Sunday, February 7, 2010

Back at Sea

I'm back out on the ocean and happy to be here. I was really beginning to miss it! I left Cabo around 10:00am on Saturday. Things are going really well now. I'm on a nice beam reach and making great speed. I've had good wind all day and I should be able to make up for lost time quickly if it keeps up.

Cabo san Lucas was a lot of fun even though there was a lot of work and everyone was working hard. The people there were all great and I'm looking forward to getting back there in six months. Thanks to Capt Chris, Capt Kevin, and Capt Dave Ive got a good fishing line now and I'm hoping to catch something soon!

Having my AIS working has been great even though its not a vital piece of equipment and I could just use my radar for spotting ships. It does make things quite a bit easier. I spent last night in a pretty heavy shipping area but didn't have a ship come within 3 miles of me all night long.

It's been a lot easier getting settled in this time than it was when I left Marina del Rey. Leaving was a lot easier and after being out one day I'm pretty much all settled in. This whole side track has been a good experience; all the way from dancing around a restaurant with the party host, who happened to be a Mexican guy in a funny suit, to all our new friends, to the hours spent up the mast and in the hold working.

Even though it wasn't intended that way, I'm looking on the past as a sea trial. I found a few problems, and now they're fixed.

This time, I'm ready for the world!

Abby

154 comments:

  1. We are all with you, cheering you on!

    Godspeed, Abby!

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  2. Abby,

    Thanks for the update.


    All the Best!!!

    Mark

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  3. How exciting! Not only are you good at sailing around the world, but you're a good writer, you know how to keep someone's interest.

    Praying for you in South Carolina!

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  4. Hello Abby
    it's nice to hear that you doing well and enjoy it your journey going in Godspeed.I'm praying for your safety every night.

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  5. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Helen Keller would be proud of you.

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  6. Glad to see you back on the seas where you belong Abby. And congratulations to New Orleans and their Saints.

    Rick

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  7. Smooth sailing Abby......enjoy the ride. Get rest and keep us out here posted of your progress. From your friendly naval architect. Boris

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  8. Abby,Genesis 1 begins: "1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." That was the beginning of everything, and I believe His Spirit is still moving on the face of the waters. This is your beginning. Best wishes and God speed! Melanie

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  9. Good On Ya
    ABBY
    hope the speedy beam reach takes you all the way to CH. Thanks for the update.
    best wish.
    Bruce Stanley/Sydney Australia

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  10. Glad to hear you are back at sea after your "trial run". It would have helped to sort out a few things for you.
    I look forward to your posts which are very well written.
    Cheers,
    Bill (Brisbane)

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  11. Hey Capt. Abby

    Great to hear that you're on you way and that all problems have been worked out.

    Here's to you and your GREAT ADVENTURE.

    OlSalt

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  12. Abby,

    So glad to hear you are back at sea! We looking forward to hearing more about your daily adventures, keep us informed. We think it is amazing what you are doing and pray for you & your safety.

    The Gehring's
    Akron, OH

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  13. Congratulations Abby at finally getting off and settled in. We are praying that you quickly get around the three capes with good winds and no Force 10 or above, even though you will be somewhat late in the season.

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  14. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,


    GO ABBY, GO! :-)


    Take care, be safe.

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  15. Abby,
    Glad to see you're back on the water and enjoying it.
    We're following your journey from Down Under, although we believe you're Down Under and we're on the top!
    We look forward to seeing your photos on this blog.
    Keep safe,
    Leonie

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  16. hi abby, u go girl, hope everything is goin good for ya so far, I'm new to this blogging thing and was lookin at some bloger's, and came across your's, and just wanted to say hi, and hope you make it all the way around, I'll pray for ya all the way, and will keep watch on how your doin through your blog, the only thing I will say is keep your head held high, and keep your spirit's up high too, I know you will make it.keep us posted, as I know you r already...haha....if u need a friend to talk too, I"m here, and many other's are too, ok? good luck, and will be watchin for more update's. have fun and be safe too, ok?.......bye 4 now.......!!!!

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  17. Where are you headed next, China or Russia?

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  18. Hi Abby, it sounds like you have it dialed in.
    don

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  19. Nice to hear that all is well and you're back on the way 'round the world! I'm following you and Jessica with great interest. God's speed!

