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Abby Sunderland's dad had TV deal as girl risked life at sea
NY Post ^ | 6/14/10 | ANITA BENNETT

Posted on 06/14/2010 5:39:18 AM PDT by jimbo123

Here's a dose of reality.

The father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland told The Post yesterday that he's broke and had signed a contract to do a reality show, "Adventures in Sunderland," about his family of daredevil kids weeks after she set off on her doomed and dangerous solo sail around the globe.

Laurence Sunderland, a sailing instructor who lives in the middle-class Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks with his pregnant wife and seven kids, opened their home to film crews four months ago.

"The show might be about family, it might be about Abigail's trip. It's something that was shopped around," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


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KEYWORDS: abbysunderland; bookdeal; chaching; moviedeal; tvdeal
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1 posted on 06/14/2010 5:39:18 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Sounds like the Bubble boy’s dad.


2 posted on 06/14/2010 5:41:16 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: jimbo123

Isn’t it too early for a Balloon Boy sequel?

At least the CO boy was actually safe, no thanks to his crazy dad.


3 posted on 06/14/2010 5:42:50 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: jimbo123

Broke huh?

Who, might I ask, is going to pay for her rescue?


4 posted on 06/14/2010 5:43:53 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: jimbo123

He’s broke, got 7 kids and a pregnant wife. I assume that the taxpayers are supporting this lowlife and his family?


5 posted on 06/14/2010 5:44:09 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: jimbo123
Even with her failure, they'll still make a mint. She will write a book, be on 'Oprah' (Am I spelling that right?) and 20/20 and dozens of other interviews. They will probably still make a tv show about this whole sorry affair, and more money will be made off that.

And all for failing to sail solo around the globe...Hucksters...

6 posted on 06/14/2010 5:44:14 AM PDT by Lobsterback
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To: crosshairs
No....This family has the sea in their blood. They're phenominal.

That young lady survived because of the teaching of her father and brother and the grace of God.

The ties that bind!!

7 posted on 06/14/2010 5:44:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: jimbo123

Balloon boy part dieux?....


8 posted on 06/14/2010 5:44:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. He's just some guy in the neighborhood.............)
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To: caver

Who paid for the girl’s sailboat?


9 posted on 06/14/2010 5:46:28 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

They borrowed money for the sailboat. It’s not paid for.


10 posted on 06/14/2010 5:47:25 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

“The father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland told The Post yesterday that”

Man, newspapers can be nasty. Guy calls up, hawks his story, lets a few details slip, bam, they have a hitpiece.


11 posted on 06/14/2010 5:47:48 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: caver

They probably did actually think that she would make it all right. Her brother did, so why not her? Or so they thought.


12 posted on 06/14/2010 5:47:55 AM PDT by Lobsterback
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To: caver

” He’s broke, got 7 kids and a pregnant wife. I assume that the taxpayers are supporting this lowlife and his family?”

I doubt it pal. Thousand Oaks is not middle class. It is upper middle class to wealthy. The guy might have lost his business under Obamanomics. Who knows? Thanks for assuming the worst.


13 posted on 06/14/2010 5:48:00 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: jimbo123

So where are all the Freepers this morning claiming that criticizing this irresponsible pair of parents makes one a Communist?


14 posted on 06/14/2010 5:49:26 AM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: jimbo123

This guy needs to listen to Code Pink and pull out.


15 posted on 06/14/2010 5:50:21 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: wolfcreek

From what? She had two French fishing boats filled to the gunnals with young French fishermen rushing to her safety in the middle of the ocean ~ none of them having seen a woman in 3 months!


16 posted on 06/14/2010 5:51:17 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: stephenjohnbanker

MSM: A father of 7 who homeschools his kids....let’s ruin their lives!!


17 posted on 06/14/2010 5:51:45 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: jimbo123; Black Agnes

What a shameless media whore. He sent his daughter out for a winter sail around the southern ocean, a time of year that fully-crewed professional racing boats won’t contemplate. All so she would not “age out” of the glory of being youngest.

