Monday, March 29, 2010

Another Day at 56 South

Its been a pretty nice, normal day out here. The wind has been a little lighter. I've had about 25 knots all day occasionally picking up to 30-35. I've been making around 8-9.5 knots with just my little stay sail up! I had been worried that pulling down my whole big main sail would decrease my speed quite a bit, but I was happy to find that it hardly slowed me down at all and is making it a lot easier for my auto pilot to stay on course. I have been gybing at least twice a day as Wild Eyes doesn't sail well DDW (dead down wind). It means that instead of making 200 miles of progress each day, I am sailing a little off course all the time and making more around 150 miles on course. A little frustrating but not much else to be done.

The swells are pretty big - about 20 feet. It makes it pretty uncomfortable crawling around down below in the aft end of the boat. I'm using my back up auto pilot right now and I want to get my main auto pilot fixed so that I can use it as a back up. The problem is that there is a pretty bad transmission fluid leak (the steering is hydraulic). I think the leak is in the ram but I can't find it without the auto pilot turned on.

I should have some pretty calm weather in a few days so I'll be able to turn off the autopilot, lash the tiller and hook up the first auto pilot and get a good look at things working down below.

I've had some problems with my water maker recently. I think it's just that there is air in the tubes and I am really hoping I'll be able to sort it out with the bleeding valves. If that doesn't get the air out, I could have to go through all the hoses back there which really wouldn't be a very fun job.

My cabin stays pretty warm, around 47 degrees during the day, and a little colder during the night. The water temperature is 44 so I don't think I'll be going swimming for a little while! For where I am it's incredibly warm. There have been people who have gone around Cape Horn and had 28 degree water.

I keep trying to get some new pictures for the blog, but everytime I go out and look around all there is is grey! Behind me are gray walls of water that look pretty scary - like they're right about to break on top of little Wild Eyes.

In front, well, lots of water and gray clouds.

Tomorrow should be the big day - rounding Cape Horn. The weather is forecasted to settle down so I hope that I will be able to get outside and enjoy the view!

Abby

221 comments:

  1. I am not sure that I have ever been inspired by a 16 year old before. Thank you.

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  2. I love reading your blog spots. It's so much more interesting than just being in the same place every day. Although I don't think I'd have your courage to sail around the world! I'd love to see a photo of those scary grey walls, but I bet your mom could live without it! Hope you can fix the water maker quickly!

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  3. Congratulations! We wish you the best of luck on your journey. I started Multiple Sclerosis 365 (ms365.org) which is a foundation that makes dreams come true for people who suffer from MS. When you return I would love for you to be a part and inspire others that dreams do come true. Probably the last thing you have on your mind right now lol but I hope you will consider.

    David Serotko
    Multiple Sclerosis 365
    www.ms365.org

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  4. Good luck Abby. Stay safe and enjoy your journey. What an amazing girl you are! St. Charles, Missouri is pulling for you :)

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  5. Reading your blogs are fun and exciting. I look up your position daily and enjoy your locations on Google World also. I am looking forward for you rounding Cape Horn and wish you good luck. Harmik Carapetian

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  6. Whooo Hoooo... Looking to hear some great news on your milestone... Enjoy it Abby!

    Mary
    Jax Beach, FL

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  7. Praying a special blessing over you as you round the Cape. I know its not the speed you would like but 150 nm is downright respectible..and really pretty good considering the wind has been against you...I'm looking at the world map I put up to track Jessica on..but its becoming an Abby map too...I draw lines and put in stick pins date them...gwenerally gives me a reference to see your position here on the music room wall...Those Grey skies will blue up soon after you turn the tip and sail North Easterly...I'm presuming you will stay clear of the Falklands..


    Be Safe Abby...Keep your chin up..Wild Eyes is coming through!!!



    Gary & Jan
    Savannah,Ga

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  8. good luck getting things fixed! i'm sure all will turn out for the best. you are awesome!

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  9. Love your blog! Think what you are doing is amazing! Don't ever let someone tell you that you can't do something, you're in my prayers!

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  10. Go Abby!
    I hope you can get all the mechanic stuff fixed without much trouble. I will be thinking of you tomorrow as you go around Cape Horn. When I read the other day about it as like being inside a washing machine, I had no idea it was so dangerous! Wishing you lots of good weather, safety and great time as you get to the South Atlantic ocean. Esther, Costa Mesa, CA

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  11. Hey Abby
    I think what you are doing is awesome...you are doing something that I always dreamed of. I have sailed solo in the north Atlantic and understand exactly what you mean by grey walls that look like they are going to swallow you up. I felt a great connection with God out there and truly get to see his "handiwork" first hand. Cape Horn is a challenge for sure but my prayer is that God will be constantly at the helm.
    I will be following your voyage and my wife and I will be praying for you!

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  12. Young lady, you are an inspiration. Stay strong, be safe, and know that you are in my prayers.

    Steve

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  13. You're one brave young woman, Abby. If you can do this, you can do anything. What a future is ahead of you! Best of luck!

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  14. Godspeed to you, young lady, as you round the greatest cape of the Southern Ocean! Always remember, the sea may be your ever-present companion, but she is most certainly your ever-present challenger. Watch her with a suspicious, even distrustful, eye.

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  15. Abby,

    Oh so close to the Cape. It’s hard to imagine how excited you must be. We’re all sure looking forward to it. I hope the weather cooperates to make the passage a pleasant one and right now Passageweather makes it look like it will be pretty decent.

    Hopefully you’ll get your watermaker working by bleeding it. As far as the autopilot goes, those hydraulic leaks can be a headache. I sure hope that it will be something easy to resolve.

    You paint such a vivid picture of what it looks like out there that you probably don’t need to post any pics right now. Gray in front of you, gray behind you and gray above you. Living in Seattle, I definitely know what that looks like. Maybe it will clear a bit so you can see Cape Horn on the way by. Take care and have a great time, Abby.I'll be celebrating for you.

    From Seattle, WA, USA
    SaltyDog

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  16. your doing amazing abs, keep going.
    One Love,
    Ryan.

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  17. Good Evening Captain Abby,

    How is it that all that is important to me on my birthday is ...knowing how YOU are doing and that you are safe? It's been a long time since someone so special....doing something so incredible....has caught my full attention. Your impressive descriptive writing makes me feel apart of the challenges large and small you are facing....making for a very emotional attachment to your adventure.
    I have no doubt you will rise to the challenges of the water maker and auto pilot and the big seas. And here's wishing you good luck in "meeting" dad.....just knowing he is there must be comforting. On to the HORN....

    You are one in a million young lady...be proud of what you have achieved so far.
    Stay safe Abby,
    john, Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

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  18. Abby,
    Hang in there, you are doing really well.Too bad about the leakage. It might be a loose fitting (best case). To preserve your autopilots, you will have to watch sail trim and balance, as you have been doing, so they don't work as hard. You are very brave in those seas with a surfboard like Wild Eyes !

    Wishing you the Best!
    Richard in Maryland

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  19. Abby... you go girl! Congratulations on the upcoming "rounding the horn"... smooth seas!
    namaste,
    jodi

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  20. Hi Abby,

    I've been checking into your blog all day just to find out how you are doing. So I'm glad to finally hear from you. Big day tomorrow.....I'm asking angels to guide you!

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  21. I just read about your story on yahoo.com today. You are such an inspiration. God Speed on your amazing journey. Greetings from Dallas, TX.

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  22. Good luck and enjoy your trip around the horn..

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  23. i love reading your blogs too! will you do anymore video blogs soon? safe voyage!

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  24. Good luck to you. I am frightened of the water and cannot even swim and I am old. And here you are a bright young lady making waves of fame at a tender age. Be safe. You are in my prayers always .. I wish you luck in your endeavors.

