Fewer people have successfully solo-circumnavigated the globe than have journeyed into space.
It seems like people my age are over-protected today, even to the point where a lot of parents refuse to put their kids in the position to make important decisions, to aspire to great things, because they don't want to put them in a position to fail.
The seriousness of my situation started to sink in, and again I fought panic. I pushed it down, but it was harder this time, like my insides were an open can of shaken soda and I was trying to keep it from bubbling up out of the top.
Against reason, I thought that the next swell would be it: another rogue wave would roll me again...At that moment, a noise from above caught my attention. And I looked up just in time to see a gigantic white airplane fly by.
But the more times she missed, the faster she'd be traveling when she finally slammed into the mast. And it wasn't if she hit the mast; it was when. At that point, Abby would be either severely injured or dead.
I will never forget the feeling of walking into my home, a place that while drifting helpless in the middle of the Indian Ocean I wondered if I would ever see again.
I knew that even if I was able to call for help, I was in a place so remote that it wasn't likely there would be anyone who could help me. And even if there were, it could take weeks.
The open ocean often takes you past your physical limits and when it does, sailing becomes a mental game.
It was dark. Something had fallen on top of the cabin light, turning the cabin into a black tunnel. I couldn't hear anything at all. The roll didn't stop. It continued to port, and for just a few seconds I was sitting on the ceiling in the dark.
I was so thankful that my parents trusted me enough and had enough faith in my abilities to let me follow my passion and try to do something great, even if I might fail.
I am twelve thousand miles wiser, twelve thousand miles more resilient, and I have twelve thousand miles more faith in God.
Marianne tried to stay hopeful. But slowly her imagination bulldozed her optimism aside and pushed her mind into a dark place. There, she saw Abby tethered to the boat in her bright red foul-weather gear, being dragged along dead in the sea.
I will definitely attempt to sail around the world again. In fact, I can't wait for the chance to try again.
Unable to make radio contact with this second plane I felt my chances were fading fast. Dropping the radio mic, I sprinted up to the deck... and saw a huge ship bearing down on me!
The critics barged in to harp on every decision we made...Sadly, I began to doubt myself. Maybe I was too young. Maybe I wasn't a good enough sailor.