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California teen halts non-stop solo circumnavigation

Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old California girl attempting to sail solo around the world is ending her quest to become the youngest to make the trip non-stop.

She reported via her blog that she is heading to South Africa for repairs to her boat's main autopilot.

"It would be foolish and irresponsible for me to keep going with my equipment not working well," she wrote. "I'm about 10 to 14 days from Cape Town right now and though my autopilot is working for now, we're all holding our breath and hoping it will last."

Despite abandoning the non-stop solo effort, Sunderland writes she still will try to complete her around-the-world journey.

She embarked on her journey Jan. 23 after her older brother Zac, 17, finished his solo circumnavigation (with stops) last July.

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