Teenaged would-be circumnavigator Abby Sunderland has already proved many of her naysayers correct, with issues with her poorly prepared Open 40 leading to her announcement that she’d be pulling into Cabo San Lucas just days after leaving California for her ‘youngest round’ attempt. Abby lost data from her wind instruments almost immediately after her departure, and it seems that her team made some basic and fundamental errors in calculating Abby’s power consumption. Mom and pop will meet Abby and modify her boat to better accomodate the power needs of a young girl with a huge DVD collection and 10,000 Facebook friends. Her blog – obviously written by a doting and publicity minded shore team – reassures her fans that "since I’m still North of the equator I won’t have to give up" on her ridiculous Guinness Book record attempt. The dubious record, which doesn’t recognize a single unique skill besides age, requires her to cross the equator during her circumnavigation, and Cabo is still a long way North, though her diversion will cost a minimum of a week in total.
With the Cape Horn winter marching ever closer and Abby sure to feel the pressure of getting around sooner rather than later, is a last-minute re-fit of batteries and fuel tanks the right way to send this young girl off to round the Great Capes? Read what the builder of Abby’s boat thinks about that idea right here in the forum and add your opinion.