Sunday, January 24, 2010

Checking In

Abby didn't get to a blog today but we wanted to update you all that she is doing great settling in. She struggled with light winds all of last night and most of today but picked up about 12 knots around 3 pm and had made 24 miles in 3 hours. She has passed out of American waters and achieved her first small goal of getting south of Ensenada by Monday evening to avoid some storm activity that will be forming there.
There is much to do with monitoring her power usage, assessing the accuracy of her radars and alarms, finding and restowing things. She was able to sleep some and eat some so Day 2 has been a good one.
On to the equator!

275 comments:

  1. Congratulations Abby of all cuban peoples of South Florida..God Bless you

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  2. Good luck Abby. What you are doing is amazing. We'll be watching from Cape Town South Africa.

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  3. FYI - These 3 fellow circumnavigators have all recently posted - some with fabulous pictures!

    Minoru Saito, Guinness Book Record Holder and Blue Water Medal Recipient
    http://saito8.blogspot.com/ GREAT PICS!

    Jeanne Socrates most senior woman attempting solo circumnavigation.
    http://synereida.livejournal.com/

    Ryan Langley, a 17 year sailor old currently preparing for a nonstop sailing voyage around the world. http://southernoceansolo.weebly.com/dispatches.html

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  4. Good Luck and God's speed. Deke

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  5. Hi Aby,
    Keep up them dodgers,
    Jony the Pony

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  6. The settling in is the hardest after all the hype and media of departure, the photos are excellent,and the Good Morning America video was clear & visible.

    24nm in 3 hrs in 12knt winds is a good boat speed giving a sog of 8knots,really is a fast waterline hull.

    Good to hear you are sleeping this early in your adventure as you need to keep your batteries charged, and as your Dad has said, do not become complacent.

    Keep Smiling
    Safe Passage,
    Brian Riley.
    Hervey Bay Queensland,Australia

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  7. I cant believe 16 years and rounding the world, thats awesome, a lot of people older and with more experience dont do that

    good luck!

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  8. Go Abby from a fan in North Dakota!

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  9. Hi, My name is Morten Archer Bugge and I am from Norway. We just arrived home after 18 month on a sail journey. We admire your spirit! Our family will follow your adventure from the cold up North. I have a daughter just your age and two sons, 2 and 4.We all agree to say ; WE ARE HYSTERICALLY IMPRESSED!!! You Go!!! We hope you find the wind you need and that all your gear stands the test. All best wishes from the family Archer Bugge, Oslo, Norway

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  10. Good luck, watching this amazing adventure!

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  11. What did you pack to eat for such a long trip? And are you planning on porting anywhere or is this a complete non-stop sailing adventure for you? Anyway, may the Pacific be gentle and the stars brite. God Speed!

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  12. Great to hear1 I am going to love these posts and knowing how she is doing!! Thinking and praying for you all the time.
    Kristi

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  13. Hi Abby,

    Great news you have started your great journey. It must be such a relief for you to be finally underway.

    I am sure there will be plenty of challenges thrown up at you but I am sure you will meet each one with success.

    I look forward to following your journey and reading your blogs.

    Stay safe,

    Rob
    Ingleburn, NSW, Australia

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  14. Pray and read your Bible everyday Abby. Jesus will help you. Will pray for you everyday. - Enoch

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  15. we are with you, Abby.
    have fun and rest easy.

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  16. Go Abby go! At first,I thought you and your folks were nuts, but after seeing how dedicated and well-prepared you are, I'm with you all the way. May God grant you safe passage, and keep us posted as we live vicariously through your adventures. Your new friend,
    Alfonz Wagner~

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  17. Hi Abby

    Just wanted to wish you well on your journey. Am following Jessica also. She's just been 'monstered' by a bad storm & had 4 x 180 degree knockdowns. Fortunately came through OK but with some damage to the boat although not enough to stop her! You are both very courageous in attempting this sort of trip & deserving of the utmost respect. Hope all goes well. Will check in regularly to see how you're faring. Cheers - Maurie, Sydney, Australia

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  18. Hi Abby,
    Good luck on your journey. I know you will be busy until you get a routine down.... I will be keeping track.
    V/r
    Lenny Faison...;~) Lenny.Faison@gmail.com

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  19. my prayers will be with you..good luck and as a mother I will worry about you until you get back home..!

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  20. Follow your dreams girl.. I'm wishing you the best !

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  21. Just curious, when you sleep at night, what warns you of impending collision traffic, battery powered radar warnings?

    Also, in really rough seas, do you strap yourself into a harness to stay in the middle of the cockpit?

    Finally, can you recharge your batteries with water driven generators? Solar powered? Thanks. Hugh

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  22. Hello Abby,

    Best of Luck with your adventure, I am wondering, beyond this being a dream of yours, is theresomeone or something this journey is benefitting? Is there a cause you are doing this for?
    I thank you and keep us all updated. Document as much as possible!
    Best to you on the seas!

