Sunday, April 18, 2010

Learning Patience

It has been another quiet day out here with a little more wind and out of a much better angle -SW. It was nice and warm as well - 64 degrees! Its so nice to be able a t-shirt and shorts again!

Even though it's warm its grey all the time and it's been pretty foggy the past few days. I like grey, rainy weather, or at least I did back in California where there are rarely two grey days in a row! During my time down here I have had an overdose of cold and cloudy weather, of course, I'm probably going to be complaining about the heat and sun once I get home!

This ocean seems to be taking awhile to cross. Everytime I turn on the chart plotter it seems like I haven't moved!! When you're out here and waiting for something day after day after day, and it takes a lot longer then planned it's hard. But I'll be out of here eventually and be onto the next ocean! In the mean time I'll get some good work done on my book and get to read my three real books, over, and over, and over again! (that was a little bit of an exaggeration... I have a few more than three)

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions for book titles! I've been thinking lately about what to call it, but haven't had any great ideas myself.

Abby

PS Thank you also for the tips on repairing my Kindle. The charging port is corroded and nothing that I have tried has helped. It is just way too damp down here for non-marine electronics. My iPod has survived but I don't listen to it much and it has a Pelican case designed just for iPods.

190 comments:

  1. Abby keep it up your doing great....

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  2. can't you download books on tape or the computer?

    I've enjoyed the reports... thanks...

    Keith

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  3. I kind of like how you come up with titles for all your posts (I'm assuming you come up with those titles) - I'll bet you find that one of those may turn out to be a great title for your book.

    Rest well.

    Craig K., Fair Oaks, CA

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  4. Abby,

    Hope the wind picks up for you!

    ~K
    San Francisco, CA

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  5. Hang in there, Abby, we are rooting for you here in So Cal...if it makes you feel any better we have had unseasonably cool and grayish weather here too. More like Late Feb than mid April!
    Take Care...writing your book is a great pastime!

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  6. I think you already have lots of patience or you won't be able to risk all those precarious situations. Thanks for the post

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  7. Here's a title: Sixteen and Seafaring or maybe, With the Wind at My Back

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  8. Being a Jessica Watson blogger since she set out I feel I need to say hi Abby and wish you fair winds and the best of adventures.

    Am following your blogg daily.

    Take care

    Sails

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  9. Abby,
    While things are slow you should go around and put a little piece of tape on the ports on electronic stuff so something else does not corrode. Have a great trip....your my Hero. Look forward to the blogs ever day and the map of where you are. Be Safe and Have Fun !

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  10. are you ever going to be able to video blog again good luck god speed tony

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  11. Captain Abby,

    Do you see any flotsam?

    Are you collecting any kind of data?

    Ali

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  12. Good to hear from you Abby. Just remember, the one TRUE constant in the universe is change. And that is certainly true when it comes to weather! Keep your chin up, you're doing great! And keep your "real" books dry!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kevin, Aiken, SC

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  13. WD-40 if you have it might help the corrosion on the charging port of your Kindle. I have used it for all kinds of things on my boat when had it.

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  14. Hi Abby,

    You are an intrepid young lady. I dare say that you are not just sailing for yourself, your team and sponsors. I would venture that your voyage is also for those in the world who used excuses for not following their dreams and allowed time to escape them. Perhaps more significantly your voyage just may offer hope to many people of the world that it is never to late to follow one's dreams.

    I do have a couple of questions if I may. I know that 16 year olds are indestructible but could you share some info regarding your nutritional program. Are you taking nutritional supplements and if so what are they?

    Also, I understand you have a fresh water maker on board, however do you have a method of capturing rain water for drinking should your power system be diminished?

    Thanks. God speed.

    Richard McMillan
    reelbizpro@yahoo.com

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  15. How does your comm system work? Can you download stuff to your laptop to read and do? Maybe you can work on two books (or more) at once. You've got the one your writing...but maybe get into some kind of fictional work...who knows, fantasy is an escape...either way, keep up the positive attitude and stay healthy...
    Keith-San Diego

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  16. From your tracking list: "This is a tough and potentially very stormy leg." Sounds to me like you're being given quite a bit of grace. I know it might feel like TOO much, but your tracking map shows that you're moving about 200 miles/day. Slow and steady sounds much better to me than fighting storms. Stay safe and keep writing to us so we don't worry!

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  17. Hi Abby, Cheer up gal, It will change and the next thing you know, you will be sailing past South Africa. Take the time to rest and relax. As the old saying goes, don't let the things you cannot control, upset you. We are all behind you and I am sure , think of you often. We used to live in Calf, so I DO know what you mean re: no two days in a row of gray. Stay safe and may the Good Lord watch over you. Luv Ya
    Bud & Charla Winnett

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  18. I think your best bet on the reading front is to write a page or two, on your laptop would work, or scribbled in lipstick on the mainsail, and then forget what you wrote. If you do this regularly, you can have new reading material evry day!

    Still praying Numbers 6:24-26
    Mouse in Whittier
    www.MoaMmusic.com

    Buy "Death and Coffee" here!

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  19. Hi Abby!!
    I have been keeping up with your blogs and I'm
    sure you will be across that ocean and be into the next in no time!! Keep enjoying the journey! Just think how bored Christopher Columbus must have felt. Hahaha
    keep smiling :-)
    Alyssa Dong from Irvine, CA

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  20. Abby,

    Following your voyage from Portland, OR, and it's very inspiring!

    Re: your broken Kindle, as an option, you can read books on your surviving iPod, provided it's an iPod Classic, iPod Video or iPod nano. They install to the Notes feature, and they're called Notescasts. If you'd like, we can email you a variety of classic novels we've developed at no charge, (Our meager attempt at helping support your courageous adventure) but I don't want to turn this into an ad. Perhaps your family can contact us at Notescasts.com, let us know and we'll arrange to email you whatever you'd like.

    Mike Westby

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  21. Great to hear from you today Abby!!!

    It has been my experience that patience is best learned by practice and watching others who do not have patience.

    All worthwhile endeavors require patience as no worthwhile endeavor happens overnight.

    Google and I came up with these quotes on patience:

    “All things come to him who waits - provided he knows what he is waiting for.” -- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the USA

    “He that can have patience can have whatever he will.” -- Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father

    “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” -- William Shakespeare, Playwright

    “Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.” -- Titus Maccius Plautus, Roman Playwright

    “Slow and steady wins the race.” -- Aesop, Greek Fable Writer

    “Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Author, Poet, and Philosopher

    “A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.” --Dutch Proverb

    “Little drops of water wear down big stones.” -- Russian Proverb

    “Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.” -- Francis Bacon, English Philosopher and Author

    “Patience is the companion of wisdom. -- Saint Augustine, Philosopher and Theologian

    “One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” -- Chinese Proverb

    “For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love and self-sacrifice.” -- John Burroughs, American Naturalist and Essayist

    “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” -- Franklin P. Jones, Author

    “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.“ -- Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

    “One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” -- Chinese Proverb

    “The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” -- Moliere, French Playwright and Actor

    “Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you,but not in one ahead." -- Bill Mcglashen

    “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” -- Chinese Proverb

    “Patience is the companion of wisdom.” -- Saint Augustine, Berber Philosopher and Theologian

    “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” -- John Quincy Adams, Founding Father

    “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and he shall strengthen the heart." -- Psalm 27:14, The Bible

    “No emergency excuses you from exercising tolerance.” -- Phyllis Bottome, British Novelist

    “It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.” -- William Cobbett, English Farmer, Journalist and Activist

    “Being patient might not be easy. It requires considerable concentration. But the result we achieve by enduring difficulties will be sublime.” -- Dalai Lama, Tibetan Leader

    “When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” -- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author and Poet

    “Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” -- Barbara Johnson, Harvard Professor and Literary Critic

    FWFS
    Chuck D.

