Skip to comments.Abby Sunderland's dad had TV deal as girl risked life at sea
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.
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Sounds like the Bubble boy’s dad.
Isn’t it too early for a Balloon Boy sequel?
At least the CO boy was actually safe, no thanks to his crazy dad.
Who, might I ask, is going to pay for her rescue?
He’s broke, got 7 kids and a pregnant wife. I assume that the taxpayers are supporting this lowlife and his family?
And all for failing to sail solo around the globe...Hucksters...
That young lady survived because of the teaching of her father and brother and the grace of God.
The ties that bind!!
Balloon boy part dieux?....
Who paid for the girl’s sailboat?
They borrowed money for the sailboat. It’s not paid for.
“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.
They probably did actually think that she would make it all right. Her brother did, so why not her? Or so they thought.
” Hes 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.
So where are all the Freepers this morning claiming that criticizing this irresponsible pair of parents makes one a Communist?
This guy needs to listen to Code Pink and pull out.
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!
MSM: A father of 7 who homeschools his kids....let’s ruin their lives!!
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.
But it's not going to stop until people stop buying the product -- and I see no evidence of that happening. Sigh.
Because of the Obama Depression the market is slack ~ he may have had one leftover.
This is the attention whore thing, in many ways comparable to the Fort Collins balloon boy kid’s parents.
**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.**
She’s 16 - a child, not a woman.
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.
Sailing is the family business. She is just following in her Dad’s footsteps.
Too bad charlie sheen followed in his dad’s.
“All seven children are home-schooled.”
From what I know, his only redeeming quality.
Lots and lots and lots of borrowed money that the Sutherlands wont pay back. Maybe Obama will bail them out with our tax money to try to win back the white liberal vote.
That boat must have cost multiple 100s of thousands don’t you think? Half a $million?
” 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 wont do it. And all so she would be 16 and break a record no authorizing organizations will recognize.
Hes 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.
“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?
Here brother sailed around the world when he was not much older than she is.
http://www.sunyachts.net/main/About%20SYM.html It’s his business..
” OK pal, why are you apologizing for him? “
Because unlike you, I don’t assume the worst about someone I don’t know ?
http://www.sunyachts.net/main/Welcome.html#about:blank His home page.
“Because unlike you, I dont assume the worst about someone I dont know ?”
You are making other assumptions, pal.
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
....but but but....... it’s about freedom......
Oh sorry, it’s about fame and money......
” 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.
” You are making other assumptions, pal.”
And what might those be, pal?
Maybe. Maybe not.
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
Their sponsors are a bunch of whacked out liberals:
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).
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.
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.
$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.
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.
The first 4 aren’t.
Mike Krikorian of Krikorian theatres was right next to me at Reagan’s funeral.
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.