Latest Abby Sunderland launch target date: Saturday


After delays that go back to November related to acquiring the right vessel, having new equipment tested and shifts in global weather patterns, the around-the-world voyage of Abby Sunderland is tentatively set for Saturday at about 11:30 a.m. from the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

The 16-year-old from Thousand Oaks can become the youngest in history to circumnavigate the globe without assistance and without touching land.

Abby, who with brother Zac was named the 2009 Daily News Sportspersons of the Year, is trying to be the youngest to get around the world solo as another 16-year-old, Jessica Watson of Australia, is also in route, having left in Oct. 2009. Watson is five months older than Abby.

“I’ve been ready to go now for many weeks,” said Abby. “A technical issue followed by some weather delays has pushed back my departure, but I’m feeling strong and sound and ready to soberly embrace this challenge.”

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