Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gray and Rainy

The past few days have been pretty slow. Every now and then I get some good wind but it doesn't last for long. Right now I have around 5 knots out of the SW and I am going about 3-4 knots.

My dad and little brother, Toby, just did a boat delivery from San Francisco to Ventura, just a few days long, but they saw tons of whales, dolphins, and all sorts of interesting stuff. I've been at sea for almost three months and all I get is flying fish and squid! I got another squid on deck today. It's been awhile since there have been any.

I was surrounded by birds yesterday. There were tons of them all flying around me and Wild Eyes in a big circle. They stayed with me pretty much all day, but by the morning they were all gone.

Thats pretty much the highlight of my week, birds and a squid, the rest has just been gray and rainy with unsteady wind.

Abby

152 comments:

  1. Evie from BendigoApril 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Hi Abby
    Did you cook the squid up, a bit of fresh calamari straight from the sea is divine. You are sounding quite depressed in your posts. How did the kindle go were you able to work on the corrosion. Take care of the mind don't focus on the gray weather but on the little things. Tell us about your cooking skills, your hair anything.
    Cheers
    Evie from Bendigo

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  2. Chin up Abster!! You can do it!!
    Josie

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  3. Hey Abby, you must be getting kinda grumpy by now, poor thing. Hope that winds pick up to a good stiff clip soon! All your fans are hungry for the latest word when it's only the odd squid. Well, one nautical mile at a time, do what you have to do when you have to do it, and just think- you can scream as loud as you want whenever you want! Or sing the Marsellaise, or some rude sea shanty. Or better yet, make up your own! You hang in there, kid. ~Watching from the prairies!

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  4. I wonder where the birds go at night ?

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  5. Abby- thanks for the note. Dont let yourself get depressed! Whatever else happens, remain UP! Do you have a Bible with you? It's so easy to get down, but remember- You are SUCH an inspiration for everyone, and folks re praying their hearts out for you!
    Hang in there! It'll pick up tomorrow. Besides, jsut think of those stupid squid! What a life!! Keep smiling!

    Love you!
    Ron in colorado

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  6. Evenin' Abby . . . squid, eh? You might try to fix it up all yummy like just like Jessica did. Calamari used to be one of my fav foods . . . hmmmm must have some next time I'm at a seafood place.

    I suspect one reason for the lack of wildlife might be the seasons where you are. Don't the big critters head north to the equator as fall and winter set in in the southern ocean?

    Sail safe!

    Be well!

    ~ Cynthia (Half Moon Bay, California USA)

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  7. According to the weather maps you should be encountering some decent winds (20 knots plus).. Also your last 4 days tracking shows an average of 169 miles per day (based on the quoted distance from Cape Agulhas)
    May be slow for an Open 40, but good progress anyway.....
    Godspeed Abby

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  8. Hi Abby
    I have had kindle meltdowns- try putting it into a ziplock bag with rice for a day or two. The rice adsorbs the moisture. Same with cell phones and other simple electronics that get wet. This is assuming you might have something substance like rice.
    I read your blog- which is funny as I get seasick when the dock is still visible.
    I learned to stay on land the hard way- sailing in a 21' boat between Oahu and Hanalei, Kauai years ago and coming too close to a freight tanker. yikes.
    have a wonderful adventure.
    xo
    Andrea

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  9. Hey Abby,

    Hang in there! The wind will pick up eventually. I have missed last few posts so I am catching up on your blog as well. We all miss the pictures. Any update on the camera? Hope you get it working again. Must be nice to have the internet and phone right now. Any distraction from slow progress helps. Skype helps too. I use it to keep in touch with my family in Europe and friends around the world. I hope you can get some rest right now. How was the squid? Did you eat it? :)

    Vlad

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  10. Abby, some days are better then others. I admire your courage to sail your best. I am a Ranger with the National Park Service and some time ago I fell in a rock climbing accident. It was very bad and I nearly died but through all that pain and healing I knew that someday I would be able to backpack and experience nature and wilderness the way it is suppose to be...I became an artist and see the beauty of nature in everything. I am sure you have seen some beauty today that others might not have ever seen. I wish you well on your journey and enjoy the ride. Let me know the most beautiful thing you see in the next few days OK :-) Ranger James McGill

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  11. Hi Abby! Thanks for the post! You may not have much wind, but you seem to be making good progress! You're almost half way across the pond! You can thank Jessica for the birds! She was feeding one all day the other day and, well, you know how birds like to gossip! He probably told all his buddies and they came looking for chow!
    Anyway, keep up the great work! (P.S. Waiting between blogs is getting harder and harder!:))

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  12. Glad that you had a wildlife highlight! Do you suppose they were watching Wild Eyes eyes looking back at them? Safe sailing!

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  13. You must pray the old British Fisherman's Prayer regularly--"O Lord, your sea is so big and my boat is so small!"

    I'm the librarian of a small school in western Maryland for abused, neglected and troubled youth. I started following Zac when the little God's World kids' magazine featured him, so now I'm another one of the many who can't go to sleep without finding out where and how Abby is!!Blessings to you!

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  14. Still beats working everyday on a cubicle! Hang in there!

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  15. Hello Abby,
    It's good to finally hear from you. I don't know about anybody else, but after about 48 hrs. passes without an "Abby update", I start missing you. I know it's proably boring for you to keep grabbing the laptop, logging on and all that, but we all turning blue between blogs. Don't get discouraged by the downtime girl! Things will get better and you'll be rockin' and rollin'!!! Thanks for keeping all of us up to date!
    Charlie C in Colorado

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  16. Hello Abby

    It is really nice to see someone really get a chance to fullfill and live their dream on their terms. I have been following you since you rounded Cape Horn and I consider that it is a very brave thing you are doing and I do hope and pray that you succeed in your endeavor to circumnavigate the globe. I am also a sailor and I have served in the US Navy for 21 years. It is good to see you get your sea spurs and sea legs at the same time. Take care there and enjoy the squid and fish there if you can catch any. Jessica finally managed to cook herself some fried squid I noticed. I hope you can eat something besides that artificial food you are having. Ha Ha! I hope you do have better winds in your favor. You might consider changing your route a bit to visit Seychelles or Mauritius...Both are good islands to visit. and also Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean which is owned by the British government but the US Navy is certainly there in a big way as well. I am sure they would welcome you being a retired Chief Petty Officer myself.

    Benjamin

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  17. Hang in their Abby! The sun will shine and the the wind will blow again! Good Luck!

