Friday, February 19, 2010

Abby the Shellback

Just a note to let you all know that Abby officially crossed the equator at 3:00 this afternoon. She will blog tomorrow and let you all know how it went. She was busy trying to catch up on some sleep!
Team Abby

104 comments:

  1. Yay for Abby.
    I hope she gets some good rest and sweet dreams.
    Much love
    Lia
    xx

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  2. Way to go! I have been following your voyage since you departed from Santa Monica Bay. What an awesome adventure.

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  3. Congratulations making the equator from friends in central California! Great pictures. Our prayers are with you!!

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  4. Congratulations, Abby!!

    Please tell us how you celebrated this milestone!

    Pasadena

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  5. Way to go Ab's. Always great to see another acomplishment. Keep it up, prayers for you.

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  6. Kudos from Oceanside CA Abby! Sweet dreams!

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  7. Hi Abby,
    Congratulations on crossing the equator. Sorry I have not been regular. In the Navy, cadets are not allowed to rest their elbows on the table till they cross the equator. You probably are now the youngest one to have earned this privilege in recent times (in the old days they had the boys Navy and the cadets were as less as 14 years old, though none of them went solo). Did you perform some ceremony while crossing the equator? A good salt water bath is recommended.
    Get some good rest and sleep well.
    Take care and may Lord Varuna look after you,
    Regards,
    Subir.

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  8. CONGRATULATIONS ABBY on your crossing the equator.
    And thank you for the beautiful photo of you at sunset...nicely done. Pleasant dreams young lady.

    GO TEAM ABBY GO
    john,
    Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

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  9. Thanks to the people back home for keeping us posted.
    --Thanks,
    --Robert

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  10. 6 miles sailing is of course completely tireing.

    let abby sleep please.

    :-)))))

    i bet the back of her t-shirts feel hot and the fronts cool.

    :-)))

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  11. Hi! Abby,

    I hope King Neptune gave you a traditional welcome and you were dunked in sea water.:):):)

    Congratulations on another milestone in your adventure completed, sleeep well.

    Brian Riley
    Hervey Bay.
    Queensland.AU

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  12. Congratulations, Abby.
    Stay cool.
    Luv
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  13. Congratulations Abby! Keep up the good work and stay safe!

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  14. Well Done Abby, hope the wind picks up.

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  15. Hi Abby the Shellback! Great job crossing the equator!! Bob O R.B. CA

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  16. Congratulations Abby! did you get a photo of your christening? Well if you didn't do it anyway. No one will know where it was taken!
    Good to know your a good little diesel mechanic too.
    Give Wild Eyes plenty of TLC, keep her ship shape and she will reward you with plenty of faithful and reliable service.
    Keep up the good work and soon the winds will pick up and give you a boost.
    Kindest Regards and wishing you safe and enjoyable sailing.

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  17. hi i found your blog through blogs of notes and i absolutely love it! i wish you the very best through this journey and i will definitely start following you so i csn keep up with you journey!

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  18. Kath, Qld, AustraliaFebruary 20, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Hi Abby,
    always thinking of you & sending love & hugs from down under.
    Stay safe, X.

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  19. Congrat's Abby. It is as though you are officially on your way now that the equator is behind you.

    Great stuff!

    Dave and Una...........Brisbane.........Australia

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  20. Abby,

    Congratulations for crossing the equator.
    Have plenty of rest and start preparing for the southern ocean.

    stay safe.

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  21. Way to Go..Welcome Shellback, I did it in 1970.

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  22. Sounds really exciting.
    Love, Malou

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  23. Abby! Congrats & best wishes for your continued success!

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  24. It's great that Abby has finally crossed the equator, but please, do not call the slimy pollywog anything other than what she is. I'm a trusty Shellback and have been since 1974, where, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, on a sweltering day, I was put through a nasty initiation. And until she has been initiated into the realm of King Neptune's court, she will remain a slimy pollywog....

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  25. Dearest Abby,

    Congratulations Abby. Have you celebrated in some way?

    Hope you are managing to get some shut eye. Thanks for the photos, what a great photographer you are.

    Keep safe and enjoy the moment. Warmest wishes and a big hug from Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

    PS - My husband (Dave) and three children Sarah (17), Darren (15) and Monique (12) all send their well wishes as well.