The man has no shame.


18 posted on 06/14/2010 5:52:17 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: jimbo123
We've built a society where a large percentage of people want to just be celebrities. American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Reality TV shows -- this sort of trash culture breeds Balloon Boys and others.

But it's not going to stop until people stop buying the product -- and I see no evidence of that happening. Sigh.

19 posted on 06/14/2010 5:52:31 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: jimbo123; ilovesarah2012
Doesn't he BUILD these boats?

Because of the Obama Depression the market is slack ~ he may have had one leftover.

20 posted on 06/14/2010 5:53:01 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Minn

This is the attention whore thing, in many ways comparable to the Fort Collins balloon boy kid’s parents.


21 posted on 06/14/2010 5:53:09 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: stephenjohnbanker

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/06/14/sailor-abby-sunderlands-dad-signed-reality-doomed-voyage/?test=faces

(snip)
**The large family has long been a curiosity in the community, neighbors said. All seven children are home-schooled.

“They rarely leave their house, and they rarely talk to neighbors,” local resident Brian Gonzales said.**


22 posted on 06/14/2010 5:53:09 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: muawiyah

She’s 16 - a child, not a woman.


23 posted on 06/14/2010 5:53:56 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: stephenjohnbanker

My gripe is putting her life at risk by sending her to the southern ocean in winter. This is considered so dangerous that even fully crewed professional ocean racers won’t do it. And all so she would be 16 and break a record no authorizing organizations will recognize.

He’s a shameless media whore.


24 posted on 06/14/2010 5:54:20 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: jimbo123

Sailing is the family business. She is just following in her Dad’s footsteps.
Too bad charlie sheen followed in his dad’s.


25 posted on 06/14/2010 5:55:23 AM PDT by barbarianbabs (Liberty 5-3000)
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To: jimbo123

“All seven children are home-schooled.”

From what I know, his only redeeming quality.


26 posted on 06/14/2010 5:56:12 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: jimbo123
Sounds like an Octo-dad but at least Abby's accomplishments were honorable. Why not grab the brass ring while they can?

27 posted on 06/14/2010 5:57:04 AM PDT by SouthDixie (The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Lots and lots and lots of borrowed money that the Sutherlands won’t pay back. Maybe Obama will bail them out with our tax money to try to win back the white liberal vote.


28 posted on 06/14/2010 5:57:48 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

That boat must have cost multiple 100s of thousands don’t you think? Half a $million?


29 posted on 06/14/2010 6:00:29 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Travis McGee

” My gripe is putting her life at risk by sending her to the southern ocean in winter. This is considered so dangerous that even fully crewed professional ocean racers won’t do it. And all so she would be 16 and break a record no authorizing organizations will recognize.

He’s a shameless media whore.”

Okay. I didn’t know about the southern ocean thing. My sailing was limited to the Channel Islands area of Ventura County.

Thanks for the info.


30 posted on 06/14/2010 6:00:56 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“I doubt it pal. Thousand Oaks is not middle class. It is upper middle class to wealthy. The guy might have lost his business under Obamanomics. Who knows? Thanks for assuming the worst.”

OK pal, why are you apologizing for him?


31 posted on 06/14/2010 6:01:18 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: barbarianbabs

Here brother sailed around the world when he was not much older than she is.


32 posted on 06/14/2010 6:02:12 AM PDT by DManA
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To: stephenjohnbanker

http://www.sunyachts.net/main/About%20SYM.html It’s his business..


33 posted on 06/14/2010 6:03:21 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife )(Save the Brown Pelican)
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To: caver

” OK pal, why are you apologizing for him? “

Because unlike you, I don’t assume the worst about someone I don’t know ?

LOL!


34 posted on 06/14/2010 6:04:18 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: spectre

http://www.sunyachts.net/main/Welcome.html#about:blank His home page.


