Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Beautiful sky
Well, I've avoided another storm that I thought I was going to get into. Commander's Weather have been doing a great job keeping in me out of the contrary winds. Even though I had been looking forward somewhat to my first gale out here I guess its better for the boat that we missed it.
I had been stuck in a frontal zone for the past several days which is why I have not been sailing south but east and even north. If I headed south I would have ended up in strong S and SE winds. The wind has shifted to the NW now but I will keep sailing east to stay in these good winds as long as I can and then duck down to the SE, towards Cape Horn, hopefully Thursday. The weather down here is always changing and always brewing up some kind of trouble. I'm around 2500 miles from the Horn now and I'm getting super excited to finally be doing this!!
Other than counting down the miles to Cape Horn daily, there hasn't been a lot of excitement out here. Its rained almost all day long the past two days so I've been staying down below a lot. So things are pretty normal and time is flying by out here.

Doing some home decorating!

For a while it had been getting really cold! At night it got all the way down to 70 degrees! (well, its cold compared to how it has been!) Now that the cold front I was near has passed and the current front from the NW is warm it is warming up a little. 78 degrees tonight!



  1. Huzzah for avoiding a storm. That is good to hear, and very important. :D
    Have a safe ride to Cape Corn!

  2. Those are some very nice pics... The sea looks so flat... I somehow expected there to be more wave action in the pics.... I suppose it depends on where you are... peak or trough...

    Curious as to if you are catching rain water so you have to use the water maker less. Saves on the battery that way. Glad your getting to cool down a bit... won't be too long till 78 seems like a HOT day and the body will be bundled up in several layers what have you to keep warm and dry...

    Sail safe... post often and have fun...

    Richard Rumble
    Dana Point, Ca

  3. you are so brave, God bless you, stay save and take care of yourslef, Good luke.

  4. be safe sweetie and enjoy! what a ride beats the heck out of Disneyland!(HUGS)

  5. Abby, I really enjoy reading about your trip, you're doing something I can only dream about. Your pictures are great. Be sure to listen for the sun to sizzle when it sets on the horizon. I have heard that the weather at the horn can get nasty? Anyway.... FAIRWINDS and GODSPEED
    Kevin Brown
    Maryville, Tenn.

  6. Hi Abby -- Really glad to get your post tonight! You don't have any idea how much your 'adopted family' out here in bloggerland fret about you when we don't hear from you. That's not said to apply pressure for you to write more....it is said so you will know we really do care VERY MUCH about you and your wellbeing.

    Only 2500 miles to Cape Horn! Those miles are going to fly by and soon you will have one Cape at your back. You are doing SO well. Keep up your good work, and remember 'safety first'!

    Janell in Oklahoma, USA

  7. Wow! You should be a home interior designer (decorator)! :D
    Chrissy <><

  8. Skipper, thanks for another good entry on your quarterdeck log. More power to you, stay safe and dry.

    Old Salty USN(Retired)

  9. abby you r doin great keep up the good work
    be safe im glad that young people are doing
    something besides gettin to trouble u go girl
    about how far till u hit your next mark
    thank you for your time
    paul psr927 y im

  10. Dear Abby,
    Well done avoiding the storm. Thank you for the update and for the photo's. I love the powerful cloud, and the sea looks rather flat. Maybe the camera makes it look flat. I take photo's of all the snow we have here, but unfortunately when I look at the photo, it doesn't show how much it really is.
    70 seems good. I guess you are prepared that the temp. can become much lower the closer you come to the Horn.
    Sail on safe Abby with fair winds.
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

  11. Abby,
    Time....what is it really?
    Before if you were asked that question would you give the same answer as you would give now.
    Now that you are out on the ocean away from all. Have what seems like forever to think feel study analize like never before the ocean and all that it is bringing you clarity.
    Being away opening your mind more and more with every moment.
    Hold on to good it is always with you it will guide you into your potential your future.
    Trust what you feel you will find everything to be just as it is so so real.
    Not just dreams or endless seemingly random thoughts or feelings.
    Listen good will continue to guide you don't doubt it. Be Strong.........