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  22. Hi Abby,
    I have been following your epic journey from day 1 and am, like so many of your followers, living vicariously through your remarkable journey.
    We wonder what it must be like out there facing such unknown challenges. What it must be like to be becalmed, the feelings you felt before rounding the horn, the exhilaration of huge seas and the fear of it as well. People like me can only imagine what that must feel like.
    Now that you are writing your book here are some thoughts about what I would like to read when I read your book..as an ordinary person who will never sail around the world alone in my lifetime.
    I am sure you have heard of "Outward Bound" but I am sure you may never have heard how it was started. A shipping magnate called Laurence Holt, owner of the Blue Funnel Shipping Company, back in the '40's discovered that young sailors were having a harder time dealing with the rigors of seafaring for long lengths of time that the older sea-fairers. He hired Kurt Hahn, a german educator, to find out why that was. Kurt Han took the job and so, Outward Bound started as a sailing school for young people, off the coast of Scotland and grew into what it is now.
    You, on this journey of yours,are putting all of their theories about how young people respond to challenges to the test..real time and it is awesome to watch.
    So, for your book and on your blogs what I would like to know, and, I am sure so many out there would like to know: what did you feel before you rounded the Cape? How do you deal with being alone in cramped quarters for so long? How does it feel to be becalmed with the boat going backwards?! As you sail alone in a massive ocean how do you quantify that? What does that mean to you? How are you changing as each challenge comes to you?How do you see your life and the world as your journey unfolds?How do young people respond to challenges that are so great many of us would back off? What is it about you that can get you through this? Where did it come from?
    I would love to read a book like that. Written by a young person on a mission of self discovery.
    Just some thoughts as you write in the calm moments.
    Stay safe Abby, so the book will be written, as you join the great adventurers of our time.
    You are remarkable. Thank you for the inspiration every day as i follow your adventure.
    Archie

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  23. Where are you now? I'm new to your blog. But it sounds very dreary wherever you are! I hope the sun bursts through the clouds for you! And if you can't have that, I hope your dreams are sunny :)

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  24. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    A bit at odds with your context but just the same:

    "To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of [Kindle?]recorded time;"
    (Bill Shakespeare)

    ...or to some good winds and seas, sunshine and a book title! :-) Soon.

    Take care, Be safe.

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  25. Well that is bad news indeed. If it's the Kindle 2, that is the only way to charge it. That mini-USB port. Stupid idea not to have a physical power port like before, actually user request to do it this way, but they're so finicky you can break them without effort.

    The semi-good news is that the battery is replaceable and the connector is built in (the wires) I think if someone on your electronics team gets another Kindle and disassembles it, they can advise a way to charge direct to the battery itself bypassing that silly mini USB port. There's currently only one tutorial to get inside the Kindle which they can follow. Otherwise if you can still see the pins in side the port, and have steady hands and some pins or needles or stiff hard wire pieces and the boat is not moving and . and... :-) you could try some surgery and make a connection still. Better idea electronics dude on the team disassemble another kindle and figger a way to power up the battery directly. Details here:

    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Kindle-2/624/1

    While I'm sure the wind is more on your mind than the stinking "Kindle" :-) the wind is guranteed to come, while there isn't any like now, might be the only time to fix the electronic book.

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  26. Sounds like your are in a hard place right now. Have patience Abby, you will began the next chapter soon. These are the times you will be tested and with God's help and grace you will be victorious. Hang in there and stay vigilant and be safe.

    Dave
    Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

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  27. Are you planning on posting any videos? Out to sea all this time and we still have zero videos and barely any photos. :(

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  28. Hi Abby,

    Hang in there. You've already experienced windy days, rough seas, and tumultuous days and nights. So while the calmer weather may seem dull now, it will balance the next set of lively seas! And what more, you're moving in a pretty good direction.

    My family cannot cease to marvel at your courage, tenacity, good spirits, and wonderful sense of adventure. We track your progress on the map on your website daily and rejoice with you when we see lots of distance between the markers and lament when they show smaller movements. What a story you'll have to tell your family and friends, for decades to come, when you return to CA. We hope to be here to see you that day!

    Best wishes and much admiration,

    Mac

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  29. Abby do you have a holy bible aboard?

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  30. Captain it seems the wind is now more favorable and we’ve advanced 175 nm each day in the past two days. That’s something to celebrate, how about some grog?

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  31. What removes corrosion is Coca Cola, no kidding. If the battery terminals on a car get corroded, simply cleaning them off with Coke will get things working again. Don't dunk the kindle in Coke, just use it to clean the terminals both on the Kindle and on the power plug. You ought to have good contact after that and it should charge.

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  32. Hi, Abby! I'm not a frequent responder but I am following you and your journey pretty regularly. I had a thought about your Kindle issue. I think you must have laptop or other computer on board. This is probably not as convenient but there is a free download of a program called "Kindle for PC" from Amazon. In a pinch you could download that and use it with your computer. It works very much like the Kindle except you would not have the portability, unless you have a laptop for it.

    I can feel the disappointment you must feel with the low winds lately. That would not lead to much excitement... but it may lead to real nice book once finished!

    Best of luck on catching some nice breezes in the near future with fair winds and following seas.

    Bruce de Mich

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  33. Hola, Abby~
    Unlike gifts and talents, patience must be earned the hard way -- but you'll get the hang of it (ask your mom, she's got 7 kids! :)

    So glad you're having better weather! Since here in California we're still getting some rain and even snow every other week or so (El Nino), you'll probably be thrilled to have it hot and dry when you get back.

    I am amazed at your perseverance! I don't think I could resist stopping at all the interesting ports and islands you are sailing by.

    You're doing great! Stay safe, and Godspeed. Praying for you and your family daily.

    ~Breeze

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  34. Hi:

    Not that I request for any pictures, but has your camera survived the moisture and condensation? Your words are very descriptive and portray a clear picture.

    I hope you have another dictionary other than the kindle on board.

    s.n.

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  35. Eleanor Roosevelt once said,
    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
    Keep on believing, dearest Abby, your dreams get more beautiful every day.

    Sail on, Abby and Wild Eyes, sail on.

    Love and prayers from North Carolina

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  36. hi abby keep up the good work

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  37. hi abby keep up the good work
    Richard

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  38. Hey Capt'n Abalone (term of affection!),

    I've got a title for your book for you to consider. How about (drum roll please... ) "Making Memories".

    Keep having fun! I'm looking forward to your next post. Take care.

    Capt'n Mudgie
    Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

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  39. Dear Abby:

    Thank you for the update. Here's my idea for your book title:

    "Seaworthy"
    The chronicles of how a 16 year old girl sailed solo around the world...

    All the best to you,
    Wayne Wild I. Moraga, CA

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  40. Well if ya get too bored... you could always do some of your school work... hehehe

    Keep on keepin' on...
    From Houston, TX.

