Abby’s trip ain’t over ’til it’s over

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Daily News Staff Photo by John McCoy

The news this weekend (linked here) that 16-year-old Thousand Oaks resident Abby Sunderland’s attempt to sail around the world non-stop – which could have made her the youngest to do so — has ended because of repairs needed on her boat in South Africa can be viewed as disappointing.

But it doesn’t mean the journey is finished.

Since she has to port for repairs on her autopilot, the “non-stop” modifier part of this is obviously over. She also stopped several days after her initial launch three months ago in Mexico for repairs, but restarted and had intentions of ending the trip there as well.

“It would be foolish and irresponsible for me to keep going with my equipment not working well,” she wrote on her blog Saturday (linked here). “I gave it my best shot and made it almost half way around the world. I will definitely keep going, and whether or not I will make any more stops after this I don’t know yet. I admit I was pretty upset at first, but there is no point in getting upset. Whats done is done and there is nothing I can do about it.”

Her website today (linked here) clairied her situation:

Despite some media reports stating that Abby’s trip has been abandoned, the journey IS NOT over. Abby still plans on continuing her solo circumnavigation and hopes to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo.

For those still critical of her journey, it looks as if she’s much more capable of mature decision-making than many gave her credit for. This would have been difficult for anyone to make, but considering it comes from someone her age — very impressive.

But that’s what her mother said going into this: She never doubted her daughter’s maturity in making this trip. The things out of her control — weather, etc. — were somewhat dangerous, but not enough to deter her from giving it a try.

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