Thursday, February 4, 2010

Photos of Abby's Arrival in Cabo

Photos of Abby's arrival in Cabo san Lucas - Many thanks to Ted Caloroso!


  1. Good to see the boat getting ready to try again. Get back out there Abby!

  2. Great pictures! Glad to hear everything is going well. Good luck getting that boat fixed. Rob, SC

  3. Great pictures Abby! Just started following your adventure here last week. Best of luck and thanks for letting us all be a part of it. Hope you can get out of Cabo okay and the rest of the journey goes according to plan!

  4. Hi Abby,
    Glad you made it into Cabo safely. I have been watching your progress with great interest from here in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and pray your journey and adventure continue to go smoothly. Good luck with the repairs. There are some great pictures, not only here, but on your website as well. Are there any that are in high resolution that could be used as a wallpaper? I especially like the 2nd one from the top with Wild Eyes listing slightly to starboard and a bit of wind in her sails. Godspeed with your repairs and resuming your journey.

  5. This is absolutely 200% amazing... Sailing around the world? It's such a romantic concept! I love this!


  6. Hi Abby again,
    Friday 4.35 pm here.
    Great photos, looks like a very picturesque place. Keep them coming. Good to see the boys working to get you up and running.
    Dave. Auckland, NZ

  7. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing your story!

  8. You are attempting what I have dreamed of for over 50 years. I wish you the very best.
    Go with God and may you have 'Fair Winds and Following Seas'

  9. Great pictures. Looking forward to see you continue on. Good Luck

  10. that's so cool! Abby, you are so beautiful! Good luck out there.

  11. good luck we wish you a safe and speeedy journey
    rio de idaho

  12. Nice photos Abby.
    Hope the problems are sorted out soon.
    All the best
    Richard (QLD) Aus

  13. Nice photos!

    The boat looks great, including that nicely designed dodger.

    Looks like you've got quite the tech team there to sort things out.

  14. Glad to see you're getting the necessary upgrades for power, etc!! Looking forward to tracking you when your start your non-stop adventure from Cabo!!
    Todd (PA)

  15. Nice blog and good pictures i have followed you kindly follow me

    Best Regards

  16. Kewl pix, Abby. Wild Eyes and her Skipper look pretty good, even down in the engine room. Hope the repairs go smoothly.
    Brian & Phill
    Vancouver, Canada

  17. Hi Abby,
    1. Came to know about your adventure from Jessica's blog. Great to know that now there are three of you out there - the other being Commander Dilip Donde from the Indian Navy.
    2. My introduction - I am also an Indian Naval Officer and I was responsible to get Dilip a boat. Was posted at the Naval Headquarters when this project (Sagarparikrama) was conceived and we managed to get Dilip a fine indigenous boat in time for his adventure. I have been enriched by this experience and can only try to imagine how much the three of you are going to achieve. Have been following Dilip's progress ever since and got a lead to Jessica's page and now yours.
    3. I believe you have suffered a minor blip. But the brighter side is that have managed to visit Mexico. Maybe it is destined that you shall start and finish at Cabo.
    4. Be assured that there are many enthusiasts like me who are following the progress of all three of you and we are all praying that you achieve your dreams. While, some reports have suggested an element of rivalry, I sincerely believe that all three of you are chasing your individual dreams and will come out with these dreams fulfilled and richer for the experience. The three of you are inspiring a generation of young boys and girls - that in itself is a great achievement.
    Take Care and all the best. Varuna (the Sea Lord) will witch for you.
    (Commander Subir Sengupta, Indian Navy)

  18. OK, Ryan Langley has finally made his circumnavigation announcement:

    Jump on board! He'll need LOTS of advice for this one!!!