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  25. Looks like you may have to turn into MacGyver out there..wheres a roll of duct tape when you need it..lol great blogs as always and keep up the great work and here's to The Horn tomorrow.stay safe

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  26. Hope u can get some photos tomorrow... Stay safe girl!.

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  27. Abby, I've been tracking you for days as you approach the Horn. I am fascinated by your journey. Good luck I'll be waiting for your next blog to see how you manage tomorrow. Truly, you are an inspiration to us all.

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  28. I'd love to see the scarey gray walls also (by picture of course!)

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  29. I am new to your blog and am in "awe" of your courage and determination. How proud your family must be. The greatest adventures are always the ones you "create"... well, you've got this one nailed ! You go girl! and remember all these complete strangers who are sending you positive energy and are inspired by your journey!

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  30. Thanks for the update!! Keep up the good work. Round the Horn!! Martin...Slippery Rock, Pa

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  31. Abby don't let that trans fluid get on or "soak" any other rubber lines .It will soften the rubber and might spring other leaks!! On a different note do you wear a helmet when the swells are bouncing you around as you work? No joke Hope you do. Keep up the great drive and willpower . Your Fan Steve Gardner Acton Ca.

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  32. Abby...I haven't commented before as I just found your blog last week. I've read all your posts and am just so inspired by what you're doing and how courageous you are! I have a 13 yr. old daughter and I can't imagine her doing anything like this anytime soon! While I know nothing about sailing (as I live in OHIO...very landlocked), I feel like I am living this experience through you and learning a little more each day (thanks for explaining some of the sailing termanology). Stay safe and continue being an inspiration to young girls out there to follow their dreams!

    BTW...I have a 3 1/2 yr. old daughter named Abby. I think she's as spunky and determined as you! Must be the name! ;)

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  33. The Horn is yours! Go get it! Can't wait to hear how incredible THAT was.

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  34. WOW Awesome! I can only imagine...what a great achievement! Would love to see a picture of those swells. Namaste..stay safe.

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  35. Great going abby!! :)Been following Jessica and enjoying following your adventure as well!!

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  36. Hi Abby~

    I'm a high school English teacher, teaching 10th, 11th, and 12th graders in So Cal. What you do is so inspiring - many of my students need a wake up call and learn what drive and determination is all about.

    Good luck tomorrow! You have a lot of people rooting for you. :)

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  37. Good luck around the Cape from Delaware USA!

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  38. Hi Abby,
    I was hoping that you would send us an update today. Thank you!
    Gosh with each update you sound more and more in control (as much as one can be at sea). You are truly an inspiration to all of us. I sure hope you can fix your water maker with the bleeding valves and that you will be able to get the main autopilot online again. You just amaze me, truly, when I think of all the 'fixes' that you have made to date, WOW.
    We are all eagerly and anxiously awaiting your historic sail through the Cape. I'll bet Sir Frances is watching as well, in spirit anyhow.
    Sleep well while you are able to and be safe Abby.
    Oh and how great to see all the new wonderful people who have 'climbed' aboard Wild Eyes. Welcome! Welcome indeed!
    God Bless you Abby.
    Cheryl

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  39. What you're doing is pretty awesome! Best of luck with your big day tomorrow.

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  40. May the Lord be with you thru out your whole trip, you have a new fan... ( Me ) and I have been reading your blogs everyday since i read about your trip a few days ago on yahoo....you go Girl,..

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  41. Makes you wonder how the great explorers did it without all of the mdern technology!

    Don in Maryland

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  42. You are doing GREAT Abby,Keep it up and Texas is watching and praying for You! Chuck Midland TX

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  43. You go girl! Couldn't be prouder of you if I was your Dad. Will be following your blog daily. My son, John, climbed Denali and I followed his teams daily blog. The experience really improved him as a person. He is a great husband and a fantastic Dad to his two little girls. Has a great job with people who respect him. Just think what's ahead for you! Watching & smiling. S. M. Toussaint,age68,South Bend,IN

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  44. Dear Abby,It's all you getting around that cape.Clear your mind of everything else and you'll be just fine.Your tuff enuff just to be out there.And you have alot of people pulling for you,more than you know.

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  45. hello abby.. this is coming from the philippines. i've just come across your terrific adventure and hope that you'll be able to finish the ocean trekking.. will surely follow your day-to-day activities. GOD bless and more power! from tonhil

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  46. You have such an incredible spirit!! Good luck around Cape Horn. I know you'll get the water maker working. You're amazing. :)

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  47. Abby..still following you from New Hampshire.We will be very releived when you can get past the horn and move up to hopefully warmer and calmer climates. Tradition holds that sailors that round the horn can put a hoop earing in your left ear..and both feet on the table. Send pix of the horn but please not too close. Were hooked !!

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  48. Good Job... We paying for you - Danny, Lisa, Jonathan (16), Rachel (13), Sarah(10), and Anna. (8)

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  49. You are an amazing young lady ! My wife and I follow your trip evcery day. It is always a treat to here your posts. She will be in the kitchen getting dinner ready and I will read aloud your daily adventures and where you are. It really is a highlight of our day ! You be careful out there and know that you are always thought of.
    Jim & Pam Bowen--Durango, Co.

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  50. Abby,

    I can only wonder these HUGE walls of water look like to you! WOWza. If you can take a pic, I would love to see what this looks like. I have tried to research pics/videos of the weather in the area you are, and I just can't imagine what you have seen! Stay safe!
    Nicole

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  51. This is all very impressive to me! I couldn't get enough of reading about your adventures last night. You're knowledge of how things work and what it takes to fix them are quite good for a 16 yr old by themselves in the middle of an enormous ocean. Keep up the awesome work... Today I was thinking about how it must get a little lonely at times.. but then I also thought having Jimmy Buffett for tunes wouldn't be too bad! But then I had another thought, power conservation... oh well! Stay safe and I look forward to reading your posts.

    MM-Tampa.

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  52. IMPRESSIVE! I stumbled upon your story on Yahoo over the weekend and have been learning about your quest since.

    As an avid sailor/racer of more than 30 years I have no offshore sailing experience but have found myself in enough precarious situations due to extreme weather or equipment failure to understand exactly how quickly thing can go from perfectly calm to chaotic and life threatening. When I started reading about you, I questioned the sanity of allowing a 16 y/o take on such a challenge but after reading your story and your blog I’ve come to respect your experience and knowledge especially of the systems aboard Wild Eyes.

    You’ve captured my attention and earned my respect. I look forward to following your journey as you make your way around the globe to success.

    Best of luck to you Abby Sunderland, IMPRESSIVE!!!

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  53. Hi Abby...I'd be surprised if you will be able to write us on your blog in the next few days...unfortunately, just when some like me are on edge having that kind of experience I've had before...when I'd rather be the one doing what needs to be done rather than the one completely unable to do anything but wait and watch...a definite challenge to my desire to at least think I am in control. ;-) As for pictures of the gray around you...and that wall behind you...from what I've seen of taped sailing in Drake's Passage, the wall of water has very little dimension - does not begin to capture what you are looking at. Just hearing from you is a treat right now for me anyway. Well, when it rains, it can definitely pour. Just when you don't need all the other problems and for things to be working! Sorry to hear that some of the systems on Wild Eyes are not functioning as they should. Up here in the NW we have had a punch of a storm ourselves all day yesterday and for much of today...my grandson "crossed over" yesterday from cub scout to (spelling?) to a wobelo AND guess what? It poured!!! Everyone was drenched and my rain jacket has been washed too many times...when I took it off my arms and shirt was completely wet. It sounds like you are sort of zig zagging instead of putting Wild Eyes at 90 degrees to that wall of water and wind coming from behind. I am going right now to light a candle for you, Abby. Here is a warm and dry imaginary hug. REMAIN ALERT.