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  26. Bruce from Brisbane AUFebruary 20, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    Well done Abby - another milestone reached.

    Lots more to come but every landmark acheived brings you closer to your goal.
    Hope you have fair winds for the next leg - the equatorial winds can be a bit unpredictable but we are sure you will cope.

    Please assure us you are using sunblock - there was a lot of skin showing in the photo from the previous post and the threat of skin cancers can't be ignored.

    Go Girl - follow your dream
    Bruce

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  27. Let's hope she had a party an honored King Neptune. She's a slimy polywog now, soon she'll be a shellback. :) Go Abby!

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  28. Way to go, Abby! One step of many! We're all cheering for you here in Missouri. We think you're awesome and fearless. You go, girl!

    Ray

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  29. From one shellback to another:
    CHEERS TO YOU!

    Following you every day from Virginia.

    CH

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  30. Your pic looks like you are sailing at least topless, LOL. I guess no one there to see if you are. God Speed..............

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  31. WOOHOO!, U GO GIRL!... Hope u have some photos to post? Sleep well!.

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  32. Good Going!! Sure hope a sunscreen maker is endorsing the trip!

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  33. Congrats Abby! Off to cape horn it is then.
    LRG

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  34. Hi Abby

    I've been following your trip since Cabo. It has been fun reading your blogs. The farthest I've sailed on my own is Catalina Island. Thanks for sharing your trip. I learn a lot from it. God's grace to you.

    Paul
    Santa Clarita, Ca

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  35. Hi Babsy
    Break open the champs (or whatever)
    Well done!
    Best wishes
    John N

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  36. I've been following your journey over the past month and want to chime in with my support. Good for you! Congratulations of crossing the equator. You are quite an inspiration.

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  37. So proud of you Abby. Great job. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, Gail/Ventura

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  38. Hi Abby,

    My congratulations passing the line. I look forward to read your news.
    Regards,
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Stockholm

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  39. Abby,congratulation on crossing the equator at 3pm Friday afternoon.I have been following you every day from MDL.When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do Is check up on your blog,position and comments.You are the most courageous girl I have ever seen.Keep up the good work and be very carefull because you are all alone and there is no one else there to help you.
    I pray for you every day.May God Guide you and watch over you.
    Libby Di Bernardo
    San Pedro,Ca

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  40. Congratulations! The first big step in your journey. God Bless.
    Bob Cole
    Monett, Missouri

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  41. way to go. congratulations! hope you're having a great time!

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  42. Wow i still find it hard to believe you are making this trip.I wish you all the best for a safe trip..

    -Wisconsin-

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  43. GOD BE WITH YOU, BUT HECK, YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT.WILDHORSE IN COLUMBUS,OHIO. WE'VE GOT PLENTY OF SNOW IF YOU WANT TO MELT SOME FOR WATER.

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  44. Yea Abby..!! I have been following your progress and am very excited for you. We are watching from New Hampshire..congratulations shell back !!

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  45. Well, judging from what we can see in the pic, it looks like you carried on the tradition. Congratulations. bab

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  46. Congrats Abby!!! Can't wait until your next blog.

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  47. WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO! NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE HAPPY DANCE!!!!!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS LIL LADY ON YOUR SHELLBACK STATUS, ONWARD AND FORWARD AND BE SAFE,

    SUSAN H NY

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  48. ..oi..oi..oi..Abigail Sunderland..oi..oi..oi..
    ..........aka..Abby..Absy..Babsy..............
    . . . . . . . . .crosses. . . . . . . . . .
    . . . . . . . . . .the. . . . . . . . . . .
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    equator.equator.equator.equator.equator.equator
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    . . . . . . . . . . in . . . . . . . . . . .
    . . . . . . . . . . her. . . . . . . . . . .
    . . . . . . . .40 ft sailboat. . . . . . . .
    . . . . . . . . .Wild Eyes . . . . . . . . .

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  49. Abby,

    WAY TO GO, SHELLBACK! A well earned title that you can be extremely proud of for the rest of your life. Thanks for the great pictures, Abby. The sunset and you both look fantastic. Good job of keeping up on maintenance. As others have said, servicing the fuel filter is very important and will make life a lot easier for you. Even with the periods of light wind, you’re making good progress. It’s always nice to hear from you, Abby. Looking forward to first update from south of the equator.

