Sunday, January 24, 2010

Departure Photos

Link to Good Morning America:
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Weekend/16-year-california-girl-sets-sail-youngest-circumnavigate/story?id=9644059

Thank you to Lisa Gizara for her fabulous photos!












































































































140 comments:

  1. The sea I travel
    Can't know my destination
    But it supports me

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  2. Dear Abby,
    Your goal to sail around the world at this age is just incredible. I'm also a 16 year old sailor and reading this totally inspired me. I'll be checking this blog every day to see how everything is going...you seem like an awesome person and you're so brave to do this. Good luck!

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  3. Love those wild eyes at water level.

    Go Sologirl !!!

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  4. abby i wish you the best of luck i am fourteen and also in love with sailing and i wish too, to be able to do what you did yesterday!!!!!!! good luck and i hope you have a great trip!!!

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  5. Best of luck on the sea! This takes a lot of guts and bravery!! I am a 24 year old former marine of 5 years. And although I have no sailing experience, I wouldn't even dream of doing this. You've got guts girl!

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  6. Dear Abby,
    Yesterday I watched you take off on your trip around the world and you were amazing!!!!!!!
    I am a 14 year old who has been sailing for a long time!! This inspired me to do some many things and showed so many people what women can do these days!!!!! I will read your blog everyday to see how your trip is going!
    hope everything goes great!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK! :]

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  7. Dear Abby, A few years ago I saw Lord Chichester's boat by the Thames in Greewnwich and was amazed at his achievement -like yours- in such a small craft. Best of luck, will follow you everyday.
    Roberto

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  8. hope you have an amazing trip and adventrue around the world!!!!!! good luck

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  9. You don't get what you hope for,...you get what you go for! Great job to you for going for it! Stay the course and safe travels to you at sea, Abby Sunderland! - Chief Dawson, U.S. Navy.

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  10. Noon news in Philadelphia a. showed Abby starting her quest. Fair winds with calm seas - will be listening and watching

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  11. Absolutely terrific photos! Thanks for posting them. I particularly liked the photo with "Wild Eyes" and "Intrepid," and the photos with Zac and Abby. "Wild Eyes" looks pretty shipshape and ready to go, and Captain Abby looks confident and determined.

    To Abby and all of the Sunderlands and the rest of the team, I say congratulations, and to Abby I say a very heartfelt Godspeed.

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  12. Just found your story this morning and have read all of your blogs !!! I just moved to Marina del Rey in August 2009. I will follow you everyday. God bless and Godspeed to you Abby. What a proud family you must have supporting you.

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  13. Go Abby.. good luck and wishing you the best..

    I hope peoples emails and comments keep you entertained on this long journey..

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  14. Good grief, what were they putting in the drinking water in 1992 and 1993 that conceived so many courageous independent young sailors? I guess for Laura Deckker we'd have to figure it was also in the water...or the stars, in what, 1995?
    Anyway, what beautiful photos--and quite an eye catching boat! I'm so glad you ladies like "wild" paint jobs! It's fun to look at and a nice safety feature!
    Yes, I confess; I'm a Jessica fan. My husband heard on the news yesterday morning (Jan 23) that you were starting *your* voyage, and knowing what a fan I'd become of Jessica's he offered to take me to see you off--- so we scurried on up (from Orange County) to Marina Del Rey, but sadly, we missed you.
    Mind you, I'm not in favor of young girls sailing around the world by themselves in general, but, like Jesse, it sounds like you have experience, did a great deal of preparation educationally, physically, and supply wise, and equally important; have a strong team of sailors, family, friends, and technicians to advise (and pray for) you.
    So Best of luck and I hope to be following along on your blog.
    Blessings,
    Tracie

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  15. Hi Abby :)
    Good Luck and may the Lord Bless you on your journey. I followed your
    brother on his trip, and now I will follow your's. My prayer's are with you honey pie :)
    blessings -
    abby i.
    PA

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  16. Godspeed young woman, we'll be sailing along with you in spirit. You Rock!

    Brian

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  17. bad ass abby, absolutely bad ass. you are an inspiration to all.

