I didn't say anything about permission either. Yes, they drove it. They had to: there's no other way for a kid to do such a thing.I said nothing about whether they gave permission; clearly they did.
But you said they were "selfish" and you implied they drove it.
Look, I'm not a parent yet. But it is my understanding that far and away the number one source of pride for a parent is the accomplishments of their kids. From screaming soccer moms to those stupid "My kid is an honors student at...." bumper stickers, kids' accomplishments are parents' accomplishments.
Every kid has dreams like being an athlete or astronaut. Those dreams are ones that the parents can help with but most of the work is done by the kids. But an around-the-world sail is different. That idea doesn't get beyond the "wouldn't it be cool if..." stage if the parents aren't an active enabler, fostering and nourishing the idea. And the reason the parents are active enablers is pride.
Now even goals that can be good can be self-destructive at the same time. For olympic athletes and professional tennis players, the sacrifices are huge and the damage can be devistating - and we only hear about the ones that succeed! But for this, there is little real upside besides the publicity itself. It's a stunt little different than the balloon boy stunt.
Put these ideas together: selfish pride.
No, I already knew the answer. I was making a point.You have to ask?