    Michelle Bellici
    www.studiobellici.com

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  23. Hi Abby,
    Well your on your way! Good luck and God Speed!
    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  24. Good luck Abby, may the winds be with you and may God watch over you. Best of luck in your historic voyage.

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  25. @Team Abby: WOW - Thanks for the great chart and milestone guide under the "Where's Abby" button on the Web site Home Page.

    Nice to have the day-by-day pushpins on the chart, with easy scalability.

    And really appreciate having the miles to go and estimated time to achieve from one leg of the journey to the next. (With that Australian girl, I'm always creating mileage ticks on a piece of paper and doing physical measurements across the screen. Have to keep reminding myself that I can't use dividers on my LCD screen.) This will be much nicer. )

    Very much enjoyed hearing from Abby's parents on the LA Times video. Good article, too.

    Was surprising to hear that Abby was doing 8 knots in 12 knots of air. She's driving a real sportscar of a boat.

    - Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

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  26. Amazing story. I'll be following you on your journey! Good luck!

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  27. Good sailing, Abby.
    Keep away from those storms.
    Enjoy yourself.
    Luv
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  28. Hi,
    Todd here. I am an Amateur Radio Operator and was hopeful that you will be making radio contacts?

    God Bless,
    Todd

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  29. What a great adventure...good luck, stay safe.

    Rikk - Bay Area

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  30. Thanks for the update.

    All the best!!

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  31. Welcome to Mexico!!!

    Best of luck to you...stay strong!!! You're just getting started on this journey, but once finished...you will be part of history!!!

    Cheers

    Luist

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  32. We find Abbey's journey so exciting,We wish her well ,you must be so proud of her ..Abbey look forward to reading about your journey...Be Safe ..from Canada

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  33. I love you Abby! You are great and brave! Enjoy n good luck n all the best in breaking the record!

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  34. Hi Abby;

    You are a brave girl.

    Thanks for your sharing.

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  35. Great to hear she is doing well so far! I'm looking forward to more updates. Keep up the good work Abby!

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  36. I am a parent of two (adult) children. I appreciate the courage of your parents nearly as much as your own. I don't know if I could remain as calm as they have.

    The very best of luck to you. Go with God.

    Scott Secor
    Ramsey, MN

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  37. Good luck abby I hope all goes well. I will be checking this out often. Great website. Fair winds and following seas.. Frank

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  38. Wow, talk about the most exciting thing a 16 year old could possibly do. Holy cow!

    Note to Team Abby: Update the darn websites man! It looks really bad when the main site displayed on her sails, "Abby16.com", still says she's departing in December 2009 and expects to have made history by April of 2010. GET WITH IT PEOPLE!!!

    And GO ABBY!! My prayers are with you...

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  39. Hi Abby,

    Good on you, achieving your first goal and getting south of Ensenada by Monday evening.

    It sounds like you are moving along at the rate of knots. It's great that you missed the stormy activity - you don't want any of that so soon into your voyage. You may or not have heard that poor Jesse Watson has just experienced hufficane force winds and she had "three knock-downs" in the eight hour storm. She is okay thank goodness, but a little bruised and EPL has suffered a little minor damage.

    I'll look forward to hearing from you when you have a moment to blog. You have quite a big boat to look after so I can understand that you are a pretty busy girl.

    Take care, keep safe and ENJOY.

    Warmest wishes from Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

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  40. Good luck Abby girl! I've just learned about your departure. Myself and my classroom look forward to following your journey. I'll be praying for your safe, and successful trip!

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  41. Hi Abby, just wishing you well on your trip. I've been following Jessica's journey on her site, now I have two of you to cheer on. Glad to see you have an Aussie boat too. All the best.
    Bill (Australia)

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  42. Go Abby! Fair winds and following seas!

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  43. Thank you for the update. Appetizers' time!
    It's a long way
    to M' del Rey
    It's a long way to go...

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  44. Arrr! Captain Abby be a fair wind blowin' o'er a smooth sea, says I. Dont be mindin' them landlubbers what dont understand the meanin' of grabbin' yer dreams by the forecastle and ner'r lettin' go. Those what say it be maddness be tight keeled havin' never had the courage ta map their own course. Keep the wind at yer back lass, and yer powder dry. God Speed.

    Craig B
    Keizer, OR

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  45. Hi Abby

    Your departure has coverage in all our media
    TV, Radio and newspapers, you are already well known in Australia and you will have many
    follow your progress
    Keep safe and dry

    Robert
    Brisbane Australia

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  46. Abby, I wish you all the luck in the world, and I look forward to following your blog. What I'm looking forward to observing, and I'm sure many others are too, is how you grow during your journey not only as a sailor, but also as a young person reaching adulthood. You're going to have a lot of time to yourself, and you won't be able to avoid deep contemplation. You are going to learn many lessons about yourself, about those you love and does you don't, and about life in general. How lucky you are to be able to do this at such a young age.