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  18. Abby: As a father of seven and knowing how close and loving your support system must be, I am amazed by your raw courage and inspired to have all of my children follow you on your journey. Godspeed and may the seas be kind and the wind true on your path to a most certain glory. Denver McGarey and Family-

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  19. just caught on to your adventure today. i'll be keeping up with you on your journey. all i can say is that you have to be a pretty amazing 16 yr. old and have some pretty amazing parents. i can only pray that i'm like that as a parent when my daughter is 16 (she's now 2 so i have a long way to go). i'll be praying for you AND your parents. happy sailing!

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  20. Good Luck Abby, I pray That God Keeps you on your trip. : )

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  21. Dear Abby, We are so happy to hear that you have set sail. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will follow your sailing as part of our home schooling! Happy sailing. Lisa Marx and Stefan

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  22. The LA Times video is absolutely fantastic!

    http://www.latimes.com/videobeta/?watchId=5d353ed4-44f5-4358-afd9-ada9669edb68

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  23. Dear Abby, We are so happy to hear that you have set sail. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will follow your sailing as part of our home schooling! Happy sailing. Lisa Marx and Stefan Accord, NY

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  24. I am so impressed with what you are setting out to do. I just came across this on foxnews.com and just had to read your blog. I will be following your adventure and may God be with you always.

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  25. Sharon Marquez, Simi Valley, Ca.January 24, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Good luck to you Abby. May the angels hover over you in the sky above you and return you safely. I'll be reading your blog daily. You are one brave girl. I have 4 grand daughters - all teenagers like yourself, and I'll will be suggesting that they follow your voyage through your blog. God speed!
    Sharon Marquez, Simi valley

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  26. Be Well and enjoy the ride

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  27. Soon enough the winds will come Don't ever compromise your safety for speed!

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  28. Arrr, here thar be Pirates! Actually not really considering she is going below Australia! Sigh! I think Abby should have taken an eye patch with her. That would be hilarious!

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  29. I dont know anything about sailing, but I think you are very brave for going after your dreams. Alot of people dont. God Bless You Abby.

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  30. Good luck in the southern latts. I truely mean that. and What an adventure!!!!!

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  31. May your journey be blessed, Abby. Stay safe and enjoy every moment.

    Love to you and your family,
    Kathy Bend, OR

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  32. Thanks for the links to GMA, and thanks to Tray (Jan 24 7.12 pm)for the link to LAT. Both video's were great and it was good to see Abby's family and a look around her boat. We have not seen anything on Australian TV, but Abby was mentioned on a radio broadcast.
    Again stay safe dear girl and enjoy your adventure as much as we will following your blog.

    Love from Faye and Max (Mulgrave, Vic, Aus)

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  33. Your leaving as a girl,
    Your return an adult.
    The eyes of of Miami will be watching
    The few, the proud, you.
    bob witt

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  34. Here in Los Angeles it looks like such a beautiful day to be crossing over the Us/Mex boarder.

    Have a GREAT day.........!

    Scott

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  35. Thanks for the News Link

    and a Big Thank You for the Photos!!!

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  36. My cousing and her family did an amazing tour of the South Pacific on their boat. I can only imagine what around the world would be like. God Speed!

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  37. I'll be following your blog during your journey. Best wishes, Abby!

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  38. I read about your trip around the world sailing on ESPN and want to wish you good luck.

    Life is short. Play hard!!!

    -t

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  39. We are praying for safe travels and the adventure of a lifetime! My daughter Jeanine will be tracking your progress as part of her geography lessons. She also said you are the bravest 16 year old girl to take this journey. We're looking forward to your blog entries and any photos you post.

    The Davis Family

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  40. Dear Abby,

    I'm 66, has never been sailing. I wish you good luck with your dream. It's so brave. I will take a look in your blog and follow you in my atlas.
    I like the wild eyes. The boat looks fantastic.
    Sail safe young girl.
    Regard
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

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  41. You're an amazing young lady, Abby. Though I've never met you, I am proud of you.

    Work hard. Go far. Learn about yourself and what you can do. Realize that there is no limit to your talent, and that all things are within your reach if you're willing to go for them.

    Ignore the naysayers.

