Abby Sunderland, the teenage sailor who was rescued after her yacht became disabled by strong waves in the Indian Ocean while attempting a solo around-the-world voyage, was one step closer to home Friday night when she landed at Reunion Island, near Madagascar.
Several people were waiting for her on the island: her older brother, Zac, who sailed around the world alone at age 17 in 2009, and some members of her support team, according to her blog.
After she arrived about 10 p.m. Pacific time, Sunderland told reporters that she was "really disappointed that things didn't go as planned," the Associated Press reported.
Sunderland's 40-foot yacht Wild Eyes was struck by 25-foot-high waves June 10. The 16-year-old triggered several emergency beacons and drifted for two days before being rescued by the French fishing vessel Ille de la Reunion.