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Teen sailor says she did nothing wrong

Abby Sunderland, 16, and brother Zac at a news conference Tuesday in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Associated Press

Abby Sunderland, 16, and brother Zac at a news conference Tuesday in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Facing dozens of cameras, 16-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland thanked her rescuers on Tuesday, recounted how she got through her most terrifying moments at sea and spoke about how her family has gotten through sharp criticism of the voyage.

Responding to those who said she was too young to sail around the world by herself, Abby defended her abilities. On boats since she was a toddler, she has worked as a crew member on sailboats piloted by her father and her older brother, Zac, who made his own circumnavigation last year at age 17.

After she traveled 12,000 nautical miles, her voyage was stopped only because a rogue wave turned her boat upside down and snapped her 60-foot mast, she told reporters in Marina del Rey, where she set sail in January.

"I've crossed two oceans and two capes," she said. "The questions about my age should have been done months ago. … My trip didn't end because of something I did wrong."

At 13, she decided she wanted to sail around the world. While onboard her 40-foot-sloop, Wild Eyes, she said, she read Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, which rails against society's low expectations of teenagers.

Abby had to abort an attempt to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe after the wave hit. She was rescued June 12 by a French fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean after drifting for two days.

She said there were moments when she was terrified, but she was expecting that when she set sail. She is writing a book about her journey, she said.

Los Angeles Times

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