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US Rower Rescued a Week Into Pacific Voyage

Sonya Baumstein ended 6K-mile trip early over bad weather

(Newser) - A US woman attempting to cross the Pacific by rowboat has ended her solo attempt because of expected bad weather. Sonya Baumstein was rescued off the Japanese coast yesterday after sending out a distress signal, Kyodo news agency reported today. The 30-year-old Baumstein departed from Choshi, Japan, one week ago,... More »

Author's Atlantic Odyssey Dooms Boat, Saves Marriage

Michael Hurley's trip doesn't exactly go according to plan

(Newser) - South Carolina author Michael Hurley set sail for Ireland hoping to do some research for his next novel. Instead, he lost his sailboat, had to be rescued by students, and failed to reach his goal by about 2,000 miles; but he came back with a story he probably couldn'... More »

Mom of Dutch Sailor, 14: OK, She Can Go

Laura Dekker gets greenlight for around-the-world trip

(Newser) - The mother of a 14-year-old Dutch girl who wants to sail solo around the world has given up her opposition to her daughter's planned trip. Laura Dekker's dream of becoming the youngest person to sail alone around the globe has been thwarted by a Dutch court that last year made... More »

Dad Sent Abby on Risky Route for TV's Sake

Cinematographer slams him for 'cutting corners,' too

(Newser) - More fuel for the contingent calling for Abby Sunderland’s parents to be shot : Turns out her trip was even more dangerous than previously reported, and all in the name of reality TV. A cinematographer who worked with the Sunderlands tells HollywoodLife.com Abby was forced to leave at a... More »

Missing Teen Sailor Alive and Well

Searchers talk to her via radio

(Newser) - Missing teen solo sailor Abby Sunderland has been located and is alive and well, her team revealed. Sunderland told searchers aboard a Quantas airbus, commissioned by the Australian government, that she's OK and has plenty of food, reports MSNBC . "Wild Eyes is upright but her rigging is down. The... More »

Aussie Sailor, 16, Starts World Trip

Girl leaves on 8-month trip as Aussies debate safety

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Australian steered her bright pink yacht out of Sydney Harbor under gray skies and slightly choppy conditions today to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. Jessica Watson's 23,600-mile journey through some of the world's most treacherous waters... More »

Dutch Move to Block Teen's Around-the-World Solo Sail

(Newser) - Dutch authorities have gone to court to demand custody of a 13-year-old girl to block her planned solo sail around the world, reports the BBC. The girl's parents have already been denied permission for her to miss two years of school for the adventure. Laura Dekker, who has sailed since... More »

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