  12. Abby

    Thanks for the lovely pics. Great decorations! The sea looks so tranquil - Good Sailing. Our prayers are with you.

    Stage 7 of the great Around the World Scotch Relay (AWSR) will be posted soon.


    Mariner Walt - Marina del Rey CA

  13. G'Day Abby,
    Nice blog as usual, and things appear to be looking up for your weather requirements.

    May the wind Gods smile on you. Really like the way you enhance your blobs with appropriate 'phots, good ones too.

    Keep them coming.

    Sail safe,

    Poppa Bear
    Down Under

  14. Thanks Abby
    Nice Photos
    Richard (QLD) Aus

  15. from MDR. we pray for your safe return abby, please be alert,you are amazing girl, very good example to all young people,we are a couple (62) years waiting for you. god bless you.... adios

  16. Good Evening Captain,
    Your "beautiful sky" photo is as dramatic as the other world that you are passing over below you. Until the mention of the Akademik Kurchator fracture zone on your blog map I had totally forgotten about.....the ridges, shelves, plains, drifts, trenches, plateaus and fracture zones of the ocean floor. When you get to the cape I think you will pass over the "Shackleton fracture zone". Maybe we could have a fracture zone renamed after you Abby....or would you prefer a drift or a trench?
    First we had the exterior decorating with "your laundry" and now interior home decorating with family photos....will this be a developing theme as you round the globe? I can't wait for the wallpaper to go up! hehe
    As you complete Day 45 it's wonderful to read that you are SUPER EXCITED. And you should be...look at what you have accomplished so far...your are doing a terrific job.
    Stay alert and have a comfortable night Abby. Pleasant dreams.
    john, Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada eh!

  17. Abby, You aren't hurrying along like you were for awhile there, but at least you're moving maybe not in the right direction, but moving just the same. Stay Safe and enjoy the warmth while you have it soon enough you will be wanting it. 38º44"N/122º67"W

  18. Man good for you, enjoy and be proud of your talents and remember God the giver.

  19. Hi Abby,
    Glad you missed the storm. You will be around the Horn before you know it.
    Keep safe,

  20. Abby...
    Thanks for updating...!!
    God bless you...!

  21. Right now, you are headed for two world records: (1) youngest person to circumnavigate the world; (2) only person to sail around the world and not catch a fish.

    I'm going to talk to some local fishermen about the latter and I'll be back with some cheap advice.

  22. Hi Abby, So good to hear from you again, as always. We all worry so much about you. It is nice for you that your time is flying by. Nice to see the sea is calm. Your decorating is nice as well. Our weather too, has been cold, here, but more in the high 50's or low 60's. Keep safe and god be with you always.
    Dee T. Santa Clarita, ca.

  23. 03-10-10 @ 04:39
    Hi Abby,
    Thanks for the up-date and the pictures. That storm looks like it covered a lot of territory. Maybe it’s a good thing that you didn’t get there, looks like Commander's Weather is doing a fine job keeping you safe. I know you’d like to get into some challenging weather, and I would like to see you get your wish, but lets not go to extremes, ok,….please.
    I liked your console but I was surprised at how well lit the cabin is. I guess the well placed lights account for that. Very nice.
    Jessica has been at sea for 144 days and just passed 16,500nm’s. She’s in pretty good spirits, topped her meal off with some chocolate.
    Glad to see that it’s warming up for you, so enjoy it while you’ve got it. Hey, I bet you’ll be sleeping under the stars tonight. I can only imagine how nice that would be. I haven’t done that for many, many years. I wouldn’t be able to stand up after a night on the ground….lol…
    Take good care of yourself and your crew. Be cautious and stay tethered.
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand and may the Angels keep your sails full, and I, I will be praying for you.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

  24. Nice Blog Abby. Must be frustrating with the winds but you will get there!! Keep smiling brave girl! We are all following you.

  25. Thank you for the update, Miss Abby. We're Habby -Happy- to read that you avoided that storm and that everything is well on board. A good time for some schoolwork, maybe? (Huh, forgive me, it was a nasty joke!).
    Safe and smooth surf... The roaring ones shouldn't be very far, now?
    Good luck, Skipping Skipper!

