Jon, my statement was based on interviews I"ve seen with her father.
I had this conversation on another forum.
It all comes down to risks. Does the risk out weigh the reward?
My daughter rides dirt bikes and plays softball. She's been injured more playing softball than any other sport (a few broken bones). I don't agree with pushing your kids into any sport and I haven't done so. The things she does is on her own accord. The risks have been calculated. Broken bones? Acceptable. Lost life? Not acceptable.
Yes, you can make the argument that you can get killed dirtbike riding or any other sport but again...Calculated risk. The percentage of people that ride or play a sport compared to the percentage of people that get killed or injured in any given sport is minimal.
When sailing around the globe you're not only dealing with an unpredictable and unforgiving sea, you now have to deal with pirates. I personally do not believe the risk out weighs the reward.
Like I said, my daughter is a great driver. Doesn't mean I'm going to let her drive across country alone. She's a great traveler, but she wont be taking a trip alone to Mexico.
Why was it so important to have her solo at such a young age? Because she was chasing a record set by an australian girl.
Why wasn't there a chase boat? I don't know. But it seems negligent to me.
Living in a bubble is not acceptable and risks will be taken. But to deliberately put a child into a situation that is life threatening (not "may be" life threatening...IS life threatening) is just plain neglegent.