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  18. Abby,
    Take pictures of the birds and eat the squid!!!!
    Scott

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  19. hmmm you may indeed be in for whales before you know it. Southern Right whales start their migration from Antarctica to South Africa starting in May every year. You might want to keep an eye or two or even six :-) out for traffic on your right as you get closer to Southern Africa.

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  20. Interesting that you get birds and squid and they get dolphins and whales. You must be traveling in the wrong circles! lol

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  21. Hi Abby, I am so sorry that you have not had too much wind, we have had rain and wind here in Ventura. I just got home from my grandaughter's baseball game and boy was it cold and windy, it is going to rain tonight. I hope you get some wind tomorrow, it just brings you closer to home. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Gail/Ventura

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  22. Well, I think getting a squid on deck would be kinda cool! removing it? not so much!

    How is your book situation?

    I hope you week brightens up a bit and that you see some more interesting see animals!

    I hope the wind picks up soon!

    Best wishes from Nor Cal!

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  23. time to cook the squid and troll for fish!

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  24. Evening Abby, Being 66 I await each posting you do and will be making the passage with you every day. Glad to see that you're going to do a book. Now there's a book I'd like to get hot off the press with the authors signature on it. Keep taking notes, never have enough information to work from. God Speed.

    Norman/North Carolina

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  25. Must be frustrating. That's the fun of sailing right? To feel the wind on your cheek, to hear the rush of the water under your bow and to move with the ship as it rises and falls with the swell.
    Without that, it doesn't seem quite like sailing.
    Just remember that rain always comes with the promise of sunshine. And hopefully wind.

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  26. Wow! It sounds like a great title for a song: "Birds and a Squid," with the lyrics that go: "...the rest [of my time] has just been gray and rainy with unsteady wind..." Put this to music and you really got something. By the way, post pics of the birds or squid or any South Atlantic Right Whale that you may just happen to come across in your travels. Oh and yea, march yourself down below deck and study your pre-calc, there will be a pop quiz tomorrow.

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  27. Hi Abby. You sound a little down tonight. Wish there was something I could do to cheer you up.I could say all the things that you already know, like have patience; the wind will come back etc. But, not sure that would be of help. 'Bout the only thing I can tell you is that we are all behind you and cheering for you. We all love you very much and most of us have kind of "adopted" you. Just keep in mind that no matter the wind... each day brings you closer to the end of the journey. May the Good Lord watch over you and keep you safe. As Always Luv Ya Bud and Charla Winnett

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  28. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    Right there! You have all the ingredients for a chapter in your book.

    Grey, rain, birds, squid, flying fish...A new classic recipe is born - Surf and turf à la Abby :-)

    To be served exclusively aboard Wild Eyes while Charlie sings to you:


    "Come rain or Come Shine"


    I'm gonna love you
    Like nobody's loved you
    Come rain or come shine
    High as a mountain
    And deep as a river
    Come rain or come shine

    I guess when you met me
    It was just one of those things
    But don' t ever bet me
    Cause I'm gonna be true
    If you let me

    You're gonna love me
    Like nobody's loved me
    Come rain or come shine
    Happy together, unhappy together
    And won't it be fine

    Days may be cloudy or sunny
    We're in, or we're out of the money
    But I'm with you always
    I'm with you rain or shine

    I'm gonna love you
    Like nobody's loved you
    Come rain or come shine
    High as a mountain
    Deep as a river
    Come rain or come shine

    I guess when you met me
    It was just one of those things
    But don't ever bet me
    Cause I'm gonna be true
    If you let me

    You're gonna love me
    Like nobody's loved me
    Come rain or come shine
    Happy together, unhappy together
    And won't it be fine

    Days may be cloudy or sunny
    We're in, or we're out of the money
    But I'll love you always
    I'm with you rain or shine

    lyrics by Johnny Mercer, music by Harold Arlen

    Go Abby, Go! Take care, Be safe.

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  29. Hola, Abby~
    Sweetie, if you wanted dolphins, whales AND wind...you should have just sailed back and forth to Two Harbors (the Isthmus)!

    Just kidding...

    Hang in there, the wind will come at the right time. I believe God is in control and keeping you where you need to be, when you need to be there.

    Warm hugs, fervent prayers...Stay safe and Godspeed,

    ~Breeze

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  30. Hi Abby:

    Enjoyed your post. Squid, eh? Ish. I amazed that they can jump that high to land on your deck. Hope it was still alive when you sent it back to its habitat.

    Enjoy your time out there, keep your spirits up, and your sail full.

    Hugs, seattlesid

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  31. Hey Abby,

    quick question... Do you have any videogames, like PSP or games you can play on your PC or online ? That will keep your mind occupied a bit. I have heard people can spend months playing them. :)

    Vlad

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  32. Hi Abby. You must know by now that you have a huge fan club, and we hang on every post you make. Squid on deck? That sounds amazing. Birds in the mid-Atlantic? Where did they come from and where did they go? Flying fish? We only read about them in books.

    Keep up the posts. We're engaged. I check for your blogs every day, just like thousands of other people. Good sailing!

    Jim
    La Canada, CA

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  33. yep, hang in there!

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  34. Keep your chin up Abby. We are all with you. Things will pick up soon I am sure. You are in the thoughts and prayers of people all around the world.

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  35. I agree with Charlie. We all look forward to your updates. I was getting a bit concerned myself not hearing from you. Gosh Abby, what will we all do once you are back home? I will miss hearing from you!!
    Alyssa from Irvine, CA

    P.S. It's raining here in California with high winds. I will blow some your way!!

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  36. hi abby
    the wind will come in his timing and i pray that it will be just right u have a long way to go on this trip so u need to paca yourself and to remember why u r out doing what u set out to do "to fill your dream"

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  37. I notice you have not mentioned catching any fish. Try using those squid as bait. You might even be able to put several of the small flying fish on the hook to entice a nibble for a little excitement. They will give your fishing line a good smell for whatever is out there.

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  38. Best of luck with your adventure, not too many people in the world have the resourses to make an go of a solo voyage. take good dairy of your trip you will appreciate when you have finished, and look back at your adventure.
    May the wind be at your back the rest of your trip, stay safe and have a good 100th day, which is coming up fast hopefully you will be close to or past Africa by then

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  39. On day 90 you will be directly above the spreading center which drives the oceanic crust apart east and west. It's ground zero for earth buiding, basically a volcano on the ocean floor. Not much intersting stuff topside, but think of whats happening on the bottom.

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  40. Keep up the good work, Kiddo. :) I definitely enjoy reading your blogs (and keeping up with you on Facebook).

    I know it has been said time and time again, but you're pretty amazing - just like your brother, and other young adventurers out there.