    I will continue to follow your blog.

    Know that you, your safety, and your journey are all in my prayers.

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  42. Good luck Abby! God Speed!

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  43. Good luck abby!
    Buena suerte!!
    Roberto.

    Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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  44. Team Abby,------Nice tracking chart!

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  45. Abby

    My prayers are with you. Stay safe, and good sailing.

    Jim
    Phoenix

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  46. Congratulatons on your departure and KUDOS to Team Abbey! Wishing you a safe and wonderful journey from Northern Indiana. Will be checking your progress & wishing the very best each day.

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  47. You are an inspiration. So young and already living life as it is meant to be lived.

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  48. You are an inspiration. So young and already living life as it is meant to be lived. What an incredible adventure!

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  49. Hello Abby
    I wish goodluck and god speed on your journey
    Evie from Bendigo Australia

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  50. You are one brave girl!!!! Have fun and be safe.
    Sharon, from yakima, washington

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  51. GOOD BLESS YOU GIRL!TAKE CARE YOURSELF.

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  52. Wishing you calm seas from an old "Shellback".

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  53. Bon Voyage Abby! You have a whole bunch of people back here following you and thinking of you. Safe travels to you!

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  54. Cheryl in San DiegoJanuary 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Hi Abby,
    And away you go! May God Bless you throughout your wonderful journey.
    Beautiful boat.
    Beautiful family.
    And a very beautiful young lady!
    I like many others will be voyaging with you and always there for prayer and encouragement throughout your adventure.
    Cheryl

    PS Good to see Zac and Intrepid again.
    PSS Marianne please add me to your prayer team..cherylehudson@gmail.com

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  55. Hi Abby! Being and ex-U.S. Navy Sailor myself and having sailed around the World, I know that 'feeling' of following your dreams. I've had that same 'feeling' since I was 5 years old (see my Blog) that I had that I was destined to see the World. I have visited 20 Countries (since I was 20 yr's old). I got my 'sea legs' when I was in the middle of a wicked Typhoon in the South China Sea and a Hurricane in Hawaii! Anyway, if you need any sailing advice or just feel lonely and want to chat, then you can find me on Google or MSN.com or even on Yahoo. I wish you all the best and fair winds and smooth sailing.
    LeRoy

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  56. Wishing you all the best, god's speed. live life! thats the way.

    1SG Casper

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  57. "Fair winds and following seas"

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  58. I am very envious of you. Be safe and have fun on the high seas!

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  59. Bless you, Abby
    Lovely photos
    Luv
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  60. My family is so inspired by you Abby! You will be in our prayers throughout your journey! We are boat people ourselves with a son who just turned 16 on January 20th (how strange is that huh!! your sailing date!!) and a 12 year old daughter who look forward to sailing someday; so seeing you do this at 16 years old is beyond inspiring!! Always remember that you can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength!! And that you are never, ever alone out there!!! God bless you!!!

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  61. Dear Abby,
    You are awesome and I wish you the best of luck. Let's hope you have clear skies and strong winds. I'm 12 and started sailing last year. I will never have nearly as much expirience as you and will probably will never be able to go around the world by myself but I still love sailing, especially by myself. I took sailing camps this summer and have been sailing with my dad multiple times. I love the wind blowing at you and I love the power you have when you are at the wheel (or tiller). You are my role model not just because you sail but because you followed your dream annd now it's coming true. Best of luck Abby! I'll be cheering for you all the way!

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  62. Good luck abby and God speed! I followed your brother zac on most of his trip around the world and even met him at the Do hard things Conference in July. I will be checking to see how u do! =D

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  63. We will be reading your blog regularly and wishing you success in this amazing adventure.

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  64. Awesome! You are very cool. I wish you Bon Voyage! From Japan.

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  65. Zacpac member here just climbing onboard for your adventure.Good luck,Abbey and straight wakes.
    Mike S.

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  66. Heyy Abby
    hope your trip is awesome! goodluck!
    and God Bless you and keep you safe!

