In 2010, Abby Sunderland vied to become the youngest sailor to attempt to circumnavigate the globe. She sailed Wild Eyes, a 40 foot sloop, leaving from California, making it to the Indian Ocean.
As NPR points out, Sunderland’s solo attempt set off spirited debates over whether minors should be allowed to try to set perilous records. Questions also arose about the expense and risks of finding and rescuing her. Read More