  26. Kath, Qld, AustraliaMarch 10, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Hi Abby,
    nice pics, is that blue thing like your cockpit inside? I clearly know nothing about boats :). Looks pretty cosy anyway.
    Stay safe, wishing you all the best.

  27. Hello Abby,

    Well done on avoiding the weather trouble. Thanks for the nice pic's too. Keep at it and be ever vigilant. You’re doing great! Stay up (happy.)

    Sail Safely

  28. Keep on sailing! Wally~ God Bless, Deanie & Wally~

  29. Nothing like beating a storm! Onto the Cape!

  30. Hi Captain Abby,Your doing great! Hang in there and you will be crossing the Cape in no time.
    Be Safe! Be Happy! Godspeed!

  31. Marc D. (Pine Island Florida)March 10, 2010 at 5:19 AM

    I just found your official website. Very high tech, & informative. It's great to have someone from the U.S. to cheer on in your quest to be the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, non-stop & unassisted. If you can complete it after Jessica Watson, I think your record is going to be safe for a while. Your both amazing young women in a class by yourselves.

  32. Abby, Good update and thanks for posting. I was wondering why you were sailing east and even a little north. Glad to know there were no problems causing that. Just looking at Passage Weather it seems to be that its going to be pretty tricky to dart around the Horn in between storms this time of year. But your weather service seems to be doing a pretty good job keeping you out of trouble so hopefully that will continue when you get down to the Cape. Great pics as usual. Stay safe and have fun:)
    Dwight in NC

  33. Good morning Capt. Abby:

    As a mom I must say, thank the Lord you avoided that storm! However, I can understand why you would want to at least experience the storm. I am sure you will get that chance.

    Girl, I love that you are decorating your boat. That will make it very homey. The pics are great and love your blog. keep it up and Psalm 91!!!

    Lisa from Mt. Juliet, TN

  34. Hi Abby,
    Just found out about your blog yesterday and can I say, WOW! You are one brave girl! Kudos to you to takign on this trip and being responsible enough that your parents let you go at sixteen! (I was barely alowed to DRIVE at sixteen! Haha!)

    Question...or well, maybe it's more of a comment? I would LOVE to travel the world and doing what you are doing sounds like a fun way to do it! I know you are a sailor and sailing is what you do, but do you feel at all bad that you are so close to different countries and you are not even stoping to spend one night in port to see the sights? Like maybe you are missing out on that opportunity? Or is that a different trip all together? :)


  35. After all our snow and frosts recently we are now having longer spells of sunshine and blue skies. It is spring-like here in the English Lakes. The daffodil buds are full to bursting point.... soon we will see their golden heads!
    I am so happy to read that your team are making sure you avoid the worst of the bad weather.
    Cape Horn...My that will be an enormous feat for you. When through with it... one to put under your belt as being the best of times.
    Keep safe! Stick another jumper on to keep warm and carry on with your decorating indoors. lol

  36. Hello from Ohio, where our only seas are the corn fields!

    I'll be praying for you! I'm sure you've been told this multiple times, but what you are doing is awesome! You are really inspiring!

  37. Dear Abby you are one amazing young women, along with Jessica, Mike and your brother Zac. You may not think so at the moment but later in your life you will. Keep the faith and don't give up.
    C. Trembanis

  38. Bud and Charla Winnett, Wheeling, Mo.March 10, 2010 at 6:24 AM

    Glad you missed the storm. Looking froward to you rounding the Horn, as well. Kinda like a major point to reached.:) Was wondering what you do in a rain storm. Makes sense.... stay inside. Oh well, only thing I know about boats is it has a stern and a bow. That's it.. Keep up the good work. Wishing you Blues Skies and friendly winds.
    Stay Safe
    Luv Ya
    Bud and Charla Winnett

  39. Abby nice post good to see pictures thought the decorations were stunning Happy Days!Great weather routing avoiding heavy weather when possiable !Enjoying following your Voyage ! Cheers!

  40. @ Richard Rumble...

    Have to give the watermaker a run at least once a week to stop it getting all yucky!

