- May 27, 2004
There are so many sides and perspectives one can take in regards to whether or not she should be doing this and I can understand all of them. However, I lean toward letting her go. I have kids and would love it if they took an interest in sailing (they're a bit young but getting there). But, does anyone out there question the choice of boat like I do? It seems that when her brother Zac chose to try this, he picked a tried and true boat to take him where he wanted to go and with a tool he could handle responsibly. He was bested by a kid with a tricked out race boat. Then Jessica Watson circumnavigates with a tried and true vessel, gets knocked down a number of times, rides out some horrific weather and the boat took good care of her. Then Abby chooses a retired racer that might have been a bit too much (speculation) to try and catch Jessica. I just wonder if she might have been better suited to a different boat.