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  20. good job abby,
    we watch for your updates everyday and are pulling for you. hope it all goes smoothly and you have a really good time.

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  21. Good update Abby. Very upbeat and makes us feel a lot better to hear from you. Hope all continues to work well and god bless you and the trip.
    Dwight in North Carolina

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  22. So you are off and running again! Sea trials are over and the starting gun for the main event has fired! Glad you are settling in, feeling positive and "ready for the world". And you are going fishing; good for you. Only takes two to beat Jesse. Can't wait for the video. How many spoons, forks, and pens do you have now out of curiosity?
    Remember some of us folks will be thinking about the repairs and replacements at Cabo, so keep us informed, as you have time, to how your multiple systems are operating. Thanks. No sleeping at the nav station now. Start off right with bunk sleeping only. Your brain will adapt and you will sleep better.
    Glad you are back in your element; The Sea.

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  23. Hi Abby..you are going to win because your boat is way faster. Is that right? Is there a handicap like in other races? Can you make just this one stop and still get the record? All my class is following you and we are so excited! We are also wondering if you steer the boat or is it controlled by a computer? Thanks and have fun!

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  24. Looking forward to following your journey. Good luck on the Cape horn passage.

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  25. Hi from Darwin Australia, Great to see you have returned to the sea with such a positive note, wishing you all the best girl. A safe and rewarding trip.

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  26. Oh Abby, you don't have to go.
    Keep your wits about you, and just stay alive.

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  27. Others may disagree but In My Opinion this is not a race rather it is a life experience that two exceptonal young ladies are undertaking at the same time.

    Good luck Abby and Jessica

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  28. Take care !!! Good luck, May God bless you !! psudarsana 8.18 pm 2/7/10 San Francisco

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  29. You GO girl! This time's gonna work after the great shakedown. Even if it bores you, keep checking up on everything no matter how often or trivial. You are as safe (no matter what) as Wild Eyes is healthy!

    Nice to hear about your solid beam reach. When I used to sail on SF Bay, I could sail miles and surf too on a good beam reach. Hope you make better than 7 knots and that the weather stays great, as it will when you sail west of the great Hi pressure area off So America.

    Always remember Murphy's Law: If it can happen, it will, sooner or later. It's that one isolated time I used to keep in my mind's eye and for sure it happened; the unexpected at least was anticipated and I could react to it fairly easily.

    Also Abby, always go with God; He's watching out for you. Much love and Fair Winds John & Louise

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  30. At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect. - Herman Melville

    Fair winds and following seas, Abby!

    Ed

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  31. The larger question Abby, is the world ready for you? Godspeed and fair sailing.

    Bill Mann
    bill@barstools4u.com

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  32. hey i been with you every since you left home and i just wanna say good luck see you in 2weeks

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  33. Love the pictures! Please consider offering a sentence or two explaining what is shown. Names of people, activities, etc. Just a thought! Good luck to you! I'll be following you[re trip.

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  34. Abby,

    Great to hear that you’re already back into your routine. Besides taking care of some issues with Wild Eyes, it sounds like Cabo San Lucas was a fun experience. With new friends in Cabo, just imagine the party when you finish your trip there. Good for you for getting some fishing help from some experts. Hope you get a chance to do a little fishing. Keep your eyes open. If you see the water “boiling,” check it out. Could be a school of skipjack or who-knows-what. Well, have fun, Abby. Can’t wait for your next update.

    From Seattle, WA, USA
    SaltyDog

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  35. Well all the naysayers were right about Abby North not amounting to much. I was going to follow her voyage when her website came up but my friend in Vancouver said she got a tweet last week about her. Her sponsor from Saudi Arabia or Oman or Ormar(?) took what was left of their boat back to where ever and dropped her. Her dad went back to new york. Not sure what her plans are, but i'd say as big a mess as she's made of this she won't be getting another major sponsor. Plenty of drama with your Abby :) It'll be interesting to see where she is next weekend?!
    Dolly

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  36. Hey Abby! Our teacher has a map of the world on the wall for the whole class to keep track of your record. I am dreaming of what it must be like on the ocean with the wind and water sounds and feeling so free. Anyway we have marked off Merina del Rey and Cabo san Lucas so far and everyone from school is checking for updates. My friend's class has been tracking Jessica Watson and she hasn't even stopped so far. But they say you will be the youngest no matter how many places around the world you visit! Maybe she can get a different record I am not sure though. Go Abby!

