I've been reading Abby sunderland's book 'Unsinkable' (never a good reference for a boat), and I'm intrigued by a number of things. I've read some threads in CF about Abby when she was doing her trip and of course when she finished. Too depressing to read too much of them. The almost psychopathic level of posts against The young 16 year old and her family
was quite disturbing to read. But also what I picked up in the very few that I looked at were what appeared to be false assertions by the armchair commentators. I've seen this about other young knees too.
For example, the claim that she was 'inexperienced' whereas her book clearly has her as a very accomplished and experienced sailer at 16.
The claim that she has not trialled the boat 'Wild Eyes', at all before setting off?. Whereas in her book she answers this that she has done 1500miles in preparation. Personally I don't have the experience to know if this is enough, but if my intention was to head
off on a long cruise
then I think I'd just go.
The claim I read that she was an inexperienced 'soloist', was true and she had only soloed for a period of 24 hours. Certainly not long enough for 'me', but she basically did it, so it worked for her.
Criticism about her boat I'm not sure were justified, well some aspects but not entirely.
And of course there were so many other claims, most false leveled upon her and her family
. One if the most obvious, as implied in this thread that it was all a publicity thing, which I don't think was true. She was just a sailing junky as someone else said about Dekker, and her parents did not push her into it, far from it I think.
So, why is it, that young people taking such extraordinary challenges are met with such criticism, and even derision? Why is it that some are met with such overwhelming attacks, whilst others are less of a target? On this thread, It seems by and large Laura Dekkers skills are acknowledge (not on others threads or at the time), where as Gabby's are put down or diminished.
And I understand and pretty much agree that I'd feel happier if one of my children
(6) passed over doing something they loved than in a car accident
or otherwise non sensical endeavor.