  41. Abby,
    You are so brave. I love seeing the photos you post. It was pretty cool to read that your boat came from Rhode Island!
    South Kingstown, Rhode Island

  42. cool pic of the storm. post pics often; good luck!

    russell smith
    tupelo, ms

  43. Abby:

    Great post! My son Cole loves the pics of the inside of the boat. He is also counting the miles till you get to the Horn.

  44. i loving following you on your journey. God Bless and God Speed Abby

  45. Thanks for the great post and pics, Abby.
    Having followed Zac's trip from start to finish, and now yours, I can't help but chuckle every once in a while when I read your perspectives on different thing. The most recent chuckle was of the pic here of your decorated space and remembering pics of Zac's he had posted. That's all I'm gonna say! Something tells me your Mom doesn't have to remind you to 'tidy-up' your space.....

    Melanie in Torrance

  46. That first photo the sky looks ominous!.. Are u getting cabin fever from being down below alot?

  47. Your Oklahoma Well-WisherMarch 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Hey Abby! Great post and pictures! I'm so enjoying keeping up with you and hope you get nice winds taking you down to Cape Horn... Best wishes out there! Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

  48. Hi Abby,
    Your sky pic reminds me of June gloom on the way to Catalina. Of course it brightens up as soon as you get to Eric's (best cheesburgers in the world on the wharf in Avalon)as I am sure you know. Your nav station looks very cozy and homey with your new 'decorations'.
    I can 'feel' your excitement about reaching the Cape. Trust me, we all are very excited as well.
    Please stay safe and vigilant and enjoy every minute of your GREAT adventure. I know I am!
    God Bless you Abby.

  49. awesome pic...i saved one for my background..the pic of your bow with the solar panels. im so inspired by your journey...just ordered a new mainsail for my boat. is there a way to keep your jib from chaffing?...and will one set of sails last the journey?. also with mountain house as your main fare..are there enough nutrients in there for u?..i have had it before on rockclimbing trips...mmmmm good but after awhile...booooring. need a cheezeburger ..know what i mean?...can u get fresh supplies if you need?? sorry to pepper you with so many questions. im just facinated by what you are accomplishing. when you get a chance can you go into details about how your auto helm work and keeps you on course. all the best

  50. What an amazing voyage. You realize, don't you, that you will be able to publish your blog as a book when you've completed the journey?

  51. Hi Abby,

    Could you not center the text, but align it to the left? It's kind of hard to read.

  52. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    On top of being a good photographer you make very intelligible descriptions of the wind conditions. Ever thought of becoming a marine meteorologist?

    To Cape Horn!

    Keep warm, stay cool,be safe

  53. Hey Abby ... You got to take a right girl as you are heading back to Peru! Just kidding as I understand Wild Eyes is powered by the wind and it's therefore impossible to head in a straight line to your next way point. I can totally identify with non-stop rain driving you inside as I am waiting out the rain here in the Pacific NW to get back to gardening and outside projects. Soak in all the warmth you can now because soon you'll be eastward bound in the great southern ocean and you'll probably not feel really warm again till you start heading north from New Zealand.

    Did Scott successfully trouble shoot the autopilot glitch?

    Abby, Ive read enough your blog entrees now to understand you're level of sailing expertise and it answers my question as to why you are doing what you are doing. Talking about frontal zones shows your education in weather, talking about outer tracks and foresails shows your intimacy with the boat (and it wouldn't hurt to add definitions here and there please, like "sheets"; how many readers knew they were lines to pull the sail?) And sailing from a very young age all equates to taking on a circumnavigation. You have to also be courageous to be alone at sea for such a long period and a visionary to plot your future.

    Cheers and how about another video when you have time.

  54. Abby,

    thanks for the photos and update.


  55. Abby,

    Hello from the midwest, just outside of Chicago, where the land is as flat as the ocean in your picture looks.

    Although the journey might seem long, the day will come when you look back on your adventure and it will seem to have gone by in a flash! So, savor each day and know that a lot of us out here are thinking about you.

    Stay safe,


  56. Well Abby, while I'm tardy and intermittent on my interaction on your blog (due to my insane schedule) but, I must say, your pictures, your frequency of blog entries, and your “friends” make one feel more intimate than with Zac… No offense to Zac by any means, love him, but you’re quite the character… Sail safe!

