In an AP Interview titled US teen sailor unfazed by ordeal Jeffrey Schaeffer reports “Rescued Teen Sailor Hopes to Try Again”:
PARIS (AP) — Yes, she’s 16, but Abby Sunderland says she knew what she was doing when she tried to sail around the world alone, and was prepared when it all went wrong in a remote zone of the Indian Ocean.
In an exclusive interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Sunderland acknowledged that her adventure “can look pretty crazy,” but she defended her parents against critics who say she never should have been allowed to attempt it.
“Those people don’t know me. And if they did, they wouldn’t be criticizing my age,” she said by phone from the remote Kerguelen Islands, near Antarctica, where her rescue boat stopped briefly Tuesday en route to Reunion Island and a true reunion with her family.
“I think that a lot of people are judging me by the standards they have for their teens and other teens that they know … and thinking, ‘She’s exactly like them,’” Sunderland said. “They don’t understand that I’ve sailed my whole life and I do know what I’m doing out there.”
Continue reading Schaeffer’s report. Also available: photos and a video.