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  41. Remember Abby, Plato once asserted, "The life which is unexamined is not worth living." In other words, only those who go to an horizon can truly say they are living. Chin up, kiddo. If it was easy then everybody would be doing it.:--)) Cheers David.

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  42. I figured someone would have put up something by now. I'm happy that you are learning that not everything in life goes as planned and that you need lots of patience to get through an ocean (and life for that matter!) Hope you have fair winds, following seas and sunshine....
    Moshe, from Israel...

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  43. Great to be in a direct controlled surrender to nature. I guess in every moment, there is a great truth to learn. The Ocean being the book to read. Staring at the stars, seeing something more?

    Cheers.

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  44. Hi Abby, Well it kinda stinks when you don't really feel like you are getting anywhere when in reality you are going just a whole lot slower than you would like to be going. I think you should come up with the title all by yourself but listen to the suggestions. Its a real drag to have electronics mess up on you, but you do have your schoolbooks, right. Its also good to hear it warmed back up and you're able to get back into shorts and t-shirt. I don't know if you've heard the latest news but airlines are pretty much grounded in the northern & western hemisphere as a result of a massive volcano going off in Iceland,and this brings to mind a question, if you have access to news like from the internet or even a shortwave radio and I'll testify to the great products from Pelican, I've used them for years and they real hold up under the worst of conditions and its really to bad about the Kindle, this is just a thought could you open it up and get to the charging port and sort of "jury rig it" mind you Abby that is just an idea off the top of my head but nothing ventured nothing gained. Stay Safe and Have Fun and when outside Tethered..38º26"N/122º40"W

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  45. The hell with the kindle. Lets get the exercise equipment out of the closet.

    Seriously Abby what do you do for exercise?

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  46. Thanks Abby.
    Still travelling with you.
    Relax
    Luv
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  47. Go Abby, Go :)
    We've sent you a little wind, from Hungary, hope you'll get it :D
    Last saturday, we've opened the windsurfing season on lake Balaton, here in Hungary, it was great! Hope you will have as much fun on your whole trip, as we had.

    Wishing you good winds from HUNGARY!

    :-*

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  48. 04-19-10@ 03:22
    Hi Abby,
    Thanks for the latest up-date, glad to see that you’ve got some good wind and it’s pointed in the right direction. The only thing I can hope for at this point, is that you will maintain your positive attitude, and as you said, eventually you will be out of this. You’re a mentally strong person and you’re not going to let this get you down…..are you??? Of course not!!!!
    ‘T’ shirt and shorts, you’re practically having a heat wave out there. You know how it goes Abby, in the summer we wish for the winter, and in the winter we wish for the summer. We are just never satisfied…lol…
    So tackle them books and your book as well, you’ll come up with a name and you’ll know it when you do.
    Re: the kindle: Are you able to get into the charging port and scrape the corrosion away, or is the port to small? Like you said, maybe it’s just to damp for non-marine electronics. Some things just aren’t meant to be. But I remember that some of your sailing friends had been suggesting different brands of Kindle’s, so they must have used them at sea????
    Well Abby, good luck to you with the kindle and the weather. Take good care of yourself and the crew, and don’t forget “Wild Eyes”.
    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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  49. Ahoy, Abby!
    3AM on the Treasure Coast of Florida. I'm travelling for business and appreciate your lastest posting keeping me company. I recently finished reading DOVE and can't wait for your book to come out. Next on my list is Maurice and Marilyn Bailey's story of surviving adrift for 117 days in their dinghy. You are so very fortunate to be out there living your dream. Stay alert and God speed to ya!

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  50. Hey Abby,

    About patience. I'm impressed that you see it as something that needs to be learned. Have you got that right!

    Two guys were digging a ditch with picks and shovels. A passerby asked the first one what he was doing.

    "What, are you blind?! Can't you see? I'm digging a #%$&* ditch!"

    He asked the second guy what he was doing. The second guy said:

    "Why, can't you see?! I'm building a cathedral! It's going to have a tall steeple you can see for miles, and bells, a custom made organ, and it will last for a thousand years!"

    I know you're not building a cathedral, but you are doing something that will catch the imagination of some lost, hurting teen who thinks she's a worthless nothing who can't do anything hard. Write for her.

    Bill Smith
    Connecticut

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  51. Enjoy your adventure.

    VHD, 41°18'53.20"S,173°14'29.00"E

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  52. Good morning Miss Abby,
    The season weather is not much exciting where you are! I hope that when you will near Africa, you will find some nice sun.
    The charging port corroded is a bad joke, a very simple thing to explain and a very hard to fix. Against that, what could be tried? Some grease? A metal bristle? Scratching it, without making damages, but how?
    The chart shows you are "easting" again. Go on! And... be patient, you understood that already, there is nothing you can do agaisnt time.

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  53. Abby,
    So sorry to hear about your Kindle...it is such a handy reading tool. If you run out of reading material, there is a free Kindle download for your iPod or PC. Stay safe!! Nicki (aka Splendid)

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  54. Well Abby I guess patience is a virtue and right at the moment your Aussie Cousin Jessica is also having a lay day or two and going nowhere fast as it were. But Jessica had been thru a giant set of lightning ridges and some real wild weather for a few days before that and we hope that when you pass by us that the weather from the Indian and Southern oceans meeting against the Great Australian Bight and land mass are kind to you. Just wouldn't be right for us not to turn on the best sailing weather for you. I guess the main thing, as every one tells you, is to sail safe and remain clipped on. We are following you as well and admire you for your determination in chasing your dream. We know that it takes a lot of fortitude to do what you are doing. It was good to see your grades from college and by the look of your oceanic studies for one so young you are an extraordinary young lady and Mum & dad would have to be the proudest parents around. Added to the fact that you have an older brother who has done this before you Kinda gives you a kick along a bit. Hang in there the weather will favour you soon and you will be off and racing towards your goal. Good luck and God speed sail and stay safe.
    Gristy. I'm a Grandad and love to see young people of your caliber truly succeed.

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  55. Hi Abby, Glad you are having some warmer weather in spite of the grayness. I can sense your frustration at being out there in a really snappy, fast boat and having the wind drop out from under you. Not what you had counted on, is it? A lesson in patience? Maybe. But as it's said 'this too shall pass' and before long you will be S of Africa rounding Cape Horn! Hang in there! :)

    It is always a joy to read your posts. Thanks for always keeping us up to date!

    GO GIRL
    Blessings,
    Janell in Oklahoma, USA

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  56. Hi Abby,

    Maybe a title like "Youth Challenge" might be good for your book. From Sir Richard Branson a word of encouragement that I also gave Jesse, "The brave may live forever but the cautious never live." Go for it girl! regards in Jesus,
    Rev. Bill Steyn. South Africa.

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  57. ITS BEEN A DIFFERENT AND NEW EXPERIENCE READING YOUR BLOGG FOR A MAN LIKE ME WHO LIVES IN A REMOTE HAMLET CALLED KERALA IN INDIA

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  58. Abby,

    I have repaired usb ports on a laptop that has had salt water in it by using vinegar. You get a cotton bud, soak it in vinegar and then soak the corroded port with the vinegar. When the rust (corrosion has changed colour back to a shiny brass colour) wash with fresh water and dry with some hot air. You may need to do this with both the plug and the socket.

