Abby Sunderland Forced to Ditch Sailing Record-Breaking Dreams
Abby Sunderland, a 16-year-old girl from California, had a major setback in her mission to become the youngest person ever to sail nonstop around the world alone. Equipment on her boat failed and now she must make a stop in South Africa for repairs.
Abby was on the footsteps of 16-year-old Australia native Jessica Watson, who's just weeks away from finishing her solo sailing journey around the world. Once completed, she'll take the title away from 17-year-old Mike Perham (who coincidentally took the title from Abby's older brother).
Abby is five months younger than Jessica, who's currently experiencing monster waves at sea while on her final stretch home. If Jessica's successful, Abby won't have much time if she wants to someday hold the record.
"It would be foolish and irresponsible for me to keep going with my equipment not working well," Abby says. Still, she's not giving up hope.
"I will definitely keep going and whether or not I will make any more stops after this, I don't know yet," she continues. "I admit I was pretty upset at first, but there is no point in getting upset. What's done is done and there is nothing I can do about it."