Abby's Incredible Journey
Abby Sunderland , a 16-year-old, California blonde, does her high school homework in an unlikely location – the cabin of a 40-ft. sailboat named Wild Eyes. And it will be a few months before Abby can turn in that homework. That’s how long it will take her to sail around the world – alone.
That’s right, alone. Abby set out from California in January determined to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop solo. She and Wild Eyes will make the entire voyage without stopping at any port along the way. The next time she sets foot on land she’ll be home.
At first glance, this adventure seems impossible. After all, a 16-year-old is still just a kid. But look a little deeper. Abby has been sailing literally all of her life, and sailing alone since she became a teen. By the time Abby set sail in January, she had accumulated thousands of miles of coastal cruising through a number of hazardous weather conditions.
The trip began as a dream, but she prepared for it by learning all she could about her boat and everything aboard. It carries state-of-the-art navigational equipment, a water desalinization system, safety features and more. She also has a support team, and sponsors to help defray the costs. When the big day finally came Abby was ready to live her dream.
You can follow Abby’s journey at www.abbysunderland.com. There you’ll find an upbeat, positive young woman happily facing challenges most of us can only imagine. She’s confident, she’s prepared and she’s following her dream.
If a 16-year-old can sail alone around the world, what excuse can any of us have for not setting lofty goals and achieving them? Go, Abby, and thank you for your example.