  19. Abby,
    It is so much fun to see you sailing into made tears come to my eyes to see you safe! Even though it delayed your journey, I bet it was good to see family, friends, and to make a new friend....what a joy for you! It was meant to be. Our prayers are with you for a good start when you are ready to go, and we are really anxious to see what comes next. When I was a young girl I spent many weekends out on the ocean with my family, usually around Channel Islands...and the occasional dolphins, shark, and even whale sightings are not something you ever forget. My heart is with you; the angels will be watching over you; the support of the world surrounds you!
    Kelly and David Directo from Santa Clarita

  20. Nice Pics.... If I would have thought of it.... I would have suggested to do a fly around picture taking session when you left MDR. I got lucky one day and was in the near vicinity of a race that they were flying and taking pics on... and I ended up buying one of his pics of my boat from the air. Maybe when your on your way back in after your voyege is complete some fly by pics can be arranged.

    Anyway.. Cabo is a nice place for a few days till you and the team can get the gremlins out of the systems. You will be back on your way soon enough and the adventure continues. Since your starting the clock back to day one... I think a special edition of the shoes for the new DAY ONE is in order... but I really like my Vans in the classic slip on style. Perhaps they will read the comments and come through.. LOL...

    Post often... sail safe... have fun

  21. You go girl!!! Wish I had your nerves.

  22. Jessica has continued to make good progress this week averaging over 120 nautical miles per day and earlier today passed the 12,500 nautical mile (nm) mark of her around the world voyage.

  23. I agree with whoever mentioned the angle of the rear solar panels should be pointed South or be at least flat. Are they angled the way they are to get a push when you start heading East in the Southern oceans? How about a close-up pic of the new batteries when you're done with the instillation? And personally, I'd like to see what your self-steering hydraulic system looks like.
    Like the shades, you look cool woman!

  24. 02-04-10 @ 01:10
    Hi Abby,
    Great job on the pictures, I like the one where it looks like you’re getting ready to go up the mast, are you, did you. How about some follow-up pictures of that. The rest of the pictures look good to, that one just caught my eye. The one with the rocks in the background and the seagulls flying above is beautiful, Shoe City should love that one.
    It looks like everyone is serious and really into repairing “Wild Eyes”, I hope the operation is successful and she sails on.
    Well Abby, good luck to you and the crew, and I hope things go well for you all. I’m anxiously awaiting your next post (when you get the chance) to see how everything went.
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand and may the Angels keep your sails full, and the gods of electricity fix your problem, and I, I will be praying for you.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

  25. Abby,
    Is that one of those floating suit cases like in "Joe vs. the Volcano" with Tom Hanks?!!!
    They turned out to be really handy! Do you have lots of DVDs with you?

  26. Hi Abby,

    Don't be too disheartened, I'm sure you'll be on your way soon.

    All the best,

    The McGraths, Nowra NSW Australia

  27. Hey Captain,Just finished reading storm passsage.Ug Hope your journey does not fill with grief. Please bring EPOXY, fingernail polish nail remover, hand cream, body cream, makeup, you know girl stuff. It will lift the blue days.

  28. Hi Could someone let me know (Im not a sailor)
    I cannot see the tiller or the wheel in the photos
    what steering has wild eye got?

  29. Remarkable! What's going on in picture number four?

  30. What in the hell is wrong with Americans. Don't they know they have a 16 yo who is taking on a mammoth challenge. If we did not have adventurers like you, we would all be sitting in England because nothing would have been discovered.

    I am disgusted with the lack of support in your blog. Tell them to get up off their bums and start supporting you.

    David and Una.....Brisbane, Australia

  31. Abby,
    just started following your journey...amazing. you are doing things that i never even dreamed of at that age. have fun, be careful. i will keep reading and keeping you in my prayers.
    God Bless,

  32. @Clair: Thanks for the heads up on Ryan's circumnavigation plans. I followed the link you provided:

    And was astonished by what I read. He is planning to do his solo voyage The Wrong Way Around. Instead of riding the Prevailing winds West to East, he will be continually bashing into the wind and waves as he goes East to West. Believe he said only 4 others have done this, and if successful he'll be the youngest by 12 years.

    I was just the 2nd person to post a comment. He can use support. Note: This is still Pie in the Sky until he gets the sponsors required to outfit a boat, but if he actually takes off on the trip, would be fascinating to follow.

