Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cape Town Photos II

These photos were sent over from South African photographer Eben Human:

Many thanks to the Cape Grace Hotel for a special delivery of fresh food - cheesebruger, fries and an ice cold soda!!


  1. Abby,

    An amazing accomplishment! We're so exicted for you and very very impressed. Enjoy the visit with your Dad and Zac.

  2. Hey girl - how does it feel to be steady on the land after 100 days at sea? SO glad to see the pix of you with Zac -- and that's your dad, right?

    Enjoy the hot meals, hot showers and hope you get the rest you need before setting sail again☺☺☺ Cheering you on from the midwest!! xoxo

  3. Awesome pics. Thanks!

    Abby's looking at that South African fry like she doesn't know what to do with it! :-)

    Wild Eyes, looks remarkably clean, sails still white as they day she left, hull and body zero fouling. Looks good. Though the broken eye looks a bit creepy. Can they fix it or maybe paint a patch over it? Somewhat of a creepy omen travelling around with it looking like that.

  4. Welcome to Cape Town Abby. By the way, in case you didn't notice, that "black smoke" you saw, was The Lord telling you "Welcome to Cape Town" as well. Glad you made it in good shape. You've
    got a lot to do, but don't cut any corners. Have a good day, and may God continue to bless you. Norm :-> :-> Sacramento, CA U.S.A.

  5. Can I borrow your boat (Wild Eyes) after you're done with it? I want to give it a shot. It looks like a lot of fun!

  6. Captain Abby and Team,

    Enjoying the photos. Great one of the smiling Sunderland threesome. And it looks like a french fry won over the cold drink as the first thing Abby really wanted upon arrival?

    Thanks to Eben Human.

    And to the Cape Grace that's service!!

    Rest up Abs....have fun.
    john, Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada

  7. goodnesss,,, such a WINNER , you are,,, wow..

  8. Very nice gesture by the folks at the Cape Grace Hotel. Now, how about some Oreos and a cold glass of milk?


  9. Dear Abby,

    I hope you are still sleeping in your warm and dry bed! You deserve the rest!

    These pictures of you are awesome! Keep them coming!

    Warm wishes from Kansas,

  10. This is the first chance I got to see the side of your boat!. Love the eyes girl!. Wow...Those shots are awesome... Can't wait to see what the L.A. Times writes about ya when u get back here!!

  11. Hey Abbey, Have a great visit with your family! Wild Eyes is beautiful!

  12. Great pics! I was just thinking that the black smoke must be the Lord's confirmation that you made the right decision stopping at Cape Town. And now Zac and your dad get to be part of the memory-making mid-voyage!

    Lori in MN

  13. Welcome to Cape Town, Abby. You're amazing. Come back soon and experience Africa's East Coast, Madagascar, Chagos. There's plenty of great sailing east of here. May the Southern Cross and Orion guide you well!
    From Sailormom

  14. Great photos! Good luck with the rest of your journey!

  15. After eating all that Mountain House, you look a little leary of that french fry. It's like those contestants on Survivor when they win a feast, it can be a shock to your system. Thanks for all the great pics :)

    Jack in San Diego

  16. Hi Abby... Glad you have made it safely into CapeTown. Great pics and you look great. Now relax, enjoy, eat some great food and have fun while you are there.

    Lord loves you and so do we.

    Bud and Charla Winnett

  17. Great photos! Hope you enjoyed that cheeseburger and fries and ice cold soda!

  18. Ah ha ha ha!! They must have thought, "Hmmm, what will make Abby feel right at home?? A CHEESEBURGER!"

    I bet it was probably one of the best burgers you'll eat, if you even ate all of it. I know after being out to sea for so long, it's hard to eat a full meal once on land again.

    Well good to know your safe, fed and CLEAN!

    Let us know how the repairs are going once they get under way!

    XOXO - Alana

  19. Hi Abby i'm glad you made it in to shore. Im sorry you weren't able to go non stop. your still the best i think , i work at a body shop fixing cars, making them look cool and motorcycles to. rate now were working on a1968 firebird with a427 bigblock very fast to,i think you would look good driving this car. at work i think of you all the time to. i find it hard to concentrate times but i manage. we are painting motorcycle bike parts with sparkles in it to, it's going to look sharp

    here is my number if you would like to call sometime 1 613 362-1919

  20. Yo Abby! Thanks for a great post. Love the pics. The cheeseburger and pop are fun. Is the floor still moving for you? lol...
    Have a good time in CT and I'll keep watching for you everyday.
    39*50'N, 86*9'W

  21. Hi Abby.

    Thanks for posting these photos. Nice of the hotel to give you a nice meal when you arrived. I know I'd probably eat that in a heartbeat if I was going on freeze dried food for the last 3 months, but that's me.

