In 2010, a 17-year-old Abby Sunderland had one goal: to travel around the world solo in her yacht. If she was successful, she would be the youngest person in history to accomplish the feat. When she set off on her journey, she was filled with hope in her heart and adventure on her mind. Then she had to be rescued after her boat was struck by a rogue wave, something Sunderland barely survived. Her boat wasn’t so lucky. But then eight years later, something amazing happened!
Following In Her Brother’s Footsteps
Just one year before Abby Sunderland embarked on her solo world tour, her brother had done the same thing. Zac Sunderland successfully returned home from his trip on July 16, 2009. At the time, it made him the youngest person to ever solo sail the globe.
Maybe it was because of their sibling rivalry, but Abby was determined to break that record. Sailing ran in the family, so convincing her family to let her follow in her brother’s footsteps wouldn’t be hard.