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Good for her, and best of luck...this will be something for her to remember. And I agree the two legged kind are far more risky to her well being than mother nature.

As for being a girl, what difference does that make?

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I wasn't remarking at the fact she was a girl, just that there seem to be an awful lot of young girls racing each other around the globe.. xD
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Dangerous? Sure. Questionable risk? Could be. Motivations? We can only speculate. Could it all wind up badly? Sure. Will it? Don't know. My problem? None. Can she do it? If she doesn't have any major mechanical issues, hit anything, etc... sure. Would I like to do it myself? I don't know as I'm not looking down the barrel of it being an immediate reality. That said, I'm guessing a number of folks who are nay sayers are having difficulty imagining anyone living beyond their own expectations. Yeah, that's a mighty expensive piece of kit for a 16 year old and most certainly beyond her allowance. In the bigger picture, I think we forget what many 16 year olds in the world have to live with and through. I'm sure Abby's adventure, even with the risks involved, will be much safer than many of their lives.
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Interesting debate. I wonder what people will think if one of these children dies in pursuit of a record.
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Sorry to disagree,

But at 16 many of today's kids are adults..they face things that we older folks have no understanding of. The risks now are more and different. IF she is mentally prepared, physically able to do it, then why not now.

I am a parent, and my kid drives up and down the NJ Turnpike and I95 almost every day...is that risk any less than a well prepared sailboat heading around the world under capable hands? Don't think so.

I would be proud that my girl (or boy) had a goal, I was able to help provide the tools to attain the goal, and that he or she attempted, much less succeeded.

Don't cut the kids short, Way too often our kids live down to our (or society) expectations, or never step out of their comfort levels for anything. I see it everywhere in school, in work and in how they carry themselves.

Maybe once, just tell the kids to go for it...sure there is risk..but which would be worse...

Best of luck to Abby and Family
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I, too, worry about the boat she's on... a far cry from the forgiving Islander 36 her brother used, or the boat that Jessica's on now..

Have to say, Jessica's recent comments on her stormy couple of days show a maturity beyond her years.

Abby's got the background and the support... but I wonder if she can truly handle her ride.

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Zac had to scrap an old Islander 36 together but Abby gets a $90K Ocean 40???
What the heck? Tough to be the older brother I guess.
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I get the feeling that Abby may be wishing for something more like the old Islander that Zac had when the bad weather hits. An Open 40 is a handful in heavy weather for a full crew, much less a single 16-year old....

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Zac had to scrap an old Islander 36 together but Abby gets a $90K Ocean 40???
What the heck? Tough to be the older brother I guess.

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I, too, worry about the boat she's on... a far cry from the forgiving Islander 36 her brother used, or the boat that Jessica's on now..

Have to say, Jessica's recent comments on her stormy couple of days show a maturity beyond her years.

Abby's got the background and the support... but I wonder if she can truly handle her ride.
One thing that's interesting is that she's not carrying any spinnakers on board. The boat most certainly won't be pushed anywhere near what it might be during a race campaign.

To answer the other post, yes, she might die. That's just part of the deal.

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I have no major issues with these amazing adventures what ever the age or gender of the sailor. I do consider these recent attempts, to be well assisted stunts, in many respects, the main goal being attention, wealth, and fame.

When the true circs, IMHO, Slocum, Johnson, Moitessier Dumas, Chichester, Graham, and the like, went around, they had little or no advanced weather info. or shore based sitters or support. They had to figure the weather for themselves, prepare in advance and find their location without current GPS etc. They had the compass, the paper charts, and the sextant.

They were truly on their own, against the sea.

These events, in no way, are the equivalent of those, and should not be compared to them. Send them around under those conditions and see who comes back!

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