    Enjoy the journey while it lasts. ^_^ (And make sure you have a new journey to embark on, when you get home. ;) )

    I'll continue to keep you in my prayers.

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  41. Hi Abby,
    I'm probably the only one sending you a comment and not telling you to cheer up. I think your just deep in thought and thinking of the next leg of your fun filled journey.
    There is not a doubt in my mind about the wind picking up and you will be lowering that main sail anyday now.
    It is interesting to read of the birds and flying fish out in the middle of the South Atlantic,during the day and gone at night. They must know something we don't. Probably roosting on your mast. Well the birds that is.
    Okay, stay the course and just know how much admiration eveyone has for You and Your adventure. When your brother Toby gets ready to try the solo round trip, you can be part of his team. Keep the faith.

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  42. Ahoy Captain Abby,

    Great as always to hear from you.

    "ALL I GET IS FLYING FISH AND SQUID"....is there a book title there? How's the writing coming along?

    I hope you too will have a visit by a friendly sea creature...to keep you company. But on the other hand I hope you can get back to "surfing" to Africa soon. Speaking of creatures"...what's Charlie up to?

    Abby...stay positive...we are all with you. Big hug, john, Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

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  43. You're doing great.I'm a Navy Vet. and enjoy your blog. I know what it's like to see nothing but sky and water for weeks.Sea birds usually signaled land for us.My wife and I wish you good luck.

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  44. Just stay focused on boat speed. Eating and sleeping well. Keep things really simple take care of your self. Harden your thoughts, and above all maintain a positive, optimistic outlook. YOu are in my Prayers. If you need galley Culinary tips I am at your service.
    Keep grinding. :-)

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  45. Hi Abby -- THX so much for posting tonight even if you don't feel you have much news to report. We bloggers look forward to EVERY word we hear from you. Also, we are interested in any little thing you care to write about including squid and grey skies. Just reading the words that you take the time to write is satisfying, so feel free to send notes about anything....like how you cook, what you are eating, finding or not finding your hairbrush! (BTW did you find it?:) Also were you able to identify the birds that circled yesterday? ....just curious.)

    We love you, Abby, and desire only the best for you on this great adventure!

    GO GIRL
    Blessings,
    Janell in Oklahoma,USA

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  46. I can't wait until you reach South Africa!!! I'm following you on the map on your website, good luck! xx

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  47. Dear Abby,
    how about his for your book title.... "My Life's Odyssey" -- Webster dictionary defines odyssey as "a long wandering; an intellectual or spiritual quest. That about sums it up from what I've read so far. But I guess it all depends on the type of book your writing as well. Because if it's about the proper way to jig a boom or whatever it might be confusing to the buyer :)) anyway I do enjoy reading your blogs. Matter of fact yours is the first blog I have ever followed and for sure the first I have ever wanted to post something to. You are my muse when I have a bad day. My sunshine even when you see none. I speak for most of the other people who have written previously thanks for the updates and keep your spirits up. I have to agree that singing (especially if no one else is there to hear you) can be a powerful medicine to cure the blues. So sing some songs hoist the sails! Godspeed Abby!

    Shawn from Texas

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  48. Hi Babsy,
    maybe you can try what Jessica did: eat the squid!
    Keep up them dodgers,
    Jony the Pony

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  49. Dear Abby,
    Idea for the title of your book: Wild Eyes in the Wind, "The Story of My Solo Circumnavigation of the World" ...or something like that :)
    Hope the wind picks up for you. You are in my prayers and I will be anxiously following your story. ~~Cherie from Reno, NV

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  50. Thanks Abby
    Keep smiling
    Luv u
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  51. Well, Abby, you are well past Cape Horn & into your adventure. Remember Zac's advice...Stay Vigilent!

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  52. Just curious if you anticipate spotting or have spotted the island of Tristan da Cunha. Looks like it is just slightly north of your track in the South Atlantic. I wondered what that small speck was that appears close to your route. Being interested in geography, I did some research. It is the only inhabited volcanic island of a small archipelago billed as "The World's Loneliest Island". Inhabitants number about 250 and occupy it as the last lingering possession of the British Empire known as the most remote island in the world.

    I assume you can get the internet. If so there are some interesting videos about the island on you tube.

    Hang in there. Abby. God speed.

    Richard McMillan
    Venice California
    reelbizpro@yahoo.com

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  53. Come on Abby, you are doing great. Of course it sad that your electronic book reader is broken, but enjoy all other things. Especially read the blog comments, several times. I get happy by reading the blog and the comments, and you should get more happy, since the comments are for you. According to the voyage tracker you are not going slowly, there has been good speed lately. You have gone well over 10.000 nm, and within a few weeks, shortly after South Africa, you will be halfway! Go for it!
    /Ben, Sweden

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  54. Abby,
    The slow days will make the more pleasant days even moreso...you are doing so well, and we are so proud of you! When we see how far, far out there you are, we feel you are leading the way to adventure. California and the whales here will be here when you get back, but the world out there is waiting for you to conquer it. I have a feeling you have much excitement ahead, and your story is waiting to be told. Patience is difficult, but I know you can perservere. Stay on a routine, and take good care of yourself. Our prayers are with you. And it is gray in our lovely southern CA right now too. Keep watching for the wildlife!
    Kelly & Dave in Santa Clarita

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  55. Dear Abby
    Jessica Watson's granny here again. I haven't written to you for some time, but I want you to know that I read your blog every time you write and follow you progress with great interest!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jess, especially when I wake up in the night.
    You are not alone Abby, there is a whole world of people watching and willing you to succeed in your adventure. I am so proud of both of you two amazing young women, but also of all four of your parents too who are mentally and emotionally undertaking these journeys too! A big tribute to your Mum & Dad for believing in you. God Bless and keep safe!
    Granny Watson from Waikanae NZ

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  56. Wow, just came across your blog now - what an adventure! Good luck

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  57. Abby
    You sound down, hang in there, I read your posts to my 4 year old twins,Jessica and Britt, have to tell you that you bring smiles to their faces. So I hope knowing that brings a smile to yours.

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  58. Abby, enjoy that 3-4 knot stuff. Take it from ONE of your vitural grand-pa's, as long as your making east, it's all good. (I call it nap time!)
    Me, myself, & I (along with thousands of others), wish you well. Stay 'cliped-in' and God speed... Papa Don Here

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  59. Hi Abby
    I always said sailing was hours of bliss mixed with hours of hard work and moments of shear terror, a bit like down hill skiing. Sounds like you are halfway between the bliss and hardwork.
    Enjoy the periods of quiet, as you know there will be times when you say to yourself" I just can't hang on for another wave" but you do. and afterwards, you say "Gee that was fun".