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  37. Hi Captain Sunderland; Thanks for keeping us up to date. They say that every dark cloud has a silver lining. You have taken the silver and left the dark behind. Go for it Abby!
    Alfred
    Vancouver, Canada

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  38. Great post!
    you rock Abby!
    Laura
    Bermuda Dunes CA

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  39. It's great to read of your good spirits and high hopes. I will be looking forward to your ongoing account of your trip. Wishing you the best from Florida.

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  40. Fantastic news to get from you Abby. You sound so very confident. Glad that pit stop occurred early rather than later in your adventure. Sounds like you're on your way and I'll be following you with admiration from Edmonds, WA. Happy sailing and fishing.

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  41. I also am looking forward to following your journey around the world.
    I am following Jessica Watson as well.
    I think your record as the youngest female sailor around the world will still stand though.

    At least you got your repairs done and equipment improved. That will go a long way to help you out.

    Good luck and God Speed.

    Philip
    USA East Coast

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  42. Hope Abby gets a chance to listen to this very gentle song by harpist and singer Joanna Newsom. It's called "Bridges and Balloons" and is ostensibly about sailing (though is of course really about sailing through life and love).

    Heard this for the first time last weekend when down at at the Purple Cow, my favorite dockside coffee shop by the marina in Seattle. Listened to it over the din, then went to the slacker bistro to find out what the heck it was.

    The URL is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUyeKOGsoZo

    Or you can just go to www.youtube.com and type in Joanna Newsom Bridges and Balloons.

    Give it a listen. Will be interesting to hear if you agree that this would be a great song for Abby to listen to while broad reaching toward the Equator and beyond.

    - Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

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  43. The best to you from Brea, California. You are an amazing young woman and an inspiration to us all. We love reading about your daily adventures. Be safe and return home soon.

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  44. That is very awesome what you are doing. My prays are with you. Good Luck!!

    Octavio

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  45. Great news, Abby. We've been eagerly awaiting word from our favorite Wild Eyes gal. Thx for all the details. What you are doing is more than most of us can even fathom. The Lord's winds are yours.

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  46. Have a good trip Abby! For my part, I understand that you want to do this trip non-stop, which is great. But, I would always want to stop at all the exotic ports-of-call along the way. Maybe the next time around you can do it that way. Still, there is something spiritual about the solitude of the ocean... However it ends up, this will be one of the great experiences of your life.

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  47. Alright! We're on our way and everything is sounding good. Here's to a great adventure and safe journey. You're going to do great, Abby.

    Sharon
    San Diego

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  48. Abby,
    Thanks for the update.
    Good to hear all went well in Cabo.
    Let us know what kinds of speeds you hit.

    Sleep Grasshopper, sleep.
    Michael
    San Diego

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  49. Maybe this time Abby, but foreshore not the first time!

    Good luck to you now and be careful

    Staffan
    Sweden

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  50. Hey Abby!

    This is all so exciting! This stop was for a good reason and now you can take over the world :)
    I'm wishing you a wonderful journey, and cant wait to hear from you soon!
    Warm wishes from Israel
    Galia

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  51. All the best Abby.
    Luv
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  52. Hi Abby!!!
    I know you had a great time in Cabo, that place has always been fun for me!! We'll try to schedule a trip back there in about 6 months to meet with your crew and enjoy the celebration party with you!!
    So glad to hear about all that got done to the boat... hope you loaded up some fruit & food to go along with all the dried food you already have on board. Fresh lemons would be good to have in case you get to catch some fish!! Also very good in your water!!
    Enjoy your journey, hope you can make up some time to get in front of the weather that shows up around the Cape this time of year...
    Watching from Cody, Wyoming... nice winds today on our lake and we're wishing them to your sails!!
    Bye for now...
    David

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  53. Hi Abby,

    My class and I are following Jessica's voyage, but thought that we should keep an eye on you too.

    Glad to hear that all the little problems have be solved and that you are back out on the ocean!

