Abby Sunderland in happier, warmer days

After 20 hours of silence, contact was made again, and help is on the way. The boat’s mast was broken by 30-foot waves and is dragging the sail in the water. The yacht is not taking on water, and Abby seems fine. You can read all about it here.

But renowned Australian round-the-world sailor Ian Kiernan said Abby should not have been in the southern Indian Ocean during the current southern hemisphere winter. “Abby would be going through a very difficult time with mountainous seas and essentially hurricane-force winds,” Kiernan told Sky News television.

Makes me wonder why then she chose to take that route at this time? But that is part of the excitement and mystery of learning about other people’s adventures.