Thursday, December 24, 2009

More Photos

Lisa Gizara sent over a few photos last night as well.

Abby at the mast with rigger Allen Blunt

The new eyes!

The heart , Abby and the 10' fin keel!


  1. Susy / Chino, CaliforniaDecember 24, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    AWESOME EYES.... Love it...

  2. Captain Abby,
    Wow! Wild Eyes looks great! With everything coming together you must be getting so excited. Talk about the greatest Christmas ever!!!
    Merry Christmas to you, your family, and your entire support team.
    God Speed,

  3. Now Abby the keel looks a lot better seeing the bulb, you and the heart are looking awesome.
    Enjoy your Christmas celebrations.
    Hervey Bay. Queensland. AU

  4. Great photos, Abby. I love the new eyes. You have a fun and blessed Christmas.
    Kathy - Bend, OR

  5. As you already said hope nobody will see the heart in the open Ocean. Merry Christmas and a very good new year to you and you family. I am sure you will make it around the globe :-)

  6. Take something from "Intrepid", a piece or part of her with you, as a lucky omen having already gone around. Double booster since "Wild Eye's" has as well. There's a lot of "luck" [interchangeable meanings], do all that you can including doubleing up on same. ;-)

  7. Merry Christmas Abby,
    Merry Christmas to your family and team.

    Thanks again for all the great photos

  8. 12-24-09 @ 21:50
    Hi Abby,
    Great job on those pics. I’m just curious about one thing. Is there a specific reason that you placed the eyes the way you did? Both on the same side, it sounds like there’s an inside joke there. LOL…..
    How many days will you take for a shakedown cruise? When you do, I hope everything goes well for you. You’re in my prayers.
    Looking forward to your next blog.
    Good luck to you Abby, and may God bless and guide you.
    Michael(74)from Kingwood, WV

  9. Abby, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Wild Eyes really looks outstanding. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. Shreveport, Louisiana

  10. Merry Christmas to all Sunderlands.

  11. WD! A! all the best and happy hlidays! you Rock!
    _dj olive

  12. Hello Abby,
    Talk about a Christmas Present, how bout that paint job and graphics!?
    Thanks for the updates and all of the fantastic pic's.

    Again, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Mike D
    Landlocked in Philadelphia, PA, USA

  13. Hi Abby,

    Thanks so much for all the lovely pictures you are sending through to us. It's great to see the progress. "Wild Eyes" looks fantastic. I love how you turned the big red spot into a heart on the bottom on her.

    I hope that you and your family had a lovely Christmas Day. In New Zealand the weather was perfect and blue sky, a little breeze and a temperature of around 25 degress celcius. From my cousins house we could see out into the Auckland harbour where there were quite a few yachts making the most of a beautiful summer's day in Auckland City.

    Take care and keep up the great efforts with your preparation. Best regards. Jan (Auckland, New Zealand)

  14. Hey Abby...I've just come across from Jessica's Blog after seeing a link to your Blog thanks to "Samurai"...

    I had heard about another Girl wanting to Sail around the World on her own...

    What is it with 16 year old Girls at the moment??...;)

    Well...I've just spent an hour reading your Blog and I've learnt more about you than ever before, my admiration for you and your dream is just as great as it is for Jesse.

    I don't know much about Sailing or the Mechanics of Sailing Vessels but your Keel looks very fragile compared to the Jessica's S&S just how strong is that Keel???

    Also, again, I'm not at all familiar with weather patterns and or windows of opportunity, but wouldn't a course South West to the bottom of Tasmania across to Cape Town to Cape Horn and then up the West Coast of a America back home be the course of choice covering all bases so to speak?....

    So far Jessica has had a pretty good run and the weather at Cape Horn is looking to be fairly good, I guess timing of departure is all important, if Jess had of been a day or so later in leaving Sydney she would've been caught up in Cyclone Mick that hit Fiji on the 14th of December.

    So safety and wisdom first Abby, chose the right time wisely, I'd like to say go with your heart too....this is your dream.

    Wouldn't be cool if you took off in time to cross paths with Jessica out there on the high seas, giving each other a wave, a quick chat on the radio and saying best wishes for a safe trip home....the stuff Hollywood movies are made of...that's assuming a South Westerly course of course!

    Well that I've found your Blog I shall keep my eye on your progress and be eager to follow you out there, quite honestly I can't believe how crazy and keen we are following young Jessica....I just don't know what it is?

    Cheers Abby....and good luck to you....

    Clint - Melbourne

    P.S...I recognise a few bloggers here as well, G'day to you guys's too....

  15. Maybe there are two eyes on each side?
    How was your Christmas, Abby? Did you get the keys of your new floating car?
    Take care and let us know how is your preparation and your plans going...

  16. Hi Abby,
    My family and I are looking forward to your shakedown cruise! Are you still planning on a "circumnavigation" of the Channel Islands? A great route would be to leave MDR, go downwind in good daylight (and through the shipping lanes) to Catalina, leaving it to Starboard, and then rounding San Clemente Island to harden up and bash your way through the night around San Nicolas, around the West End of San Miguel (in time for daylight and shipping channels again), where you can bear off and get on a screaming reach along the North side of Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Anacapa, before riding the prevailing winds back to MDR. Total distance: About 320 NM, which you could do in around 48 hours or so. How does that sound? Please keep us, your fans, appraised of your shakedown! It's the most important part of the journey!

    Good luck, Abby!


  17. Abby --so nice to 'meet' you, so to speak! This has been a day of discovery for me as I learned from Jessica Watson's blog about Dilip Donde and you. I have read most of your blog and find it to be quite interesting.

    I'm looking forward to getting to 'know' you through your posts and have every intention of following you all the way around the globe! .....There can be no doubt that your are an amazing girl!

    God bless you!
    Janell in Oklahoma

  18. New eyes for your boat and a new haircut for you! Or maybe it's not so new, just that I finally noticed....

  19. Abby,
    As someone who has always wanted to sail around the world, I find it interesting to see someone else live out the dream and see how they handle it. I can tell you are going to handle it much better than most. Good luck, fair winds and know you have tons of support in San Diego!

  20. wow this stuff is pretty cool.. i like the boats