    Keep sailing,
    Paul
    (and the Killer Whales)

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  54. Hi Abby,
    keep up them dodgers,
    Jony the Pony

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  55. Dear Abby,
    well, I don't think you are going to win the Pullitzer price but your blog is pretty much readable. Maybe your writing skills will improve along the way as you won't have much else to do...
    J.L.

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  56. Hi Abby!

    Nice to hear you say you are ready for the world,and are settling in better this time out after your sea trial shakedown.

    The better winds have you in the right spirit for the oceans ahead and you sound a lot happier in yourself.

    The departure photo on your home web page is a stunner and is a real power shot of 'Wild Eyes'

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

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  57. Hello from Ben in Kentucky. Enjoying your blog and reading your story. Between keeping up with you and Jessica Watson at the same time makes for some interesting reading! Be safe, take care, have fun!

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  58. 02-08-10 @ 02:46
    Hi Abby,
    No doubt, you're off to a good start and I hope it will carry on for the rest of your voyage. I'm glad that things worked out well for you, everything happens for a reason. You got a lot of the problems worked out and now you're leaving with a more peaceful mind. It sounds like you had a good sendoff, dancing and just having a good time in general. You'll bring a lot of that laughter with you.
    Take good care of yourself and "Wild Eyes" and be cautious, all the time.

    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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  59. Go South, Miss! Happy and safe sailing!
    Enjoy the moment, this is a lifetime adventure... though you are young enough to live other ones, one's never sure. Savour every hour of it.

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  60. Hi,
    Gr8 that you are out at last. This time you are in for real.
    To keep busy try this BBC brain test. Good one.http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sex/index_cookie.shtml

    Regards,
    Subir.

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  61. Hey Abby, If you see that island from "Lost" out there-Don't stop! You are so cool.

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  62. Hi Abby,

    Nice to read that you are feeling well being on your way again, and that the equipment now works.
    Enjoy it and safe sailing. Good luck with the fishing too.
    Regards,
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

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  63. You are back to the Sea. How great is that?! All the photos from Cabo's were great. Such good shots. God, bless all of Team Abby.
    I get anxious from day to day, watching for your next blog.
    your Being watched and prayed for during your trip. Even my brother & sister in law are praying for you from Nieuwegien, Netherlands.
    I'll check back again, tomorrow, behapps.
    Into the wind Girl,
    Dee Thompson, Santa Clarita, Calif.

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  64. Good news and Great job Abby!)

    I'm glad to hear that all things is very Well! I'm following for your journey. Be carefully on the Cape Horn passage! Wish you as many as possible positives emotions! Fair wind and 7 feet under keel!

    God's speed!
    Alexey from Moscow!

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  65. Great Post... Thanks for the update.... It's fun for me to read some of the comments that people leave for you. The difference in people's experience with sailing and this particular quest is so far and wide.. It's good to know that through you and this project you are educating people about how wonderful the sailing experience is and perhaps even bring new people into the sport.

    I got to take my boat out today... Perfect wind.. perfect waves... and just a great day to be single handed on the blue pacific... I imagine that YOUR going to have a LOT of days just like this one ahead of you till you reach the blustry stuff down in the lower latitudes.

    Sale Safe.. Post Often and HAVE FUN...


    Richard Rumble
    Dana Point

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  66. Hi Abby,
    Glad everything is going well and you enjoyed your time ashore.
    I guess now it is down to business.
    Best of luck.
    Joy
    Ballarat
    Australia

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  67. Abby, we've only seen the beginnings of your tale, but you describe your days so well, I know I'll buy your book if you write one. Hope you catch a great fish and keep posting such fascinating reports.

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  68. Cobrarog in Hervey BayFebruary 8, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    Great to see that you are on your way Abby! Keep safe at all times and don't let your guard down.
    Looking forward to your fishing experience and how you are preparing them.
    Very best of luck to you and your crew. Following you from Hervey Bay

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  69. Congratulations!
    Now you are going for real, Abby!
    Now is the point of no return. To stop once again in another port would create a very long extra distance at the end of the voyage. And going back to Cabo San Lucas would also create a lot of extra distance after a few days.
    So now it's for real. I hope that there are no more serious malfunctions. I wish you the best of luck; I think you can need it.