    In my comment to him I posed a blunt question: Is he going the Wrong Way Around because he wants to, or because this is the only way to find sponsors?

    It would be a brutal, long, and dangerous trip.

    - Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

  33. HELLO ABBY - Glad you arrived safely and work is underway for "Wild Eyes". Hopefully you will be on your way again soon. Look forward to keeping up with you.

    Lynne (Picton - NZ)

  34. Hi Abby, my class is following you for a school project. We're all so excited! I am wondering some things like if your team came out to help you, does this mean you are still planning to sail solo? Or will your team be tagging along? Anyway the teacher will probably know. We are going to make a big chart to mark all the places you visit! You are so lucky! School is boring sometimes, but thanks to you we are dreaming about traveling the world.

  35. Hello Captain Abby, yes I got to know of your attempt on Jessica's blog.
    Sorry about the probs with your "sea trial" and wish you the best of luck
    for your continued voyage! I'll be following your progress and tossing
    encouragement your way... You might want to see if you have a good bird book aboard, Jess was wishing she had one!
    Cap'n Pip

  36. Hi Abby, beautiful pics, thank you!
    Cabo seems to have been the best pick to make your pit stop.
    A real sailing harbor, a picturesque touristic place, and friendly people.
    I don't understand well what are these contraptions people are working on, probably the autopilots. It looks like some pilotosaurus to me, or an Emperor Crab's open skull with brains and nerves everywhere. Good to have several bearded men to put their hands inside that "thing". That could still bite or pinch you finger, who knows?
    Good repairs, sunbathing and partying with Emily before the second launch. Remember being careful about what you eat and drink, and enjoy your last nights in a real bed!

  37. wow! the pics are great... Your boat is so small, or it looks small... How u must be spending your days! its really awesome though...I could never do anything like this...

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

  39. Hi Abby
    Greetings from Dublin, Ireland
    Stretch your legs and go for a long walk - you won't have the opportunity for a long time once you set sail again!
    Best wishes
    John N

  40. Glad you are having a breather to get your "house" in order. Safety first. Even though you are starting over, remember the Wright Brothers didn't get up in the air the first time.

    Maybe when you go past Australia, Jessica will sail out to do a wave by.

    Good luck on the restart. Sounds like you have a great team. Keep posting text and pics.

    Jim from Arizona

  41. Hi Abby!

    Great pictures, thanks for keeping us informed.

    I hope your team can do all the works that need to be done in a short period of time so you can start your trip as soon as possible.

    To Bob from Seatle,

    Thanks for your explanation, I hope it is like you said and WE will avoid the worst of the weather that they may encounter.
    It is probably a mix of things, good weather predictions, a fast boat to go around the worst of the bad weather and also robustness to confront the bad weather that cant be avoided.

    Have a good day,

    ps. I havent seen the shroud. It will be on display from april 10 to may 23 2010. The last time it was exhibited was on 2000.

  42. What great pictures Abby...thanks so much for the up-dates.

  43. We are so glad you made it to Cabo safely.My class and I think you are very brave sail around the world.We know you are very encouraging to young boys and girls around the world.
    Take care,
    Mrs.MacCourtney's Class

  44. Hi Abby,

    Great news that you are getting repaired/outfitted. Keep sailing and Capt. Slocum will share many a confidence with you once you are back out sailing.

    You are my hero!

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  46. Over the hill in VenturaFebruary 5, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Great photos- some almost look like they are taking place in an operating room *wink*, in a sense I guess they are (-: I especially like numbers #2, 5 and 7- Looking forward to reading 'what's next' Abby

  47. My class and I think you are very brave for traveling the world. We know you area big inspiration to people.
    Take care,
    Mrs.MacCourtney's Class

  48. Your Oklahoma Well-WisherFebruary 5, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    Great pics, Abby! Looking forward to hearing the progress of the repairs and your new schedule for getting back out there... Meanwhile, hopefully you're getting some good rest! Take good care - Go Abby & Go Team Abby! Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

  49. Cheryl in San DiegoFebruary 5, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Hi Abby,
    You and Wild Eyes look great! You had a good shake down cruise and now have the opportunity to fine tune that lovely hot rod. My gosh what better place than Cabo? You and Emily stay out of Cabo Wabo, OK! Could you tell us a little more about Emily. Is she cruising the world as well?

