My name is Abby Sunderland and for years it has been my dream to sail around the world. I've been around the water and on boats since I was 6 months old. Watching my brother Zac Sunderland sail around the world in 2009 made me realize my dream could come true with lots of hard work, support and perseverance. In January 2010, I set sail around the world on Wild Eyes, an Open 40 sailboat. I chronicled my trip through my blog. On June 10, 2010, Wild Eyes was rolled 360 degrees by a massive rogue wave, tearing off my mast, completely disabling Wild Eyes and ending my trip. I have learned much about overcoming difficulties and what constitutes a true spirit of adventure. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with a fantastic team to tell my story in a book and Documentary DVD. Thank you to my family, friends, sponsors and Team Abby. Without all of you, I never would have had this amazing experience.
Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas
The stirring narrative of Unsinkable tells sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland's remarkable true story of attempting to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world.
More people have flown into outer space than have sailed solo around the globe. It is a challenge so immense that many have died trying, and all have been pushed beyond every physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual limit. In Unsinkable, readers follow Abby Sunderland into those depths. This biography delivers a gripping and evocative firsthand account that starts prior to her departure, travels through her daring (and sometimes near-death) encounters on the open sea, to her dramatic rescue in the remotest corner of the Indian Ocean, and the media explosion that happened upon her safe return to dry land. Along the way, readers discover what it means to boldly face any challenge, to strive after something great, and to plumb the depths of faith, fear, and desperation only to emerge changed, renewed, and emboldened. In this day and age, when the most productive thing a teenager may do is play videogames, Abby's ambition and tenacity is a real-life parable of what can happen when we choose to exceed our own limits, embrace faith, and strive after what all the naysayers say is impossible.