Monday, January 25, 2010

16-Year-Old Girl Starts Solo Sail Around Globe

by The Associated Press

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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, 16, sets sail on her sailboat Wild Eyes as she leaves for her world record attempting journey Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, 16, pilots her sailboat Wild Eyes as she leaves for her world record attempting journey Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland's sailboat, Wild Eyes, leaves for a world record attempting journey Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland stands on her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, 16, uses a cell phone and looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, left, 16, gets a hug from friend Casey Nash, right, before leaving for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Her brother Zac Sunderland is at left. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.
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Associated Press Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club, Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland is attempting to be the youngest person to complete a nonstop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. January 24, 2010, 06:46 am ET

A 16-year-old has set out to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

Abby Sunderland of Thousand Oaks sailed into the sunny Pacific Ocean on Saturday after being delayed a few days by a series of violent storms in California.

Her boat-builder father, Laurence, along with other family members and fiends, cheered at the Del Rey Yacht Club as they watched the 40-foot craft called Wild Eyes depart.

She plans to be at sea for five or six months. She will be alone but able to communicate via satellite telephone and a blog (at abbysunderland.com).

The current record holder is 17-year-old Mike Perham of Britain, who took the mark last year from Abby's then-17-year-old brother Zac.

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Information from: Daily Breeze, http://www.dailybreeze.com