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  47. Go Abby! Remember Power consumption should be kept above 70%. Keep 'AMP REM' above 198.0 AH (total 340.0 AH. The forward Wind Generator Amp gauge if off a bit (reading 7.0 Amps low), so when they are spinning and engaged just watch your energy monitor and 'see the difference' on the B1 Amp Consumption. Great job on your first day!

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  48. best of luck to you..spent time at sea..loved it.always plan ahead..i'm USCG retired..

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  49. my prayers are with you

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  50. Praying for Abby. Glad to hear she is Mexican waters.

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  51. The very best of luck and good sailing from an old sailor in Houston Texas.

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  52. good to hear all is going well out there

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  53. A good beginning. I will be checking in frequently and will wave when Abby goes by Peru where I am living now. God Bless!!

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  54. how is it goin alone in the ocean without anyone?:)my names MALIA i'm 11 yrs of age i live in MATINEZ GA. i think it is very brave of you to go by yourself!:)

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  55. I´m following you from Venezuela...you are in our prays...
    God bless you...
    Please let us know your daily position...

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  56. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!! GOOD LUCK AND BE SAFE.

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  57. Abby, will be thinking about you during your adventure.

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  58. Good Luck Abby!! I think you are very brave...!! Tight Sails and have a safe journey! :) Kim from Trinidad, WI.

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  59. Great job Abby. I am the father of Shea Kathleen, 11/2/93 - exactly two weeks younger than you. Proud of you. Stay safe and God be with you! John O'Reilly, Carlsbad, CA

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  60. Abby, be safe out there. You are a great role model to young people and I just hope that you find success in this voyage and come home fulfilled.

    Scott Davis
    Vancouver WA

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  61. Abby - we are fascinated by your quest and wish you good wind and God's blessing. We will share your journey with our readers and writer community on broowaha.com, the citizen newspaper. If you would be interested, we would love to interview you at any point along the trip. Let me know if you do. John Forch, Publisher john@broowaha.com

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  62. Go Abby, glad you are finally making good time. Keep busy, and know that the world is rooting you on. Get some rest as often as you can. Fatigue can catch up with you on those long watches. ben

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  63. Is Abby a ham radio operator? And if so, is she checking into the Pacific Seafarer's Net?

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  64. Are you going to be giving your positions so we can follow on google earth? I hope so. Good luck Abby

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  65. We are cheering you on!!!!

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  66. Did you bring a camera and will you post a few pics along the way?

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  67. Good luck to you Abby!!! I'm excited to watch you on your journey of making not only herstory, but making your dreams come true! Keep us posted :)

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  68. Hey, My name is Tom Flood and I am a high school English teacher in an upstate town of New York. I am at this very moment with my 11th grade class and we just started reading the book, Into the wild. Have you ever read it? Though you certainly have better prepared yourself for this trip, the basic question remains; Why do this?

    Good luck

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  69. Watched ABC all morning 0600-0900 EST... not a bloody thing!!!!

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  70. Best of luck to you!! You go girl!

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  71. Mrs. Mitchell's STAR Class at New Prairie Middle School, New Carlisle, Indiana, up by Lake Michigan, have chosen to follow your blog. We will be checking in a couple of times a week and may have some questions for you as you sail. Most of us agreed that we probably would not be brave enough to do this on our own. Our question for you today is do you have a boat that is shadowing you or you really out there all by yourself with no one around. Thanks for answering, Mrs. Mitchell and Zoo Zinging Zebras

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  72. Good Luck Abby, we're all pulling for you!!
    Chris, (a fan from Chicago)

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  73. God bless you! I'm following you every day. Every day. Just saw a report on the CBS Morning Show- some suggesting it's irresponsible of your parents. That's way, way low on a serious list because there are many other things that are irresponsible that parents "allow" their youngsters to do. "Youngsters." I'm from Alabama. Originally from southeast NC. Good sailing to you! Straight and warm winds. (Don't forget your homework...) - Keith

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  74. My next door neighbor has learned about you. He's a 4.0 GPA junior. He wants me to relay this message to you: "Marry me!" His name is Mike A. He'll blog you later when he returns from basketball practice. God bless you!

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  75. Hi Abby,
    Looking forward to enjoying/tracking this adventure with you as you circumnavigate our world. Be careful in the irons.
    Later...

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  76. Good luck and we'll be watching

    Hershey Elementary School

    Yes, the Hershey where they make the chocolate!

    Good Luck!

    Mr. Boyer

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  77. GOOD LUCK AND STAY SAFE. YOU ARE A STRONG AND SPECIAL YOUNG LADY. MAY GOD BE WITH U.
    LARRY BUTLER COLUMBUSLARRY@AOL.COM COL. GA.