    And to Team Abby, thanks for your updates. They are always very much appreciated.

    From Seattle, WA, USA
    SaltyDog

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  50. I've been following you since day one. Your doing great! Get some sleep and dream of days ahead. You've got this one in the bag. Cary

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  51. Well done, Abby! The picture of you was great, you look as if you are beaming with confidence.
    Ahh, the smell and feel of diesel, YUK! I must admit it is hard for me to picture that pretty young girl, our Abby, up to her elbows in diesel fuel.
    Your amazing Abby, please be safe and vigilant.
    God Bless you and your team.
    Cheryl

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  52. Congratulations Abby! This is so exciting! This takes so much courage, I know your parents have prepared you well...but it still takes tremendous courage to do this on your own. Could you please explain to those of us who don't know, what is the difference between a "shellback" and a "slimy pollywog"? Thanks!

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  53. Abby,

    Way to go girl! I came upon your blog from day one by accident, and so glad I did. You have been a true story of courage and strength. May you continue strong and safe as you pursue your dream. I'm praying for you too!

    E English
    Manhattan, KS

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  54. Hooray Abby. No longer a pollywog. Offically a Shellback. Now I hope you get good winds. Fair sailing Grandpa Bob in Tucson

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  55. The Equator! how exciting! I always look forward to every blog post.

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  56. Congratulations Abby to you and Wild Eyes! Just curious what the temp is at the equator. Have you seen any sea life in recent days?

    Take good care. Diane in Florida

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  57. I congratulate you Abby on crossing equator!) Keep going!!!

    I wish you success in your voyage! Keep safe yourself and Wild Eyes! Godspeed you!

    Alexey from Moscow.

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  58. Congrats on Crossing the EQ Abby!! Hope your watermaker is working better now. Stay Safe! Try not to injest any more diesel :O)

    Looks like the weather is nice presently..
    Gary & Jan
    Savannah,Ga

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  59. What a wonderful adventure you're on! Congrats for crossing the equator! Have been following your daily routes and your blogs. Admire you greatly!

    Take care and be safe.

    From Kingwood, TX, USA

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  60. gommie- over the hill in VenturaFebruary 20, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    C~O~N~G~R~A~T~U~L~A~T~I~O~N~S
    S~H~E~L~L~B~A~C~K ♠♠♠♠ A~B~B~Y

    You make us so proud--

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  61. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Michael from Sacramento, California

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  62. Yippee, Skipper! Grandmom, Patricia and granddaughter, Courtney, 13.

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  63. Abby...I may just be a 50-year-old SoCal mom, but I'm living vicariously through you! Thanks for keeping up with the blogs and photos. I check everyday before going to bed and am always thrilled and amazed at your journey.
    God's blessings to you!

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  64. Congratulations Abby! The first "check" on your To Do List has been accomplished!

    As the mother of 2 daughters and the Grandmother of 1 little girl, I would also like to commend your Mother for going thru this....again! No matter what, you are still her "little girl" and I know down deep inside she must be a little worried...because she's your Mom,and that's what a "good Mom" would do :) So hang in there Mom!

    Abby, Stay safe...
    Mom in CA

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  65. Team Abby.... You are doing an outstanding job in the support role.. and pickin up the blog posts when the captain does not have the time to be updating. Sleep is a far beter chore than typing on the computer.

    Thank you for your hard work... I am sure I speak for the blogosphere here... we all support YOU as much as we do Captian Abby...

    Good Job on getting the first leg done.. On to the Horn...

    Richard Rumble
    Dana Point, Ca

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  66. Congratulations, shellback!

    The first of many milestones on your journey!
    Keep safe,

    Trudy, Austria/Australia

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  67. We're doing the housework and laundry as Saturday's usual. The most exciting thing so far today was filling the birdfeeder...but none of this has prevented us from being very proud of you and Wild Eyes too. We'll surely stay tuned!
    ken & Nellie NSB Fla.

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  68. Congratulations...yay! Get some rest and God Bless...