    Ben Larsson, Gothenburg, Sweden

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  70. Hi Abby,

    We're happy to read that you're under way after your brief stop for repairs at Cabo, and you must be feeling reassured now that everything is in good running order.

    We look forward to following along with you as you take on the world.

    Plain sailing,
    Brian & Phill
    Vancouver, Canada

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  71. From Virgina Inland Sailing Association, Smith Mountain Lake, VA, we wish you a great ride on fair seas. All the best Abby. We will be following along as you live your dream.
    Mark, Catilina 27 - "Aftica 2"

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  72. Glad to see you're finally underway. Best of luck!

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  73. Hi Abby
    Have fun!
    Safe sailing
    John N

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  74. It's great to see you and Wild Eyes back out there again. You know that we are all behind you and wish you every success. We're looking forward to your return to Cabo.

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  75. I want to wish you the best of luck Abby. It is a hell of a journey you are undertaking, and I have to admire your guts and determination. May you have a safe trip round, and return unharmed.

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  76. Hi Abby,
    Good to hear that you are back at sea, go forth and travel many nautical miles you'll be at Drake Passage before you know it....

    Cya

    Clint - Mlebourne Town

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  77. Farewell once again Abby,

    We do hope all goes well for you and you have fair winds and following seas.

    The McGraths, Nowra NSW Australia

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  78. GO Abby GO!

    Cheers!,

    H.

    Amsterdam
    Netherlands

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  79. Hi Captain Abby,"Success is a Journey,
    not a Destination" Be Safe! Godspeed!

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  80. Hi Abby,
    on the picture it looks like to boat almost fell over. To me it does not look very stable actually. Are you sure this boat can make it all the way to the south pole and back?
    Dick M.

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  81. abby good to see you again !!
    enjoy your voyage

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  82. best of luck with the rest of your journey i will be watching your progress for the next six months from prince edward island Canada.all the best ,Randy

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  83. Hi Abby, I'm so excited that you're on your way again. And, it's great to hear from you again. I look forward to you every day. Have a great time, enjoy, be careful, and again, I wish you god speed, and fair wind.
    I'll be checking on ya...

    IndyMike
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    39*50'19'N, 86*9'20"W

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  84. Good on your way! Please loog on to DAILY WORD.COM
    Your friend:
    Jackie:MD; USA
    Talk to you soon

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  85. Abby
    Sail On! Will be following your historic adventure, Be safe.
    Michael

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  86. See!, that's the attitude to have.. POSITIVE.... keep that spirit up....:-)

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  87. Oh Abby……… How I chuckled at your comment about catching a fish………. Your brother managed to sail around the globe and not catch a fish (or did he catch one???? Can’t remember)… Good luck to you there also! Try to catch one in all 7 oceans babe!

    To the anonymous poster yesterday about backup auto-pilots, and even backup windvanes… the answer is YES, have a back up of everything if you can, it’s only a matter of money and storage… For my trip, I had both, so, I had backups of almost everything, but, interestingly, I did need some crazy Lucas Electronics part for Perkins (guuurrrr) engine that chased my from port to port (I had to leave prior to it’s arrival because it was always late… The part was $80, but the re-shipping of it from port to port internationally cost me $500…

    The point is, if you afford it, and if you can store it, take it…… But, there will always be something that fails and you don’t have it, so you MUST improvise a solution, the real measurement of your skills…

    Daveh
    dave@davehickson.com

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  88. Whaa Whoo!! Off you go again. Spray in your face, wind in your hair, beautiful sunrises, freeze dried food, tiny living space and flying squids. Everything a girl could want. :-)

    "You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough."

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  89. Hey Captain Abbey, The picture's are multi fabulous you look marvelous.Safe sailing all the way. Your parents have to be so proud of you.So humble looking in the pics.Looking forward to your next blog.Sand

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  90. I am so glad to read all about your adventures and I too wish you smooth sailing. What a marvelous life experience for you. You are becoming enriched by all of hurdles put in your path. Sail on, girl.