    Stay with it little one, no 2 hours are the same but at the end you will say " I DID IT!"

    Hang in there Peter.

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  60. Your doing great Abby. Keep it up girl! I do see your moving again, you can see the numbers on "Wheres Abby" again, they were all stacked together there for a while. Hopefully you will get a nice steady and freindly wind soon. The birds thought you were going to go fishing and feed them, or were after that flying fish on your deck..:) Use the squid or flying fish for bait maybe catch some small tuna for yourself. Take care Abby...thanks for the chat during my morning coffee.

    Bob from Boston

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  61. Hi Abby,

    Like some of the other posts above, I also worry that you sound depressed and I want to encourage you. The challenge you have taken on is enormous in itself, but made even more so by your late start and the need to do so much of your trip in the less favourable seasons.

    Hang in there, Abby, there are so many of us rooting for you. Perhaps it would help to try and pick one good thing each day,even if it is very small, and to blog on that?

    Safe sailing, and best wishes

    Jenny from Adelaide

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  62. Thanks for the updates Abby. Although it may appear that you have little to report when the going is slow, we love to hear from you as we know you are safe.
    Ed in TN

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  63. Good Morning from the 3am mom. Just checking in.........
    I've missed your posts but totally understand that sometimes you just don't feel like talking.

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  64. Dear Abby,

    Keep up the great work you're doing. Just keep doing what you're doing Abby, just being you and with your determination and wonderful attitude you will get to that finish line and it will all be but a wonderful memory. What a memory it will be too.

    I've often heard about doing the "ROCKING CHAIR TEST". You imagine yourself in a rocking chair at an old age and how you will feel looking back on your life and all you have done and how you have treated other people etc, etc. I think when you are in a rocking chair in many, many years time you will have a big smile on your face Abby with all those wonderful memories of your "solo, unassisted circumnavigation around the world". :-).

    Take care my dear. Big hugs and warmest wishes and keep safe. Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

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  65. Hi Captain Abby, Hope the weather clears up
    for you. I know your happier when Wild Eyes
    is moving along full throttle. Hang in there.
    Be Safe! Stay Happy! Godspeed!

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  66. Well...things could always be worse. Keep your chin up and focus on the big pic. Days like these may mark some of your biggest challenges...dealing with boredom, dismal conditions, squid are simply part of the journey and something you need to just mentally accept. Can't spend time worrying or fretting over things out of your control when there are a number of other perfectly good things that you do have control over to worry and fret about.

    Dave in Annandale VA

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  67. That definitely has the makings of a t-shirt. Quite the conversation starter :-)

    ON THE BACK

    "Dad and Toby got a school of dolphins, a pod of whales, lions tigers and even an elephant water skiing"


    ON THE FRONT

    "and all I got was a lousy flying fish and a squid!"

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  68. Hi Abby, I am a bit confused. You are on day 90 which is about half of the time you h ave allowed for your circumnaviation. You are nowhere near half way. Maybe you are a quarter of the way. Most people seem to do it in 9 months or so. Do you have enough food for 9 months? You sy you have freeze dried food for 6 months. What were your team thinking you would eat for the last 3 months as you cross the Pacific?

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  69. Hang in there Abby...you will have wind soon enough. You are doing great!!

    Go Abby Go!!!

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  70. Skies grey again
    Yea, grey’s where ya been
    For many a day or so
    Waiting on the wind
    Prayin’ God send

    But you can’t let go
    Birds circle, and they flee
    Into the wild winds free
    No one knows where they go

    And so now here you are
    You’re exactly where you are
    You’re a brightest shining star
    Keep your eyes on the afar
    Go girl
    Go
    Go girl, go!

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  71. Hi Abby,when the last time you had a squid jump on the boat off the coast of mexico I told you that those Humbolt squid are edible but they are tough.You have to remove the skin on both sides of the loin then pound them to tenderize it and then you can pan fry for 2 minute on each side and put some seafood cocktail sauce on top if you have some.I know its not a easy task aboard a boat but its good for a change.
    You know I have been checking on you 4-5 times every day since you left MDR,reading all your blogs and comments.
    I know I said it before but I'll say it again,you are one amazing and courageous young girl.
    According to the map your approximately 2000 miles from the tip of Africa and you are doing great.
    Abby I have a 40 ft cabin cruiser out of San Pedro and I'm planning to meet you when you arrive at MDR in late July and I'm sure there will be hundreds of other boats to meet you.
    Abby you are never alone,because there are thousands of people praying for you.
    God Bless you.

    Libby Di Bernardo
    San Pedro Ca.

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  72. Hey Abby,
    Just wanted to say hi and that I hope you're doing well! I've been following you for the last month or so and I really admire your courage! I hope wind picks up soon, hang in there!
    Much love,
    gulay

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  73. Dear Abby, Well it certainly sounds like a true test of your Patience out there in all that windless gray . I hope you'll be surfing soon with all the wind your sails can handle. Through squidward back ,you need about six or ten of them to make up a appetizer and then what some of that dry food stuff for a main course. Come to Massachusetts on your book tour and I'll take you and your family out for a new England style dinner for lobster and clam chowder. Stay on top of things Abby and all this well change.Be prepared and don't get complacent .It something your dad said . Take care bye

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  74. Hi Lady-Girl-Captain Abby ,
    If I were traveling on the Ocean , and , if I would feel unamusing , then , I would ask the MerMaids to visit Me ...
    They are very cautious . If You invite Them , They are happy to visit You and play with You .
    Maybe You have even the possibility to visit their Castle .?.

    Or , I would aks the Angels of the Storm , to help Me to make a Wild Ride .

    It,s up to You .

    Greetings from Rainbow-Dreamer

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  75. Being in such a remote part of the world, perhaps you will see a UFO? I'll bet the stars at night are spectacular since you are far from land and any man made light.

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  76. Hi Abby,
    It seems pretty nice out there in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Nice with some company too.
    I do hope that the wind will increase for you. Keep on sailing with a smile and take care.
    Regards,
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

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  77. I agree with whoever said the thing about video games. they are great way of passing the time :)

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  78. What have you been eating? What are some of the highlights of your days?


