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    http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/...arly+two+days/

    Abby Sunderland is a 16 year old from California attempting to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world solo.

    She fired off her EPIRB distress beacon today, rescue efforts are going to take a while because she is basically directly in the center of the Indian Ocean.

    Hoping she's alright.

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    I read she was 400 miles from the nearest ship. Scary stuff.

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    http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/...aged+sailboat/

    They found her, thankfully. Boat had lost its mast that's why she shot the rescue beacon off.

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    I'm glad she's ok, but what sort of parent allows their 16 year old daughter to circumnavigate the world solo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts View Post
    I'm glad she's ok, but what sort of parent allows their 16 year old daughter to circumnavigate the world solo?
    Another 16 year old girl from AUS recently accomplished the feat and the girl who set off her emergency beacon's brother did it last year.

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    Since the girl is okay now, I think it might be okay to ask this question. How long was this trip expected to take? And what in the world would you think about for however many months it does take? I get bored by the first mile or so in a run, I couldn't imagine months on end by myself without anyone to talk to. I would probably start talking to a volleyball named Wilson, ala Tom Hanks in Castaway.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    Since the girl is okay now, I think it might be okay to ask this question. How long was this trip expected to take? And what in the world would you think about for however many months it does take? I get bored by the first mile or so in a run, I couldn't imagine months on end by myself without anyone to talk to. I would probably start talking to a volleyball named Wilson, ala Tom Hanks in Castaway.
    There is a lot of time alone but they do these trips in 'legs'. They will sail across an ocean and then stop to resupply and for repairs, and then on to the next port, and so on, until they are around the world. With the world being wired now she almost always had people to talk to, could go on line, and so on. Still lonely but not like it used to be before the advent of a wired world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgallan View Post
    There is a lot of time alone but they do these trips in 'legs'. They will sail across an ocean and then stop to resupply and for repairs, and then on to the next port, and so on, until they are around the world. With the world being wired now she almost always had people to talk to, could go on line, and so on. Still lonely but not like it used to be before the advent of a wired world.
    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?

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