  57. Didn't know about you...now I do.
    So young and so ahead a lot of us, wish you luck.

  58. Omg! I can`t believe your sailing solo! That is ssssooooo awesome! I really love what you are doing! People should make a whole movie about your world adventure! I`d like to be friends with you email me!

  59. I'm enjoying following your Journey..and I've kept pace with Jessica too. She is using a Fleming windvane for her auto pilot..You mentioned you are down below but I presume you too have an autopilot that helps keep your heading..while you nod off..or read a good book..is your wind guided too as hers is? Hopefully you put in some of those french fried potato sticks..(in the can) those are quite nice too for snacking and keep well..
    Glad to read that your Solar panels are doing well..I know early on that was one of your worries until you got it modified on the Island...

    Interesting Blog..Cruise smooth...Rest well..and know you are in our prayers..every day...

    Gary & Jan

  60. Loving your little cabin, looks quite spacious for a boat! :D ... not that I know a lot about boats! lol Looks like your having an amazing adventure! Good luck and God Bless!!

    Lisa (New Zealand)

  61. @Rozki

    I read your blog before last – about the books you ordered on line. I just wanted to recommend the following book:

    It is super well written and beautifully illustrated.

    The "New Complete Sailing Manual"
    by Steve Sleight

    IBSN – 13: 978-0-7566-0944-3 and
    IBSN - 10: 0-7566-0944-5

    Have a great day !


    Mariner Walt - Marina del Rey CA

  62. @Trentgs ... If you had been here since the beginning, you'd have read many informative opinions about Fleming windvanes vs electronic autopilots. Abby uses the latter and has a backup. One commenter said Abby's Open 40 does not steer as well with a windvane under different wind directions as Jessica's S&S 34.

  63. Evie from BendigoMarch 10, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Hi Abby
    Great to hear from you again. Can I suggest you try out the heater before it get too cold and you find that it doesn't work a quick run every few days will keep the lines of diesel running freely before you reach the extreme weather conditions of the Cape. It will not be very comfortable without heat if you dont check it now.
    Glad you missed the weather front you will be getting all the bumps and bashes from rough weather soon enough instead of wishing it on yourself.
    Safety first keep your harness on and be prepared for the unexpected.

    Take care
    Evie from bendigo

  64. Abby, we note that no one mentioned Akademik Kurchatov Fracture Zone today ? Google knows where it is but the scenery there is substantialy disappointing. Now Easter Isle, that's different or so I'm told!
    Mother Marianne did a touching interview with the sailing mag., excellent grades there all around. Thanks again for the highly anticipated updates Captain Abby.

  65. aww man, you complain about the weather! in NYC, its in the 50s and the weather is really swell! :D anyhow, keep enjoying your long trip and i keep ya prayers. don't lose faith! you can do this! :)

  66. Good Luck!!
    From the B4 first graders at Jesse Hall Elementry School Sparks, NV!!!

  67. I can't wait to follow your trip as you round the Cape. Maybe we can get some video of the rough seas down there? My first exposure to solo circumnavigation of the globe was in reading a book called The Voyage of American Promise (from about 20 years ago). It was written by Dodge Morgan, who at the time set the record for solo circumnavigation. He set sail from Maine and rounded the Cape of Good Hope then stayed in the southern ocean all the way to Cape Horn. I'll never forget his descriptions of riding out the 60 foot waves that the storms kicked up down there. Hope you can avoid anything like that!

  68. longing for excitement abby? careful what you wish for or the curse of "May you live in interesting times" may bless you :D

    cheery cockpit, take care

  69. Abby:
    When you get to Cape Horn do you sail out around the Cape or cut inside and through the chain of islands there?

    John in Pensacola

  70. Wonderful photo! I want to see more pictures :)

  71. Excellent i would rate this 100%. have a safe journey

  72. None of us can even begin to imagine what an adventure it must be. You are VERY brave soul. God be with you on your journey, Abby. And look for the flash of green light at sunrise and sunset! You should have plenty of opportunities!