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16 Year Old Sailor June 14, 2010

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.
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I’ve followed Abby Sunderland’s story to try to be the youngest solo circumnavigator since January when she set out in her sailboat yachtWild Eyes from Thousand Oaks, CA. She got from Los Angeles to the Indian Ocean when her mast broke, so she was rescued late last week. Now her mom says that the Australians or the French who rescued her may charge $300,000 for the service.

Wild Eyes is a custom yacht, bought for her by her yacht-builder father.

Abby doesn’t have a driver’s license.

Since the reality TV show didn’t sell, Abby is now thinking of writing a book. Great! She should probably start by reading one.

Lest we forget that we are dealing with the logic of, like, a Southern California teenage girl, like, here’s what she wrote on her blog: “There are plenty of things people can think of to blame for my situation; my age, the time of year and many more. The truth is, I was in a storm and you don’t sail through the Indian Ocean without getting in at least one storm. It wasn’t the time of year it was just a Southern Ocean storm. Storms are part of the deal when you set out to sail around the world.

“As for age, since when does age create gigantic waves and storms? ”

Now, what can you say to that? Well, nothing that will get through to dear Abby. But for the rest of us, perhaps age (meaning the wisdom and maturity of judgment which come with age) helps people to deal with waves and storms without losing their sailboat. For like example.

Her Mom Marianne Sunderland asked, “What price would you put on a child’s life?”  yesterday when questioned about compensation.  “The full cost of chartering an Airbus would be so high, you’d think they (Australian rescue authorities) would have to work with the US government for that.  We’re not wealthy people.” Please note: $150,000 boat plus platinum sponsors = $430,000. Pretty wealthy for a 16-year-old, Mom!

But Mom, this has been received from Australia: “Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the government would not be seeking reimbursement for the cost of the rescue.

“If there was an Australian lost at sea, we would want the international laws on maritime to kick in and for every effort to be made to save that person,” he said.” So, could this really be about profiting from the publicity? Eh, Mom?

Bad timing.  Remember, Mom, the French still have Abby aboard their fishing boat.

They might just throw her back.


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1. gregquill - June 17, 2010

Thanks to Allstate Life Insurance of Northbrook, IL, we can better understand why a 16 year old is not fully equipped for solo round-the-world anything:

Why do most 16-year-olds
drive like they’re
missing a part of their brain?

because they are.

Even bright, mature teenagers sometimes do
things that are “stupid.”

But when that happens, it’s not really their fault. It’s
because their brain hasn’t finished developing.

The underdeveloped area is called the dorsal lateral
prefrontal cortex. It plays a critical role in decision
making, problem solving and understanding future
consequences of today’s actions. Problem is, it won’t be
fully mature until they’re into their 20s.

It’s one reason 16-year-old drivers have crash rates three
times higher than 17-year-olds and five times higher
than 18-year-olds. Car crashes injure about 300,000
teens a year. And kill nearly 6,000.

Is there a way for
teens to get their driving experience more safely—
giving their brains time to mature as completely as
their bodies? Allstate thinks so.

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are one
approach that’s been proven effective at reducing teen
crashes. These laws restrict the more dangerous kinds
of driving teens do, such as nighttime driving and
driving with teen passengers. Since North Carolina
implemented one of the most comprehensive GDL
laws in the country, it has seen a 25% decline in
crashes involving 16-year-olds.

To find out what the GDL laws are in your state,
v isit All state.com/teen. Help enforce them—
and if they aren’t strong enough, ask your legislator to
strengthen them.

Let’s help our teenagers not miss out on tomorrow just
because they have something missing today.

The Cupped Hands logo is a registered service mark and “That’s Allstate’s Stand” is a service mark of Allstate Insurance Company. Life insurance and annuities issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL and Lincoln Benefit Life Company,


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