I'm all for breaking records, but this attempt seems ill-advised. 16-year old Abby Sunderland set sail from Marina del Rey in Southern California, and had made it into the southern Indian Ocean before losing contact with her crew and family. She was caught in the middle of a heavy storm when emergency beacons and signals went unresponded to. She was attempting to best her older brother Zac's record for circumnavigating the globe; Zac accomplished the goal at age 17. I can't even begin to imagine what her parents were going through. I'm sure they were more willing to allow Abby to go after Zac completed the journey, but can you imagine the pit in their stomach about now?
For more info, check out this link: Round-the-world teen sailor feared lost at sea