Abby Sunderland attempts to become youngest person to sail around the world

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Abby Sunderland has just departed Marina Del Ray, CA for an attempted solo-circumnavigation.  If she is successful, she will be the youngest person to accomplish the feat. You may recognize her name, her older brother, Zac, recently finished his own circumnavigation and was momentarily the youngest solo-circumnavigator.  It seems like more and more kids are trying to attempt this daunting trip.  ABC News has an interesting piece that highlights the critics opinion of this trend.

What do you think? Is this a good idea? If you were the parents, would you let you’re 16 year old daughter sail around the world?