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  67. Best of luck on your journey hun. It's nice to know some young people still dream and follow their dreams. I will "follow you around the world" and hope that you have a safe return to your family. The best of weather & conditions to you. Kind Regards, Kathy

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  68. Good Luck Abby. I have been facinated by solo sailing around the world, since I read about Robin Graham and The Dove in Nat Geographic mnay years ago.

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  69. What a wonderful pic of Wild Eyes and Intrepid sailing alongside each other. One boat and sailor who has seen it, lived it and back, and one boat and sailor who has yet to see it all and live it. Wish you all the best Abby....

    Godspeed,
    Barbara

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  70. Abby,
    May God be with you on your quest to your dreams.
    Rod Hood
    Virginia USA

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  71. Dear Abby~
    You are awesome and a true inspiration. I just turned 50, my husband left, and I am losing my home. Your great adventure and brilliant courage has given me hope that I can accomplish what I need and want in life -- even at this late age!

    I will learn from you and I will prepare for this "great adventure" that has come my way.

    Thank you for sharing your story. God is with you, His heavenly angels surround you to protect you, He will never give more than you can bear.

    Warm hugs and constant prayers for your safety and your success!

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  72. Best of luck Abby! Hope you brought some good music! -Billy B Coventry, RI

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  73. As a competitive Chesapeake sailor and ex-Navy navigator I greatly admire your bravery and determnation on your quest. You have the fortunate ability to do something in such early years that many others of us dream of somehow fitting in between retirement and pushing a walker. Maybe someday, I can be one of the OLDest to make that voyage. Stay safe and good luck!

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  74. Abby,

    The pictures of your departure are fantastic. I got a chance to see GMA this morning and you and Wild Eyes looked great. It looked like the weather turned out to be nice even if the wind was a little light to start you trip. How nice for Mike Perham and his family to send their regards in your blog. All of the young circumnavigators are setting such a good example for all of us who are following your adventures. You’re all a class act. Hope all goes well as you settle into your routine, Abby.

    From Seattle, WA, USA
    Saltydog

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  75. 15 year old girl from AustraliaJanuary 24, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Hi!

    I'm Katie from Australia and I'm a really big supporter and follower of Jessica Watson and I saw that you were completing the same journey and I just thought that I should wish you well. Have a safe trip and enjoy.

    Katie C
    Melbourne, VIC
    Australia

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  76. Hi Abby, I will be watching your journey from North Carolina wishing you the best of luck and pray for your safe victorius return. I have a son your age and could not imagine letting him sail the world so I know you are very brave..

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  77. wow. i read about your brother in an espn magazine. i guess this sort of stuff runs in the family. hope you have tons of fun.

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  78. The best of luck. I am looking foward to keeping up with your successes as you reach your goal

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  79. Buenisimo que puedas cumplir tu sueño. Exitos y manda fotos a tu blog asi podemos seguirte.
    Cariños

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  80. Abby,

    Way to follow your dreams! I will be following your journey.

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  81. Do you plan to try to out run Jessica Watson? She is the 16 year old from Sndney AU. who is now half way around the world alone and unassisted. You must have a very fast boat if that is your aim. Good luck.

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  82. Hi Abby: I love sailing but have a lot of respect for the ever so vast ocean. Stay safe, alert and may the wind blow safely at your back. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! You are truly a brave soul! My family will be watching you and will celebrate in Maryland your return. God speed!

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  83. Abby, I'm a Cali-gal watching you fulfill my own teen-dream from Amman, Jordan.

    I will be praying for you.

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  84. Go Get em Abby!

    Make T.O. proud!

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  85. Abby
    I read your story this morning and was telling my Grand daughter What an extrodinary Young lady you are. we will be watching you on your blog. God bless You And keep you safe on your journey.
    Ruben and His Grand Daughter Destiny in Camarillo Ca,

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  86. you know there a 16 year old girl already half way done on her tour around the world?


    either way best of luck

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  87. There are so many chances in life to be great, so many dreams that can come true, and it is a wondrous thing that you have taken this chance to live your dream Abby...

    May the winds always blow in your favor...

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  88. Good luck,Abby! Wish you all the best!!!!

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  89. KPaul

    Godspeed your safe return.