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  54. Hello again Abby;

    Well Its nice to know u are stil holding strong out there. I can only imagin how intimidating the ocean must be. But i remember one thing and old sailor said to me once. He said "Do not fear the ocean, she is mighty and can be unforgiving, but respect her and she will take care of you." I might never know what that means because i never been in the ocean that long to figure it out, but im sure you will since you still have an incredible journey to do. I hope the problem with the auto pilots resolves itself soon. I bet it can be frustrating to get stuff fixed like that, but Im sure u will manage. Keep warm and may God protect and watch over you.

    Sincerely;
    SPC Rivera US Army,Irak

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  55. Abby, I'm a 64 year old man who sailed my home built tri from Port Isabel Tx to the leeward islands. I ve seen those 20 ft grey walls . Of course they werent 44 degrees, but they were scary enough. Ive built a lot of boats in the last 20 years at my shop and I wish I could be there to help you fix that bleepin hydraulic ram. I ve installed plenty of them and I know whats wrong. Its the fittings. Its always the fittings. Check the fittings. Good luck. I'll be hoping for ya. JIM

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  56. Aby, in 96,000 miles of sailing including two circumnavigations, I never made it to the Horn. I am a wimp and stayed mostly in the trades. You are one amazing woman tackling the Horn with such confidence and skill. And, as they say, "Sailing around the world is nothing more than the privilege of doing boat maintenance in exotic place. However, doing boat maintenance at sea is not exactly doing it in exotic places. I am always amazed at your skill and ability to fix things on your own, not to mention your maturity at the way you approach everything.

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  57. Hi Abby:
    Thanks for the up date; glad you are making better progress
    Bouncing around the way you have I can understand the
    Air problem, the way you explain things those swell’s behind
    you sounds scary to say the least can’t help thinking every
    now and then one will cap over; sheeeee not good. You are
    doing great hope you get to see pop although I would not
    want to get too close to another boat in the waves you are
    describing! anyway excited for you on rounding the cape
    and the gang are all cheering you on
    sail safe and “you go girl” sounds neat to me.
    papaw

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  58. Good luck tomorrow, when you round the horn you will join a very small group of people who have accomplished this feat....I am amazed at you and Jessica.....God Speed

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  59. Good luck rounding Cape Horn tomorrow. I hope you're able to get your autopilot and watermaker fixed post haste. Good Luck, God Bless & Godspeed!

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  60. I want to see you succeed so much and I've never even met you

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  61. Skipper, thanks for the update, tomorrow is the biggest day yet for this journey, I know you are up to the challenge. All your shellback community are with you around the Horn. Stay safe and dry. Sail on, sail on....

    Old salty USN(Ret)

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  62. So glad to hear that tomorrow's weather will be better for you. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey, it is nothing short of amazing and I am truly inspired. Keep up the great work and God's Speed to you Abby!

    Sincerely,
    MCW

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  63. I just read your story, and blog for the first time today. Best of luck, and I will be watching the maps, and reading your blog of the journey.

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  64. You're learning fast! Little sails are all you need when going downwind in strong wind. The AP has much less work to do and you go just as fast. On my boat (which is much different than Wild Eyes), I can't get the sails small enough when the wind is blowing 30 knots.

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  65. I read about your voyage on Yahoo! and am truly inspired! If you can take on such a challenge at such a young age, it makes me feel like I can take on the challenges in my life (which are so much smaller!).

    Take care and I wish you all the best!

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  66. I saw an article about you at yahoo.

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  67. Did you get to read the article or hear about it? It says you are entering a treacherous zone.
    Be safe

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  68. Abby,
    Been quietly following your quest. I am blown away of how brave and fearless you are. I have sailed my whole life but I do not think I could ever do what you are doing! Go girl round the Cape and head north!!! We are cheering for you here in New York
    Anna

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  69. just a little worried about your mechanical problems...remember - no unnecessary risks, home in one piece with or without the record, you've done great so far, but this is the real deal. there are no small mistakes. judgement can be an issue if you are 16, cold and sleep deprived.
    this family is rooting for your safe return.
    godspeed

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  70. All the best for the Horn rounding tomorrow, Abby. You'll possibly be able to make a bit more north when you get around - for a 'rest up' before the South Atlantic takes you all the way to Africa and you next milestone, The Cape of Good Hope.

    Always thought that one had an especially good name for weary sailors. Keep up the great work. Cheers form North Canterbury, New Zealand.

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  71. Hi Abby. Wow just began reading your blog today. I think that you being able to post like this and even respond at times is affecting people in a huge way. All this response - all from people whom you inspire with your courage, your trip, and your communications that allow us to come along too. Maybe all this inspiration will encourage folks to get out from behind their TV's and desks and really LIVE!

    Thank You!

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  72. My goodness . . . I don't know you and really have just started to follow your adventure, but I'm already hooked and so excited for you. You are an inspiration to not only teens around the world, but us adults, too! I look forward every day to reading about your adventure, and only wish you great joy and, of course, continued safe travels. Take care precious Abby!

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  73. Keep up the great work Abby! We look forward to your blogs all the time. Hope you get to sort out the vane and water maker soon. You're always in our prayers! Peter in Santa Cruz

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  74. This is a really cool thing that your doing. I wish you best of luck in your endeavors.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matt-Gannon-Aspiring-Writer/101690996535725?ref=mf

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  75. Bud and Charla WinnettMarch 29, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Hi Abby, Sorry to hear you are having some problems.Hope you can find the cause and get them fixed.You know that you have many filks following you and cheering you on. My wife and I have sort of adopted you as a "Grandchild". We worry about you as if you were. Hopeing the next blog will have more positive things. Stay Safe and may the Good Lord watch over you.Luv Ya much
    Blue Skiies and Friendly Winds
    Bud and Charla Winnett
    Wheeling,Mo

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  76. Hang in there Champion. You are an inspiration to us all; old, young and in between.

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  77. Hi Abby. You set sail on my birthday, but I just found out about your awesome journey a couple days ago when I saw it on the news page of Yahoo. I became immediately intrigued with you and your endeavor, and have literally read everything available on you and your enormous undertaking. I will be reading your blogs daily or as they are made available until your safe return to the good 'ol USA. I'll even shoot you a line once in a while, but WOW, you are truly one impressive little lady!! Take it easy around that horn, I did it in an inner-tube once and it was pretty wild. Just joking of course. Your newest friend, Gary, from Folsom, Ca.

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  78. Abby

    thanks for all the updates

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  79. Andrea from MarylandMarch 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Abby, you are AWESOME!! I came across your story on Yahoo earlier today and spent a lot of time checking out your site and reading your blog. Your courage, strength and determination are amazing. You are in my thoughts and prayers, especially as you approach Cape Horn. As others have mentioned, I find myself thinking of you often and even worrying a bit - I guess that's the Mom in me. You are truly an inspiration to us all! You go girl.

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  80. This is what people must have felt like when we first went into space, or to the moon, or when Lindbergh made his flight. We are all watching nervously, praying, scared and filled with pride and inspiration as you sail the wild seas. Godspeed.
    Richard Jenkins
    Sparta, MO

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  81. so exciting. praying for you as you round the horn. be safe and have fun.

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  82. Hi Abby, sounds like that autopilot had been getting a work-out. I hope you find the problem, I’m sure you will. Two things come to mind about that hydraulic actuator, first would be how much load is on your rudder – you would be able to feel that when you were sailing without the autopilot that fun cold night. If you were working hard then you know the autopilot was also If you were able to gently handle the rudder then loading is not a problem. The other would be how much back-and-forth action and how quickly the system tried to correct your course. If it’s over reacting then it’s working harder than it needs to. You’re a smart well prepared sailor I know you will figure it out. So close now. I expect your next post will be from Cape Horn. Take care. TonyF

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  83. Don't worry about blogging, taking photos or videos or fixing stuff, just sail the boat. Being on a beat or a close reach with a following sea is a prescription for getting wet and cold; that is just the way it is until you get around the Horn.

