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Teen on sail around globe to stop in Mexico

In this July 2009 photo provided by Laurence Sunderland, Abby Sunderland is shown sailing in Santa Monica Bay, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Laurence Sunderland)

February 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A teenage girl attempting to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone says she'll have to stop in Mexico because of power problems. Abby Sunderland, 16, of Thousand Oaks, said on her blog Saturday that she's headed to Cabo San Lucas to add "a new battery or two" because solar panels and wind generators aren't keeping up with her energy needs.

Sunderland says she hopes to resume her sail on her 40-foot craft, Wild Eyes, soon.

The power problems bring an end to her hope of making no land stops during the trip.

She can still break the record of 17-year-old Mike Perham of Britain, who stopped on land during his voyage.

Sunderland set sail Jan. 23 from Marina Del Rey and plans to be at sea five to six months.


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