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  91. Hi Abby. Following you and Jessica on your thrilling voyages daily. It's terrific to read about your progress. Nice photo's from the both of you. The whole world is watching you daredevils! Have fun and keep safe. Bon voyage. Harrij. The Netherlands

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  92. Your Oklahoma Well-WisherFebruary 8, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Great news, Abby! Glad you're back out at sea, Wild Eyes is fully ready, and that you're already settle in and ready for the long-haul. All my very best to you! Great job, Team Abby! Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

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  93. Gidday Abby
    Great to hear you are back on the high seas.I dont want to hear of any more pitstops for 6 months ok. Dont forget to send plenty of pics and videos along the way. We all look forward to experiencing the voyage with you. It is so captivating to read yours and Jessica's blogs, so keep up the good work
    Safe sailing and full tilt ahead

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  94. Wonderful Abby, have a safe trip and will be reading your blog each day; )
    NJ Mom

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  95. Way to go Abby. We are all proud of you, and the job you've done so far. God Bless you and your boat. Norm Strasser :-)

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  96. Hi and Shalom from Israel...
    We are admiring you and wish you God's speed.
    Best regards,
    Danny.

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  97. Seriously! No kidding about that departure picture. How cool is that, looks Wild Eyes pulling a wheelie as she cranks the throttle and goes. :-)

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  98. Hi Abby -- It's very good news that you are back at sea and that all systems are 'go'. I know you are exactly where you want to be and I'll be cheering for you every nm of your journey. ....All the best to you, young Captain!

    GO GIRL!
    Janell in Oklahoma, USA

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  99. gommie- over the hill in VenturaFebruary 8, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    You do sound so pumped and ready to take it on - GO ABBY- You are in my prayers as always- Now go have some real fun-(-:

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  100. Hi Abby,
    That's the spirit! Go get'em Abby!
    Thank you for allowing me (and the other bloggers) along with you on this great adventure. Please stay safe and vigilant.
    Good luck with the fishing, however it appears that fishing from the stern of a sailboat is no easy task.
    God Bless you and your team Abby.
    Cheryl
    PS @Pagoo's World of Humbug That was great! Thank you for the early morning laugh.

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  101. You go girl!
    Good luck and God Speed!

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  102. Go get em Girl...Glad to gear you had a good time in port after the shakedown run....also glad to hear your on the road again!

    Here's to an around the world venture, good for you.

    When you get a chance, fill me in on the fishing gear you put on in Cabo..curious to hear.

    One day at at time!

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  103. Glad to see that you underway again. Good sailing.

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  104. Hi Abby,
    keep up them dodgers,
    Jony the Pony

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  105. We wish you luck while you are taking the rest of your journey around the world.We also are happy that you made it safely to Cabo.
    Take care,
    Mrs.MacCourtney's Class:)

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  106. Hey Abby,
    stop, you are going east, should be going south!
    Ken MacLoad

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  107. Abby,
    Hello from Kodiak 5th graders, Kodiak, Alaska!

    We've wondered how things were going and now we know from your blog. Thank you! We are going to check your progress each day or two; so you can add us to your list of fans!

    It's good to know you're back in the ocean again!Madison

    I'm glad you're still aiming for your dream! Eric

    Have you seen any sharks or dolphins yet? Adelheid

    Do you e-mail Jessica Watson? It would be cool if you could be friends with her. Elin

    Are you going to write a book about your adventure? Cassidy

    Did you take any video games for entertainment? Trent

    Do you have a tv? Jacob

    Do you have any pie on board? What kind do you like? Hayden

    What does your AIS do for you? Is it an alarm system? Hannah, Leah

    Do you know any other languages? Alex

    What is a 'beam reach'? Is it just an easy wave to get through? Leah

    Godspeed and keep your chin up!
    Mr. J's 5th grade
    Isaac, Emily, Elin, Leah, Madison, Adelheid, Hannah, Jaiden, Trent, Eric, TJ, Isabelle, Jacob, Cassidy, Chloe, Johnny, Matt, Hayden and Alex

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  108. Wow! So great to see so many folks following Abby! It's also great to see so many familiar names/faces jumped from Zac's ship to hop on Abby's.

    daveh - LOL I howled when I read that she wanted to catch a fish. I wish her better luck than Zac had. And, he might have caught one (1)???? I don't think you can count the flying fish....