    Go Abby on your wonderful voyage which has us all enthralled.

    Also if you are short of books, on your computer there is a web site called "guttenburg" which has many books which you can download and read on your computer for free. They are only text format but they are good. All pre copywrite.

    Regards

    Morday Australia

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  59. Hi Abby,

    Watching you and Jessica Watson as you both sail around the world. I have to confess I know absolutely nothing about sailing or any terms associated with sailing. Would you mind giving us land lubbers (I know what that means now) lessons each blog entry? For example, a short paragraph explaining a term you might use or a part of the boat. I don't even know what a main sail is but I can guess it is the big sail. Would you use the big sail in strong winds?

    God bless you and I am praying for your safety and that you have fun,
    Stan Cameron
    Colorado Springs, CO

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  60. While you have extra time and are employing your
    writing skills, you might consider also trying to
    write some poetry or compose some songs to go
    into your book. Among other things it is good
    mental exercise!

    Best wishes, Desert Dan

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  61. Jeanp - AustraliaApril 19, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Cheer up Abby we all have blue days. Tomorrow you will be your old bright and sunny self again. You are doing wonders. Believe in yourself and don't worry about anyone else. At least where you are if you feel miserable you can scream and yell all you like and no one can complain about the noise. Wish I could do that sometimes. Keep positive, you WILL be fine. There are a lot of us here in Australia who know that you will do whatever you dream of.

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  62. Abby, Thanks for the update! Yes, patience is a virtue that is difficult for all of us to master in lafe, but your journey is forcing it on you. Best of luck!

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  63. Abby:
    Here is a solution for the Kindle issue.

    Make your own Kindle. Install Amazon's "Kindle for PC" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/pc/download includes instructions) and grab the freeware program called eeeRotate.v1.1.exe (http://www.netbookfiles.com/1013/eeerotate-v11/ ) which rotates the screen image 90 degrees to the right. Turns your laptop into a large, eBook-Reader-like apparatus.

    John R Willis

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  64. Hard to tell whose route markers moves slowest,yours or Jessicas.You're both wonderful troopers.Stay the course.It will all be worth it in the end.

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  65. Good morning, Abby,

    That's a bummer on your Kindle problem. As you well know, salt water and most metals are not friendly. Good you're limiting iPod use to calmer days.

    A question more for your team, Abby. Has there been thought of putting up a page like Jessie's that shows your track progress in Google Earth? (http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/the-voyage) That's been lots of fun.

    Patience is a good thing and I think you've mastered more of the skill then you give yourself credit for.

    The Lord bless you this day,
    Leon and for Sally
    www.leonwinter.com

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  66. Hi Captain Abby,Keep on hanging on.
    I'm sure there will be better days
    ahead weatherwise.I don't blame you
    for being a little impatient because
    Wild Eyes is a fast boat and you want
    to keep her moving along.
    Be Safe! Stay Happy! Godspeed!

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  67. Hi Abby,it appears this around the world trip is going to take longer than expected.Are you going to have enough food to get you back to Cabo?
    God Bless you.

    Libby Di Bernardo
    San pedro,Ca.

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  68. Hi Abby,

    Corrosion is insidious!! If you haven't tried a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swap, you might give that a go.... It might clean the charging port just enough... Or a pencil eraser might clean it enough to get a charge....

    Anyhow, happy sailing!
    David

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  69. Abby
    Enjoy your blogs and pictures. As a land lubber, the pictures tell the story for me. Your book should be a fine read. Best wishes.
    Sail on!
    Michael

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  70. hi from down under maybe you can try cleaning with some water despensing spray and a spare tooth brush if you have one good luck god speed

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  71. Hi Abby, I am in Brisbane Australia, I read your blog every day, or every day that you post a blog.
    I also follow Jessica Watson and she has lots of simple but interesting news. Compared to her, your book will, not stack up.
    We need to see some every day data/stuff, like whats your day cooking, what are you eating? what sail are you flying, lets see some photos, are you afraid, do you fear a big storm, have you planed monster conditions, we want to see that.
    cheers Dave from Brisbane Australia.

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  72. HAY ABBY!

    Thanks for the update, aways start my day checking on your progress and safty.

    I think it's great you have a tiller over a wheel on Wild Eyes. That would be my choice too. My sailing friends and I have an on going argument over which is better or more fun, thanks for taking my side.

    Hope the wind comes up soon so you can...GO! GO! GO!

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  73. Well I think u have given a definite heads up to Kindle and others in that dept. (i.e. moisture issue)..bet they hadn't thought of that problem that could arise....Looks like I missed the book title post/mention.. How about Wild Eyes on the Horizon? As far as patience, i thought ALL sailors had that? there's a lot of work involved in sailing..

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  74. Dearest Abby, You are so right. Before you know it you WILL be onto the next ocean. Perhaps this is par for the course, the long slow days. Just try to keep busy and fairly soon you will be back to surfing those waves.

    I notice there is no hint of any schoolwork in the 'downtime' - LOL.

    Stay happy, and enjoy every minute, and we your blog family will continue to keep you company on those looooooong slooooooow days.

    Blessings,
    Jo-Anne, Geelong Aus

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  75. The Kiddiewake KidsApril 19, 2010 at 7:01 AM

    "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience ..." Galatians 5:22 What a joy to be growing in the fruit of the Spirit!

    "Here is the patience of the saints..." Revelation 14:12

    God bless Abby

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  76. Go Abby!!
    We are wondering if you could give your loyal bloggers a sneak peak of your book?!! Maybe a few dozen words or so?? If not, we understand. Enjoy the cool weather, it won't last long! Be well and do good work Abby,
    Kris and Conner Hamilton
    Killeen Texas

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  77. Abby,

    I hope at least once during your journey you get a great view of the night sky.

    Fair winds and godspeed.

    Blind_Stevie

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  78. HI ABBY CAN YOU TAKE SOME GOOD VIDEO OF THE OCEAN AND YOUR BOAT WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT...TOM FROM INDIANAPOLIS

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  79. Hey Abby - I'm so sorry your Kindle stopped working.....bummer. But you're right about having more time to focus on your own book now -- if you keep at it, you'll be done with it by the time you get back home and it will go straight to the publishers!!! ;-) All your posts can be used as a foundation - you're a natural writer and tell your story very well. Keep on keepin on - you're doing great, girl and all us landlubbers are cheering you on!!!! xoxo♡

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  80. I think you might be in luck.

    I've read and re-read the Kindle Warranty maybe 100 times now. And no where does it say anywhere even using a 30x loupe reading the small print, anything about:

    "DO NOT use on non-stop solo world circumnavigations in Open 40 sail boats"

    I think a refund or replacement is in order.

    Rather interesting. They seem to have covered their asses on everything else except that. :-)

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  81. Your Oklahoma Well-WisherApril 19, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Enjoying your updates! Great job so far, Abby, so proud of you and your team! I love your positive attitude as long as you're at least moving forward, it's a good thing... Best wishes across the Atlantic... Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

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  82. Book title?

    simply:

    "me and Charlie"

    with a picture of Charlie like before on the cover...

    or

    "Methodologies for Back-End Management Visibility oh and by the way I sailed around the world by myself when I was 16"


    :-)

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  83. I think you like all kinds of weather. The challenges of it. I know Jessica has been a bit wishful lately though for a bit more wind..though today shes' interested in moths :O)
    I bet the Kindle folks are listening about what they need to fix so it works well at sea. Corrosion is always a problem. Hope your seas become more enjoyable!