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  90. Abby,
    You are an inspiration to all. Best of luck and may you have fair winds at your back.
    God Speed from Sarasota.

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  91. hey Abby,

    You rock. We'll be rooting for you.

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  92. Hey Abby!Good Luck and God bless you! I will be praying for you.
    Deykon , Jacksonville FL

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  93. Dear Abby,
    Can you ever call home off a cell phone?

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  94. abby, u definitely alot of courage & testing your inner strength..mother nature & her seas...just b careful with those 'pirates' near africa area, ok?...god bless u, hari :)

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  95. good luck you will have because my chocalate lab name is Abby and she is a water dog!!!we live on the coast of carolina so the ocean is part of our everyday lives RESPECT IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND SOUL!!!!

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  96. your boat is a beautiful instrument!
    -Bryan
    http://allstartalent.blogspot.com

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  97. Abby:

    Chicago and Lake Geneva (WI) Yacht Clubs are pulling for you!

    Best!

    Barrington High School Sailing Club
    Barrington, IL

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  98. The pics are fab. i hope one day i can hold a world record. I still can't blieve you would go up for that challenge i would be scared. Your boat is awsome. I'm going to ask my to by a T-shirt and some sneakers. I hope you are ok on your 6 mounth cruise. It would be scare to meet a pirates. My teacher brought up pics about them they look really scare. I hope your trip is fun and safe. Your my Hero. I never expected a young person to do some thing like that.I'm never going to give up on my Hero. I'm going to post to you every day now.:)

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  99. i wish i could see you when you pass by.....i live in barra de navidad mexico and i just found out about your trip thru english news on mexican tv......it is tuesday jan 26 n you may b passing by my area today...good luck n have a nice trip.....hector canedo

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  100. All the best from Adelaide Australia. I've actually been following Jesse Watson but I take my hat off to you too. All the best on your trip of a lifetime and stay safe.

    Mick

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  101. hello abby, I will be following your trip from australia, but I am having trouble finding my way around your site, I cant find a post from you since you left I must be doing something wrong

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  102. Fair Winds and Following Seas

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  103. I've been sailing for over 24 years, since I was only 4 months old. I just read the Good Morning America article online, and I do not think one single person in the Sunderland family is "crazy." Abby - you are brave and remarkable. I am in awe of you - good luck, and have a blast for those of us sailors who probably will never get that opportunity.

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  104. !YOU ARE SO BRAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would never dream of sailing around the world. I get a little scared even when I'm on a cruise.My family and I have been looking at your amazing PROGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are doing great! I bet you can break the record! I am 8 1/2. 8 years younger than you. I did a report on you and your brother. And everyone said ''HUHHH WOW!'' They were VERY impressed. YAY! I am super glad. GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  105. Hi Abby ~ I will be following you on your amazing journey around the world ... WOW! I will be praying for your safety and for you to have a joyous adventure. God Bless you Abby ~ you have a lot of people VERY proud of you.

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  106. Hi Abby ! I am the father of four ( ages 12, 14,15, & 17) I want to wish you favorable winds, calm seas, great weather, friendly porpoises to befriend you. You are a huge inspiration to us ! God bless you ! Dan

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  107. Hi Abby,
    The pics look great, Wild Eyes looks like she is ready for the tough stuff in the Southern Oceans. I am a Jessaholic following Jessica Watsons' adventure as she sails around the world. I imagine i will become an Abbaholic as well following you ( more sleeples nights lol) and Wild Eyes.
    Well have fun,keep safe and stay hooked on.
    Tim and Rosie
    Caboolture,
    Queensland, Australia

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  108. Wow, what an amazing journey! =-)
    I was curious, in order to keep up with school, do you have to do school work during your trip?
    Wishing you a safe and exciting travels!
    Many prayers going out your way.
    God Bless,
    Kevin

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  109. 01-26-10 @ 23:00
    Hi Abby,
    Glad to see you got away safely from all the well wishers at the dock. I hope you're enjoying your 'freedom' and solitude.
    I would imagine that it will take you few days to settle into a routine aboard the boat, just like moving into a new neighborhood or starting in a new school. I know that you are familiar with "Wild Eyes" but your work will be different, you're not doing so much maintenance (some preventive maintenance) or studying (in a sense) but now you are working at sailing "Wild Eyes", which would call for a different approach and different concentration.
    I’m not trying to be ‘bossy’ but you should get yourself organized and at ease with your new situation, then clobber us with blogs and pictures. Yes…
    I am anxious to read that first blog though.
    Will we be able to follow you with your longs. and lats, or are you going to keep that quite? IMO you shouldn’t advertise that.
    Well Abby, take good care of yourself and be careful at all times.
    Good luck to you.

