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would you let your 16 yr old daughter sail around the world ALONE ?




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      Mztracy wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • omg, we were just talking about this at dinner. NO I wouldn’t. I do not care how much she knows about sailing etc. To many things can go wrong. And, the have it seems....

      I just pray they find her...alive!!




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      Wookiemom09 wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • no but I am an overprotective mom and hated when my son started driving.  This just confirms to me why she shouldn’t have gone in the first place.




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      Anne E wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • Not a chance!




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • No, I wouldn’t. You never know what could happen out there. even kidnapping, not just issues with weather. It’s just too dangerous.




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      Zena Coleman wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • My thought was, what if she ran into pirates or someone like that, I do pray that they find her well.




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      Irina Hurme wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • No way!

      I just hope she gets home well!




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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • I’d think twice about it, but probably yes, if that’s what it was her dream to do, and I knew she was capable of it, yes. Honestly she’s probably safer out there in a sail boat than behind the wheel of a car!




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      Tamra wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • No.  But having a new teenage driver in the family, I think tuliplady makes a very good point about safety behind the wheel!




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      Max0125 wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • No matter how mature and skilled the 16 year old is, no I would not.




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • I would not want her to go , but I am bad about giving in too easy ...




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      Mindy Wilson wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • NOPE!!! I don’t want my kids by the river by themselves either, their old enough now too!

      Mindy




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      Yana Berlin wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • Absolutely not. I also don’t think that 16 year old should be driving without supervision.

      I’m all for setting goals and reaching for the stars, but as a parent it is my responsibility to make sure what ever my kids want to do makes sense. Anything can happen, letting a 16 yr old sail by her self is ludicrous.




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • Well they found her alive and well which is great.  What about that 13 year old boy that climbed Mt. Everest?




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      Kyah wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • Alone? No. With another person? Yes. I know a few overprotective parents who are afraid to let their teenagers ride the subway alone, and I have to laugh, I rode the subways for 4 years while in high school and after school when I worked in Manhattan. Just as many crimes and strange stuff going on then as there is now. But that was in the same city. The world outside of the United States is just what it is—foreign!

      Glad to read she’s ok. Regarding the 13 year old who climbed Mt. Everest? Even HE said he wouldn’t recommend any other teenager doing it!




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      Southerndiva wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • My daughter and I have been following Abby’s blog, but...NO!!!!




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      UK Girl wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • No - but hey at 18 I went round Europe on my own and stayed with family - I do feel that 30 years on the world is a smaller place for teenagers as we have so much danger outside.

      I hope she is safe and tell what will be a journey of a lifetime




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      Momofthreeprincess wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • I just read the whole article about this girl.  She has been sailing since she could walk. She was more than half way through her journey when she was hit by 30 foot waves which broke the mast.

      Would I allow my daughter to do this?  Probably not but I allowed my daughter to run around Chicago when she was in high school  without me.  She would take the train to her friends house and the both of them would go all over Chicago without adult supervision.  It was a matter of trust.  I trusted her to stay where it was safe.

       I think for the parents it was a matter of trust.  At the same time they also allowed her brother to do the same thing at the same age.  Is it different because she is a girl?  There also was another girl from Austria that did the same thing.  Difference is that she succeed.




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      Momofthreeprincess wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • By the way the search planes did find her and did talk to her.  She did the right thing that when the mast was broken it broke her satellite radio so she set off the emergency beacon to find her.  She stayed out of the main shipping lanes so where she is is not sailed on often.  They are sending boats out to her and expect to get there by Saturday.  She is in a remote area of the Indian Ocean.




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      Msj wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • I agree with momofthree




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • I didnt know she was all alone, in that case, I would not.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • Glad she is alive and they are going to go get her.heart

      Would I let my child If I had a child do that alone? NO! Male or female...NO! experienced or not..NO! Granted walking across the street from your own home Isn’t safe either, but to be out there In the ocean who knows where and alone...NO!




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      Cristina Corral wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • No I wouldn’t.  I don’t understand because the golden rule of scuba diving is to never go alone!  This is similar because you are facing the same if not worse dangers sailing alone with no one there to help.




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      Karyn Olson wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • I am not sure what I would do...a part of me wouldn’t allow her because of the many dangers...the other part would want her to be her own person and follow her dreams...I am stuck on this one.




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      Suzann wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • Totally no, not at 16. I’m glad she’s okay, by the way. Karyn, yes, I’d want her to follow her dreams, too, but I’d want her to wait til she was older, and as Cristina said, have her go with a buddy.

      Peace,
      Suzann
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      Anne E wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • I’m glad she’s okay.




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      Linni wrote Jun 12, 2010
    • in a word....NO!!!!
      i am glad they found her safe! heart




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • So glad to hear she is well...I am probably the wrong person to answer this since I am not sea loving (can’t swim), so in that respect it would be NO to my 16 year old to do it alone, but as Terma mentioned with experienced adults, it might sway my opinion.




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      Kmarie wrote Jun 15, 2010
    • No way, not with all the slave trafficing and etc... that target young teens and children




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      Frannie1964 wrote Jun 15, 2010
    • I was just reading an artical In todays paper about the Sunderlands and their daughter. From the sounds of the artical, It seems like these young teenagers are just trying to break records. There not doing It because It’s been something they wanted to for along time or sence they were little, It’s bascially a competition for them to see who can be the youngest to break a record. First her brother Zac became the youngest to break the recored sailing solo around the world. In 1996 a 20 year old Hawaiian named Brian Caldwell set the mark. In a few months later, It was broken by an 18 year old Austrailian. and then another 18 year old Aussie did It with no assistance, thus upping the bar. His mark was broken by Zac Sunderland. Abby’s older brother. The list goes on of these young teens who are breaking each others records. So basically this wasn’t only about sailing, but about breaking records and grabbing fame.

      In another part of the artical, It said

      Instead of network appearances, the parents should be on their knees right now thanking heaven they‘re not mourning a child in an empty coffin. Sixteen is teenaged. A time to learn, socialize, grow up. Just being alone for six months at that age is a bad idea.
      There are normal risk, There are foolish risk. And there are risk done in the name of fame. Kids may not know the difference. Parents should.

      So on that note... I would not let my child at that age go out In the ocean across the world ALONE! just to break some record or to compete with other young teens. I would value my childs life more then that and wouldn’t care about the fame. If my child chooses to be mad at me for that, then so be It. But they would thank me later on when they are still alive and married with children of their own. Just saying!  

      By the way, the Sunderlands have 7 children and an 8th one on the way. I wonder If there going to let that one go out In the ocean alone also.




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