    Thank you for the great pictures. You and Wild Eyes are definitly becoming one.

    May God Bless you and keep you safe Abby.


  50. Abby--Great photos! I also love how fellow sailors are banding together to assist you. It is wonderful to hear of such selflessness. We are praying for your speedy repairs and return to your adventure.

    If anyone is interested, the following link lists all (?) of the current circumnavigators, as well as proposed circumnavigations. It definitely shows what a rare breed solo round the world sailors are, and re-emphasizes just how remarkable Abby's trip really is.

    Many Blessings to you Abby, and your team , during your shore time.
    Amy O.

  51. Hi Abby,
    My class and I think you are very brave to sail around the world. We know you are a inspiration to people.
    Take care,
    Mrs.MacCourtney's Class

  52. Hey Abby,

    Just found your blog today. I heard about your adventure not too long ago. I'm glad to see you're sharing this with the world as you do it.

    Although, I have to say, I have a hard time posting when I'm traveling. I get too caught up in everything and by the time I'm ready for sleep, I'm ready for sleep. So thank you for taking the time to share your adventure with all of us.

    Chicago, IL

  53. Abby you rock! I never used a blog before but because you and your jorney around the world I will learn more about. I just want to tell you that Im verry amaized with what you do and I wish you luck on your jorney.

  54. Good job Abby! Great photos! Best Wishes from Seattle!

  55. Fun pictures. Though the interior shots dont mean much to me as I am less then mechanicly inclined. Still, it's fun to see inside your boat and all.

    So, here's a story for you when you get bored.

    The Pirate Way
    A sailor meets a pirate in a bar, and they take
    turns recounting their adventures at sea. Noting the pirate's peg-leg, hook, and eye patch The sailor asks "So, how did you end up with the peg-leg?"

    The pirate replies "We was caught in a monster storm off the cape and a giant wave swept me overboard. Just as they were pullin' me out, a school of sharks appeared and one of 'em bit me leg off".

    "Blimey!" said the sailor. "What about the hook"?

    "Ahhhh...", mused the pirate, "We were boardin' a trader ship, pistols blastin' and swords swingin' this way and that. In the fracas me hand got chopped off."

    "Zounds!" remarked the sailor. "And how came ye by the eye patch"?

    "A seagull droppin' fell into me eye", answered the pirate.

    "You lost your eye to a seagull dropping?" the sailor asked incredulously.

    "Well..." said the pirate, " was me first day with the hook."

  56. Abby,....I think it's great you are attracting 8 and 12 year olds to comment, and I'm sure you must be feeling a sense of pride and responsibility as you become a role model.
    Keep up the good work and snap a pic of those batteries when you have time.

  57. Abby,
    We're still following your progress from Kodiak, Alaska. My 5th grade class is excited for you and wish you the best of luck!
    Mr. James' Class
    5th Grade
    Peterson School
    Kodiak, AK

  58. Very very rough calculations, but seems there's a good chance, Abby and Saito-san will cross paths.

    Saito-san is now heading north from the tip of SA to catch the Humboldt Current to ride up north. That veers off to the West to swing him homeward bound to Japan. From where he is now to that point is roughly 2500 miles. From where is Abby is right now to that same point also 2500 miles. Should be interesting. I would also think it's has to be comforting to any sailor anywhere, that there is someone out there and even just knowing that they're within a 1000 mile radius. It must give some level of comfort to know you're not alone out there:

  59. Larry From San DiegoFebruary 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Hi Abby,
    Great photos of your arrival in Cabo. Do not get dissappointed with early trip problems as Reid Stowe (1000 Days At Sea) hit a freighter shortly after leaving New York but completed his dream. Enjoy your voyage... It is so Great!