    Sounds like you have some corrosion problems with electrical stuff; the only way to prevent that is to keep the temperature in the boat below the dew point. Otherwise, it requires intense maintenance.

    Keep bundled up and clipped on; the Horn doesn't take forever to get around.

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  84. Hi Abby; So good to see you raise the Cape tomorrow, then head NE into warmer weather. At least you'll have a short break from the Fearsome 50s. Our prayers are that you'll straighten out the hydraulic problem, also the water maker.

    Both Louise and I are so proud of you about to complete the first GREAT benchmark of your voyage..and the most difficult. I know that the nasties can brew up in a heartbeat, but also that you are up to the tasks at hand. I remember when Jessica caught her worst weather after she passed under Rodriguez Island, and hope your weather holds fair for the next several days.

    Anyway stay loose and keep up the great work. Much love and hugs from both of us John and Louise in Redding

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  85. My kids and I have been reading your blog- we all are cheering you on your way! Go Abby GO!

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  86. Hi Abby, I will be praying for you as you round the Cape. You are so impressive and inspiring. I read a book a few years back about a girl sailing around the world by herself. I forget the name of it right now- I'll get it and get back to you on that. It was such a wonderful book. I wonder if you have read it? Anyway I have to say that you are a real role model for all young women out there today. There are some that people think are role models but you are a true example of what a role model should be. I am so happy that young women can look at what you are doing( and will accomplish!!) and maybe decide to follow their dreams as well. You are an inspiration to all of us!!! I'm a 33 year old mother who has dreamed of taking sailing lessons and maybe being on a crew and I think I might just follow through with that dream now!! Thank you. I will be praying for you as you round and on your journey. God speed!!!

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  87. Go Awsome Abby,your truly inspirational.
    J.P Auckland NZ

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  88. Well tomorrow is the big day, going around Cape Horn. How exciting. Enjoy the moment!
    Jan
    Huntington Beach, CA

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  89. Abby, please do your best and post some pictures for us. Even if they are pictures of grey walls of water. It will be cool to see what you are experiencing! Sounds like the weather wants to cooperate with you! Be safe and God bless! Miles Harring

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  90. Go get 'em, Abby! Tear it up and have a huge day tomorrow.

    Watching from Portland, OR.

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  91. Bless you Abby...holding you close to our hearts as you near the Horn...wishing you a safe day with smooth sailing. 2-4-3....which means we-love-you! Anxious to see your next pictures!

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  92. Captain Abby,
    Great stuff. We are so proud of your spirit, passion and courage. Best of luck over the next few days. Quite simply, you are AMAZING!!
    Bill H. Pleasanton, CA

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  93. Go Abby, Go Abby, Go Abby! God has a hand on you have no fear. You will be fine.
    God Bless
    A mom of two.
    Whittier, CA

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  94. Hey Abby,

    Thanks for another great update. Sounds like you are having some minor problems to deal with. Hope you get it all sorted out. You are probably glad you learned about all this equip right now. I guess you can't just call a plumber and a mechanic! I guess you meant 47 degrees Fahrenheit in the cabin. That's cold by my book. I hope it gets warmer with the heater on. It's so great that you have reached this first milestone of your trip. Now I get to follow another brave girl rounding the Horn. I hope you get to at least see your Dad and chat on the radio. Take some pics if you see land or heck even if you don't. You need some pics and video to celebrate the event. Be safe out there. Wild Eyes is a sturdy boat and you are a competent skipper.

    John In Ashland OR

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  95. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ABBY..

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  96. Hi Abby! I was surfing the web and came across an article about your adventure. I know nothing about sailing but was very intrigued about the adventure you are undertaking. not to mention doing it alone. I searched you-tube and watch some videos of sailors rounding Cape Horn.
    they say it's the Mount Everest of sailing. you are very brave not to mention setting a good example to your peers sitting on the couch playing video games. you are out there living life to its fullest. your parents must be very proud. I hope you will be able to get some photographs to document the moment. more importantly stay safe!!
    good luck and Godspeed.

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  97. i came across your website today through a series of repost from people who well i think respect and admire and are being inspired with your accomplishment. although i saw you on tv before you set sail but going through your site and blog made me realize how mush an interesting and inspirational person you are and you are just 16. i cant even imagine myself at 15 anymore. i was such a kid then i think with no direction and just enjoying life as it goes by though with dreams that i look at to be just at a distant past.
    go abby. you are such an inspiration. my prayers will be with you starting today until you make it safely home. be safe always and i think i'll be reading your blog updates from now on.
    sail on girl.

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  98. Go Abby, Go Abby, Go Abby! God has his hand on you. You will be fine.

    Marlene mother of two
    Whittier, CA

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  99. I am following your travels with great interest. Stay warm down there! I don't sail but you sure make it seem like a grand advanture. My prayers are with you.
    Scott in Maryland

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  100. Hi Abby, You are getting much closer to one of the hurdles and then its into a bit warmer waters. You Go Girl Stay Safe and when you're outside always be Tethered.. PS I hope you get to see your Dad Good Luck Always.38º44"N/122º67"W

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  101. Damn, girl, you have guts.

    Keep kicking ass!

    - Tamara

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  102. Good luck tomorrow and stay focused! What an inspiration! We are rooting you on from Orange County!

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  103. Girl, you are an INSPIRATION!! I cant believe your courage and strength at such a young age! I was thinking of boys, my licence and the prom at 16, NEVER would I have had the courage to do what you are doing. I will be watching, cheering and praying for you, thru every step of the way. I can only imagine the Cape will be just one trecherous point along your way. There will be many more to come, so stay strong! God bless you always,

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  104. CAPE HORN...TOMORROW! Incredible! I hope, Laurence, your Father, gets a glimpse of you from a Fly-By or a Sail-By! How exciting it would be for him.
    GEEEZ, Captain Abby! Who's the most excited? You? Your Dad? Team Abby?...
    or us, your Blogging Fans! Just incredible!

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  105. I read your story from yahoo and been hooked ever since, you are a true inspiration for all the world.

    Rich in Zillah, Washington State

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  106. Very Impressed. Praying for you!

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  107. Hi Abby, our teacher and class in Fremont, CA thinks what you are doing is very cool and interesting. We have many questions and comments about your incredible journey.
    Good Luck on sea!

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  108. abby,
    Been sailing all of my life .. live in Miami, Fl... Have enjoyed vicariously traveling with you and your Brother. Sounds like the weather Gods are with you rounding the cape and my best for a wonderful ride home.
    Paul

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  109. Abby,
    You are amazing!
    Good luck and God bless you.
    Paul - Orlando,Florida

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  110. Hi Abby,

    Wishing you a great day tomorrow. Hope the weather is good enough to get a view of something interesting!

    Sorry to hear about the hydraulic issue with the autopilot. As an automation person, it would occur to me to be concerned as to whether the system was trying too hard to maintain a tight course (maybe the system is wearing out the cylinder seals by correcting excessively).

    If so, a reduced course accuracy requirement could cause the hydraulic system to react less often and preserve the seals.

    In a control system, we would refer to this situation as "Excessive Control Loop Gain". Sometimes we have to sacrifice some system performance to achieve reasonable longevity for the hydraulic components.

    Anyway, hope you can get a handle on the situation.

    Wishing you the best tomorrow!