35 posted on 06/14/2010 6:04:39 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife )(Save the Brown Pelican)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“Because unlike you, I don’t assume the worst about someone I don’t know ?”

You are making other assumptions, pal.


36 posted on 06/14/2010 6:06:07 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Sacajaweau
That young lady survived because of the teaching of her father and brother and the grace of God.

I'm more inclined to credit Jon Sayer who designed the hull to serve as a survival capsule, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the French fisherman of the MV Isle de al Reunion

37 posted on 06/14/2010 6:06:16 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right.)
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To: Minn

....but but but....... it’s about freedom......

Oh sorry, it’s about fame and money......


38 posted on 06/14/2010 6:08:34 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: jimbo123

” Maybe Obama will bail them out with our tax money to try to win back the white liberal vote. “

Thousand Oaks and Newport Beach are 2 of the most conservative cities in California, if not THE most.


39 posted on 06/14/2010 6:09:59 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
1,000 Oaks.....used to be considered middle class. Had a cousin that lived up there. Although it's been since 1988 that I was there....

FWIW-

40 posted on 06/14/2010 6:10:45 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: caver

” You are making other assumptions, pal.”

And what might those be, pal?


41 posted on 06/14/2010 6:11:24 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Sacajaweau
That young lady survived because of the teaching of her father and brother and the grace of God.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Chay Blyth

In 1968, with no sailing experience, he competed in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, aboard a 30ft yacht called Dytiscus retiring just past the Cape of Good Hope

42 posted on 06/14/2010 6:14:03 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Their sponsors are a bunch of whacked out liberals:

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43 posted on 06/14/2010 6:14:44 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Osage Orange

I lived there in 2005- 2006, right before I moved to Arizona.

I had an office in Westlake Village for years(part of Thousand Oaks).


44 posted on 06/14/2010 6:15:25 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Yep, the departure to beat her aging-out of the youngest-ever record put her into the southern ocean in winter. That was criminal. But if they waited for a summer southern ocean transit, she’d have been “too old” and hence not the numero-uno media darling record holder.

So they rolled the dice with her life, to gain the fame.


45 posted on 06/14/2010 6:15:34 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Travis..you hit that nial right o the head.....been sayin it for two days myself..

It’s a pity how many freepers have been taken in by this familiy of attention whores.


46 posted on 06/14/2010 6:17:54 AM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompitence..)
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To: DManA; jimbo123
That boat must have cost multiple 100s of thousands don’t you think? Half a $million?

$90,000. It was a worn out race boat laid up unmaintained in Newport. It looked like too much work to fix in the time. Laurie tried to get a more expensive (and even more unsuitable) boat in Bermuda. The cheque didn't clear, so they had a marine surveyor look at the Newport boat again. He told them to walk away from it (and now can't get his airfare refunded) - Laurie ignored his advice.

47 posted on 06/14/2010 6:18:08 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right.)
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To: Travis McGee

Octodad has (or will have very soon) 6 other kids younger than Abby. So if Octodad can convince another set of advertisers to buy him another boat and outfit it for him, he has 6 more chances at the record.


48 posted on 06/14/2010 6:20:31 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

The first 4 aren’t.

Mike Krikorian of Krikorian theatres was right next to me at Reagan’s funeral.


49 posted on 06/14/2010 6:20:53 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; caver
I doubt it pal. Thousand Oaks is not middle class. It is upper middle class to wealthy.

Zac Sunderland sailing speedily along as parents sink deeper into debt

From the comments section: The Sunderland home is very modest. I can comment on the neighborhood because I live in it myself. The situation is such that a significant number of the homes have 3-4 families living in them. Yea, it is that type of neighborhood. The house is furnished in "early yard sale." I mean that not to insult them, but to point out the modest way they live. I've never known them to buy a new car. In fact, during the time I've known them a few of their vehicles have run on the ragged edge.

50 posted on 06/14/2010 6:21:58 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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