Saturday, October 10, 2009

On The Edge of Our Seats

Today has been very exciting, and a little nervewracking... Its the final day to decide whether or not we are buying a boat. We've all been on the edge of our seats as my dad goes back and forth with the owner and his broker.

Its going to be great if every thing works out and we are able to get the boat. My dad and I will fly back to the boat and start working on her until the ship leaves that will bring her to the west coast.

Its been anything but calm over here, as you can probably imagine. It's quite hard waiting. If things don't work out this year I'll definitely be trying for it again next year. After all of this excitement, the thought of being stuck here doing school and living a completely normal life is not something I'm interested in doing right now.

We are still seeking sponsorship and thanks to Magnetic Entertainment and Matt Tolnick at Kaufman Sports it looks like we may be able to get something going really soon.

Everyone who is following me has probably heard of Jessica Watson. She just recently arrived in Sydney and will be leaving next week. I wish her luck on her journey and hope that I'll get to meet her sometime after she gets back.

For anyone who hasn't heard about it yet, I have finally got my website up at A big thanks to Lisa Gizara who put in a ton hard of work and a few late nights to pull this together in just two days!!

Another exciting event is coming up at the end of this month on the 29th of October at the CYC (California Yacht Club). Zac, my dad and I will be speaking. I'll be able to give some more details of this later but for now its looking like it will be a fun night from 7 to 9. By then I'll have most of the details of my trip all ironed out and I will have a boat as well!

There should be enough exciting news that it will be worth it, even though my public speaking skills aren't all that great. That's all there is for now. I'll blog again as soon as I've found out whats happening with the boat!

Thanks again to my Dad, Matt, Lisa, Chris, and to everyone else who has supported my family and my trip!!



  1. Just remember:
    A person grows with the jobs thrown at them.. But knowing your family ( only from the blogs) I know you will do just fine doing a speach. Hope the boat deal goes through as planned. I know you will be the first solo unassisted because team Sunderland is the best :-)

  2. Quite frankly; I don't think Jessica has a chance in hell in succeeding. That is non-stop unassisted.

    Therefore you have all the time in the world. Up to next year. In fact carry on regardless, practice practice and practice some more. In fact, do it the "hard" way, East to West. You'll have an entire year to hone your existing skills. Shatter that record for the fun of it :-)

    If anyone can it's you.

    At the same time , obviously, make it crystal clear to this owner, that if you miss this year's window, you'll try again next year, and what that means is you won't necessarily buy his boat at that time. Another year waiting is ample time to find another boat and a more accommodating seller.

    This seller can cut a deal right now and you will take his boat or if not, let him sit with his boat and pray that someone else comes along in the future.


  3. Wow, Abby, that's exciting. I'm praying for a good outcome. Love the profile picture and looking forward to seeing your boat - whenever the Lord lets that happen.

    Bend, OR

  4. Your Oklahoma Well-WisherOctober 13, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Good luck with acquiring the boat, Abby! Looking forward to hearing good news about it soon. Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

  5. Dear Abby,

    When you get back, are you going to try to be a regular kid? I mean, you're missing out.

    Love, Kyle.

  6. decision day come and gone :-(

    no news is..... :-)



  7. Happy Birthday Abby! Well in just four days! And thanks for your lovley mention of the website and pics. Happy shopping in Rhode Isalnd....Love- Lisa

  8. i would love to no why anonymous thinks jess has'nt got a hope in hell.she has the better boat for it and maybe you should read her blog she's very switched on she will smash it.

  9. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.