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June 13, 2010 |
Plucked from a disabled sailboat in the Indian Ocean, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland is now steaming away from her epic goal of circling the globe, but drawing slowly closer to a family eager to embrace her. On Saturday, the Thousand Oaks solo sailor climbed aboard the French fishing vessel Ile de la Reunion — much to the relief of her parents, who had backed her expedition every step of the way. In 2009, Abby's older brother Zac briefly became...
January 24, 2010 |
Invaders have long stormed Britain's shores from ships. Now, increasing numbers are storming ashore -- waving wallets instead of swords -- from cruise ships. Some of the world's largest cruise lines have developed niche sailings this year for those who might want an ocean cruise with a visit to some of the most popular and, at the same time, some of the most undiscovered parts of the British Isles. Three years ago, travelers could find only a limited number of vessels making this journey, but this summer they'll find more than 5,000 berths offered by well-known lines such as Cunard, P&O, Fred.
January 24, 2010 |
"We'll go to Starbucks when you get back!" a friend yelled from a yacht full of well-wishers, as it pulled away from Abby Sunderland's sailboat and began the short trip back to port. That might have been the last statement issued to the 16-year-old Thousand Oaks mariner, who, at about noon on a sun-drenched Saturday atop a rolling sea, waved goodbye to family and friends for a final time and began to pursue the horizon by herself. The words seemed to float across the water like a stark reminder of what an otherwise jubilant Marina del Rey send-off was really about.
December 14, 2009 |
Abby Sunderland is bundled in foul-weather gear at the tiller of the 40-foot racing yacht Wild Eyes as it grudgingly navigates chaotic swells on a northward trudge against a bone-chilling head wind along the Baja California coast. But as long hours pass into even worse conditions, there are no complaints from the 16-year-old from Thousand Oaks, who knows this is paradise compared with what she'll soon face much farther from home and in far more turbulent seas. If this has a familiar tone, it's understandable.
July 11, 2009
Re "Teen sailor sees the world, sets course for home," Column One, July 6 Zac Sunderland should receive every accolade for his voyage and record-setting, but the litany of problems he had should not be taken as typical of a circumnavigation. The bad weather he encountered was likely a result of his having to sail to meet a schedule. When my family and I completed our almost seven-year circumnavigation, we did so without encountering sustained winds at sea of more than 35 knots.
July 6, 2009 |
Zac Sunderland is wedged in his small bunk, reading, as his 36-foot sailboat ascends and careens down mountainous, shifting peaks. Just ahead on this late June morning is Mexico's first seasonal tropical depression, whose winds have roiled the Pacific. To the south, churning up the coast: a larger storm building into a hurricane. Sunderland, 17, is more than 100 miles offshore on the final leg of a 13-month, around-the-world odyssey.