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Teen Sailor from SoCal Ending Non-Stop Around-the-World Voyage, Will Keep Going Solo After Making Repairs

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Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Marina del Rey. (AP Photo/Richard Hartog)
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After many weeks of struggling with problematic equipment on board the Wild Eyes, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland of Thousand Oaks announced she will be making a much-needed stop in Cape Town, South Africa, which will bring to an end her attempt to be the youngest person to complete a non-stop, unassisted solo-circumnavigation of the globe by sea.

"It would be foolish and irresponsible for me to keep going with my equipment not working well," wrote Sunderland on her blog yesterday. She has been relying on an intermittently-working auto pilot to get her by since she left from Marina Del Rey on January 23.

It will take her about 10-14 days to get to Cape Town, she estimates, but once the repairs are made, she says she's going to keep going.