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  78. Awesome! I am following this with great interest!

    TG

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  79. Great start Abby! I am a 45 year old mom of 20 & 23 yr olds. I would be bursting with pride if I were your parent!I am going to follow your whole trip! I went on an 80' Catamaran to the Galapagos Islands 5 yrs ago, the trip of my life! Your admirer, Karen Harrison

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  80. Good Luck from Arkansas

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  81. Good Luck Abby. It will be tough and rough but am sure you'll be able to handle it. mom, dad and sibblings are behind you 100%...
    Buena suerte and tight lines!!!!!

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  82. Good luck abby! Stay strong,and be safe.
    Best wishes for a safe trip,and watch u set a record!
    From bayliner mike:)

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  83. I will be praying for you! Mrs. Ostby Colorado

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  84. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    Good start!

    Keep warm, stay cool.

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  85. I recently found out about you trip and just wanted to say good luck and best wishes to you for a safe trip! My family and I will be keeping up on you trip from here in Carlisle Indiana.

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  86. I'm so impressed by this story! Looking forward to following you on your adventure, Abby! Best of luck and be safe.

    From Mari in Oslo, Norway

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  87. fair winds and following seas, matey!

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  88. Abby rates a mention on The Weather Channel. "Talking Head" was so surprised that a 16yr old girl would consider doing such a thing and that she was the first!

    Aussie media aware of Abby... still no mention of Jesse's challenges and achievements in the US Press... Oh wait... she's NOT AMERICAN!!!

    Bit like watching The Olympics in the USA... you get the impression the only ones competing are from the US!

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  89. Dear Abby:

    I wish you fair winds and following seas. Stay safe and hurry home to "Sunny" California. :-)

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  90. Hello Abby/Team Abby,

    Thank you for the updates! We hope Abby settles in to her routine quickly and manages to get some proper rest. Poor thing was probably too energized with anticipation the last few days to get in any decent sleep. BTW, the photos are brilliant!

    Have fun Abby playing with and becoming more familiar with all of the new gadgetry!
    Wishing you fair winds and weather.

    Stay safe,

    Mike D
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA

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  91. Sounds like you are off to a good start. Best wishes from freezing cold Minnesota!

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  92. God speed sweatheart,The world is already proud of you. But how do you work your sleep time. Do you just get naps when you can? Well all I can say is, "YOU GO GIRL"!!
    Dave, from New Jersey

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  93. سلام خوبی؟خوبم
    یک پست جدید گذاشتم نمی دونم چرا ولی ازات می خواهم حتما حتما بخونی و راجبش نظر برام بزاری ممنونم.
    http://chocolateboss.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-post_1887.html

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  94. Abby, I live in Russia (in the Siberia), but I am observing how you are sailing every day. It is wonderful! It is beautiful! You are the hero of our time!

    Tailwind!
    The good weather!
    Fire in your heart!

    Good luck, Abby!

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  95. Support for you from Long Island, NY. You can make it through the rough spots one wave at a time!

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  96. Abby,

    Even with a full load of food, fuel and water you are still able to make 8 knots sog with 12 knots of wind? Wow, that is a rocket ship. I wonder what your speed will be when your boat is lighter, towards the end of your voyage.
    Thanks for the update.
    Michael
    San Diego

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  97. I've never been on something like this before, but I wish you a beautiful and safe journey!

    Lori
    missrubysue.etsy.com

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  98. Your Oklahoma Well-WisherJanuary 25, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Hurray Abby! Great start... All my best to you and Team Abby... Great pics, too! Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

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  99. Abby, I think what you're doing is amazing! I wish you all the luck in the world! You're in my prayers! God Bless! Suzzanna Lute, American Falls, Idaho

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  100. "On to the equator!"......as they say in Sunderland.
    Hey Abby, I see you got your first marriage proposal already. Aussie girl didn't get her first till a month into the voyage. So stand at the bow, with the wind in your face like they did on Titanic, and shout "I beat you on that one Jessica!" It'll feel good.

    We love you Mom but we want to hear from Sologirl herself. Abby, if you ever lack for things to talk about, since many of us weren't born on sailboats, explain the different sails you carry and how you use them under didn't wind conditions. Thanks.

    Already in Mexican waters huh? You're moving along well. May your sails stay full.......Bob

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  101. you are an Inspiration Abby! enjoy the moment and have a great journey. A lot of people following and praying for you

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  102. Abby, how very exciting for you! I will be following you through your blogs. I wish you smooth sailing and God's speed!

    Lynette P.
    Campbellsville, Ky

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  103. Good Morning Abby,

    Scouting about this morning I found several sources of photographs of you and your family's interest in sailing which I would like to share with your "followers" ....some hidden gems:

    1) www.sunyachts.net (gallery #2) I especially like Laurence's (dad's) statement..."all Sunderlands are Yachtsmen (Persons!) by default!"