    If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,

    even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

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  79. 04-22-10 @ 11:46
    Hi Abby,
    Looked like you were doing pretty good there for a while and then the bottom dropped out. Just have faith and the wind will come back as it did before, remember. Chin-up and a pretty smile will always help your attitude, and drive away the blues, sing a song do a little dance act crazy and have some fun, I say, don’t worry about sending a blog, lots of times you can’t because you’re busy, and sometimes you just don’t feel like it. You have feelings and emotions to, and I feel that we should respect them. So take good care of yourself, “Wild Eyes” and the crew. Today will soon become tomorrow and that way you’ll be looking back at today which is now yesterday…..yeah, that’s right…lol… Very proud of you Abby, you’re doing a great job, keep it up!!! You could always just let it all flow out of you and then when it was over you could have a good laugh at yourself…it helps….
    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.
    Your faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

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  80. Abby ... Maybe the big wild eyes on the side of your boat attract flying fish and squid and scare off everything else; who knows the true mysteries of the deep blue? Coming from a large family where there's undoubtedly constant chatter going on all the time, it must be getting lonely for you out there. Chin up and remember the glass is always half full and there's a lot to be thankful for like being more than half way across the southern Atlantic. That's impressive! And no recent complaints about the auto pilots. That's good news too. And no massive storms to ride out so far, and no whale collisions to report, and no giant squids wrapping their tentacles around your boat like in 20,000 leagues under the sea, and you haven't yet been abducted by a UFO! I hear aliens prefer blondes, so you are really having it good out there.

    May your luck continue........

    Wishing you a speedy trip to Cape Agulhas.

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  81. Hi Abby,
    Hopefully by this time the winds will have picked up for you and Wild Eyes.

    You certainly have a very caring blog family behind you and very talented I might add. Well, I know for sure that they cheered me up so I am hopeful they did you as well.

    That was a very nice comment from Jessica Watson's Kiwi Granny. Thank you Granny Watson!
    Speaking of talent, worldrimroamer @6:07 AM, that was very nice! I loved anonymous @5:32AM T-shirt idea as well, cute, very cute!
    See Abby you must be cheered up by now.

    Please stay safe and alert.
    God Bless you Abby.
    Cheryl

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  82. Good Afternoon Abby,

    I hope you had a good night's sleep/sail. Looking at your blog map you are definitely on the move to Cape Agulhas, South Africa. I remember in my school days only hearing about the Cape of Good Hope so I thought I'd check this out. My source states "There is a very common misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In fact, the southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, about 150 kilometres (90 mi) to the east-southeast. The Atlantic and Indian oceans meet at the point where the warm-water Agulhas current meets the cold-water Benguela current and turns back on itself - a point that fluctuates between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point, about one kilometre east of the Cape of Good Hope". But then you already knew that...smart girl!

    I hope some of the blog comments earlier today brought a smile to your face as they did for me: it was great of GRANNY WATSON to wish you well from Waikanae, NZ (April 22 1:10 am)and I am fascinated by "UFO's, Mermaids, and Angels of the Storm".....you will let us know if you see them right??? OR... will we have to read your forthcoming book "UFO'S, MERMAIDS, AND ANGELS OF THE STORM...BUT ALL I GET IS FLYING FISH AND SQUID" to find out? (good teaser Abs).

    I had a day off work today so I thought I would spend it with YOU. Carry on super sailor,
    john, Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

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  83. Abby, This is my first time reading your blog and I'm impressed, jealous, and inspired. You've got what it takes, just hang in, and when things look like they're getting worse, slap your hands together, look to the sky, and tell the man what's on your mind

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  84. Go Abby Go!

    One Day at A Time! you'll be past Africa before you know it.

    Chuck D.

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  85. Abby,

    We are always thinking of you. Even on your most boring days. I know it may not mean that much to you in the big picture, but you should know that many of us watch your journey with great interest.

    Each and every day that goes by, you are on our minds, and we wish you patience, courage and persistence.

    I always dedicate a wonderful samba or bossa to you and wild eyes as each day passes. Abby, never forget that we are with you, and we follow your journey always championing your efforts and cheering you on as we watch your progress.

    The Sprit of Brasil is always with you!

    David

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  86. HAY! ABBY!

    Hang in there. Your the youngest person to sail single handed anound Cape Horn. That just blows my mind, and now your out into the Atlantic Ocean. WOW!

    You have accomplished great things.

    Your blog has become must reading. Thank you for keeping all us fans up to date.

    Stay strong, take care of Wild Eyes. You'll be flying along in no time. GO! ABBY!

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  87. To GlobeMasterOne:

    You wrote:

    "will we have to read your forthcoming book "UFO'S, MERMAIDS, AND ANGELS OF THE STORM...BUT ALL I GET IS FLYING FISH AND SQUID"

    That is really good. It's beautiful. LOL. I think that is a fine suggestion for Abby's book title.

    Abby, take note of it -- you may have your book title there.

    - Charlie

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  88. Always keep in mind, THIS IS THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!!

    Tell us bloggers all the details, in the end it may help you remember your journey as well as write that book.

    I know there are times you may be miserable, but never forget how lucky you are, and how curious we are!!!

    Best wishes!

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  89. Hang in there Abby. I know its boring and your a little lonely, but it will pick up. I would rather be bored and livin with the squids, than be a work! Smile : )

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  90. Hey L'il Skipper,

    As a sailor, I fully appreciate the frustration of light airs, but on the other hand, its such a joy when things pick up and you can take off on a fast, broad reach, surfing down the waves. Even so, you made 90 miles yesterday. Not really all that shabby. Based on a quick look at the weather (Passage Weather), it looks like if you bear just slightly south, you will be getting some decent wind.

    How's thing going with getting a camera or two working??

    May God protect you.

    Steve L in Modesto, CA

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  91. Abby,

    Just looking at the map, it looks like your longitude right now already places you as far east as the west edge of Africa and very nearly to the coast of Ireland. As long as you are making steerage way, you are getting there.

    Steve L from Modesto

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  92. Abby
    you are doing great. you are really far a long. just take it a day at a time and try to stay in good spirits. you have a lot of people thinking about you and praying for you. good luck!

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  93. Hi Abby!

    We are students at Riverview School on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Our science class has been tracking your progress every day. We think you are very brave and courageous to take on this giant, challenging journey. Spring has sprung here on Cape Cod we are having an influx of right whales and daffodils! We hope that makes you laugh! You are an inspiration to us!
    ~ The RV Gang

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  94. Hey there Capt. Abby....

    Happy EARTH DAY out there in the middle of the south Atlantic... I bet the birds would stick around more if you gave them FOOD.. they are just looking for handouts.

    Sharing YOUR journey in the planetarium today... about 500 kids in Long beach are seeing Wild Eyes and where you are...

