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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    I had no idea she could go online or talk on a cell phone. How would she keep such things charged? I'm assuming a generator of some sort, but I wouldn't have the slightest idea.

    Stopping at ports is interesting, too. Is a boat like an airplane where she would need to get an okay to come to port? Would that have to be done before she left so they know to look for her around a certain day?
    There are generators, stoves, and all that stuff on these boats. You get into ports via passports and pay a fee to dock. All your directional stuff, and timing your port calls, is all done via GPS now. Even we could navigate ourselves around the world. She could just tell the family which port she'll be in and what day, and they get the tickets and fly out to meet her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgallan View Post
    I'm glad she's ok, but what sort of parent allows their 16 year old daughter to circumnavigate the world solo?

    The sort of parents who let their kids skydive, bungee jump, scuba dive, rock and mountain climb, and so forth. It is a different mindset that most more sedate and normal people don't understand. The kids get the attitude from the parents. Not everybody lives their lives with the concept of what is the safest, or most practical way to do things. I would die of boredom if I had to live such a life as would my dad, brothers, and most of our kids. We are just wired differently.

    They parents did try to talk her out of it because the time of the year made it riskier, but that only made her want to do it more.
    I understand your point, but circumnavigating the globe seems more dangerous than bungee jumping, skydiving, or scuba diving. I don't want my kids to be shy little lambs that sit in the house all day, but I wouldn't support them circumnavigating the globe.

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    If my kid had those skills, and I had the money to get her that kind of boat - a "blue water boat" built for these trips and about as unsinkable as a boat can be - I would let her. You aren't really sailing around the globe non-stop. It is more like a lot of long sails followed with breaks. The timing for this sail was not good, but the boat, and her emergency equipment did it's job. It's not like the old days where if something like this happened you were woulb be lucky to live. They sent out a plane, knew exactly where she was, and spotted her easily enough.

    As I said; this is the naure of my family. My dad is still an active skydiver at 69, and one of my brothers was an extreme BASE jumper (it doesn't get more dangerous than that). The whole family does stuff like this. We aren't reckless - we make sure we have the right equipment and training before we do what we do - but after that it's 'go for it'.
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    Actually, she originally was attempting to circumnavigate non-stop - like her brother did a year ago. She had some problems about 1/2 way through the trip and had to stop in Africa. That was her first break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    I had no idea she could go online or talk on a cell phone. How would she keep such things charged? I'm assuming a generator of some sort, but I wouldn't have the slightest idea.

    Stopping at ports is interesting, too. Is a boat like an airplane where she would need to get an okay to come to port? Would that have to be done before she left so they know to look for her around a certain day?

    It depends on the country, but in most cases she would at least need a visa to stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    Actually, she originally was attempting to circumnavigate non-stop - like her brother did a year ago. She had some problems about 1/2 way through the trip and had to stop in Africa. That was her first break.
    Zac Sunderland was the youngest but he didn't do it non-stop. If she was trying to do it non-stop she would have had to start over in Africa. She may have changed plans to non-stop because of the other girl who recently competed the trip. That could explain why she was so far south (usually you stay at 40 latitude and she was at 70). In which case she learned a lesson, the southern seas are tough enough, but even tougher in the winter.

    Those boats are hard to sink. A 100 foot rogue wave could do it. Otherwise about the only other way is to get swamped with the hatches open. I am sure she was smart enough to batton down the hatches. Those boats can get knocked all the way over and the keel will bring them back up within an hour. The boat basically got knocked down and her mast broke. If the seas would calm down enough she could even jury rig something to get to saftey. But it is better to just get rescued in the southern seas at that latitude.

    As far as the whole other issues; most people are wired to play it safe. Others need to always be chasing a goal or a dream. That was the kind of spirit that pioneered this country afterall. Given she has spent her whole life sailing, what real difference would 16 versus 18 make? The worry with a 16 year old would be they couldn't handle themselves. But she already had a sibling that made a similar trip and he handled himself fine. The parents know their kids better than we do. Obviously they figured she wouldn't panic in such a life or death situation - and she didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgallan View Post
    That could explain why she was so far south (usually you stay at 40 latitude and she was at 70). In which case she learned a lesson, the southern seas are tough enough, but even tougher in the winter.
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    Per this article here one of the reasons she was so far South was she was looking to avoid pirates.

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    The Indian Ocean is treacherous, particularly where she is. I have experience on the water but not "sailing." I have pitchpoled a three meter Zodiac and been on a 44 foot life boat that has rolled 90 and turned back. The weight in the keel makes them self righting and of course they're self bailing. There is no doubt in my mind she was in zulu condition whenever the sail went up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    Actually, she originally was attempting to circumnavigate non-stop - like her brother did a year ago. She had some problems about 1/2 way through the trip and had to stop in Africa. That was her first break.
    Now we are back to my original question. What in the hell do you think about when you are on the ocean alone for months? Plugged in or not, you have got to get bored. Possibly a little crazy. The clothes would have left as soon as I hit international waters. The sanity would soon follow.

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