    2) www.abbysunderland.org (not .com) check out the galleries ...I especially like the large photos of Wild Eyes coming off the ship earlier at Ensenada.

    3) www.gizaraarts.com ...the section titled
    "Zac and Abby Sunderland" ...well done Lisa.

    Thanks to Team Abby for keeping us informed. The website and blog are great...I like the push-pin tracker.

    Safe sailing Abby,
    john
    Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada eh!

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  104. Supporting you, praying for you and sharing your adventure. Share when you can.

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  105. Abby: this is from Florida. I've read many books/stories about trips like yours. This is sooooo exciting! Will be on the blog each day and thinking and praying for you. Good Speed.

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  106. Good luck, Abby! So proud of you for following your dream and having the courage to believe in yourself. Those traits will carry you far in life. For now, I'll be enjoying watching them carry you safely around the globe.

    All my best wishes,
    A fellow Angelino,
    Matt

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  107. Good Luck, Abby. Fair Winds and Following Seas to Ye. If Karma could fill your sails, you'd be home already.

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  108. Well-wisher from Grove, OKJanuary 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Will be following your journey and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. God Speed and great sailing!

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  109. may the wind always be at your back. good luck from savannah ga.

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  110. BUEN VIAJE Y CUIDATE....FELICIDADES!!!

    luis diaz

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  111. Glad to see your off and sailing Abby! I enjoyed the pictures and the links to the video and articles. I especially appreciate you and your family sharing your faith in God. It is great to see your church supporting you in prayer! As you know, we can't expect those who critisize you and your family to understand that our life here on this earth is short, and to not have or follow your dreams or God's will for you is death already. Statements you made about respect for the ocean, acknowledging the danger and the enormity of this task shows your maturity and wisdom beyond your years.
    To you and your team I want to congradulate all of you for getting you this far. The amount of work that was put forth in the 11th hour was amazing to see unfold. I must say that the hard dodger looks fantastic, and fits the boat like it was supplied by the original hull builder! As I promised earlier, I will continue to lift you and your family and team up in prayer. OK God, Abby is in your hands. We trust You and Love You. I humbly ask that You protect and guide Abby, and provide her and her family with peace knowing she is in Your Hands.
    In Jesus's name. Amen!
    Mike
    Grace Fellowship Church
    North Stonington, CT. USA.

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  112. Good luck, I've been following Jessica, now I'll follow you too. Wish you safe travels and none of the knockdowns Jessica has had!

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  113. Abby,
    You must be very brave to go out on the ocean and sail around the world at only 16 years old.
    Good Luck!
    I hope you have lots of fun(:

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  114. Abby,
    It is really cool that you are sailing around the world at only 16 years old.
    -What do you do about school?

    Good Luck! :D

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  115. Trader Joe's Crew from Westlake VillageJanuary 25, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Go Abby! The Crew Members from Trader Joe's are cheering you on!!! "Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw"...

    God bless you girl!

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  116. GlobeMasterOne,.....thanks for all the links, great fun! Especially liked the one with barefoot Abby at the top of the mast showing the wind directional/speed equipment.
    Keep up the good work, eh!

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  117. My wife and I say, "Rock on, kiddo! Make it happen! Be safe, fast and may the wind always be at your back!"

    Scott and Robbie
    Medford, OR, USA

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  118. alejandro Bonilla GJanuary 25, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Abby,
    From Puerto Vallarta Mexico I wish you the best and as Nike sais JUS DO IT¡¡¡

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  119. Praying for you! Your journey is a challenge to me as a Youth Pastor to remember that my students are capable of so much more than the world gives them credit for; may they be inspired when I share your story with them!

    -Pastor Mike, Des Moines, IA

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  120. Abby, I am so excited about your journey! Specially that a young woman will cruise around the world. It was one of my dreams. Maybe my daughter could follow your steps...I have been in rough waters, but you will face the worst ones. You will make it! You will get to the end!
    Sheers, from Janet A-H. Puerto Rico/NJ

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  121. Best of success Abby! One day at a time! Keep thinking and be sure to eat well and get your rest! You are in my prayers! Psalm 91

    Thad Miller - Jeffersonville, IN

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  122. What a truely Fantastic thing you are doing. God bless you and Safe Travels !!

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  123. Hey Abby,
    Great job so far!
    What's that number on your sail?
    Is it No 69?
    Thats my fav!
    Luv ya!

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  124. You Go Abby! I have a daughter named Abigail. I can't imagine that one day she could do something as big as you are doing right now. I will be following your journey every day. Take care...
    Cuban from Miami Florida

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  125. Good for you Abby, when the wind blows we will think of you and your great adventure. V&L Queensland Australia

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  126. Hi Abby!
    Hope you will get a good journey and that your mast does not hit the water or some equipment fail. If it is wet, windy and cold and you are not allowed to sleep, remember that pain is temporary and pride is forever. You will be proud the rest of your life.

