Laurence Sunderland, a sailing instructor who lives in a LA suburb with his pregnant wife and 7 kids, opened his home to film crews four months ago. The reality series was to be called "Adventures in Sunderland".
Sunderland told the New York Post, "The show might be about family, it might be about Abigail's trip. It's something that was shopped around." He went on to say, "We thought it might be a good idea if it was encouraging to kids to get out there and do things."
Abby set sail last January but got lost in the Indian Ocean, last week, when a mast of her sail boat snapped during a storm. She had to be rescued by an Irish Vessel.
Sunderland insists his daughter's trip wasn't just a stunt. Afterall, his son and Abby's brother, Zac, held the title for about a month last year, of being the youngest person ever to complete such a voyage, at the age of 17. The title was eventually taken over by 16 year old Australian, Jessica Watson. Sunderland says they had been planning Abby's journey since she was 13. And that the reality show was the last thing on his mind when she was lost at sea.
It does make you wonder. What parent would allow their teen daughter to sail around the world, alone? In an earlier interview Sunderland responded to the criticism, "Sailing and life in general is dangerous. Teenagers drive cars. Does that mean teenagers shouldn't drive a car? I think people who hold that opinion have lost their zeal for life. They're living in a cotton-wool tunnel to make everything safe."
What do our viewers think? Is this another balloon boy father in the making?
I'm gonna be honest... that's a show I probably would watch. It has a good adventure part to it.. and [some] reality.
Not at all ...I followed his son's blog/trip last year, as I did her trip this year. Remember,@ 18 you can fight for your country...so in most circles a 16 year old female sailor is much more mature and able to handle 99% of what the ocean can give. But you can do nothing about a broken mast. Be that as it may, to make a comparison to the Balloon boy is strictly asinine. Apples and Oranges.
I think what she did was admirable and she wants to do it again. As for people complaining about the rescue costing money well next time you get into a car wreck don't call for an ambulance.
Regardless of the Father's motive, a 16 year old is more than capable of do this. Our helicopter parent mindset has made kids into namby pambies. Alexander the Great ruled the world at 14. 12 and 13 year old fought and died in the civil war. Kid works on farms and drove tractors at 10. Girls have had 2 or more kids by the time they are 14 15.
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