    Try and find some time to relax and enjoy Cape Town while you're there. It seemed from earlier posts you seemed a little uneasy and nervous. Try and enjoy yourself when you go back out to sea.

    I really admire you for what you're doing, and as I said in an earlier comment, there's probably only a handful of people that are living their dream, and you are one of them, sailing around the world.

    New Jersey

  22. Thanks for the photos.........can we have some with abby up the mountain? And some of the area her boat is in? Hey, Abby! had a good shower?? Get the hotel to get you some special grapes that grow there called Hanepoort ( the "a" sounds like the "a" in "harm", the e is prounounced just like "uh" and the "poort" as in "poor". They are like none other!!! And in season now! If i did not tell you how to prounounce it they would not know what on earth you are asking for!
    Thanks again and have heaps of fun and fresh food,

  23. Hi Abby, Great pictures.....looking good. Thanks for sharing. The cheeseburger looked good!!! Take care of yourself and enjoy your stay in Cape Town. Gail/Ventura

  24. Wonderful. I hope you could feel the blog applause. Congratulations. Enjoy the land for a bit.

  25. Thanks for the updates and photos

  26. Hi Abby,

    You look so happy in those photograghs.

    Enjoy your time in Cape Town. You are truly an
    inspiration to many of us. Especially those of us who are too scared to live their dreams the way you have.

    Having watched you and Jessica fulfill your dreams, it has inspired me at the age of 52 to actually do something I've always wanted to do.

    I'm going to university next year. I've made enquiries and have also worked out the best way complete the course I intend to undertake.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my inspiration.

    All the best for the remainer of your wonderful adventure.

    God bless.

    Mary from Sydney

  27. Hey Outlaw that sounds pretty cool,good job!!Abby Well done all the way to the Im sure you will examine Wild Eyes with a fine tooth comb lol you both have a ways to go and a lot of fine sailing to come.Take it easy a while and be sure to shed all trace of the inevetible frustrations accrued through constant equipment failures.Rest and relaxation Abby, First things First.Wild Eyes will wait for you.Then... Sail on together,Again.cheers stevep Sydney

  28. Hey Abby...YUM @ that burger, that was nice of the Cape Grace Hotel enjoy.

    Bob from Boston

  29. Hi Abby,
    Thankx for sharing photos. I love your boat!!! I enjoy keeping up with your trip.
    Have a good rest while on land!
    I wish you all the best, and keep up the good work!!

  30. These pix are terrific! You, Zac, and your Dad all look so happy. As someone said about your Dad he is really showing his pride over you!

    Be well . . . and rest well!

    ~ Cynthia (Half Moon Bay, California USA)

  31. I bet that meal tasted good. Glad your safe and sound.

  32. I'll bet that meal seemed like it was the best burger and fries and the coldest soda ever! Congrats on making it this far and good luck on the rest of your journey.

  33. Great job - awesome boat.

    Eric Pinola
    Desoto, TX. 75115

  34. WOW! I'm so thankful that your engine(if it was going to quit on you)bit the dust when it did. Good thing!

    Great pictures! That's so great that your Dad and brother greeted you.

    Rest, enjoy the food, company and family! I'm so excited for you!

    Go Abby!


  35. 05-07-10 @ 16:27
    Hi Abby,
    Thanks for the pictures, everyone looks so happy, I wonder why…lol…
    Hey, did you think the French fry was going to bite you before you could bite it???…lol… Loved the pinky bit though, sooooo dainty!!!!
    Take good care of yourself down there and maybe you could ‘air’ out Charlie and Mr. Doggie, how are they holding up???
    Sounds like you’re being treated very well at the Cape Grace Hotel enjoy, so enjoy yourself and get plenty of food and rest.
    Your faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

  36. Darn you Abby!

    The pics you posted of you being reunited with your dad and brother made me tear up! NOT GOOD FOR A 50 YEAR OLD DAD OF FIVE! Actually, your bravery really brings out the dad in me even though you don't know me and I don't know you! Were still, as a family, following your every mile and enjoying hearing your descriptions of your journey. Hope you stay safe and have a successful remainder of your trip!

    "Dad" Beadles
    the Beadles Family

  37. this is beautiful! what a lovely place! absolutely love it

  38. Abbey my son Andrew is working at the Cape Grace and he sent me your Blog I was so pleased to see a photo of him with you. I recently spent a week end with him and was spoilt rotten by him at the Spar. Good Luck and well done
    Love Maureen