    Media attention is large. A search on google advanced, exact phrase "Abby Sunderland", only last 24 hours gives 121,000 hits, to be compared with a very well-known star like "Kim Clijsters" 162,000 hits (who had an important match today).

    If you feel alone or bored remember that there are thousands of supporters behind you.

    Ben Larsson, Sweden

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  127. Fair winds and Following seas Abby!
    Anita Miracle
    Captain SV Wombat
    Waterloo, NY

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  128. Abby, I am 52 years old, and am just learning to sail in dinghys myself; I love it, oh, why did I wait so long? I have only a little tiller time on a 22'er; it's wonderful! You are living my dream, young lady--my prayers and best wishes are with you!

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  129. I cross my fingers from you Abby, just be strong and hold on. I wish you good luck
    Greetings from Eastern Europe

    Valter

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  130. Hey, looks like you are on your way now. Good luck! May the wind be in your sails and all that . . .

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  131. Greetings from Mesa,Arizona Abby. May you have smooth sailing always. I believe there is also a 16 yr old girl from Australia who started her round the world solo sailing about a month ago. I've been wondering which one of you is the youngest. I wish only the best for you....

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  132. Abby,, good luck out there be safe and god speed.. may your boat be swift and your journey be care free... good luck we'll be keeping u in our prayers.. .Columbus,Ohio

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  133. A Prayer i found that i thought was appropriate for your Journey......

    Lord, as I stand on the rolling deck
    To view the restless sea
    With its wide expanse of darkened sky,
    You seem so far from me.

    Intrepid youth should feel no fear,
    But I have a load of care
    For the safety of our ship and men.
    Lord, hear my earnest prayer:

    That I be true to every task;
    May no fault lie with me.
    Whatever danger may arise,
    As we sail the raging sea.

    May I be calm and know that You
    Can still the wind and wave,
    And be assured in perfect trust
    That You have the power to save.

    When the moon sheds beams from a starlit sky,
    I feel near to You again,
    For the same moon shines on my loved ones, too,
    And I thank You, Lord......Amen.


    GOOD LUCK

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  134. Best of Luck to you! Your family must be proud, becareful and God Bless!

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  135. God is with you, Abby, and you're featured on Californiality.com

    http://www.californiality.com/2010/01/california-girl-sailing-world-alone.html

    So many of us in the Conejo Valley are praying for you on your journey!

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  136. Good luck abby,

    You are taking a different route than jessica watson..one that looks longer but still the same anyway. Tell me, how is it that you can say you are/will be the youngest to sail around unassisted when jess is doing the same? who is younger?? (not that it matters, you both are very corageous and daring young ladies!!) I am from the states as well but I think every person should get their due credit and she is kicking some crazy butt out there!! be safe and fair winds young lady!

    sh

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  137. Abby, I wrote a blog about you! Check it out at http://mm42883.blogspot.com/2010/01/theres-girl-in-middle-of-pacific-ocean.html

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  138. Abby... Best Wishes from Aspen, Colorado! I am the former Head Varsity Sailing Coach from Cornell U. and I wrote (with British sailor Bob Bonds) the training manuals for US Sailing Instructor Programs.

    You are an inspiration to all young sailors (and adult sailors too). The USA is proud of you!

    Sail fast, sail safe, and sail fun!

    Kindly, LARS
    Aspen, Colorado USA
    docupress@aol.com

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  139. Go get em Abby. Best of luck in you endeavor. You can Do it!

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  140. I really don't know how to say what I.m feel...............I like your bravery
    but a lot......God with you and go ahead......hurray!!!!!!

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  141. Did Abby EVER have a steering wheel?
    It looks like she has a manual tiller now.
    All the pre-launch pics show Abby "at the wheel." Grant? Anyone? Did they modify the boat or was it already that way? I seem to remember the discussion about how if she had a tiller/rudder like Jessica, then she could use a weather vane. Does this mean she has a weather vane now? I know I know nothing - that's why I'm asking!
    Ryan Felts

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  142. abby

    let me know if you see any sharks.

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  143. Best of luck to you Abby! We'll be praying for a safe and successful trip, and I'll be looking for details along the way :)

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  144. What a wonderful adventure! I will be following you and love to hear of all your experiences as you travel the globe!

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  145. Abby,
    I think what you are doing is just wonderful! I pray that you have GOD as your sailing partner,God Bless you abby!!

    Ron
    Canton,Michigan

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  146. Abby,

    You are insperation to us all. I will watch your progress. I wish you well and a safe passage.

    Semper Partus,

    Terry Dixon USCG (ret)

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  147. I am so jealous! I am 16 and so wish i could be there with you~ Good Luck

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  148. Abby, I admire you for living your dreams. I will be thinking of you, cheering for you and can't wait until you return in 6 months with a world record. God is with you all the way and my prayers go with you as well.

