Question

Do you think a 16 year old girl should have been sailing around the world alone?

I think so, because Jessica Watson of Australia did, and she completed her journey with no problem - and she went non-stop. What happened to Abby was just bad luck.

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Yes. She had been in constant communication with the outside world until her misfortune.

#1

No. I just thought she was doing it for attention and to get into the Guinness Book of Records. A girl her age should be concentrating on her education!

#2

I'm gonna say no as i'd be too scared to do that!

#3

I don't think so. I would never let any of my daughters sail around the world at 16 by themselves. As a family is different.

#4

16 is to young to do this ,she should of had a crew to help her out .

#5

a chaperone would have been nice.

#6

With 4 older brothers, I know a thing or 2 about sibling rivalry...and I'm pretty sure this at least partly came from that. Abbey's brother circumnavigated the globe last year, and actually held the record for being the youngest to do it for a short time...so she felt like she had to do it.

The question is whether it was out of competitive spirit with her brother, or feeling that her parents might somehow favor her brother over her since her brother managed to do it, and hold the record for being the youngest to do it for a short time...

That said, it is really dumb for parents to assume that a 16 year old has the where-with-all to SAIL SAFELY BY HERSELF AROUND THE WORLD. And, the CRITICISM FROM PROFESSIONALS is WARRANTED. Abbey and her family didn't THINK about EVERYTHING, like WEATHER CONDITIONS, obviously.

The point of the HARSH CRITICISM FROM PROFESSIONALS is, this time of year is NOT THE TIME TO GO SAILING IN THE INDIAN OCEAN. TRANSLATION-DANGEROUS WEATHER THAT THEY WOULDN'T DARE GO OUT IN THEMSELVES...

And, NO...If I had a daughter, I would not LET my daughter go sailing the world ALONE at 16...There are problems with PIRATES, as has been covered in the news in certain parts of the world. Abbey could have been overrun by a pirate ship, kidnapped, raped, or even THE WORST...

#7

I'm certafiably wacko and I wouldn't even let her do that!

#8