I am glad that the Guinness people, and various sailing organizations have stopped recognizing "youngest boy/girl to sail around the world." If a kid wants to go sailing around the world, and can afford to do so, let them. But, to attempt the feat as a means of acquiring fame and fortune; NO!
Begging sponsorship? NO!!
Slocum, and Aebi, probably others, did it in their time on their own time on their own dime, for reasons that came from within themselves. These kids are either pushed into it by their parents, or imitating someone else, whose parents pushed them into it. This whole category of "Youngest Sailor", reminds me of the "Balloon Boy" incident. The only motivation that I can fathom for either is Fame and Fortune. And frankly, I am loosing patience with it.
I suggest that there should be a new recognised category of Oldest unsponsored person to circumnavigate alone and unassisted
Now, maybe I'm being too harsh on Jessica
. I really haven't followed her trials & trivials, and don't want to. My post is more directed at Abby Slocum, and more so at her parents
who have helped her, and her brother, promote their "adventure" like PT Barnum. These kids are being exploited!