Abby Sunderland Quotes
Abigail Jillian "Abby" Sunderland (born October 19, 1993) is an American former sailor who, in 2010, unsuccessfully attempted to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world
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On October 19, 2009, my sixteenth birthday, Wild Eyes officially became mine! Now it was really happening.
The winds were blowing from west to east, pushing Abby's boat toward the rocks as Abby struggled with the autopilots below. If Wild Eyes reached those islands, she wouldn't run aground, keel in the sand. She would be smashed into pieces.
On June 10, the worst storm in the series swept across the middle of the Indian Ocean and Wild Eyes was directly in its path.
But none of that kept me from picturing what a tsunami might look like if it did rise up and roar toward my little boat like some watery blue version of the Great Wall of China.
I'm one-hundred-fifty miles off Cape Horn, both autopilots are broken, and my boat is drifting toward one of the nastiest chunks of ocean on the face of the earth.
When a sailor overcomes crushing adversity, there's a massive sense of accomplishment.
I was so thankful that my parents trusted me enough and had enough faith in my abilities to let me follow my passion and try to do something great, even if I might fail.
The open ocean often takes you past your physical limits and when it does, sailing becomes a mental game.
Wild Eyes was built for speed and I was flying down walls of water twenty and thirty feet high.
It seems like people my age are over-protected today, even to the point where a lot of parents refuse to put their kids in the position to make important decisions, to aspire to great things, because they don't want to put them in a position to fail.
The seriousness of my situation started to sink in, and again I fought panic. I pushed it down, but it was harder this time, like my insides were an open can of shaken soda and I was trying to keep it from bubbling up out of the top.
One day that same year, I told my dad that someday, I would sail around the world alone.
Fewer people have successfully solo-circumnavigated the globe than have journeyed into space.
I will never forget the feeling of walking into my home, a place that while drifting helpless in the middle of the Indian Ocean I wondered if I would ever see again.