    Sail Safe.. Post Often and HAVE FUN

    Richard

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  95. Poor Miss Abby, just bored by a gray stupid weather, little wind, and little to do. No whales or dolphins, but having birds is already better than nothing, and squids can be bait or even food for you. Mmmm? You don't look too thrilled by this idea?
    If you came to France, you could (not should) eat froglegs, or snails. In Australia, the famous and so special Vegemite. In Africa, grasshoppers, elsewhere, monkeys, dogs, rats, horses... So, squids...
    If you'd better be elsewhere (home? with tv and your best pals?), think you migh as well be in school... on your dentist's armchair...ill in an hospital... at the funeral of someone you love... Then you will appreciate your atlantic life, as boring as it can be for a few days, is not that awful.
    You are a superb sailor, that's OK.
    Are you a tough competitor, ready to tackle a storm or to overcome annoyment? A long sailing journey is about both issues, and many more. So, hang on, Pretty Miss. Or if, after all, you decide it's not your cup of tea, just head to Capetown and go to visit the beautiful national parks. You have done a nice trip, and if we shall be disappointed, we can understand, and we shall not blame you.
    But I would bet you'll not quit. Am I right?
    Go on, sailor. Slow or fast, that's ocean's law, and the sailor's life.
    Be brave, we are with you.
    Tell us, what do you wish us to write in these comments?
    Jokes? URLs to funny web pages? Anything else? Just ask!!!

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  96. Another 10 days or so to get below South Africa? Weather charts show strong wind systems moving eastwards - but I guess the South Atlantic is so big it's easy to miss them! What are your routers telling you? Do you intend to get any more northwards, closer to South Africa, before leaving the Atlantic?
    By the way, what's the best distance you've made in a 24hr period in your voyage so far? I would be really interested to know what conditions you need to get the best speed out of Wild Eyes. If it's really windy presumably you're well reefed down; so what's the wind strength where you can stay powered up and go fast? And are the distances refered to on your location chart nautical miles or 'land miles'?

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  97. abby.. you are one of many sailor to have little wind. it goes with what you are doing all part of
    sailing around the world. and it will not be the
    last time. wait until you get into the pacific.
    when it was discoved in the 1500's it was name so
    because it look so CLAM. and remember not to spit
    into the wind when you have it..ss

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  98. Hey Abby I must say that it takes a lot of courage to do what you are doing out there all alone on the big ocean.Just look at it this way that when you get older you will have this experience to look back on and know that you have done more than anyone has ever thought of and for that I have great admiration for you.Keep your head high and keep reaching for the stars and you will get through these slow and lonely days.Just know that God is looking down on you and making sure your safe.You have many fans out there that are supporting you so that right there should keep your morale high..Take Care Abby and God Bless..We're all praying for you!

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  99. Abbey, I hope you are aware (which you probably are, because you're very smart) Indonesia and Malaysia are quite dangerous. I'm talking about pirates, murderers. It's been going on for years. Have you considered going south of Australia rather than north of it?

    Best wishes to you.

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  100. I would have freaked out if I was surrounded by that many birds.

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  101. Hey Captain Abbey , You are moving and making progress,so I think it's a great time to make it a girl day -Due your nails -soak your feet-put on something fun-escape a little-before you know it- the wind will have you dancing on your toes.Sandi on the bay

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  103. Atta Girl Abby!!

    Well, Being a fly fisherman I know what its like to not have a bend on the pole, Keep on keeping on!! It would be good to see your smiling face again! how about spending some of that down time taking another for Connor and I.
    Kris and Connor Hamilton
    Killeen Texas

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  104. like other people have been saying you might find your title in your journal entries! save travels! i hope the weather gets better for you

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  105. 04-22-10 @ 18:45
    Hi Abby,
    How are you doing today? Just checked your chart and you’re still moving Eastward…maybe not as fast as you would like to be, but that will come eventually. You seem to be making fairly good time, although I don’t know exactly what you had planned per day. What is a good (desired) speed for you?
    Enjoy the time that you have out there amongst all the ‘quiet and solitude’, and some flying critters. Not many people are able to experience that, only to imagine it, and enjoy it through you…Thank you!!!!
    I thought that was very nice of Jessica’s “Granny” Watson to send you good wishes, they are a very nice and thoughtful family.

    Hang in there Abby, you know how the weather changes, and it will definitely change for the better, for you,….“just for you”….lol…
    Take care of yourself and “Wild Eyes” and the crew….how are Charlie and Mr. Doggie doing? Keep the faith and enjoy your books.

    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.
    Your faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

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  106. Why are beginning to see ads on your blog?

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  107. Hi Abby, try not to get so depressed. You will wish you had calm seas i'm sure during this adventure. Are you following Jessica? maybe the two of you can skype one another.
    Stay safe and God bless you

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  108. Hi Abby, you have come a long way in a short time. A six month trip is quite achievable in such a fast boat as yours. Jessica has almost finished her trip in 6 months in a much slower boat. You are really blitzing it. Please sail safe and enjoy your trip.

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  109. Hi Abby! I know it's getting boring and frustrating, but trust that God knows what's ahead for you. It may be that he sees things the you'll miss by going this slowly. You may never know what it was, but the important thing is that He does.

    You have your school work so you can always catch up on that... as uninteresting as it is, better to have it done sooner rather than have to shove through it when you get back.

    I don't claim to know anything about electronics, but after seeing the postings about rice, I thought I'd add this (in case you don't have rice with you). My hubby dropped his cell phone in the toilet last week and put it in the oven on low heat - after 30 minute or so it was working just fine. I know you have some kind of cooktop, don't know if you have an oven. Makes me wonder if you couldn't use the microwave or your heater the same way? If nothing else it's worth trying as a last resort. That doesn't help your corrosion problem but there have been several good suggestions on that.

    I think you might be too far out, but can you use your radio to connect with the groups that Zack talked to? I suspect they would be interested in hearing from you.

    Fair winds and following seas!

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  110. I'm running my first 1/2 marathon this Saturday... when I get really slow and run out of wind in my sails, I'm going to channel your motivation to just keep going the right way, regardless of speed. :)
    Lucy
    Kentucky

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  111. Hi Abby:

    Thank you for opening a window to your life and sharing your experiences.

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  112. Remember when Oregonians have gray skies, they don't tan they rust. Always look on the bright side.

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  113. Any chance of some videos and a few more photos please?
    We haven't seen any videos since you left Cabo and very few photos.

