Sixteen-year-old solo sailor will officially safely set foot on the tiny island of Reunion, after 36 days at sea, at about 9pm Los Angeles time tonight, June 25.
Thank the Lord, the native Californian who was feared lost in the Indian Ocean after her boat was badly damaged in a storm on Thurs. June 10, will be met by her 18-year-old brother, and fellow sailor Zac, in Reunion. Her parents, Laurence and Marianna, who have been widely criticized for allowing their daughter to attempt to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the globe, will not be there. Her mother is due to give birth to her eighth child at any time, in Abby’s hometown of Thousand Oaks, California.
Abby will do a short press conference in Reunion after she arrives, according to a post on her personal blog. She will then travel back to LA where she will conduct a press conference on Tues. June 29 at 10am.
Abby will no doubt face a barrage of questions about the safety of her trip and her motivations for embarking upon it.
While Abby has maintained that her intensions were simply to fulfill a goal she was passionate about — “my trip has been the best thing I have ever done or been through,” she blogged after being rescued from her sailboat , which had lost its’ mast in the storm — her father has been criticized for putting her life in danger , in order to sell a reality show, “Adventures in Sunderland“. HollywoodLife.com confirmed that the reality show was indeed being shopped to TV networks. Abby was rescued through the efforts of the Australian government which located her by air, and then by the French fishing vessel, Ill de la Reunion.
Abby’s brother Zac, who safely completed a global sail, the year before her own trip, blogged about his 26 hour flight to Reunion island which is 120 miles, southwest orf Mauritius, which is the nearest island. “We landded on the green and very tropical island of Mauritius… found our way to the hotel which is a couple milkes away from where the ship Abby’s on, the Osicis, will pull in… we’re all set to see Abby and can’t wait.”
Welcome back, Abby!