Abby set sail from Los Angeles County's Marina del Rey in her 40-foot boat, Wild Eyes, on Jan. 23 in an attempt to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone without stopping. Her brother Zac briefly held the record at age 17.
On May 15, Australian 16-year-old Jessica Watson claimed the record after completing a 23,000-mile circumnavigation in 210 days.
So did her father have any role in fostering Abby Sunderland's interest in sailing? Like someone who left a comment, I was reminded of Jessica Dubroff, the 7-yr-old 'pilot' who was killed trying to fly across the United States. And what is Jessica Watson's story? (And when someone sails solo and unassisted, does that mean that no other ships can follow or accompany him? In case of emergency?)