Sailboat From U.S. Teen's Doomed Round-The-World Attempt Found Drifting Off Australia

"My heart skipped a beat. It brought back many memories — good and not so good": Seeing her boat Wild Eyes brought back a flood of emotions, says Abby Sunderland, who's now 25.
The hull of Wild Eyes — the sailboat Abby Sunderland used in her attempt to sail around the world solo — was found drifting off Australia's Kangaroo Island. Source: South Australia Police

Wild Eyes — the sailboat abandoned by American Abby Sunderland in her failed bid to circumnavigate the world solo as a 16-year-old — has been found floating off of Australia's coast, nearly nine years after she was rescued in the Indian Ocean.

Seeing her boat again brought back a flood of emotions, says Sunderland, who is now 25.

"My heart skipped a beat. It brought back many memories — good and not so good — but it was neat to see.

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