A Lost Boat Resurfaced Eight Years After It Went Missing With A Strange Message

Her Vessel

Abby’s boat, Wild Eyes, was a 40-foot sloop built in 2001 and designed by Jutson Yatch, and built specifically for sailing through the Southern Ocean. Before being owned by the Sunderland’s it went under the name BTC Velocity, and finished second in the Class 3 category of the Around Alone 2002 race.

Boat on the water
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The vessel was built using fiberglass with Kevlar reinforcement into five watertight compartments. It was purchased in 2009 by the Sunderland family and was refitted in Marina del Rey, California, with new electrical, communication, and navigation systems.