    How are you surviving on your freeze dried mountain food?
    I still think it's a shame you didn't add foods such as Jessica has on board her boat, tinned fruit, tinned potatoes to cook as chips/fries, long life cream to add with the fruit, cupcake/muffin mixes and other yummy stuff. Maybe it's your same old, same old foodstuffs that are making you feel a bit blue.
    Take care of yourself and I hope you get some decent winds and smooth, speedy sailing.
    Unfortunately with our winter coming on you'll find conditions in the Great Australia Bight area pretty rough by the time you get there.
    I know you'll hang in there though.
    Cheers,
    Lily, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

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  114. I know you will laugh, but gosh I'd give almost anything to trade you places!!!

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  115. Hi Abby,

    Don't know if you'll read this because I'm way down here at the bottom : ). But know that you are prayed for almost daily. Maybe this is one of the tough times that someone told you you would have to face in you journey. If so, remember their words and remember God's. Hang in there kiddo, you are incredible! JGF

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  116. Hi Cap'n Abby,
    Who loves speed.....

    Someone was telling us that this time last year it was so dry we had lingering fires that destroyed homes in Santa Barbara, and a monastary, and part of the SB botanical garden.

    Aux Contrar, this year. Off and on rain throughout the week. It was 42 degrees at 6:00 a.m. this morning. It's suppose to rain again on Monday with low temps. I'm trying to backcountry along the Sespe River to catch up with some folks building trail. Crossing the river 6 or 7 times will be chilling. I'll think of you in the warmer air. Maybe a steelhead will land on the backpack as I walk through. Ah! those hitchhiking freeloaders can be found in all waters.

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  117. Qlaudia from QueenslandApril 22, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Hey Abby

    Congratulations for logging 3 months at sea! (since Marina del Rey). A wonderful and worthy achievement! You have already battled a few storms and doldrums, and you are now a highly experienced circumnavigator. And Cape Agulhas is getting ever closer, so you'll soon be there.

    All you need to do is to "Keep on Keeping on". You are doing great!

    Love
    Q

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  118. Hi Abby,
    This is my first blog ,but i am following your voyage since day one.I am 9 years old from San Diego,Ca and you gave me so much hope and inspiration to follow my dream.I like your bravery,courage,toughnest,and skill in decision making.I look forward to read more of your blog whenever you can.God Bless you and be safe.

    Eileen fr:San Diego,CA

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  119. Hi Abby. Not much new here in L.A. So your aren't missing anything. What do you do for exercise?

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  120. Abby, I've been hearing about islands of debris in our oceans that are large. Though I'd wish that you never saw one and that these didn't exist, would you please let us know if you do see one? In the northwest, a dead gray whale was found to have a pair of pants inside his belly among other things. I imagine the slow sailing seems frustrating and not challenging at all. I hope you have clear day and evening skies.

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  121. Abby,

    Hearing about the birds visiting you reminded me of one fogging night that I was alone on my boat in the middle of the ocean. I woke up hearing what I thought was someone on deck. That made me just a bit nervous, but when I checked outside, all that I saw was what looked like hundreds of birds on the boat and also flying around my mast light. Looked like they were just having a party so I went back to sleep, only to have many of them stay with me much of the next day. Sounds like you must be a good host too. It’s kind of nice to have the company, isn’t it?

    Take care and have fun, Abby.

    From Seattle, WA, USA
    SaltyDog

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  122. Hang in there kiddo - you're doing a fantastic job and we're all rooting for you!!! Can't imagine what the birds are doing that far offshore......but maybe they figured you could use some company?!?! By the way are you going to pass anywhere near the Falklands? xoxo

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  123. "Wild Eyes and Wild Oats"

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  124. F. Denver McGareyApril 23, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Abby, you are so brave. I know how many postings you get, but I write this if even for myself...You are a truly amazing example of the American Spirit at play and I think this is only the beginning of a life full of great adventures.

    We are with you all the way-

    All the best,

    Denver

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  125. 04-23-10 @ 11:43
    Hi Abby,
    Just wanted to say hello and wish you some more good luck. I hope that you’re doing well and feeling pretty chipper…yes???...good, glad to see that. You’re doing a great job out there Abby, and I hope the wind will treat you well. Take good care of yourself and the crew.
    Looking forward to your next blog, when time is available……
    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.
    Your faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

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  126. 5 days till the start of the Bounty Boat expedition.

    4 men, open boat, 3,700+ nautical miles to sail.

    Will they make it?

    http://www.taliskerbountyboat.com/

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  127. Dear Abby,
    Ummm where have I heard that before. I think before your time.
    What I think is that you should give yourself a very good talking too, go with the flow and hope that it remains as boring as it is right now. I have a feeling that you will have plenty excitement before this little voyage is over :)) Hange in there Ms. Abby. May you have good wind always at your back and take very good care!!

    From Banker with a bass in Colorado

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  128. Susan Reames from Culpeper, VAApril 23, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    this is the first time I have written anything. I have been following your adventure like a nervous mother!I admire you so much.
    The reason I decided to post something is because you sound so down in your last couple of blogs. I just want to say to you that you are an amazing young woman! Don't let Satan come in and steal your "wind" from your spirit! Hang in there! Better days are coming. Don't let the gray raining days get you down. Keep your focus strong and keep your mind busy! Don't let depressing thoughts sneak in! Hang in there baby! You are a captain of your ship! You are in control! You are amazing!

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  129. Hi Abby.
    Though you may doubt, the sun is still shining and soon will be shining for you!
    God bless you!
    Nuno from Portugal

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  130. Hey Abby I was wondering why and how you decided thats what you wanted to do???

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  131. Dear Abby, your freeze dried food I'm sure, is getting the job done. I mean....they were packed by a Dietician AND YOUR OWN MOTHER! And who else to have the very best for you at their heart? Please pay no mind to the Blog that lists all the (as they said)yummy foods that Jessica had that you didn't. REALLY! And sure....we enjoy your pictures, but we'll live. First and foremost is your safety and that you are happy. Don't feel pressed to Blog everyday OR send pictures. When it's been a good wait to hear from you and we are getting anxious and wondering....your mother, Marianne, has graciously Blogged us caring and concerned Abby Bloggers. And since you rounded Cape Horn (the Mt. Everest of sailing)the Great Australia Bight will be a 'piece of cake' for you.

    From looking at the travel Chart on your website...even though you feel it is slow....it appears steady and pretty straight east. Sometimes a slight little boggle north or south, but it's looking GREAT to me!

    All positives from where I'm watching! :)

    You WILL have blue skies again...if you don't already by the time you receive this Blog.