    Melanie in Torrance

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  109. Ahhh Hi Melanie in Torrance... If I remember correctly, I believe Zac hooked one, but didn't boat it... I would have been draggin' something for all 24,000 miles! lol

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  110. Hi Abby, I was so glad to read your blog this morning. You sound like you are doing really good and that makes me feel better. I will be checking on you everyday and praying that god watches over you and keeps you safe. There are alot of us that are saying.....YOU GO GIRL!!!!!We are very proud of you.

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  111. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Abby.
    You are a true inspiration to all. Best of luck, safe travels and keep us updated!
    Robyn
    Rochester, NY

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  112. You have to sing this to "Pants on the ground":
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY8uzqNi4sA
    Now don't just read it, you have to sing it.

    Catching that fish
    Catching that fish
    Feeling like a fool when you're catching that fish
    Hat turned sideways, tongue in the cheek
    Feeling so proud as you're yelling out "meat"!

    Gutting that fish
    Gutting that fish
    Knowing you're a fool when you're gutting that fish
    Hat turned sideways, tongue in the cheek
    Feeling like a fool as you're screaming out "eek"!

    Eating that fish
    Eating that fish
    You ain't no fool when you're eating that fish
    Hat turned sideways, tongue in the cheek
    Good luck my dear Watson
    I'll be hard to beat!


    Thanks bro, you've got the best beat and a cool song.

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  113. Hey Abby, Hope all is running well after the repairs were finished. You go get em! I know your on your way to victory. I'm pulling for you like your one of my own children. Cary Cawthon

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  114. Wow thats amazing! I am 13 and its crazy how you can follow the dreams you had from being young. You are an inspiration and I really hope it all works out! Good luck

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  115. Hi Abby,
    Even us aussies wish you all the best for your journey, best of luck and will be keeping an eye on your blog. My 12yo and 4yo girls are also watching and gaining strenth from your detrmination to carry on.
    Pete from Perth

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  116. Abby

    It's great to have you back in the groove.
    Happy sailing and God speed.

    Jim
    Phoenix

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  117. Little one please don't forget swell and wind with your reports! Fly like the wind!

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  118. Fair winds and Following seas

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  119. Hi Abby
    I wish you every success in your endeavor to sail the world.
    How many nautical miles do you have to reach Cape Horn?
    You may be in for some real foul weather rounding the horn.
    Good luck, dont look at speed but safety.
    Cheers
    Evie from Bendigo (Australia)

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  120. Hello! I just found out about your amazing adventure today and I wish you all the best! Yours is an inspiring journey~

    -Robyn

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  121. You go girl! Santa Cruz is with you and praying for your safe journey every day

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  122. Great to see you on your way again. You are in my thought and prayers. Good Luck

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  123. Capn Abby,

    Hey, your back on the ocean blue. Way to go. The pics in Cabo looked great! Hey, if you had to go to port, why not a resort spot, eh? With all the upgrade and repairs done, I bet you're feeling more confident about the journey. You got a great team behind you. These lyrics are from Simon and Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water.

    Sail on silver girl, sail on by,
    Your time has come to shine,
    All your dreams are on their way.
    See how they shine ...

    Godspeed,

    John in Ashland OR

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  124. Abby,
    On your map, shouldn't day 15 be shown as day #1 since it's your new starting point. You could leave 1 through 11 alone to show it happened, but otherwise, we'll have to subtract to figure out how many days you've been out and how long it takes you to get back to Cabo. Does that make sense?? Nanci

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  125. Sail on Abby, Gods Speed!!! Heres praying for Fair skies and good wind for you.
    The SeaWolf is watching over you.
    Be Safe!!!

    Ron Spears n South Carolina
    Seawolfnsc@aol.com

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  126. This is a better ending to the song than switching to present tense:

    It's elementary, my dear Watson
    but Abby will be hard to beat!

    Still trying to drum up a fishing contest.

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  127. Good Luck Abby.. wish you all the best on this great adventure.

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  128. Abby,
    wishing you safe sailing, and lots of fun out there.

    Pogo: Great quote!

    Shawn: "it is a life experience that two exceptional young ladies are undertaking at the same time". Yes.


    Susan in Oregon

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  129. Hi Absy,
    keep up them dodgers,
    Jony the Pony

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  130. For all's the posts regarding the record
    "Youngest, Solo, Unassisted, Non Stop"

    That is the one they are chasing

    Jessica needs to complete her trip back in Sydney and she should get the record then if Abby finishes back in Cabo she will take the record.