    Gary & Jan
    Savannah,Ga

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  84. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    Addendum:

    "Wild Eyes and me, solo around the world - a true story" by Abby Sunderland edited by Barnes & Noble?

    :-)

    Take care, Be safe

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  85. Abby,go girl you r doing great,I have sailed on oil tankers for many years and I know what it is to be at sea for a long time it is a hard thing to do.but compared to the life time this time is just a flash in the pan.soon u will be having day sails to Catalina.Gods speed yping Lady

    Richard

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  86. Hello Abby
    Good to read your blog.
    Like your attitude about being out of there soon
    Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday
    huh. I think you are doing Great. Like some have said no use worring about something we can't control. Do wish you could have the best of winds and weather so you can have a blast sailing.
    Please stay clipped
    papaw

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  87. If you have an iPod touch, download Stanza and get books that way. Lots of classics available for free, plus you can buy books.

    Many wise people say you should never pray for patience - looks like you are learning it at a young age, so you'll be able to coast through middle age. :^)

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  88. "Patiently, then, persevere - for the Promise of God is true, and ask forgiveness for your faults, and celebrate the praises of your Lord in the evening and in the morning." (40:55)

    Keep strong Abby. The beauty of the world is at your site. :)

    Peace, Santa Cruz CA

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  89. Hi Abby,

    If you have a computer you can download books using e-reader. Gutenberg press is another source. The computer might be a good gateway. Since books are text it won't take long to bring them in to your system.

    On another subject, I think it is very important to write as you go, one day at a time. Your feelings are most intense in the moment as events unfold and your experiences are certainly unique. When you see a beautiful sunset describe it now. When you feel lonely write about it as you feel it now. There is nothing more powerful than the here and now experiences. Write them down

    John

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  90. your doing great, keep it up abby!
    and if your blogs are anything to go by, your book will be just fab, rebecca X

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  91. sorry to hear about your kindle. i read fast too, so i don't think that three or a few more books would last for months lol. at least you have your ipod! maybe you can watch some movies online. how was little dorrit? also for a book title, what about "abby's adventures at sea"? can't wait to read your book! will you put pictures in it too of your trip?

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  92. Dear Little Captain,

    I can only shut my eyes and try to imagine being you at this moment. Grey, cloudy,......and STILL...well, somewhat. Maybe God is holding you in that spot to avoid rough weather elsewhere. hmmm

    I'm so sorry about your Kindle. Me? I prefer my good old books anyway and am glad that you have several of those onboard.

    One day your children, to be, will be ever so thankful for the patience that their mother learned on her Sail Around the World! I said it weeks ago, and I still mean it. You are an INSPIRATION! When the going gets tough at times, I think of what YOU ARE doing.....and I 'step it up a pace'. I am so inspired by your youthful gumption and tenacity, that it urges me to trudge forward.

    And I am learning a lot of geography. Like where Cape Horn is located, the Falkland Islands, Sandwich Islands, etc. Oh...and I even looked up those 'Dodgers' in the Dictionary that Jony the Pony is forever telling you to keep up. Now I know what they are!

    I can't wait to read your book!

    Today....do you have a hairbrush? ha ha

    Do not forget to tie on when you go up on deck! Eat well, be safe, and say your prayers.

    God be with you,
    Sandy, Mississippi

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  93. Great, really, Abby!

    You and Jessica - I follow your both blogs - are idols for a new generations of girls: self confident, courageos, brave, intelligent. Doesn't matter if you are the youngest oder second youngest - I love you both.

    Axel, germany

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  94. Great job Abby! You're dealing with difficult times, but doing something amazing. Hang in there!

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  95. Hi Abby,

    Its good to read a blog again from you. We were a bit worried not hearing from you for two days. Getting a blog means that you are alive and continuing your quest. Sorry about a gadget that got corroded by the ocean. Magellan did not have a kindle, and many others too! Wild Eyes is your best kit. You've got dear God, your family, friends, and us whom you have never met but think and wish the best for you and your quest to become d youngest solo circumnavigator.

    My family will keep praying for you.

    Jacky O
    April 20, 2010 6:08 AM
    San Fernando, CamSur
    PHILIPPINES

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  96. PLEEEEASE...Steer South of the Somalian pirates!

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  97. So Per the rules of this, can your dad bring you a new kindle? :-)

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  98. Abby,

    gutenberg.org has thousands of books in the public domain for free download to read on your pc. They have every genre you could possibly think of, and the download time is not long for most of them.

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  99. You're smack in the middle of one of the richest fishing areas in the world right now.

    Patience? Now would be the time to do some fishing. The closer you get to Southern Africa the better the fishing possibilities as well.

    Bet a nice fresh filet of fish is just what the doctor ordered right about now :-)

    Curious if you got any bare staples onboard, salt pepper -- though you can certainly make your own salt, but oil, spice anything other? since all that you have is dehydrated ready meals. I imagine a seared pan fried piece of fish with nothing other than 10 minutes out of the ocean freshness is enough :-)

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  100. Hang in there Abby! Martin...Slippery Rock Pa

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  101. Dear Abby,
    I also enjoy reading what others post and where they are writing you from. You have the world watching over you. That fact alone is amazing to think how people from all walks of life, sailors and land locked people are captivated by your adventures!
    You've gotten some great advice for things to include in your book. Are you writing it on your computer or are you using a journal/diary and handwriting things? Maybe both? Are you an artist? What about some time for artwork while the seas are calm
    For book or chapter titles what about; "Sailing with Wild Eyes", "Depending on the Wind", "Private Conversations at Sea", "Eyes on the Horizon"...
    Praying for good sailing conditions and God's Guidance.
    Diane
    Denver, IA

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  102. 04-19-10 @ 20:00
    Hi Abby,
    Looks like you’re making some good progress, hope you can keep it up. Hope everything is going well for you, and that you’re enjoying sailing due East, did you have any luck with the kindle, I saw lots of good suggestions, but do you carry any coke or vinegar with you, vinegar possibly, or have you seen any convenience stores lately???…lol… But there’s no telling what you may have packed aboard before you left. Keep that positive attitude up and the sun will come out, and then you’ll really feel great. I hope you’re eating and drinking enough to keep your strength up. You’re doing a great job Abby, and you are definitely a great inspiration to people of all ages and walks of life. Girls like yourself and Jessica are what this world needs to help it get back on track. Dreams can become reality!!!!
    Not everyone can sail a boat around the world, but if they can learn something from your display of determination, tenacity and courage then nothing is unconquerable for them. God Bless You Abby, for this experience, so lead on…………
    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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  103. Dear Abby, just take one day at a time, do your best, enjoy your adventure. I for one will be checking on you daily until you are safely home. There seems to be plenty of advice coming in, a lot sounds helpful, but some is NOT. @ Dave from Brisbane, everyone has their own style and Abby will express herself and relate her experiences in her own way.
    Jules from Gold Coast Australia

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  104. Glad to see that all is well Abby:

    @Team Abby:must we have an add at end of Abby's blog? most disturbimg....
    We want to read about Abby, not about microfinance, or whatever they are....Viv

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  105. By the time we finished reading Bloggers' comment and guidance today it was past our bedtime but they covered everything in detail -"shipshape & Bristol fashion" - makes me proud to see the strong response. Oh yeah, the wind will rise in the morning and Wild Eyes will surely get some serious easting done... mind the loose gear.

