Word came today that she has suffered a series of knockdowns and now her emergency beacons are on with no other word from her.
Single-handing around the world is very dangerous no mater how old or young you are.
Weeks ago, Jessica Watson successfully circumnavigated the globe, becoming the youngest person to do so.
Abby Sunderland was making the same attempt, but was eclipsed by the superior media support that Jessica was able to garner. With Jessica's success, Abby's goal changed from being the youngest, to just being one of the successful.
Abby is now in serious trouble.
There will be plenty of time later to analyze and second guess her choices and her decisions up to this point.
Now is the time for prayers for Abby's safety and for luck for the rescue teams on the way out to find her.
See: Abby Sunderland Feared Lost at Sea
And: California teen girl in trouble on solo world sail
And: Abby's Blog
See: Abby is Fine!
We have just heard from the Australian Search and Rescue. The plane arrived on the scene moments ago. Wild Eyes is upright but her rigging is down. The weather conditions are abating. Radio communication was made and Abby reports that she is fine!