Round-the-world-teen-sailor vows solo try won’t be last

Sunday, June 13, 2010

NEW YORK - Abby Sunderland, 16, has vowed that she would attempt to sail solo round the world again.

Her first try at the record was thwarted when she became stranded for two nights in rough Indian Ocean seas.

She was plucked from her damaged yacht by a French fishing vessel today, 2,000 nautical miles from the western coast of Australia.

Her 40-foot sailboat Wild Eyes remains adrift, reports the New York Post.

The American sailor was waiting to be evacuated since Friday, when Australian rescuers spotted her from the air and made radio contact.

“It’s been a little bit crazy these past few days. Everything’s happened pretty fast but I was really lucky that there was a boat that could come and get me where I was,” Sunderland said, according to Australian broadcaster ABC.

“When stuff is going on out there you can’t really get too scared about it-I mean it doesn’t really do any good.”

When asked if she would sail again, she said: “I’m definitely going to sail around the world again, or at least give it another try. I don’t know when I’ll get another chance to do it. I’ve wanted to sail around the world for years and I definitely want to do it.” (ANI)

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