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Sailor's parents unswayed by critics

Jun 12, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
The Sutherlands say Abby's skills, not age, are key. Experts see a mix of factors at work, including the culture's ambivalence about teenagers.

To the legions of critics who have questioned why they allowed their 16-year-old daughter to sail solo around the world, Laurence and Marianne Sunderland offered no apologies Friday.