk....keep the babies in the womb mentality. Its a far cry from the mentality that built this great country and is such a shame. To see it here on FR is particularly disheartening. I'm surprised that folks aren't beating the kid up for flying home...with all that risk involved. She should have just stayed where she was rescued for the rest of her life...so much safer....LOL
So how much exactly did this search overseas cost YOU specifically?
In post 7, you asked: I dont understand the ugly comments about this situation.
I answered you.
Exactly...your sarcasm is in true form tonight...and spot on.
As an aside, I’m curious about the funding of this venture. Reports were that $200,000 was spent on the boat and equipment, all of that lost. I don’t think that under the circumstances that loss was likely insured. Then there are plane tickets home and other miscellaneous expenses. Is the family that wealthy?
Good comments both of you!
I agree that we keep our kids little kids too long.
(Although mine is still a little girl, and I tend to be an overprotective mama...I give her the tools she needs for what her dreams are. I hope she dreams big like her cousin and takes flying lessons when she’s a young teen, and wants to be a missionary pilot later.)
Mrs Sunderland said it wasn’t insured. And they had sponsors that helped fund the venture. They aren’t rich.
You should have seen the rattle trap that my parents let me drive when I was 16. You had to pump the brakes to make the car stop and if you drove over 50 the front wheels would bounce up and down and it would overheat if you drove it to the top of an overpass and if you ever stopped the car in a bad neighborhood, the battery was certain to go dead and you'd have to walk home.
My dad told me that if I ever found myself in jail, that I'd better not call him for help 'cause I'd be wasting my one phone call.
so answer the next one, are you glad she’s ok, or do you have ill intent towards a “poor unprepared little girl”?
They must be. The mother is an octo-mom of sorts. She’s pregnant with baby number 8.
She is a super girl. If all our youth in our country were like her, it would be a much better country and we would have a much brighter future.
Then again, maybe if our teens just sit home in front of the video games we will all be better off.
In case you have not figured it out, I view dumping on this young all American girl as very un American. To here it here on FR is shocking. We are truly lost as a country.
My son wanted to learn to fly when he was 16. I told him that he needed to get a job and pay for it himself and I said he should probably try looking for a job at the airport. He borrowed my car and went to the airport (25 miles away) and got a job that day working as a dispatcher for a small flight school. He ended up getting free flight lessons and got his pilot's license on his 17th birthday. He also bought his own car when he was 16 so he could continue to work at this job.
That is definitely something to file away for later, we live in a great area for those kinds of opportunities!
Your children, no doubt!
The yacht this girl had couldn't support the navigation system. She had to put into port twice. The second time, her father didn't wait for a slip and he pulled the ship over by it's mast in order to replace the nav system. That weakens the mast.
She was supposed to leave August 2010. Because of Jessica Watson , in order to get the record Abby had to leave 8 months early. The yacht wasn't ready.
You should read the forum Sailing Anarchy. Or talk to Travis McGee.
Whoops, wrong picture. Sorry.
And the parents aren’t paying for her rescue.
Amen. This is the true "can do" American spirit.
When Christopher Columbus was 16 he was already a seasoned sailor, having first gone to sea when he was 10. I would think many of these nanny stater Freepers would think that his parents should have been arrested.
Your logic is faulty. I'm not the one who let her sail off in a yacht that wasn't ready. And you're upset because I object to the needless risk. It makes NO sense to accuse me of wishing her ill will.
“Clearly, it will be very expensive,” Evans said. “Obviously when someone is at risk you have to respond. But I personally have a view that we should be more careful about what we allow people to do in these circumstances.”
“Even the U.S. Sailing Association refused to sponsor Sunderland’s bid, considering it too dangerous. She did not have insurance for her trip, and her mother has said there is no way the family could pay the rescuers even if asked.”
They had no insurance either.
Man, what a pathetic loser you were.
I got my drivers license like everyone else in my high school did, on my 16th Birthday.
My kids at 18.
And you are an overprotective parent.
nice side step. I’m not going to get into a pissing match with you - take care.
The problem I think is that for many of them they look at their own children and realize what a failure they have been as parents.
The parents posting on here that are critical of Abby remember when they as kids built forts, took adventurous neighborhoods hikes...and when they got older rode dirt bikes, went camping, took a canoe trip with their parents.
Now, not giving their kids the same time and attention as their parents gave them - as Abby's parents give here - they lash out at a very visible symbol of their failure as parents.
Here kids, I don't have time to take you to the ball game but here is the lastest baseball video game and a bag of potato chips - and arn't that Abby and her parents terrible.
I’m amazed at the posters who don’t know she was sent out 8 months early in a yacht that had problems and they think it was “brave”.
How nice. I got my license when I got married as my abusive mother used my lack of wheels as control.
And you are an overprotective parent.
Nope. The oldest was a daredevil and I wasn't stupid enough to get him his license. The middle one had to be forced to get a license as he wasn't interested. He still hates driving. And the oldest is still a daredevil.
You have a nice evening too.
“Im amazed at the posters who dont know she was sent out 8 months early in a yacht that had problems and they think it was brave.”
I agree with you. As you know, sailing experts even said it was too dangerous, and that was BEFORE she departed.
But then again, the parents had the reality show planned...
Yes and posters can’t combat the truth with anything but insults.
Can this be jealousy?
Did this girl embark on a voyage that would have had you shaking in your Uggs?