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  106. Hi Abby, You are doing great. Stay in there, the weather will get better (I hope). I am glad that you are going to write a book, I will be one of the first people to buy it. Stay safe and remember my prayers are with you. Gail/Ventura

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  107. Hey Abby. I am doing a presentation on boating safety and would love if you could comment on the pros and cons of foul weather gear. I personally know there are very few cons if any but if you could think of anything I would love to know. Thanks a lot.

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  108. You and your adventure are amazing! Enjoy the Journey! (electronics are wonderful tools, but the important thing is you, your safety, and your dreams)

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  109. Hi Abby

    I think that Kindle and Course Master are both use Toyota electronics.

    Stay strong - love and prayers

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

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  110. @ Viviane -

    I agree let's bannish these junk adds. Next we will be seeing political adds Yuk !!!

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

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  111. Abby,

    Before I read your newest comment, I checked your progress on your route map and I thought “wow, you’re really making great progress.” So I guess it’s a matter of perspective. You’re checking your chart plotter often and I check your progress just once a day. When you’re in the middle of the ocean so far from any landmass, I think that it’s very difficult to get a feel for how much progress you’re making. But believe me, you’re doing fantastic. You’re really not too far from being half way across the Atlantic, and after that, you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll be rounding Cape Agulhas. It’s nice to hear that you got a bit of warmer weather to bask in. Have fun and enjoy every day, Abby.

    From Seattle, WA, USA
    SaltyDog

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  112. Yeah that ad at the end is very annoying, it even blocks the section to click to comment. Quick checking that ad is inserted automatically by google (who own blogspot.com), it's a "Public Service Ad" which is inserted when their normal adsense cannot find a suitable ad for the content. Means based on what Abby wrote today, they couldn't automatically find a matching advert which is usually populating the left side of the site (usually see that freaky wart ad all the time).

    Don't think a blogger can control/remove this particualr ad from today's post by Abby. Just have to write a new more interesting entry as soon as possible with words that their adsense program can generate a normal ad for. Maybe insert the word "finger" a few times in a new entry and that wart ad will return in the left side column :-)

    http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2005/02/public-service-ads-psa-in-adsense-how-to-get-rid-of-them/

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  113. You and Jesse seem to have the same problem. No wind. Sorry to hear that you are moving slow, but I am sure things will change and you will be looking forward to some clam time.
    God Bless you and may he keep you safe during your journey! Your friend in Christ.

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  114. Hi Abby,

    I enjoy your blogs so much. They are so interesting and I will be the 1st in line to buy your book.

    You are doing a terrific job.

    @Jules GC @4/19 5:21 p.m. Thank you.

    God speed, Abby.

    Clare, Spokane, Wash.

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  115. Just to get the quote right, "The brave may NOT live forever, but the cautious never live." Sir Richard Branson.
    Rev. Bill Steyn, South Africa.

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  116. The ad at the end of the comments section goes to help pay the cost of this adventure. If you really don't like it, offer to pay the same amount to have it removed. Go ahead, sheesh!

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  117. Hello TRUE Sailor ABBY.
    I am unsure of books you read. One of my favorite books n movies is named Christien, By Stephen King,,, Book much better. Movie good as well. Book better. MEE feel WILD EYES is your Christien. Wild eyes WILL die for you you,,, You ARE BONDING with your Vessel as of now from point "A" and there after. MEE Christien would be MEE land 4 wheel transpoe when need be. That there is MEE Sally Subarue. Point is. If you have a chance to read book or watch movie,,,,,POINT IS = YOUR VESSAL WILL DIE to keep you safe. ,,,,,,, At least that is my opinion.,,,, YOU Abby have a good heart SOOOOOOOO, you WILL ACCOMPLISH MISSION!!!!! MANY MANY MANY MANY HAVE YOUR BACK !!!!!
    Jason A Byrd.

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  118. wow! just found your blog. very inspiring! nice to have such focus at a young age. good luck and i look forward to your updates!

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  119. Dear Abby,

    It was good to hear from you. I'm praying for you, and I'm so looking forward to reading your book. Keep your chin up!

    Warm wishes from Kansas!

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  120. Evie from BendigoApril 20, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Hi Abby
    Good to hear from you. I am picking up a bit of depression in your writing. Speed can be an enemy as well as a friend, slow and steady ends the journey.
    As for the 'kindle' have you tried using your emery board or fine nail file to reduce the corrosion and a small squirt of wd40
    Any ways keep smiling
    cheers
    Evie from Bendigo

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  121. Well the Bounty Expedition set sail yesterday. Wish them luck :-)

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100420/ap_on_re_as/as_tonga_bounty_voyage

    The mighty ocean is becoming might small.

    1. Don McIntyre, who lent Jessica her Ella Pink Lady boat and who earlier on wished Abby well in an earlier blog entry, leading his long awaited expedition.

    2. Don McIntyre supported Mike Perham who had all that trouble with his boat in Hobart. Mike Perham was supposed to be a crew member on this expedition.

    3. Mike's the British lad who sailed around the world while Zac was under way.

    4. Zac's the brother of Abby :-) who's blog Don McIntyre, wished her well in an earlier entry.

    Phew.

    :-)))

    now if we can just somehow squeeze Saito-san back into the mix (again), we're in even better shape.... !

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  122. Abby-

    It is amazing what you have set out to do. I just learned about your trip for the first time today, and just wanted to tell you that I am very proud of you for what you are accomplishing. Keep up the good work! :)

    Cyndy

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  123. 04-20-10 @ 15:41
    Hi Abby,
    Looks like you’re on a roll, keep it up and you’ll be passing Cape Agulhas in no time…..(What’s ‘no time’??)
    I hope you’re enjoying the weather and that you’re having some good sailing conditions. Keep up the good work and don’t worry to much about the weather, it will change when it wants to. It’s just a little contrary sometimes….lol…

    @Jason A Byrd: It’s Christine not Christien, and yes, the book was better because the reader can use their own imagination, as is all of Stephen King’s writings.

    Take good care of yourself and the crew, and try to get some leisure time in for yourself.
    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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  124. Come one, Abby, it is going better now. Smile! According to the location tracker, the distance to Cape Aghulas has been reduced with 524 nm in 3 days, that is 174 nm per day. This has cut the ETA at Cape Aghulas by one day and is now 7 May in my calculation. Passage Weather predicts more action the next few days. Stay safe and good luck.

    /Ben, Sweden

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  125. Hi Skipper,

    In addition to your blog, I look forward esch day to seeing your latest map position, and then I measure off your progress. I smile a lot on those days when you make 200+ miles.

    Did you EVER imagine you would have so many people following your progress every day and eagerly awaiting your written words? And of course, a lot of us actually worry about your safety.

    I imagine you have seen the last few posts from Jessica. I wonder if you have a spare main. Jessie blew out both her mains in a couple of days, and has had to sew them up. Sooner or later, you will probably has some really bad winds and blow a main. Please be ready for it.