  60. Hi,
    Just dropped in and what do I find ? Nearly the same crowd hanging around Jessica Watson's blog. What's wrong with all of us ? Haven't we got some dull shows on TV to follow, that we have to cram onto the boats of some girls running away from boys in their Prime Time to make headlines in a world full of disasters and showbiz ? Never mind, let's have some fun here and keep Abbi entertained as well through a journey with kickdowns, sunburns and can we expect a mastclimb as well ?
    What ever happens here a happy "GO ABBI" from me. And to my fellow bloggers who have read my comments before: Stop worrying,I'll try to keep it less acid, unless the situation requests a straightforward opinion.
    So let's sail off with Abbi into the sunset and have lots of fun.
    Victor C. Pankouken

  61. hey there abby, don't be discouraged girl, just a temporary inconvenience, that's all! Cabo looks nice. Isn't it wonderful how local folks pull together to help you in your time of need!
    It makes one proud abby. Folks putting aside all thier differences to help...

    Love the photos, I sail inland lakes, but i sure
    am jealous of you abby! always keep the photos coming OK? We live and breathe your adventure!!! You will be sailing in no time.

    Lenny Pittsburgh PA.

  62. Nice photos..I especially like the one with the jagged rocks.

    To Subir: Well said about each person fulfilling his or her own dreams. The real competition is always with our own selves. Both Abby and Jessica are 16, and a few months difference is only a technicality. They are inspiring many people to live their dreams, and that makes them both winners! What is truly most important is that each returns safely.

    There is also a german solo sailor that recently rounded cape horn.

    Susan in Oregon

  63. Thanks for the photos. Will you be letting us know what type and size batteries you are installing? What is the size of the solar panels you are using now. What would the plan be on power if you were to take a knock down like Jessica did and you loose your stern solar/wind?

  64. Hey Abby - I can't remember how I found out about your voyage, but hats off to you! I can't imagine taking on such a journey. You are a brave adventurer and I wish you Godspeed. I will be following your journey with much fascination. Take care and enjoy your time. Take lots of pictures and keep a journal. You'll be thankful when you tell your children about it!!!

  65. When one woman, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, she has no right to keep it to herself.

    - Jacques Yves Cousteau

  66. @Grant, see Cassie's comment on Ryan's.
    If she's right, it was kind of bizarre, especially when you see the stinging advice on the previous entry that is still in place?!

  67. Hi Abby, nice scenery photos. In my country, too many good places that cruise. Sail that time: P

  68. hey abby me and my history class at CCMS read all about your blog and see where at ! my teacher sen't you a post a few weeks ago ! i hope you can post us in you blog one day !!!!!=) i always pray that you will make it all the way and not be attacked by pirates !!!!!we'll i hope you can get all your sleep and boat fixed and i will be reading your blog everyday !!!
    Love ,
    P.S. if you do put us in your blog thank you for the time you spent putting it in there and thank you for reading my message !!!!!=)

  69. Hi Abby,
    Is having a firearm on your boat while in Mexico?

    I know that Mexico has some pretty strict laws when it comes to bringing guns in from the US.

    If you are traveling w/o a gun onboard, what will you use for protection against threats from pirates, or other attempts at a hostile takeover or kidnapping/assault?

    Thanks for your time. Best of luck on your venture.

  70. I've been following jessica and abby from day one and i can't believe the difference in their yachts;jessica's yacht an s&s 34 a proven design and 69 hobart winner,Jon sanders sailed one around the world so did jesse martin and david dicks they all made it back unassisted and in one lets have a look at abbys machine a water ballested open 40 designed to race around the world fast and with 750 litres of water is like having 10 men on the rail,the power this generates is incredible enabling the yacht to do speeds inexcess of 20 knots quite easily and under bare poles with a big ground swell this boat will free fall down waves at 20 knots plus and very hard to control hand steering let alone with an auto pilot even with sea anchors deployed.I support these young women in their record attempts but i would like to see them make it back safely and with yacht in one piece?

  71. There are several Newsvine members watching your progress. We admire your courage and determination.

    Phoenix, AZ

  72. Great Photos. I think it's so cool to sail around the world. I will have to check back on this.

    Also, I am not sure how you publicized this blog? My blog receives very few hits and is not listed in Google. I can't seem to get it listed... Maybe that is because of the title?