    Bob A.
    March 29, 2010 9:27 PM

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  111. Hi Abby,

    I just saw your story today and I was really inspired. I am really excited for you and your trip although I am pretty sure you had some rough days along the way. I never blogged before, but I wanted to write you a note and tell you that I wish I was there with you right now. See what you see; hear what you hear every day. I am far from ocean, but I wish I could see the pictures you get to take or sounds you get to listen to. More than that I am happy for you that you get to do what you love and you get a lot of support from people who care about you. I hope you will have a great day tomorrow and I wish you safe passage of yet another milestone on your journey. I will follow your blog from now on and I am looking forward to following your adventure. I wish I could e-mail you and ask you how your day was, but I guess I would not be alone and blog is the best we can do. Be safe and remember that every day you are closer to people who mean the most to you. Good luck. :)

    Vlad

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  112. Hi Abby - Thanks for the great blog during a very difficult time.

    Relax …Inhale… Listen to some good music……..

    This is the final Stage of Around the World Scotch Relay (AWSR) .
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    Synopsis
    When Abby crossed the equator - a partially filled bottle of Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch was dropped into the Pacific ocean at Marina del Rey, CA. The Around the World Relay Scotch Relay (AWRS) was formed to bring the bottle to Abby and Wild Eyes so she could have a belated toast to celebrate the crossing the Equator and arriving at the Horn.

    The relay team is composed of very intelligent sea life. All of the action is tracked by the new Scotch Satellite Tracking System (SSTS)
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    Below is the prior Stage 7. Stage 8 is the new and final stage.

    To read Stages 1 thru 6 just scroll down to my next blog.

    Stage 7 - Stryker the dolphin and his pod have been furiously swimming south to the Equator to meet Flash a very large Blue Fin Tuna who was swimming with a school . The southern bluefin tuna, Thunnus maccoyii, is a tuna found in open southern hemisphere waters of all the worlds oceans mainly between 30°S and 50°S, to nearly 60°S it weighs up to 400 kgs ( 882 lbs). They can swim 45-50 kts at 1600ft for long periods of time.

    The southern bluefin tuna is classified as “Critically ndangered”. They patrol the “roaring 40’s” where Abby and Wild Eyes are now. Flash is the great grandson of Charlie the StarKist Tuna . Charlie was the mascot of the StarKist Company . He appeared in more than 85 commercials for StarKist . Charlie was the only tuna ever to have a corporate sponsor.

    American hip-hop star Chali 2na chose his rap name by slightly modifying the name Charlie Tuna

    Flash escorted Jessica Watson’s boat - Ella’s Pink Lady - down around Cape Horn. He loves stero music and he wants to do the same for Abby. Flash met up with a very sober and tired Stryker - the bottle nose dolphin .

    The SSTS shows that Stryker has handed off the bottle of Scotch to Flash. Flash and his school are streaking south toward Abby and Wild Eyes. He will rendezvous with the final member of the Around the World Scotch Relay (AWSR) team

    **** NEW ****

    Stage 8 - Final Stage - Flash the bluefin tuna – great grandson of the renowned Charlie the StarKist tuna – has caught up with Abby and Wildeyes. He as been swimming off the starboard bow for several days now escorting Abby toward Drake’s Passage. He almost collided with Wild Eyes when the autopilot went out.

    Flash was exhausted. He found it hard to feed while holding on to the bottle. He met the final member of the relay team.

    Swimming the anchor leg is Lorelei - a beautiful mermaid. She is the great grand daughter of Ondine. Lorelei used to work for Victoria’s Secret but eventually returned to the sea. Her biography was made into a Hollywood film “Splash”.

    The Scotch Satellite Track System (SSTS) shows that Lorelei has taken the bottle from Flash and swam to Isla Hornos - the southern most of the Hermite islands-near the west entrance of Drake’s Passage- She will wait for Abby and Wild Eyes. She tasted the contents and found that it made her tail quiver.

    When Wild Eyes approaches Cape Horn– on Tuesday night – Lorelei will slip aboard Wild Eyes and tether the bottle of Dalwhinnie scotch and a beautiful sea shell to the deck of Wild Eyes. Some of her iridescent scales will probably be washed up on the reefed mainsail.

    The next morning , Abby can listen to the song of the Lorelei and pour herself a drink and toast Neptune for safely crossing the equator and arriving at the Horn.

    The End.

    Abby – Our prayers and positive thoughts are with you especially now –rounding the Horn. My guardian Angel is with you. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    <* ((((((>< Mariner Walt – Marina del Rey, CA

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  113. Way to go, Abby!! You're doing a great job, and tomorrow will mark a major milestone in your solo circumnavigation. We'll be eagerly awaiting your next blog telling us all about your passage around Cape Horn.

    Clear skies,
    Phillippa & Brian,
    Vancouver, Canada

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  114. Morgan and KelseyMarch 29, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Dear Abby,
    I am writing my current event for school about you sailing around the world alone! I am 10 yrs old and in 4th grade. Just wanted to wish you SAFE SAILING!!
    from Kelsey in Simi California

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  115. **** PRIOR STAGES *****

    Stage 1 - After toasting Abby’s equatorial passage - a half bottle of Single Malt Scotch (Dalwhinnie) was dropped into the Pacific at Marina Del Rey, CA. The bottle is now on its way to Abby on Wild Eyes for her half of the celebration. The world’s first Scotch Satellite Tracking System (SSTS) is attached to the bottle.

    Stage 2 - The bottle has drifted - as planned - into the path of the annual Gray Whale southern migration. This is the start of the Around the World Scotch Relay (AWSR). The lead mammal – a baleen whale named Maxi is scheduled to pick up the bottle this evening. Don’t worry -Maxi is a teetotaler.

    Stage 3 - The Scotch Satellite Tracking System (SSTS) shows that Maxi has indeed picked up the bottle of scotch and is heading south to Laguna Ojo de Liebre in Baja California (about 550 nm ) from Marina Del Rey, CA. Maxi is a bottom feeder but her pod does not stop too often during the migration. With the bottle stashed in her baleen - she has to be wary of boats filled with thirsty whale watchers !

    Stage 4_- The SSTS shows that Maxi is now in clean waters off the coast of Baja California about 300 nm west of the gray whale nursing grounds in Laguna Ojo de Liebre (Scammon’s Lagoon) – near the town of Guerrero Negro. There are close to 2,000 whales and their new born calves in the lagoon.

    Maxi has met up with two other pods (probably relatives) and has shown them the half filled bottle of scotch.

    When the 3 pods turned east to the nursing grounds - Maxi sounded to transmit the bottle’s latest position to the SSTS.

    Maxi made great time in the continued pursuit of Abby and Wild Eyes. She will now hand off the bottle of Dalwhinnie - to the next member of the relay team.

    Stage 5 - Stryker, a large Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and his pod have been patrolling the entrance to the lagoon waiting for Maxi. Stryker was the star performer at Sea World in San Diego. After each act he would be rewarded with some sardines laced with bourbon. He was so good that he was recruited by the US Navy and trained as an underwater scout. The Navy soon realized he was a totally dependent on alcohol. So they retired Stryker.

    This explains why he was anxious to be part of the Around the World Scotch Relay (AWSR). Stryker retrieved the partially filled bottle from Maxi and is now on his way – heading south - racing toward Abby and Wild Eyes.

    Stage 6 - The SSTS (Scotch Satellite Tracking System) shows Stryker and his pod streaking south at about 20 kts. along 123 . 26 W. Off the coast of Honduras he spotted the Red Rooster III a long range sport fishing boat out of San Diego bound for Clipperton Island. The pod swam up to the boat dancing in the bow waves.

    Stryker -a spectacular aerialist – leapt and twirled with the bottle in his mouth. The fishermen were amazed.
    Hoping to have the bottle opened by a fisherman, Stryker jumped onto the aft railing. But no luck - the fishermen just threw some live bait at the dolphins.

    Stryker then swam on – trying to catch up to Abby and Wild Eyes. He is approaching the next member of the relay team waiting near the equator.

    Abby – when the waves towering above you and the winds are screaming – you can reach out and touch the face of God. He will be there.