    Keep the faith! :)

    Sandy

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  132. Hey,

    Nice blog here. I want you to check out this new book review blog Book Reviews

    Would be great if you want to join our blog. Even otherwise, we'd love to get your feedback

    Cheers
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  133. Abby, have you read "Sailing Alone Around The World", by Joshua Slocum? He was a sea captain who was told that sailing alone around the world couldn't be done...in 1895. So, he then did it, and the book is his marvellous account of those travels. Different time and place than now! and of course he had to stop along the way. Anyway, if you haven't read it, I am sure you would get a kick out of it.
    I didn't read anything "down" into your post at all. Not every day is going to be extraordinary, something you already know by now (got a kick out of the title of your post, "Learning Patience"--and then we all had to be patient in waiting for your next post!)
    I'm glad you're seeing some sea life out there; I hope you keep a diary of what you see, it might be useful in some way. We are having an unusual invasion of squid in the northern Pacific right now, but one always wonders what's going on way out in the ocean where there are no eyes to see (except yours). So many changes happening in the ocean these days.
    Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us!

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  134. Hang in there! Enjoy the fish and squid! Sounds more exciting than not seeing anything.

    It is warming up a bit here in Europe. The sun is rising earlier and earlier.

    Cheer up...things will pick up again soon.

    Hugs!

    Dora and Rachel
    Czech Republic

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  135. You are such a brave girl, sailing out into the great, wild sea alone. I wish I could be like you.

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  136. Hi Abby

    When the going get's tough...... remember back to why you started this adventure and hold on to that dream, recall the excitement of the early days. Look forward and consider the task ahead in small achievable chunks. Soon you will have another Cape to sail under and as Mike would say another box ticked!

    You are doing great; you really are so give yourself a pat on the back:)

    We continue to pray for you and Jesse as you sail on your adventures of a life time.

    Last weekend Peter and I were having our own adventure thanks to the volcano in Iceland. We travelled three days overland by train and coach from Naples, via Milan, Zurich, Brussels and Calais to London. it was great fun and we met some interesting people on the way.

    Now this weekend Peter has left Mike and I at home (Mike will be doing college work…hopefully) and he (Peter)has gone off with 6 other chaps from church to sail around the Isle of Wight for the weekend. They have hired a 40 foot yacht from Haslar Marina, Gosport and we are dead jealous. And the weather is expected to be excellent for them.

    Well keep well and look after yourself.

    Love and best wishes

    Peter, Heather, Fiona and Mikexx

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  137. It's cold and rainy where I'm at as well. Silly weather can't seem to make up his mind. We get sun then rain, sun then rain, etc. However, I very much enjoy reading your blog and wish you only the best of luck. :]
    Skye

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  138. Hello Abby

    We are following eagerly ... stay safe and be happy.

    Fay from the Gold Coast

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  139. Today's Inspirational Quote:

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

    -- Joe Lewis

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  140. Hello Abby, your last blog reflected a waning in your spirits – you know that you can improve your outlook. There is a trick?

    Long way from home - comfort zone.
    Fair winds elsewhere - no response to prayer.
    Kindle is broke - no joke.
    Etc., etc.
    Result; crabby Abby.

    Solution;
    Exercise the mind – leave self behind.
    Wild eyes too small – Think tall,
    Expand thinking – for the world to link-in.

    America is past – Africa's turn at last,
    Route of us all – listen to her call.
    Geographically ahead – Jessica is said,
    battling rough seas – our happy thoughts too, please.
    Your family concerned – you, your happiness earned,
    Doesn't matter, think of others - for crabby-ness to scatter.

    Take care, be gentle, we all mean well.
    Fred from Queensland.

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  141. Abby,

    Don't let yourself get down, "Granny Watson" from NZ was right. There truly is a whole world of people willing you to succeed and praying for it too. Jessica Watson as well, I've seen may people post to both blogs.

    I know at times it may seem boring but sometimes too litle excitement is better than too much. You seem to be making fairly steady progress even if it's not as fast as you'd like. When I look at the "Where's Abby" portion of your website you appear to be almost due south of Guinea on the eastern tip of Africa. Not too shabby when you consider that you were just trying to round Cape Horn a few weeks back.

    Hang in there, stay safe and positive. We're all behind you.

    Fair winds and following seas.

    Nick from CT

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  142. Hi Abby: My first post to you, but I have been reading your blogs for a long time now. Seems as if you are a good problem-solver and your descriptions of how to fix the auto-pilot show that. I imagine you have to be a very detail-oriented listener too, in order to follow directions. It would really be exhausting to try steer 24/7, so I hope your woes are a thing of the past.

    Good wishes from Minnesota and keep up the adventure! Judy

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  143. Abby, don't let anyone discourage you, you may have to pull in for repairs, and that is ok.
    Remember, if you never tried you would never have had this experience.
    Just think of all the explorers that had successes and failures. Ya can't fail if you never leave the starting block.
    You're doing just great!
    Hang tuff!
    Bob
    Oceanside CA

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  144. Hello- Do not worry about what anyone says about you. What you did out there was more than outstanding. First of all courageous is the word for you. Good luck with what ever you decide. I dream of shit like this so I can totally appreciate what you've forged. umm the entropy of devices, what can you say?

    peace & safe sailing
    aqcmiu

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  145. I read an article on you about a month ago and just noticed a story on you on the Yahoo homepage. From there I found your blog. I gotta say I'm extremely impressed with you. My daughter turned 15 today and my son will be 17 in June. I can't imagine either one of them doing what you're doing. I couldn't have done it either at your age. Very proud of you! Keep up the great work. Keep your spirits up too. You're a remarkable person. Just said a prayer for you.
    Best wishes and Safe Travels!
    Filomena
    Bensenville, IL

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  146. Hi Abby, Congrats on a 100 days Have a good time in CT here's some views of Cape Town
    http://images.google.com.au/images?sourceid=navclient&rlz=1T4GGLR_en&q=cape town&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl

    May I point out the suggestion that Abby maybe meets up with Jessica in SYDNEY,NSW,(not Sidney as some spelt it)
    she does not live there her home town is near Buderim,Queensland some 1800 kms north of Sydney. so unless One
    is prepared to travel they unfortunately may not meet.
    Jessica's starting/ finish line is SYdney Harbour, this I believe is because the Premier of QLD decided Jesse was to young to undertake
    such a voyage ,. and she, the premier quote.. "would do all in her power to stop her" unquote. I bet she'll want to jump on the bandwaggon
    when jesse gets back home tho' . So jessica goes interstate to start her voyage, She has just rounded Tasmania and should be home by the Weekend.
    Safe sailing - may your God go with you.
    How deep is the Ocean ??? -- a stones throw !!!
    BrYan

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