  73. I am absolutely in awe of your skill, tenacity, bravery and drive. Young people like you give us older folks hope for our future. You go girl.

    Denny (Age 52), Chicago

  74. Have fun in Cabo, sounds like a lot of very supportive people on your side.
    Great shots of the boat. What is the make and model of those wind turbines and what are they attached to (I know batteries, duh) What kind. I know rechargeable, duh).

    Best wishes and safe journey from Grand Canyon Park Ranger.

  75. Hallo Abby, Recently found a link to your site via Jessica's.
    I am active in Virtual Racing in LIVESKIPPER and found a post for information on young sailors on around the world trips , see

    I am not sailing close to Mexico now , else we could team up.

    Fair winds and enjoy your sailing

  76. Great pictures Abby, thanks for sharing..hope you set sail real soon.
    NJ Mom

  77. hellow abby..
    i was blogwalking.
    like to see boat and stuff you're in.
    simple and neat, looked comfy 4 you..
    nice to be here :)

  78. Looking good Abby!
    Chrissy <><

  79. @Tim Gough: Thanks for the pointer, Man! Hilarious. Ryan removed my comment from his site.

    And HOORAY for Cassie for virtually reposting it on Ryan's site. The big question that got me the boot was: Is he going the Wrong Way Around because he wants to, or because this is the only way to find sponsors?

    He's just 17 so has plenty to learn. (I was dumber than a doornail at 17, I'm quite positive!) But if he wants to build a community around his venture, he can't be booting comments off because they ask uncomfortable questions. Two days after his posting he's up to 7 comments. Could have been 8 if he hadn't booted mine. ;-)


    I greatly admire the discourse they have allowed here. I've written all sorts of stuff that apparently wouldn't be allowed on Ryan's blog. I've asked questions, proffered all sorts of unsolicited advice, and I'm sure over and again made things perhaps uncomfortable.

    Why? Because I want Abby to get around the world safely (and with that dodger . . . comfortably). ;-)

    I've enjoyed seeing -- and am often impressed by -- the discussion that follows.

    The free range of discussion that has been allowed here has added greatly to the richness of the site (I hope and believe.)

    Some days ago I made some predictions about whether Abby would get a wind vane (Absolutely!) ;-) And such. (And, of course, I may very well end up being Absolutely! wrong.)

    Let me place such predictions in the following framework. I see the site as kind of a parlor . . . Think of a Jules Verne drawing room, with walls of varnished mahogany panelling, covered with intoxicatingly beautiful oil paintings and heavy with books you'd want lifetimes to explore, the corners filled with telescopes, the tabletops covered with microscopes, warm fire behind the fender, winged-back chairs with Ottomans (as in the Empire) Porter's chairs from a hotel in Paris, sofa's with pillows and blankets for catnapping between dispatches arriving on the telegraph. You get the picture. And a dear friend comes in, shaking off their overcoat and says, "Have just heard from Lloyds of London that Abby has put into Cabo. What could it mean?"

    - Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

  80. Hi Abby,
    You and Jessica (our Girl) are fine examples of young womanhood both attempting what some would say is an impossible task,the courage that you have shown so far is proof that you will acheive your goal. It would be great if you and Jessica could get together when your voyages are over,I'm sure that you would have a lot to talk about. God bless you, you are one great girl!
    Peter J. Newcastle, aUSTRALIA.

  81. Hi Abby,

    Those are fantastic photos. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to see some from "out there".

    All the best with repairs. You'll soon be on your way.

    Sunshine Coast, Qld. Aus.

  82. April Ruberklugler, Los Cabos, MexicoFebruary 6, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Hi Abby! I heard your "interview" on the radio (Cabo Mil) and I know you will start your adventure tomorrow at 10 a.m. I´ll be praying for you!!! I hope you have great weather and I´ll be following your blog! YOU ARE REALLY BRAVE!!! Go girl!!! April R. - Los Cabos,Mexico

  83. Laura O'Connell, AustraliaFebruary 6, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    Hell Abby,

    Another young lady on the adventure of her life. I've been watching Jessica's progress and I am just as interested in watching your voyage, too. You are a brave young lady. You have a small hiccup at the beginning, Abby, but you will be able to start over and that's great.