    It is currently held by Jesse Martin

    When Laura leaves later this year she will be after
    Youngest, Solo

    Hope this clears up the confusion

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  131. Hello Abby,
    fantastic, that you are on your way and already settled in again.
    Sounds like you are flying!
    You and Wild Eyes are a good team!
    Sail on safely,
    Trudy, Austria/Australia

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  132. Hi Abby
    Be sure to keep those hats tied on.
    Bill S Cabo

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  133. Dear Abby,

    We are 1st Graders in West Sacramento, Ca. We are following your exciting journey around the world as we learn about journeys in our reading.
    We are learing what it takes to go on a journey and all the hard work that goes into one.

    We wish you a safe journey!

    1st Graders, West Sacramento, Ca

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  134. oh god!!i do understand ur feeling when u say u miss the ocean..
    i'm an island guy myself..and when ur away frm the ocean..u feel as if a part of u is missing...love the way u write ur blog..

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  135. It was great to read that you are back at sea and feeling better about it. I'm sure your confidence meter went up considerably when you got all that new equipment installed..and probably landed a pen or two!! You look great in the photos, and all rigged out. Thanks for the pix and the update.

    Gary & Jan
    Savannah,Ga

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  136. Hell Yeah Girl,
    I like ur attitude about feeling more comfortable now. It seems as though u have settled in for a great cruise. Just hang in there. There are so many people pulling for u now. You are making ALL Americans proud with ur enthusiasm and ur sense of adventure. Keep up the good work ..Semper Fi..Robbie

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  137. I think Abby is actually going kinda fast most of the time to catch fish but we can wish her luck for a fresh fish meal.

    Thanks Dad for the great blog.

    Scott
    Team Abby

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  138. hey abby I love sailing and I think you work so hard and are amazing. I think its so cool your sailing in the ocean.

    Nice job

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  139. You are so inspirational!
    When it gets hard, remember:
    "Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors"
    - African proverb
    Go Abby!!

    - a fellow 16 year old sailor girl :)

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  140. This is really brave of you! I wish you luck and hope to see your name of the news soon saying that you have completed your journey.

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  141. How did you get so many people to read and follow your blogs. I am very new at this and could use some advice.

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  142. Godspeed, be safe. My fourth and fifth grade classes are following you and wish you well.

    Southbridge, MA

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  143. Hi Abby - I am a long time sailing enthusiast, never owned a boat myself, did a lot of island cruising around Los Angeles on chartered boats(Catalina, Channel Islands). We had great fun. Been sailing since I was little with my mother. I am a big believer in the human spirit, I used to climb mountains and race motorcycles too, have my own kids now and hope they too can follow their dreams. I wish you all the best! Smooth sailing young lady, we're all pulling for ya! Jon

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  144. Well done Abby, it´s reallt nice be outshore, sayling again, I´m really interested in your route? your travel direcction, can you explain me about yhat? your ayling to point were? whis look and better seas, Your frien Tito L.

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  145. 02-11-10 @ 18:30
    Hi Abby,
    Just curious to see how you’re doing, is the weather getting any better or worse. P/W shows it as reasonably calm and dry, but that’s my interpretation of what they show, I know it’s supposed to be fairly simple, ‘but’…….. maybe someday I’ll figure it out, but you do have your own meteorologist don’t you?
    I was glad to see that you felt more relaxed leaving port this time, since you already had a bit of a trial run it would make it easier.
    Well Abby, keep up the good work, you’re doing a fine job, I’m proud of you young lady. You’re setting a fine example for people in general, but mostly for your peers with your ‘can do attitude’.

    Take good care of yourself and your crew, you do have a little furry crew, don’t you? Why don’t you introduce them??? Curious people would like to know, like me…lol…
    Until the next time……….
    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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  146. Friday afternoon and it's snowing real good here in Atlanta, but it looks to be much better out where you are: warm and partly sunny with a light breeze from the ENE. I don't know how anyone could drop off to sleep and let the boat sail itself, but I guess after a while with no sleep you get used to the idea. I'm looking forward to watching you progress through your voyage!
    Russ

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