    Best Wishes from Burbank, CA

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  149. Hi Abby,
    Not sure if my last message worked, but good luck and bon voyage.
    David & Wendy,
    Adelaide, Australia.

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  150. hey abby..i think wat ur doing is great.. i hope ur able to accomplish ur whole journey and be safe doing it.. by the way i think ur really cute too..

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  151. Good Luck Abby! Be safe!! :)

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  152. Abby, you have been an inspiration to me, and all of my friends. Good luck, and I really hope you make it!

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  153. Hello Abby
    Congratulations on your launch and to the start of your journey. I have been following Jessica from her start. It has been great reading her blogs and following her journey. Now I have a good ol' girl from USA to root for also. It will be interesting to see the differences from what has been and continues to be, Jessica's travels and yours to come. It's cool to read the comments and see how two 16yr old girls have captured the hearts and thoughts of so many different people all across the world.
    Good Luck, Keep Safe

    Scott - PA USA

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  154. Excellent weblog, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,
    A definite great read…
    anti keylogger

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  155. You're on your way, Abby!

    Blessings!
    Marie, WA St.

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  156. Good Luck Abby! Be safe!! :) Russia, Vladivostok city

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  157. Excellent weblog, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,
    A definite great read…
    anti keylogger

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  158. Hello: So when you get tired do you drop the sails and sleep or do you have auto pilot or something?
    Good luck and may your sails be full
    Greg Haff
    Hollywood

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  159. Wow!

    At this rate you'll not only beat Jessica Watson in the age division... you'll beat her in the number of blog followers as well...

    Not sure how peeps can be loyal to more than one solo sailor in the same category though.

    Sure... you can be happy about all circumnavigators and their success... admire their goals etc... but to add to the success of one over the other in direct competition with each other is a bit counter-productive to your favourite I would think.

    Food for thought I would think for some of you.

    We know if all goes to plan Abby will succeed over Jesse as being the youngest to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world.

    My prediction is she'll also in time succeed over Jesse in the number of replies to her blog.

    Jesse still will have given it all a great go though.

    Sail on Abby into history in your speedy sturdy boat!

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  160. My name is james collins im from georgia age 15 1/2 and have traveled around the world too but not by boat but by plain. i have been to korea and japan on the other side of the world i hope you have a great time on your trip and keep me updated on my e mail address please get some one to inform me. i have seen your story of this voyage on channal one and just had to talk to you. e mail me. i support you all the way.

    e mail address is jrcollins2008@yahoo.com
    god speed:)

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  161. Jim (Manteca, CA)

    Goodspeed and best of luck Abby. We will be monitoring your activity and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Be Safe!

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  162. Good Luck Abby you and your family are in my thoughts. May a higher power watch over you as you fulfill your dream.

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  163. Ray Rogers (banjo213@aol.com)January 25, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    God Speed Abby

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  164. good luck abby hope all goes well for you, but curious as to how you make it Day 4??? If Abby left sat.11am pt, and that starts day 1 and it's now mon. 4pm surely it's day 3, not trying to be pedantic, but let's have some accuracy.

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  165. Hi Abby,
    This is Ariel, I am deaf, I hope you break the record when you are sixteen years old. Keep in faith. GO ABBY!
    Good luck.

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  166. My husband and I saw your departure and boat parade at the Marina Channel on Saturday and wish you all the best!

    We will follow your blog and look forward to your updates.

    God speed!

    The Greenbergs

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  167. Abby will probably be facing similar conditions shown in this video in the Southern ocean: Enjoy!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T1XEiosxkY&feature=related

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  168. BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY! GREAT SUPPORT YOU GO GIRL.

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  169. Abby,
    I give you the utmost credit, and wish you God Speed on your adventure. I will follow your progress and pray for good weather.
    Jean
    St.James,N.Y

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  170. Wish you fair winds and following seas.

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  171. do you carry firearms.... or are we not allowed to know that.... seems to me that being versed in and carrying a rifle would be a good thing... (just in case)..... wishing / hoping of course you do not need to resort to such force....

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  172. Wow Abby, It takes great courage ,strength and focus to do what you are doing.Thanks for the inspiration.
    Good Luck
    Dale Wilson
    Montrose,Co

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  173. Have a great trip-GOD be with you-enjoy !!!
    Little River,s.c.

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  174. As you said Abby, if this wasnt Gods will for your life He wouldnt have provided the money for the Boat.How much more proof can anyone ask for that God is alive and answers prayer and that you are doing Gods will and setting an example of how to live a Christ centered life for all to follow in Jesus name. And how wonderful that every important step was only taken after your Dad and Mom prayed for Gods will and guidance. And now your Church and heaps of people all round the world who are Born Again are praying for you and lifting you up before God, and sending you verses from the Infallible Word of God. Maybe as you sail around the world you will ignite a fire for Jesus and people will realise that lives like yours and your family are whats needed to save the world from the mess its in already. Go Abby and let Jesus guide you all the way.

