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Sister of teen circumnavigator eyes round-the-world bid

Aug 20, 2009
Zac Sunderland, the teenager who last month became the youngest person to sail around the world alone, comes from a talented family of sailors and shipwrights.  His younger sister, 16 year-old Abby Sunderland, is now eyeing a solo round-the-world bid, which, if she starts soon, would allow her to break her brother's record and become the youngest circumnavigator.  And, unlike her brother, she wants to make the trip non-stop.

From the LA Times:

Laurence and Marianne Sunderland received a lot of criticism -- and support -- for allowing their oldest son to go off on such a potentially dangerous adventure. They'll hear the same criticism -- perhaps even stronger -- once word spreads of Abby's planned journey.

But Zac proved more than capable and Abby, likewise, is an accomplished sailor with a shipwright for a father. So she's to be commended for her bravery and adventurous spirit, and hopefully she'll be blessed with the same good fortune enjoyed by her brother.

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