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  69. Hi Babsy,
    so finally you got him, them Ekwador!!!
    Hope you did not hurt him to much when crossing.
    Hope you get as fast as possible out of them Dollydrums. They are no fun, although they allow you to crawl around covered in diesel checking on them life-forms.
    How are them life-forms doing?
    Please use your diesel for the engine and not to cover yourself in it or is it some kind of secret skin treatment? Jessica got lucky to have Ella Bache support so she does not have to cover herself in diesel as a beauty treatment!
    Anyways...
    keep up them dodgers!
    Jony the Pony

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  70. Congratulations Abby and Wild Eyes ... well done!
    I enjoy everybody's comments and love the graphic of Bob from Seattle.
    Take care sweet Abby
    Thank you Team for keeping us updated.

    Sunshine Coast, Qld. Aus.

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  71. 02-20-10 @ 16:14
    Team Abby,
    Thanks for the up-date and glad that Abby’s doing well, even though she’s short of a little sleep…lol..
    Want to take this opportunity to thank all of the “Unsung Heroes” in the background for keeping Abby safe,advising her well and keeping her pointed in the right direction. Not to many people think about you until the fan gets hit, but believe me you are not forgotten. God Bless You, and keep up the good work.

    Congratulations again Abby, You are now a full blooded “Shellback” and shall be treated as such. Make sure you get this recorded, and also get your proper Certification. Rest easy young lady and keep up the good work.

    Take good care of yourself and always be cautious.
    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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  72. Abby, I follow your blog and track each day now just as I have and continue to follow Jessica. Best wishes to you on your journey. Take care.

    David Fort Wayne, IN

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  73. Checked in for the first time today, you are an AMAZING young lady! God speed and fair seas!
    YOU GO GIRL!


    South Central Los Angeles, CA USA

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  74. From one native Californian to another, the whole world is proud of you, Abby!

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  75. I am a proud Lifeguard and swim coach knowing that you are in command of the waters - I have a lot of respect for what you are doing and my students would do the same. Hope the best and safe travels and look forward to a safe trip and competion. Abby you can do it!!!!

    Bill

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  76. Follower # 2835 here! :-) I have spent the day reading your entire blog and many comments. I an unutterably impressed, and wish you nothing less than strength of body and mind as you fulfill your dream! At 3 pm Friday, as you were crossing the Equator, I was at my desk at work thinking about what else I would love to be doing, but it didn't include such huge adventures as the one you're on! You are an inspiration to everyone, Abby, even us "old" people!

    Congratulations Captain Shellback Abby!

    And also as a parent of a wonderful teen-aged girl, I commend Abby's parents for the great job they have done raising a family of mature and responsible Big Dreamers and Do-ers to be an example of what can be done with a life regardless of biological age. I was brought to tears, Laurence, as you blogged about watching Abby sail away. I could not imagine the pride and love and probably some anxiety too at that moment. (reaches for another tissue) You've inspired me too.

    Along with everyone else here, wishing you continued Godspeed in your journey, and will be checking back frequently for progress!

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  77. howz it go?...are you a shellback?...you bet your sweet ass I am... congrats...wishing you a safe journey...zeke..roseville, ca.

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  78. I think you have to turn around and go back :-(











    I believe you left your wake behind you :-)

    *groan*

    :-)))

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  79. Abby did you throw yourself in the water at the equator, sounds like you wouldn't have any trouble keeping up with your boat...?

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  80. we are studing u in class at are school because we read a book going solo and it talked about people sailing around the world are names are Morgan,Megan,and Baily

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  81. Abby,
    You are quite a girl! I wish the best of luck to you and pray that you will be safe for your entire voyage

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  82. CONGRATS fellow Shellback...We're all so proud of you...Continued prayers are with you as you travel...
    Ed
    USN Submarines Retired

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  83. YAY!!! Whoo-hoo :-) Well done you xoxox

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  84. Good going honorable shellback. My ceremony involved eating a bunch of yucky foods, a beating or 12, and a rather cold saltwater bath as well. Be safe, and enjoy

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  85. what you are doing is great
    keep going on your brave advanture

    Milood
    Libya

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  86. I just noticed this thread... very cool Abbey!

    I've crossed about a dozen times in my life, the coolest certificate is the Golden Shellback, thats where you cross the equator at the international dateline... too much fun. How far south do you get around the cape? Bluenose in your future?

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