    A sister in Jesus

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  175. Abby,

    Greetings from the racing capital of America, Indianapolis. Stay tough and
    keep going!!! As an American, I am very proud of you. I have no doubt you will make it. Good Luck and Godspeed!!

    Chris
    Indianapolis

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  176. i watched your movie and we also talked about you in class and we said that it would be to dangerous to go around the southern tip of south america

    Brandon Albrecht
    5th grade

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  177. Abby, I fear for you, but I wish you the very best of luck. I am cheering you on from Cherryville, NC. May God keep you safe always, and bring you home a new record holder!! I truly admire your ambition and your courage! God Bless

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  178. Abby,
    Best of Luck !! I read about you in USA Today and found your website on the Internet. I will be following your journey from Silver Spring, Maryland.

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  179. To Border Patrol re: Posting 3:38 pm --

    Please spare us this type of commentary. Those who are here to support Abby are no different than those who support Jessica Watson...We just want to wish them success and safety in their courageous attempts. Please don't trivialize the efforts of these 2 young women by trying to create phony competitions as to who has the most comments to their blogs, etc!

    Even if you favor Abby's attempt at circumnavigation over Jessica's, at least have the decency to honor both women with meaningful commentary.

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  180. We'll be watching your journey from Cody, Wyoming!! A trip like yours was always a plan of mine... The longest trip I've made in a sail boat was between San Diego & Cabo, then back... It was back in the 70's... My 'journey' around the world now will be with you.. in spirit!! Watch your stars and enjoy the journey!! God's Speed!!

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  181. Fair Winds, young lady...Fair Winds. You have my heart with you as you navigate this earth of ours. Let us know of your equator crossing...sailors have a party at that time. USN 1966-1969.

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  182. I will keep you in my prayers. Please be safe and enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

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  183. I believe Jessica Watson has you beat sweetie! She passed through one of the WORST storms 3 days ago and made it with minor damage to her vessel and another storm is brewing. You will probably hit that one. Also Jess is not using any power. She is just flowing with the ocean. So good luck to you with little knowledge of what your doing....have fun on the ocean and follow your dreams! Your approaching storm season now! good times ahead for you...

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  184. Way to go Abby!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, From Elko NV
    Larry and Bev Kidd
    (The Kidds)

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  185. This is great! My family is following your journey. Best of luck along the way and a safe passage! Your sailing friends from Lee's Summit MO.

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  186. GOOD LUCK ABBY !
    WOW! 188 COMMENTS SO FAR. YOUR BROTHER HAD ABOUT 50 THE FIRST DAY. WELL HERE WE GO AROUND THE WORLD... AGAIN
    RICH IN SAN DIMAS CA.

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  187. Abby
    I wish you the absolute best! You are so inspiring! I am not a blogger or a twitter or a facebook person... BUT your Blog is THE only one I have gotten hooked on. Stay safe and come back home to sunny SoCal safe.

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  188. God Speed Abby. You are a "her"oe to every young girl and every grown woman. Your parents are amazing to have raised such an intelligent, savvy and courageous young woman. I am thinkng of you and checking on you via your sites. You are an inspiration to me and I am old enough to be your mom:-)...God Speed lovely lady!!...may the weather and the sea be your trusted friend.

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  189. Congratulation and bon voyage... may God bless you... hope you can complete the voyage safely waiting if you pass through stratts of Melaka, the longest straits in the world.. love from Malaysia

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  190. So, any seasickness to overcome the first few days out? There certainly would be for ME, but I'm not sure I'd EVER get past it.
    Congratulations on getting where you wanted to be in relation to brewing storms!!!
    Blessings and best of luck Abby and thank you to whoever is filling us in until you get a chance to do so yourself!
    Tracie

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  191. God Bless Abby and may your Guardian Angel protect & guide you "For the Lord is greatly to be praised, for He has given us Angels to watch over us and guide us in all of our ways."

    @ Border Patrol
    How pathetic to try to create division between Jess' & Abby's supporters! The number of blog comments now part of the 'competition?? Get real!We know that the populaion of USA far exceeds that of Australia, so what relevance does that have please? - to what these two inspirational, wonderful young women are doing?

    @ LScott G I really liked and agreed with your comments which reflect the true spirit of the sea. NOONE here is 'POTHUNTING' only a few carried away supporters!!

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  192. Greetings Abby!
    Glad to hear everything is going well so far! You endeavor is truly inspirational and I wish you a safe and awesome adventure. I stumbled across your story from a headline on Google News and I'll be keeping posted on your trip. It's already given me something to hope and cheer for! Enjoy yourself and know what you are doing is very powerful not only for yourself but as an example to many others as well! Peace be the Journey! - Mark from upstate New York

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