    Sail safe & be happy

    Steve L in Modesto CA

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  126. Dear Abby,

    Its 6 AM in the Philippines, and I have checked your blog. Still no entry. But that is alright.

    Checking your progress in mid-Atlantic is becoming an early morning habit. Glad to know that you made some progress, though little compared to your prior speed. But be consoled that you are sailing EAST, still in the proper direction. God controls the winds, so put yourself in God's control. I know you're getting impatient because you set a timetable to finish this solo trip. But remember Abby, God and the world is with you in this BIG adventure of a lifetime at such a young age.

    Please be patient, turn your mind to other things, then the wind will come back.

    We will keep you company in our thoughts and we will continue praying for your safety.

    Be happy!!!!!!!!

    Jacky O

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  127. Have you mastered Patience yet? :-)

    How does it compare to Solitaire?

    It's the same thing you know, one American one Brtish. Just different names.

    Do you have marine proof cards or you playing it on the computer?

    ;-)


    teehee...just teasing you Abby.

    I see you making some good easting now. weather still looks bit weird for the next few days, on animated maps, basically balls of high winds and the rest no wind to a tiny bit of wind in that area. Looks weird , how to catch it when it's tight as a ball like that.

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  128. Captain Abby,
    If all else doesn't work, use your Kindle device as a downrigger for your fishing lure, good luck fishing. Safe travels.

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  129. Hi Abby,

    Great to hear you are progressing well.....even though you sound a little bored (?) Patience is a virtue!! Make the most of the quiet time....Mother Nature will probably test you well and truly before the trip is out. When you are busy time does fly though and I appreciate you would rather be occupied. Wish you well, safe sailing..............cheers............Babs

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  130. Abby,

    I'm sorry to hear about your Kindel. I think the e-reader for your PC might be a good back-up plan. One thing I'v efound that works eith corrosion also is pencil eraser ... if you have one onboard and if you can reach the corroded connections.

    Safe sailing and I'm glad you're getting some sun

    Nick

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  131. Download Kindle for PC. I read on my iPhone on the train and my computer at home and sync between the two.

    Lauren

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  132. Wow Abby,
    You have inspired me so much. Anything is possible!

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  133. You are doing great! So, as I scroll and scroll down the page I'm thinking...how do you have time to read books with all these comments to read???

    Stay safe and strong!

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  134. Abby,

    Just in case you haven’t been keeping up on Minoru Saito’s voyage, he just past the equator today. Congratulations to him. He is on the last leg of his trip and hopefully he will make it back to Yokohama in late May or early June. Next time that you think that you’re not making much progress just remember that Saito-san is now in the 18th month of his marathon backwards circumnavigation. What a grueling trip it’s been for him. I don’t have the exact numbers, but it looks like you’re making at least 60 to 70 nm per day more than Saito-san. You really are doing great, Abby. Keep up the good job and take care.

    From Seattle, WA, USA
    SaltyDog

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  135. Dear Abby, Ma'am Marianne & Sir Laurence,

    It's 2:14 PM of April 21, 2010 in the Philippines.

    My wife Rose is now a fan of Abby and we regularly check her position on the map at Abby's website.

    We are getting worried because for the past two days, Abby has not posted any blog.

    We both hope and pray she is safe and in good health.

    Jacky O & Rose

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  136. stay safe Abby, be cautious, and clipped on.

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  137. Pull the battery out of kindle and charge it directly. Your parents may have to call amazon and write a schematic for you so you don't blow up the battery. It will work...

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  138. @anonymous: We understand very much the value of advertising and what the money is used for, however, there is a place for everything: would you be happy to read 2 dozen adds before you read Abby's journey? or put up with the time it takes to load? or even hide some of the blog, as this one does?
    I know what I prefer.... send the add to the sponsor's page and let us read about Abby and the good job she does. If i want to found out about a product, I can do so by myself and go to the right page!!!! cheeeeeeeeeeezzz

    Hope that the wind has picked up for you Abby....Viv

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  139. Today's Inspirational Quote:

    "The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to
    cross and which to burn."

    -- David Russell

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  140. Abby: Sounds like the journey is getting a bit lonely but so many people are cheering for you. Read my great grandfathers ocean adventure on my webbie...he crossed from England to Boston in 1856...

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  141. Yes, Abby: Steer far south of Somalia. You would be a prize catch, and those depraved bastards would be there looking for you.

    You are just absolutely wonderful. Take care, hang it there. After all, it's only 30,000 miles or so! :o)

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  142. Hi Abby, I was thinking we could get all the blow hard politicians to turn your direction and help that wind pick up!! Meanwhile thanks for posting, I am enjoying the journey through your eye!

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  143. 04-20-10 @ 12:57
    Hi Abby,
    Just finished reading all the posts from your faithful followers, very interesting, lots of sound advice and love. You’ve got a great bunch of followers and they are very concerned about you, so take care out there and don’t despair, chin-up and keep a smile on your pretty face.
    Seems like you’ve gotten’ into some good wind and should be sailing along fairly well. From 4/17/10 to 4/20/10 I’ve got you averaging 174nm’s per day, not to shabby in my eyes. The winds look favorable for you for a while, so keep it up Abby, I think you’re doing a great job.
    I hope you’re eating and drinking enough to maintain your strength. You know how important that is. God Bless You Abby, take care, and please don’t take any chances……
    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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  144. Hi Abby-

    Try Twilight. Best Series EVAH! Peace out :-D

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  145. y would u read :P i would swim

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  146. Hi Abby,
    You are a true inspiration for everyone! I can't wait to hear from you in your next blog! Keep up the great work and keep on sailing!

    CM

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  147. enjoy your books, and good luck on your trip!

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  148. you can read on your computer plus you have guts for going out there by yourself

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  149. Hi Abby. Is it hard to sail? I've never actually been on a boat, but it seems cool! I really hope you can achive your goal!

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  150. Hi
    Hope your Kindle get fix.

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  151. Dear Abby,
    Great job sailing!
    From,
    RP

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  152. Good luck in the bad weather!

    KG

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  153. Hello Abby,

    Must be hard for you at your age. Looking up to your brother though, I think it'll be very easy! Keep up the good work! Keep your mind adventuriuos.


    JG

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  154. couldent you read books online?

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  155. Dear Abby,
    It must be hard out there at the sea. I personally love the sea myself but I do not think my parents would allow me to buy a boat and sail for six months. Since you love to read I recommend this book (unless you have already read it) called "Hope Was Here" by Joan Bauer. When you are feeling down (which is probably not much!) just read it. It has many little sayings in it that really make you look at life a little differently. Its amazing. Good luck out there! Hope you can get your Kindle fixed!
    Sincerely,
    J.L.
    (P.S. Keep on Sailing!)

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  156. I think you are smat but i also think it is dangrous on what you are doing

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  157. Hi Abby you are a very brave person to go out and sail around the world. I've heard you've had a few problems but you hang in their. You have a lot of cool tech. Does the dehydrated food taste good? Will you want to have a nice meal when you get home? I will keep reading your blog to see whats going on.
    See you soon Abby...Have a fun, enjoying, and have a safe trip.
    BEST OF LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  158. Remember... "Red sky at night sailor's delight, red sky in morning sailor's warning"

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  159. i think you are very brave.