    <* ((((((>< Mariner Walt – Marina del Rey, CA

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  116. You go Capt'n Abby,

    I hope you have a beautiful day tomorrow. As you round the Cape give up a salute for Capt'n Mudgie, will ya? Enjoy the ride! Tomorrow will be a day full of memories... stay dry and safe girl, but soak 'em all in.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Capt'n Mudgie
    Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

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  117. Abby,
    What an amazing testimony and picture of faith you and your family display...to God be all the glory! I am praying for you now as you prepare to go around Cape Horn today. May God give you calm weather and safe passage until He brings you home to your family.
    Carolyn in Virginia

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  118. Hey Captain Abbey, Get the problems solved-cape horn ----team now.........wait to hear solutions . I do know small problems become big ones. Team Abbey to the rescue.Sandi on the bay

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    Abby,

    Great blog. That was a well detailed description of your situation out there. Your are handling the problems very well. I hope you will fix everything in no time.

    Wish you good luck!!!

    take care always,
    fr@ncis

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  120. good luck abby. we are praying for you and wishing you the best in your travels ahead. i read your blog everyday. thanks for the updates on your daily adventures. :)

    alicia and megan in clearwater, florida

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  121. I really admire your courage and determination. For you to complete this journey it will always be something you can be proud of and know you can do anything that you really want to do. I'm watching and wait to see you complete this awesome trip. Best of luck...you can do it!!
    ~Chris~

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  122. Praying for you. Joyous to hear of the good weather! -Ben

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  123. I've stumbled onto your story, and am hooked, and will be following you the rest of the way! I live in Des Moines, IA.... so pretty well landlocked, here, LOL.. but reading about what you are doing, is amazing. When training for this, Did your Dad put you into situations where things 'broke' and you had to figure out how to fix them, so you are prepared for pretty much anything you come across on your trip? Is there anything you couldn't repair on your own on the boat? Also, one odd ball question is I was wondering if you have protection (fire arm) on board? Granted, your path is pretty far out at sea for a reason.. but was curious..

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  124. Hi Abby,

    I told my class about you today and we'll be following your journey! Tomorrow is a big day for you! I know nothing about sailing, but am so excited for you! I'll be praying!
    Miss G

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  125. Thanks Abby.
    You are sailing well.
    Stay warm. Enjoy the Cape.
    Luv
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  126. Abby,
    Our prayers are with you still, as you meet these challenges with such grace and expertise; how skillful you must be to ride those large swells, and keep from letting it throw you off center...you are the master of your ship! Hope you can sneak some sleep, and that you are eating and keeping up your strength. Safety above all, then fun and excitement! We are excited for you to pass Cape Horn, you are so close now! Happy sailing!
    Dave and Kelly from Santa Clarita

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  127. Hi, i'm an explorer myself there's nothing like discovering new areas and sites while discovering a little something about yourself at the same time. How i came upon you is that I was looking up areas of the world that havent been explored much if any , and i read something about a 16 yr old going sailing.I have to say that is really astounding and same goes for your brother too. Not many people have the courage to go on the adventure of a lifetime like you and your bro. I wish you the best of luck , and who knows maybe one day you'll be the one commenting on my great adventure.

    The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore - Vincent V. Gogh

    Good luck my fellow adventurer- Juan P.

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  128. Holy Pastafajolie! Wild Eyes sounds constipated. She seems to add one more thing to deal with from the day before.

    You know what? Your strength increases as you rise to each unfolding challenge.

    I hope the gray wall dissipates and you'll see the rock that is the Horn. If not, it is what it is.

    One day in the not too distant future you'll be hanging out with those few others who have sailed her currents and share in each others stories.


    Your heroism know no bounds, Abby. You are one with it all. Here's to you, your family, team, and sponsors.

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  129. Hi Abby
    great sailing news and sound problem solving!

    Really appreciate this and all your reports.
    If wishing you luck will bring you fantastic Luck ... THEN I WILL JOIN YOUR 'GOOD LUCK' BRIGADE.

    Bruce S/Sydney

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  130. Hi Abby~!
    My goodness! It's just amazing what you have to know to be the Captain of your own sailboat these days!! You are doing a very Fine Job Captain Abby! Wishing you Blue Skies and Good Weather for a Safe Passage around the Horn. Try to take some Pics 'cause We like to see 20ft. Waves too! :)
    Enjoy the thrill of Sailing your 'Adventure of a Lifetime'~! Go Abby Go~!
    D. Harris, Tampa, FL

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  131. Hi Abby,

    I just wanted to give you a big CHEER and a big virtual HUG, for your big day!! I am so very impressed with your courage! What an amazing young lady you are! You are quite a role model for young people today! I am the mother of 2 little kids and I hope that I'm able to teach them to believe in themselves and their dreams, the way you do. I can only imagine how proud your parents are of you!

    The quote below has always provided me comfort in challenging times by reminding me to dig deep to find the strength to carry on to reach my goal. You sound so optimistic, focused and determined that you may not need it...but just in case the Cape get's tough, I wanted to share it with you.

    Know that we're all rooting for you out here! GOD BLESS YOU. BE SMART. BE CAREFUL. BE SAFE. DON'T BE AFRAID. AND...DON'T QUIT...

    DON’T QUIT

    When things go wrong
    As they sometimes will,
    When the
    Road you’re trudging
    Seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low
    And the debts are high,
    And you want to smile
    But you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you
    Down a bit,
    Rest if you must
    But don’t you quit.
    Life is queer
    With its twists and turns,
    As every one of us
    Sometimes learns,
    And many a
    Failure turns about,
    When you might have won
    Had you stuck it out.
    Don’t give up,
    Though the pace
    seems slow –
    You may succeed with
    Another blow.
    Success is failure turned
    inside out –
    The silver tint of the
    Clouds of doubt.
    And you never can tell
    how close you are;
    It may be near
    When it seems so far.
    So stick to the fight
    When you’re hardest hit –
    It’s when things seem worst
    That you must not quit.
    -Anonymous

    Go for it, Abby!! You can do it!!
    -Bonnie (mother of 2 in Marin County)

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  132. Hi Abby! I left a comment yesterday so this has nothing to do with sailing. I just wanted to say that you are also a very good writer and a joy to read. Isn't there something in this world that you don't do well?? This is just for my benefit so I don't feel completely worthless compared to you.
    Wayne Wild I. Moraga, CA

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  133. Good luck with Cape Hoorn. I hope you get a good view. And a rendezvous with your Dad. Do you know about the poem at the Cape Hoorn memorial? I will post it when you are in the Atlantic.

    All the best,
    RK

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  134. We're rooting for you here in Okinawa! Great job!

    ~Jess and Leyla
    Okinawa, Japan

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  135. hi again abby...
    even if they are grey pictures, they're very welcome :)
    go give yourself a treat - choc bar? - you deserve it coz by now you're probably done with your fixes.
    bet you're all greasy and tired...but quite happy with a job well done!
    a little prayer for you abby:
    "Lord please put abby in your speed dial and keep her safe and strong..."

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  136. Abby I am in love with you! Your living the dream, hope all is well and hope you are having fun. Gods blessings and good luck.

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  137. Abby

    Im sorry I don't have a better question for you, but I do know what a mainsail is and I do know what a jib sail is, but what is a STAY SAIL? It's not in your nautical terms page, and wikipedia failed me.

    Thanks,
    Paul
    SC, Ca

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  138. Keep at it Abby! this thing you're doing is hella awesome and we keep checking your site for updates on where you are and how you're doing! i wanna see you take pictures of any animals you see flying/swimming around Wild Eyes!

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  139. Thank God for good weather, although it sounds a little chilly at 44. Where do you put in next, or do you? I don't know the rules. The hydraulic leak is kind of a concern and crawling around below decks at sea, alone, is not only uncomfortable it's not really safe. Hope you can get all that sorted out soon.

    Bruce - Melbourne, Fl.

