“I knew she was freezing cold, tired and hungry,” Laurence went on. “And we’d been at it for, you know, 20 hours at that stage. I said, ‘So, Abby, are you ready to sail around the world now?’” But his teenaged daughter wasn’t deterred by their rough day on the water. Instead, she answered simply, “Where is my boat?”
In teaching tough lessons like that one, Laurence said that he hadn’t wanted to change his daughter’s mind. “When any of my kids come to me with an ambition, I don’t laugh at it. I like to listen to my kids,” he said. Laurence knew that it would be easy to say “no” to Abby, but he also knew she was a talented sailor.
Abby’s mom, Marianne, agreed, adding that the family had weighed the pros and cons of Abby’s intended journey. “Could there be a tragedy? Yeah, there could be,” she said. “But there could be a tragedy on the way home tonight, you know, or driving with her friends in a car at 16. You minimize the risks.”