Stepping Out

In 2010, sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland attempted to sail around the world—by herself. She became the youngest person to solo around Cape Horn and crossed both the Southern and Atlantic oceans before her trip ended when a rogue wave rolled her sailboat, Wild Eyes, in the Indian Ocean.

“Most people give me credit for having sailed Wild Eyes around Cape Horn, then halfway around the world. But there are still some who think I was doomed to fail from the start; that I only made it as far as I did because of dumb luck. I have for quite some time now accepted the fact that I will never be able to please everyone . . . .

I will definitely attempt to sail around the world again. In fact, I can’t wait for the chance to try again. I might succeed and I might not. A lot of times the things that are most worth doing involve risk, and I’m living proof that not everything works out the way you planned. But I have learned an important truth: In stepping out and trying to achieve great things, the only way I can truly fail is never to try at all.”

—Abby Sunderland

What great thing are you going to try to achieve this year? This month? This week?

Abby’s comments excerpted from Unsinkable: A Young Woman’s Courageous Battle on the High Seas. Copyright ©2011 by Abigail Sunderland a/k/a Abby Sunderland. Published in Nashville, Tennessee by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



  1. Helen Marshall January 4, 2018 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    I’m going to sell my hats!!!

  2. Sandra (Sandi) S. Martin January 5, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Your article about “Stepping Out” is an awesome encouragement to never give up! At 60 years old and relocation to a different state with new laws, I am “starting all over again” in my desired career and passion. It hasn’t been an easy journey but I will continue to press on! Your article may have been written almost a decade ago but it was meant for me to be read today. Thank you and my prayers for you as you pursue your attempt to sail around the world or all that God calls you to do. Many blessings to you!

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