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Teen finally sets off on solo circumnavigation attempt

One girl has already departed on her solo sailing journey around the world, while another girl waits, hoping she, too, is able to go.

Australia's Jessica Watson, 16, left Sunday from Sydney aboard a 34-foot pink sailboat named Ella's Pink Lady. She hopes to complete her non-stop, unassisted odyssey in about eight months.

Meanwhile, Abby Sunderland, whose older brother, Zac, recently completed a solo circumnavigation when he was 17, just turned 16 and is planning a late-November departure despite not having an Open 40 sailboat yet.

Click here to read a report by the Los Angeles Times.