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Old 06-10-2010, 08:57 PM
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Default Please pray that Abby is found safe.

Hey everyone, I don't usually do this, but a friend of mine, Abby Sunderland, has been sailing around the world since January. Well, after fighting with rough seas for the past few days in the Indian Ocean, and having to repair some things that broke, communications with the land team were cut out this morning around 6 am ET, and shortly after activated two of her EPIRBs (emergency beacons). She is out in the middle of no where, most likely capsized and having serious issues to be tracking at the speed she is going (1 mph).

Just asking ya'll to pray that she is physically safe, and that she makes it out safe.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:49 PM
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Godspeed, Abby Sunderland
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:54 AM
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Good news! An aussie plane did an overflight of the location, found her boat, and made radio contact with her. She is ok, but the boat is not. The mast has been, well, "de-masted", taking out her way to move and communicate. 3-4 ships are a few hundred miles away moving to her position to see whats up and lend some help.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:30 AM
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Awesome News! I saw this on the news the other day. I thought it was cool how her parents were not freaking out and had absolute confidence in the fact that there daughter was safe. That says alot about how good of a sailor she is IMO. That's Great that she is actually still with the boat! To bad she didn't make all the way around, you think she will be continuing or does this put a stop to her record breaking trip? The only thing I was thinking is how do they let a 16 year old do this and would the parents get any reprecutuins for allowing her to do this. Hope everything works out OK.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:45 AM
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This would be the end of her voyage, she is going home. Everyone has absolute confidence in her, she is a great sailor, and knows what to do when something happens to her boat.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:54 AM
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Glad to see she is ok. I honestly can't see how anything would come back on her parents. They're supporting something she wanted to do. And it's not drugs, prostitution, or anything like that, it's something that's a good thing. Brave girl btw. I wouldn't be able to do that.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:18 AM
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Glad to see she is ok. I honestly can't see how anything would come back on her parents. They're supporting something she wanted to do. And it's not drugs, prostitution, or anything like that, it's something that's a good thing. Brave girl btw. I wouldn't be able to do that.
I agree %100. I just meant that we all know how society works and IF something bad were to have happened to her we all know the finger pointing would have started. I don't think its right but we all know it would happen.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:20 AM
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It already has started, not going to say more than that at the moment.

Most teenage girls her age are only thinking about getting their license, while abs is going around the world.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:30 AM
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It already has started, not going to say more than that at the moment.

Most teenage girls her age are only thinking about getting their license, while abs is going around the world.
I figured and that's too bad. I thought it was a cool story and don't think anyone is to blame. If she wants I say try again!
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:56 AM
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:58 PM
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So I am on the iPhone and have no clue how to copy and paste from it. Like I said she's ok and the boat is mostly intact. No mast is on board now and she is coming home thanks to a french fishing troller that has been rerouted. They wil hopefully be there within the next 20 hours or so. Picture that the Aussie war plane took is available at solround.blogspot.com. She's a trooper and just needs to at back do some fishing (haha) and wait this out.
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:08 PM
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Read about this today...she lives just over the hill from me. Glad to hear she is safe! I am sure she will give it another go.
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:32 PM
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Glad she is safe and all, but i have one question: How does a 16 year old get out of 6 months of school? she is only in the 10th grade and i highly doubt she is so smart that she graduated 2 years early. Not trying to be a jerk, but her required education is more important than sailing around the world. thats why the Navy requires you to have a high school diploma in order to join. I really hope she didn'tdrop out of school to attempt this feat.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:49 AM
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^^^Not sure about that one...but her brother also did this at 17.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:43 AM
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The kids are homeschooled. They have been since Zac (her older brother) was about 5 years old, so a long time ago.

The best thing is that the boat that picked Abs up is on its way to the keregulin islands, about halfway between Australia and SA. From there, a French SAR ship is going to pick her up for the long voyage to Madagascar. From there, she's gonna meet her pops and Josh, and they are going to be on the way back to CA.

Sucky thing about this is that Wild Eyes (the boat) is totally gone. Plans were originally to go and retrieve her, but now that shes been abandoned there is no way to find her.
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