    May God hold you in the palm of His hand and may the Angels keep your sails full, and I, I will be praying for you.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

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  110. Enjoying your posts and wishing you well from the woods of Maine! I admire your spirit and determination, you are inspiring!!

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  111. Sat 1/30--- will somebody please say something!! my wife is driving me to distraction worrying that no messages have come through since thurs---mike

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  112. Wow Abby, if I was brave enough to do with, I'd be a better person. This is an outstanding feat, I wish you all the luck you can get, but it seems you may need the luck due to your skill. Best of wishes!

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  114. Are you able to check your water. To make sure it is staying good. How long will it stay fresh, on the boat. It is good that the water is always moving. It helps keep it fresh..Stay Healthy. Dave N.

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  115. We have followed Jessica Watson daily since her departure and now we check in on you each night. You two girls are GREAT and its such a pleasure to see the spirit of adventure alive and thriving in your generation. Godspeed Abby and stay safe!!
    Tom & Deb
    S/V Island Dancer

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  116. THATS SO COOL I love to sail but have not done it in a long time!!!

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  117. I was sitting here, and thought about you...I'm not into sailing, but, you did cross my mind and I googled you. I will keep track of how your doing on your website...stay safe and may the Lord be with you during your journey...

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  118. I don't know you but i think your very brave and amazin. When i have something hard do I will think of YOU and how YOU made it. :) Have a terrific journey!!!! Be safe :) (im 11 by the way)

    from,
    mary :)

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  119. Hey Captain, Happy you are safe in Cabo. Can't help but wonder about the boat problems after reading" Alan Paris "journey in the same boat. He mentioned problem with rigging, "- also tearing the propeller apart - assembling it the wrong way--I suppose my concern is "will you carry spare parts?"-Most important will you have gudiance to do tough repais ? I know you have a great team -but all respect -they can miss problems.Please add" epoxy" to your list of needs in Cabo. Looking forward to your next blog Sandi

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  120. God speed and farewell!

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  121. If there were always fair winds and following seas,there would be no adventure and challenge, no point to the voyage!

    I know that you, at your age,know what I am talking about.

    With some of us, that need for adventure never goes away in our lifetime.

    It has never gone away for me.

    I'm sure that you didn't go out there to sit and knit mittens, or crochet.

    I wonder if you have learned celestial navigation for this trip? I hope so.

    There's nothing like the sextant and celestial tables when all else fails.

    Never depend entirely on your electronic nav systems!

    I salute your courage!

    I wish you the best of adventures, Abby.
    Stay safe, and may Posiedon smile on you.

    The Old,Gray Captain

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  122. Indiana cannot contain such a beautiful spirit! Abby when you return home search your soul and remember these adventures property. God speed our little angel!

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  123. Great Young Abby, Many posted comments are by young folk. Here is a note from an 85 yr. old sailor who has endured / survived 5 major typhoons with winds over 100 Kts and waves 60 ft. ; at sea 5 months without getting off the ship; 3 months without seeing land.

    May you never see this extreem - yet may you have the same sense of "love and respect of the sea". Prayers for your great journey and safe return home. An old Navy Chaplain

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  125. Fantastic pics. Total enjoying tour it is.

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  126. Awesome pics!
    I am glad to check such nice pics.

    Thanks for such nice sharing

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  127. Good luck and God Bless kiddo. The sea will bring you home.

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  128. Hi Abby, welcome home! I thank God for your safe return.

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  129. Wow!!! It's really awesome to see such beautiful picture and having enjoy there, that may be a tour or anything that is in my mind amazing.

    Really nice!!!

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