Poised calmly before dozens of cameras, rescued teen sailor Abby Sunderland on Tuesday recounted the harrowing storm and rogue wave that ended her attempt to sail around the world.
During a news conference at Marina del Rey, she said the strongest gales had abated and she was down in the cabin working on the engine when a giant wave caught the sails and rolled the boat upside-down. It immediately righted, and when she got to the deck, she saw that there was nothing more than a 1-inch stub where her 60-foot mast had been.
Sunderland, 16, earlier this month had to abort an attempt to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe. She was rescued June 12 by a French fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean after drifting for two days in her 40-foot yacht.
She said there were definitely moments when she was terrified, but she was expecting that when she set sail from Marina del Rey in January.
She said criticism of her parents came from people unfamiliar with her and her family. She noted that she had been sailing most of her life and had worked as a crew member on sailboats piloted by her father and older brother, Zac. Zac made his own successful around-the-world solo trip at age 17 last year.
She noted that she had crossed two oceans, two cape horns and was only stopped by a rough wave. "My trip didn't end because of something I did wrong," she said.
She said she might write a book about her experience. She said the criticism of her parents was "extremely hurtful."