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  140. Abby,

    I don't know if you've ever thought of it, but be ready to set off an EPIRB at a moments notice if you see any other boats out there - especially if they're on what looks like a intercept.

    333= man made threat
    999 = weather/ocean threat

    GTS

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  141. Hello Abby,
    Pocket handkerchief sale is about all you need at the moment. The west/east current will give you good drive.
    Happy Easter,hope the Easter Bunny can find you,Tomorrow (31st is our 54th wedding anniversary (my wife was an Easter Bride) and we would be thrilled if you made Cape Horn on that day.
    To Californian. Abby is entering THE MOST treacherous zone of her voyage, the next worst is where Jesse is heading at the moment, the west coast of Tasmania so lets all hope and pray for both these brave girls.
    Fair sailing Abby,I don't know whether I will be able to turn my computer off until you level out in the Atlantic.
    Godspeed and Godbless
    Peter,Gold Coast, Aus

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  142. Dearest Abby,

    Wow, how exciting rounding the Cape. I hope the weather is a little clearer so you have a little bit of a view of land. I'm so happy for you.

    You are such a clever young handy woman aren't you. Fixing all that different equipment on "Wild Eyes". There wouldn't be too many 16 year olds who are as handy as you are.

    I hope there have been some Easter eggs hidden way for Easter Sunday. Maybe Mr Doggie has organised an egg hunt for you!

    Take care my dear and keep safe. Warmest wishes and big hugs from Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

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  143. Hi Abby
    I've been reading your blogs the past few weeks after reading Jessica's the past few months. You've certainly been kept on your toes getting around the cape so far and it sounds like your doing a great job to stay on top of things, having one challenge after the next thown at you. I wish you save journey around. Passageweather.com is indicating relative calm winds for at least next few days. Hoping you get the no. 1 autopilot fixed soon.
    Paul Brisbane Oz

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  144. Im proud of you..I will be praying for a safe voyage..Kudos

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  145. Abby you are the bravest 16 year old I know!! I could not do what you are doing..you are an amazing person!! I love reading your blog..it's what I read with my morning coffee :) Good luck&stay safe young lady!!!!

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  146. I can honestly say that I have never been so inspired by someone as I have with you Abby. It has been that I get up get my coffee, turn on Fox News or CNN and log into check your tracker to see where you are and then of course check your blog. It's like at 37yrs year old I am truly inspired by your drive to accomplish something so difficult and I can barely get my butt off the couch to finish the laundry...LOL. take care girl and know that there are tons of people cheering you on!

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  147. Hi Abby,

    I caught a story about you on the Yahoo headlines yesterday at work and then found myself reading your blog from begining to end, every spare second I had yesterday. I am amazed by your knowledge of sailing, your determination, bravery, and writing ability. I am a cyber school teacher and will be sharing your blog with my students and will start tracking your course with them as you continue on your journey. Good luck to you rounding the cape. I can't wait for you next post.

    Praying that you get all of the glitches worked out and you are safe on Wild Eyes.

    Jamie

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  148. Sounds like you have a lot to keep you busy. Here's to better weather (and wind) and a fix to your auto pilot and water maker. Hang in there Abby. Take care.

    Dan
    Charlotte, NC

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  149. Hi Abby
    Congratulations on your wonderful progress so far,your cheerful spirit shines through,despite the bothersome issues that have arisen to vex you,wether they be mechanical frustrations or weather related set backs I feel a sense that you are right where you want to be...Especially as you approach Cape Horn,one of the most significant points of your voyage(and with added bonus of the chance making (albeit)distant contact with your father(and through his presence your entire family)That should warm the cockles of your Heart lol and lift your spirits no end...All good fodder and Soul food to help you on your way to the further reaches of your Voyage.Sail on Abby,and Sail Safely,Wide Awake, and with your young eyes wide open!All the better to take in the great experience you have undertaken.God Bless.stevep
    Sydney.Australia

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  150. Hope you get to be outside while rounding the Horn instead of hunkering down below in wildeyes....I mean you might as well be in a submarine. I guess wildeyes is 50% sailboat and 50% submarine for safety

    Is it still a record circumnavigation if you hunkered down in the bowels of a submarine while rounding the Horn?

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  151. Hi Captain Abby, Good job trouble
    shooting the equipment issues.I'm
    glad the weather gods are making
    favorable conditions for your
    passage around the Horn. Hope
    you get to connect with your dad.
    Be Safe! Be Happy! Godspeed!

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  152. Hiya Captain. Just wanted to say hi from Missouri. We're sure proud of you and think your doing a great job. We hope this blog keeps you company on your journey. Have no worries about Cape Horn...it's just another day in the bay and you're gonna be just fine! See ya on the other side of the cape!

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  153. Well there you are Abby! Enormous waves behind you with Cape Horn getting closer to you too.
    You certainly paint a vivid picture that doesn't need photographs for back up.
    You have everyone enthralled and concerned by all your daily ups and downs, waves aside.
    I do hope you are able to sort out all the problems before you get any closer to the Horn.
    If prayers, wishes and hope can give you what you need to fix the problems then you will get them sorted before you know it dear girl.(smile)
    Stay warm and dry and hooked on at all times.
    God bless you.
    Jeanie In The Lakes.

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  154. Way to go Abby...you are almost there.

    I can't wait to hear about it

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  155. The power of collective prayers of Filipinos for a brave girl like you will bring good weather for you tomorrow as you cross the Cape safely.

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  156. I'm sure you'll sort out the problem(s) with the water and the auto pilot. Sometimes these manageable problems break up the monotony and serve to keep you more alert.

    Looking forward to reading your words of excitement as you round the Cape. Prayers for you.

    ~cl

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  157. Praying for you Abby....hope today is a great day for you..

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  158. Hi Abby, I started reading your blog and I am going to do so till the end of your journey. You are good and positive news to a world that has so much bad news. I'm showing your blogs to my kids and taking about your journey to them. Geography, math, weather etc... You name it we will be talking about your courage and what a positive attitude you must have to make the journey a success. Our prayers will be with you and your Wild Eyes to keep you safe.
    Be Safe and will see you tomorrow.
    Jose Olivas and family

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  159. im so happy that you are so brave to go out and do this.but please come back safly arould world!i realy want to be like you but i am only 14 so i don't think i had my good share of boiting >w<

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  160. Sailing and Spirituality:
    Is it any wonder that such a high percent of your fans are wishing you G-dspeed, praying for you, and expressing other spiritual feelings. The Horn is a forboding passage...we know from the history books that skilled people have died attempting the course you are undertakeing.
    I remember my first night out of sight of land on passage to Bermuda...full mid summer moon low on the southern horizon, light wind blowing on a glass-like sea, no land or other boats in sight, shipmates slumbering below...for a fleeting moment I thought it was all up to me. It was that moment, bobbing along on the oldest surface of the Earth that I knew more than at any other previous time that it was NOT all up to me. (By the way, I don't think I'd have felt that way driving a power boat). So, at 3am,in the moonlit light, I prayed for the safety of my shipmates and I. Never been the same since.
    So again, be safe around the Horn, Abby. You and Jessica are in my thoughts and prayers every day.
    B.C. Hofeld, Grand Terrace, Ca.

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  161. Cara (Coral Springs, FL.)March 30, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Abby, wow!!! U r wise beyond ur yrs girl! I am from S. FL. and don't know a thing about sailing; I actually came accross ur site by accident the other day, and now I can't get on my PC without checking to see how ur doing. I will b cheering u on and will make sure to tell everyone I know to check out ur site! I hope ur mechanical issues clear up soon, I too don't think I could do what ur doing and I'm 32yrs old (in fact, I know I couldn't, LOL)! I will be saying some extra special prayers for u over the next few days until ur past Cape Horn! May GOD b watching over u from above and may his angels b guiding u throughout ur journey.
    All my best, Cara

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  162. Thanks for the update Abby, way to go girl, we're all pulling for you!! Woo-hoo, the cape tomorrow! BTW, Happy Easter, I guess you're not going to have an Easter Egg hunt on deck! hehehe!