    I hope you get plenty of rest before you set sail again. I'm looking forward to your blogs and hearing about your progress.

    God has you in the palm of his hand throughout this incredible adventure. Remember to call on his awesome power when tough times come.

  84. Nice photos and 10/10 for the blog. Well done.

  85. Glad to hear you're ready for the second start. Go, Abby, go! Have a good time.

  86. Good luck Abby my thoughts and prayers are with you

  87. Hi Abby,I appologize I accidently called you Gabby insread of Abby.good luck!
    San pedro,ca

  88. Great job Abby. I hope you don't get captured by pirates!

    Sarah Victoria Borquez
    age 6

  89. So.. as I do every Superbowl Sunday.. I went down to my boat to take a nice sail. I alwasy sail single handed.. And as I was sitting out there in a beautiful 10kt wind with 6'seas.. I tried to imagine myself in Abby's shoes. On days like THIS... awesome. Just ME and the ocean.. Nice swells and good wind. Perhaps when the next gale warning comes up I will go sit on my boat and ponder the same things about such a large sailing goal as Abby and Jessica and all the other sailors out in the middle of the ocean with mountian sized swells and 40+kt winds.

    TODAY was beautiful.. and it was a pleasure to be on the same ocean as you today Abby... YOU GO GIRL... And I really don't know if your actually having time to READ the posts on the blog... but I think I am going to make it point to see if I can get school kids from my assemplies to post to your blog for extra ecnouragement for you...

    Sail On.. Sail Safe.. Post often and have FUN.

    Richard Rumble
    Dana Point

  90. I'm retired and I spend my days reading on the internet. As a young man I built 40 and 55 foot racing cruising sail boats in Newport Beach. As an older man I published a magazine in Arizona. I read primarily about global politics and war. It's quite depressing really so your adventure is a great diversion and it reminds me that altruistic young people are still a reality in what's become a brutal world. I'm right here, following you young lady and I wish you well. Here's a great Beach Boys song for ya.

    Sail On Sailor

    I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean
    Through restful waters and deep commotion
    Often frightened, unenlightened
    Sail on, sail on sailor

    I wrest the waters, fight Neptune's waters
    Sail through the sorrows of life's marauders
    Unrepenting, often empty
    Sail on, sail on sailor

    Caught like a sewer rat alone but I sail
    Bought like a crust of bread, but oh do I wail

    Seldom stumble, never crumble
    Try to tumble, life's a rumble
    Feel the stinging I've been given
    Never ending, unrelenting
    Heartbreak searing, always fearing
    Never clearing persevering
    Sail on, sail on, sailor

    I work the seaways, the gale-swept seaways
    Past shipwrecked daughters of wicked waters
    Uninspired, drenched and tired
    Wail on, wail on, sailor

    Always needing, even bleeding
    Never feeding all my feelings
    Damn the thunder, must I blunder
    There's no wonder all I'm under
    Stop the crying and the lying
    And the sighing and my dying

    Sail on, sail on sailor

  91. Trust in God Abby.. you're in my prayers. And have a fun time.

    Paul Cass
    Canyon Country, CA

  92. Good luck we wish you a safe and speeedy journey
    rio de idaho. Welcome to the wild adventure.

  93. WOW! Abby you are an amazing girl.
    I thought getting married at 16 was a stretch haha but sailing around the world.
    That is awesome!
    May God be with you on the waters!

  94. Thank you for Blogging your experiences. Its a massive challenege. I wish you well and loof forward to the updates.

    Guy Woodward

  95. abby keep up the good work, do you have a vibrator for the trip to keep you company

  96. Wish Abby's the best, glad she is all right and staying dry. She has great talent to accomplish what she has completed so far. Most folks only dream of a trip around the world. My self, I have never been out of the country.

    Best wishes!


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