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  160. Heyy Abby, how is your trip going? Hope its going well :D!! Sorry to hear that your kindle broke! I think the kindle just died since your in the water, and the salt water go in it! Does your mountain dehydrated food taste good?
    Well,
    Best of Luck Abby!!!! :)=) =] :D =D
    Be safe and good luck! Your a very brave girl!!! :) ky :)

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  161. Enjoying reading your blog...you go Abby! Seems to be the topic on many of your posts...how about just using it as the title of your book, "Gray and Winded at 16"

    Be careful out there Abby! You are probably too young to know any Seinfeld episodes but here is a funny quote from an episode, "The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to return soup at a deli!"

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  162. Hi Abby, I'd love to know more about the sailing side of things - whether you're fully powered up most of the time or reefed, how much time you're at the helm, how your sails are bearing up (do they need much maintenance?), etc. Do you find you can make better speed if you're steering rather than relying on the autopilot? What are your thoughts about why you're not making the expected speed? - are your routers deliberately keeping you north of the stronger wind? Presumably you got good speed out of Wild Eyes when you first took her over, hence your predictions for how many days each part of the voyage will take – so what are your thoughts behind your slow progress? Just bad luck? By the way, are the miles ‘land miles’ or nautical miles showing your location? I hope their nautical miles – otherwise you’re going even slower! Keep your mind on the sailing, forget the book! Just joking (sort of!)

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  163. Hope everything is ok. Haven't seen an update in couple of days. I bet your soooo into your books you forgot..... :)

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  164. my kids and i love your updates. we are so impressed by your courage! and as for this ocean seeming slow-going, it feels that way only to you, who has to go through it minute-by-minute. to us, watching the map each day, we are amazed what short work you are making of the Atlantic Ocean!!!! all the best from the troyer family in l.a.

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  165. good luck out there abby!!!!! :)your veryy brave ky:)

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  166. hello Abby. From Clombia Sud America

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  167. FYI Amazon now lets you access your Kindle account on your computer!

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  168. HI Abby.. We've been a bit concerned about you. Could you try to write and let us kow what's happening? Are you ok? We're praying for you. It's tll bad that you cant' write a little more often...we're concerned about you.
    Thanks! God Bless you richly today and for the rest of your trip!
    Ron in Colorado

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  169. Abby, there are a ton of people that follow you. Not posting for 3 days makes people worry. I'm sure you are busy, but you'd think the shore team could at least post an update that you are OK or something. Sorry if this is harsh but come on, help us out!

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  170. Hey Captain Abbey, The sea is keeping you from bloggs that is good. Just want to know everything is ok. Sailing on the bay Sandi from the chesapeake

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  171. Just checking in on you Abby, hope things are going well for you. I'm an avid reader and would go stir crazy without books to read. Hope you have a few on board with you seeing as your kindle is stuffed.

    I keep checking for video clips but the only ones there are from before you started your trip, or from Cabo. Sure would be nice to see some videos, and some more photos as well.
    I shouldn't compare you with Jess, but her short video's and photos added to her blogs are good viewing [and she had quite a few right from her first days at sea], and often a video or few photos are more than enough to let your fans know all is okay.
    You sound a little down........I do hope your spirits lift soon.
    Take care, smooth sailing.
    Lily in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

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  172. Hi Abby -- Your last post "Learning Patience" doesn't seem to help my 'patience' in wondering about you.... Three days without an 'Abby post' seems too long........ :) Even though I am certain everything is going well for you, I just wanted to let you know that your posts are being missed. (hint, hint) BUT, before you post, take care of yourself and Wild Eyes first....

    Know that you are loved out here in blogger-land! Keep alert, sail smart, sail safe!!

    GO GIRL
    Blessings,
    Janell in Oklahoma

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  173. Well done Abbey. It's amazing how far you've come. I like your idea of taking it one ocean at a time. That's still too daunting for me. I don't know how you're doing it. You're incredible.

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  174. Can you read books on line? like Google Books? I don't really like to read stuff on the computer, so I usually print it out (I know, waist of paper!) but I don't print whole BOOKS out!

    I am sure that if you could read stuff on the Kindle, you would do just fine reading stuff online.

    Like I said, Google Books, has free books you can read! although you might have to pay for some. :/

    Best Wishes from Nor Cal!

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  175. Please note the title of this particular Blog. Team Abby is on watch. They are sensitive to the concerns of us "Motherly" Followers. I trust we'll get timely updates when there is "news." Patience is part of any long sea voyage; we can best serve our care for Abby right now by practicing greater patience. Go check Passage Weather reports ...you'll see what Abby/Wild Eyes is addressing right now.

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  176. She is a brave! i would be terrified

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  177. Our darling Abby, In all your highs and lows, calm seas and stormy, remember to always keep your eyes on the goal. It's not bad to be in a trough, as long as you stay on course. Although Philippians 3: 13 and 14 refer to that Heavenly goal, it is the Lord's formula for life here and now: 'Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above.'
    We love you Abby and so too does your Heavenly Father. His angels are watching over you and He will guide you through the rough patches throughout your journey.
    Love Jan (Toowoomba, Queensland, Oz)

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  178. Hi, Abby.
    I am new to the blogging universe, but not new to patience.
    I have been a chess master for almost 30 years, and a chess teacher for more than 20 years.
    Patience is like water. I sip it, it refreshes, and then it is time for another sip.
    I will visit again soon.

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  179. Abby,

    Your post from the other day titled,"Learning Patience"... That might just be a fantastic title for the book.

    BTW, I will definitely be buying your book!

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  180. Greetings from the Great Lakes.
    Glad you made the right choice to put in after the failure of your autohelm.

    Its not just pulling off and adventure - but pulling it off in "good style"...not being foolish nor being too timid. You have good judgement.

    I wish you luck, a safe passage and a wonderful story to tell your grandchildren 40 years from now. Take care Abby.

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  181. Your decision shows wisdom, clear thinking, lack of hubris. Despite your initial disappointment, you have wisely adapted to your situation, I admire you greatly. Enjoy the rest of your voyage around the world. I wouldn't waste a millisecond worrying about "the critics". Some people will criticize the sky for being blue!

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  182. TITLE: Salty Sixteen

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  183. Abby,
    I'm 12 years old and you are my hero! I can't believe you're so brave! My dad has a 28 foot Islander and I don't go on it as much as i should. I learned to sail, too! It's lots of fun, although I can't imagine doing it all by myself. Yesterday we went sailing from Long Beach to Newport and I sailed for maybe a 1/3 of the way. Good luck on your book. I'm sure that's a nice way to pass the time. I'm trying to write a book, but I just can't seem to finish it. Maybe I should solo-circumnavigate around the world to help me! : )
    Title: Water Bound: The Abbey Sunderland Story. : )

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  184. Hi Abby,
    I admire you so much!! Love reading about the ocean and good and bad days. Can you describe the night's alone out at sea? Would love to see more pics and maybe some video. God Bless you and keep you safe. We are all so proud of you and are right with you. Be safe and stay strong girl!

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  185. It's good to hear you're getting the winds you need Abby. And glad to hear too that Zac is coming to Cape Town to be with you. His visit will be a great boost for you. Sorry Katherine couldn't be there as well. Enjoy your time in Cape town. Not long now. Take care little lady. Sunshine Coast, Qld. Aus.

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  186. we think your radio went into a blind spot,we are rooting for you in colorado

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