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  163. Your Oklahoma Well-WisherMarch 30, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Abby, I'm brimming with excitement for you! While I do so enjoy the pictures you post, your blog was so wonderfully descriptive of the overpowering gray that I can do without for now :-) But can't wait to see your pic and read your description of Cape Horn! Wow, almost there! Keeping you, your team, and your family in my thoughts and prayers... Take good care out there, Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

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  164. Hey Abby,
    I started following your blog after I read the article about you on Yahoo.com and now I am hooked. You have an easy, and natural style of writing that makes for a fun read. This will serve you well when you write the book about your adventures. Good luck with The Cape tomorrow.

    Cheers,
    Jack in San Diego

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  165. Lots of luck round the Horn Abby!

    Jes

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  166. Abby.... Dear Abby.... just found your story on Yahoo, sunday evening, may God Bless you with a safe journey as you deal with and overcome all that is in your path be it overcoming system problems onboard or dealing with difficult seas, and I pray that you will have calmer seas to be able to catch some well deserved rest.... and to all of those people reading your blogs who have expertise in dealing with the system problems that you encounter.... most precious that they can be of assistance to you in these times....
    Abby.... you are in our prayers till you are safely home from this fantastic challenge you have undertaken....
    Ken K, Quesnel, B.C. Canada

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  167. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me
    -Philippians 4:13

    I know you have allot of people behind you in this, but I thought I would add the person who stands behind you indefinitely. God holds you in the palm of his hands always, and never will let harm come to you. Just remember that when the going gets tough, keep praying to your Lord and Savior. He's watching you and cheering you on as well. He loves you and wants you to succeed.
    I also wanted to let you know that every second you are out there your sending an inspirational message to countless people you'll never even know. Thats pretty cool to do at your age already, your like an amelia earhart for sailing enthusiasts!
    Praying for a journey of a lifetime, and a safe return..

    ~Cody ;)
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan

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  168. Dear Abby,
    I just found you on Yahoo as well, and I have a 16 year old daughter as well, and as she is following her dreams and making them happen, though not as dangerous as yours. I am so amazed and impressed by you and your courage to go so bravely into the wild world of the seas and all the danger involved. I have now forwarded your blog onto all the 16 year old girls I know and want them to follow along with your blog of your adventure and dream... I pray for your continued safety and that you stay strong!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!

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  169. Great job Abby! Glad the weather is a breeze for crossing Cape Horn! 35 knots is a walk in the park compared to the normal fare at that latitude! Everyone keep up the prayers so Abby never encounters anything she can't handle! You are in God's hands! He will let no harm come to you!
    Joy

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  170. I had read your story (who hasn't?!?) but didn't realize you had a blog until now (I don't know if it's good luck for someone or not, but my blogging partner and I are your 5,000th follower!)

    I trust there will be a book and movie coming out, although I doubt either could come anywhere close enough to do justice to this mind-boggling experience!!!

    Many (more) prayers are headed in your direction - and your family's! - for safe travels the remainder of the way. We're eager to read about your travels, enjoying your adventures vicariously :)

    'Lucy'

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  171. Ever since I graduated from college I’ve always wanted to go on my own adventure by myself. I think it would be so exciting and freeing to be out on the road with nothing but the items in the car and a journey to be traveled. Now that I’m almost 30 I think my window has closed. We only have a short time that these things can be done and I love that your parents gave you the opportunity and you had the courage to go through with your dream. I love that I can live vicariously through you and I look forward to the one day my gypsy soul can be set free as yours has. Thank you for keeping all of us updated on your travels and I will pray for your safe return home.

    Nicole Harsha
    St. Louis, MO

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  172. Hi Abby,
    God Bless, wishing you all the best on your journey.

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  173. Abby,
    We are all so excited about your big day tomorrow, will be thinking of you. Hope you get to give a big wave to your Dad. Can only imagine how proud your parents are feeling right now. Sail Safe and most of all have heaps of fun. Bigs Hugs to you.
    Gail Casher S/V Sea Witch

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  174. There is an adventurous one....
    by choice,is committed....or is she seeking more fun?

    She knows the dangers....but yet she's still there...
    not many ,even a burly sailor...would even dare...

    To us...victory is already yours....
    A monster surf session...or sail the high seas.....
    a super determined mate...you are indeed!

    There's no real agenda to these words already known....
    I ask more of God's favor...for you sail, not alone....

    He delights to be acknowledged,in thick and thin....
    all that we are....is Grace from Him.


    Watching and caring,more than we see....
    we will all learn someday....to what measure that will be.

    All things are possible....with God...
    simply believe.....

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  175. Wild Eyes, keep taking care of MsAbby!!

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  176. Abby...You rock. I seen you were doing this and went home yesterday to share it with my family. We have traveled the world and share your sense of avdenture...Stay strong and kick the horns a$#!!!!

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  177. Hi Abbey,
    My name is JoAnn, I only recently learned of your adventure and now I will follow your blog until you are safely home. Kudos to you for your bravery and courage. I recently read the book "My Old Man and the Sea" and was amazed of the father/ son sailing adventure around "The Horn" -- I feel in some small way I understand what you are about to face. All the best ! ! ! from Salem Oregon

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  178. Hello Abby, is there anyway you can tell me how you made your blog so popular ?!
    Well i'm brand new here and
    I hope to get some info from you :)

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  179. Way to go! You are a breath of fresh air and an inspiration! Your blog keeps me going in the middle of the desert, dreaming of the high seas!

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  180. You may not be old enough to know about the Dear Abby newspaper column all over the US (many) years ago, but with your attitude, courgage and living example, you are indeed the best counselor to a lot of people. I am from Guayaquil, Ecuador, a hobby-sailor, paraglider and hobby-single engine pilot, but your current enterprise would not be undertaken by me at all! You are truly inspirational! May God bless you and continue giving you the strength you have shown since the beginning!

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  181. Hi Abby,

    I went sailing by myself on my 36 foot Catalina sailboat this weekend for the first time. I almost tripped and fell off my boat the first 5 mins of my trip. I told my friends Abby is sailing around the world by herself and I almost fell off my boat in the San Diego Bay on a calm day. Abby, you inspired me to go out by myself.

    Stay safe Abby.

    Captain Bill

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  182. Wishing you the best, Abby. I hope you find the leak in the steering. Are you able to recover the fluid for reuse or is it too contaminated? After you go around the Horn, you will be on our side of the island, the Atlantic. Seems like a short trip from there to the Indian Ocean under the Cape, your next big target I'm sure. Stay warm, have fun. If there is nothing but grey to take pictures of, we would still love to see one more picture of your smiling face!

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  183. i hope you write a book about your adventures!!

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  184. You are so brave and are such an inspiration!!! Godspeed!!!

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  185. I can't wait to hear how your Cape Horn experience was. So much anticipation. Stay safe and know many prayers follow you on your journey.

    All the Best From Texas

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  186. Go Abby! My children age 3 & 5 are learning to sail now.. you are a great roll model!

    Brandy
    San Francisco - California

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  187. been checking this blog all day every few minutes hoping to hear that you have rounded the horn....you are a very, very brave young woman....

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  188. If anyone is interested go to google and type in
    Waves at cape horn!
    papaw

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  189. Abby,

    You are such an inspiration. I have so enjoyed learning of your voyage. I grew up sailing and you are living my dream! What awesome adventure! You are also in my prayers. Enjoy the Horn...can't wait to hear your next blog.

    Emily
    Santa Cruz, California

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  190. I just now found this story..Amazing!!!You Go Abby!!!

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