Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Quick Update

It has been an eventful few days. Abby’s Thrane & Thrane Sailor 250 Fleet broadband system has been unable to connect for the past few days due to a problem with a processor on the EMEA satellite that services her area. This is the system that she uses to send and receive email and also as a back up phone to her 2 Iridium sat phones. The Inmarsat satellite trouble has nothing to do with her equipment and it has been repaired so we are hoping that she will have time to blog soon.

She is well though busy. She has had a series of cold fronts followed by a low pressure system arriving today. Nothing too serious but keeping her busy as she readjusts to life at sea 24/7.

If Abby is unable to blog for us today we will update for her.

44 comments:

  1. Hallo Abby Schönes Fräulein
    hab Blumen auf der Webseite für
    Dein Schönes Lächeln
    sagt mir Jetzt nach Australien
    Gute Zeit und Kräfte sammeln
    Wünsch Dir Schönes Wetter
    und Sonne und viele 20 Knoten
    und eine Gute Heimfahrt.
    Grüße von Markus aus Germany

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  2. Many, many thanks for keeping us in the loop. Lots of her followers are/were concerned that we hadn't heard anything from her for several days. A quick update like this one is greatly appreciated.

    Capt'n Mudgie
    Palos Verdes Peninsuula, CA

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  3. Trevor & Carol Queensland, AustraliaMay 26, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Wow more troubles, it looks like life was not meant to be 'smooth sailing' for this trip.
    SMILE... and stay safe

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  4. Thanks for keeping us posted. Abby is in our thoughts!

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  5. Thanks for the update. The most important thing is that she stays safe out there. She has a great Team Abby looking out for her and a few thousand passengers along for the ride.

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  6. Thank you so much for the update. I have been checking Abby's site 3 or 4 times daily and was worried.

    Glad everything is okay, Abby. Looking forward to your next post.

    God bless you and keep you safe.

    Clare, Spokane, WA, USA

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  7. Thanks! It had been three days without an Abby fix and we were all feverishly checking for an update! Glad to hear she's got her hands full...sure beats the "horse latitudes!" Fair winds and following seas Abby!

    Cap'n Ron
    Marina del Rey, CA

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  8. tanx 4 d update, was a little worried not to hear from her for almost 3 days. Never thought Inmarsat could have such a blackout on one of their five satellites for such a long period, since a whole lot of commercial shipping depends on them. She could still send short blogs, using the Iridium and divide it in a few SMS messages @ 160 characters each. ...just a thought...!
    God Speed Abby, and fair wind and seas!

    Rainer from Electropics in Trindad & Tobago

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  9. 05-27-10 @ 02:51
    Hi Abby’s team,
    Thanks for the up-date, just glad to see that all is well and nothing has happened to ‘our girl’. Glad to see that it was someone else’s problem. I hope the low pressure system is nothing to worry about, but I’m sure Abby will be able to handle it.
    May God hold her in the palm of His hand and may the Angels keep her sails full, and I, I will be praying for her.
    Her faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

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  10. Thank you for the update. I have been checking here for a couple of days and getting worried. Glad she is well. I would like to see where she is on the map, is it going to be updated soon? Esther in Costa Mesa.

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  11. As has already been posted by other AbbyFolks, we were getting worried and So Thank You for the Update and for letting us know that Our Girl Abby is Safe and even with the problems, she's getting on with the task at hand and hopefully she hasn't eaten her way thru too much of that Chocolate with the hassles she seems to be having. If you get to read this later Abby, Please Stay Safe & Have Fun,& When Up On Deck, Tethered..Peace & Aloha...38'43"N/122'67"W

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  12. Thanks for the update, it's greatly appreciated :)

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  13. ToTeam Abbey
    C'mon guys Your gotta get a break soon. Thanks for the updateand hopefully with fingers crossed the passage to Australia will be faultless.
    Keep up the good work. My prayers are with you and Abbey.

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  14. Whenever Abbey is absent for such an extended time, we begin to worry about her. Hopefully the sat will come good soon. Thank you kindly for letting us know that all is well with our girl!

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  15. Hi Abby & team, thank goodness that all is well with Abby and her equipment, and that the communication problem has been entirely external in the sattelite. The 4 day absence of posts to Abby's blog was, I confess, beginning to cause me a little anxiety. the swift, Westerly flowing Agulhas Current of 6-8 Knots across the relatively shallow Agulhas bank can produce some very unpleasant giant wave and deep trough conditions, particularly when the wind is from the West and causing the opposing flow of the sea water to "stand up." Similar "massive sea" conditions of high waves, deep troughs of very short wave period can occur along the East coastline of Australia, where the Southerly flowing current of 2-3 Knots, meets Gale force (7-10 on the beaufort scale) winds from the south-West. Such sea conditions have often caused me, and many another seasoned sailor, a need for a rapid change of underwear!

    Abby, your courage is just totally awesome! I wish you fair winds, fair seas and good sailing!

    John D
    Melbourne, australia.

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  16. lol You knew you had a ton of people out here worried about her. Thanks so much for letting us know what's up with her. At least this isn't a problem she has to crawl around and fix. :D Someone else gets to do the dirty work this time. Take care Abby, and blog to us when you can - we miss you if you go away for a few days!!

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  17. Go Abby, but take extreme care around the land down under.

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  18. Thanks team for the update. It is nice to hear Abby is safe and well.
    joy
    Ballarat
    Australia

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  19. Abby and Team Abby:
    GO GIRL GO!!!!!

    Thank you for the update, I was beginning to get concerned. I am glad that the lack of updates was just a satcom issue, not an issue at her end. Wild Eyes is taking care of Abby. I am looking forward to more updates.

    GO GIRL GO!!!!!

    John R Willis

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  20. What a relief to hear that, pray everything will be fine for Abby. I believe she has the courage and will be able to face circumstances which will all be in her favor. Safe cruising and all the best to you Abby. Take care.

    Dad o4d's
    East Malaysia

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  21. Thank you for the update. I check less than once a day but rarely a week will go by with out trying to check in with the Abby blog. Good to hear all is well.

    Chuck

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  22. Sooooo nice to hear that Abby is doing great out there! Was worried these past few days not hearing anything from her. Thanks team Abby!

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  23. This is what team work is all about. Thank you Team Abby!!! Bless you all and Happy Memorial Day!
    Psalm 91
    Lisa Smith from Mt. Juliet, TN

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  24. I hope you will also be able to keep the map updated. It helps to know where she is as well as how she is.

    Newport Beach Sailor

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  25. We hadn’t heard from Abby for close to three and a half days, what a relief it is to know that she is well.

    s.n. El Cerrito, Ca

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  26. When Alan Blunt put me in touch with Abby and family little did I know what an awesome family I was "meeting", seeing Abby off in Cape Town with both Laurence & Scott both by boat and flying was a highlight for me, the family live by faith and it shows... Laurence you are such an inspiration, God bless you guys,I pray daily for you Abby, take care and keep safe... God speed.

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  27. Thank you, Team Abby, for the update! "She is well"... music to my ears! ♥

    Continued blessings,
    Marie
    WA St.

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  28. hey team Abby - thanks for the update - i get worried when it seems too many days have gone by without a post from her. hope the problem gets fixed soon - saying a prayer all goes well♡

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  29. Congrats to Captian Abby for getting underway once again. The kids from Dr. Cameron Magnate school in Indio are excited to see you through to the end of the journey....

    Post Often.. Sail Safe and have fun..

    Richard Rumble

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  30. Thanks Mother of Abby. Your daughter is just unbelievably strong and determined. I have written her several times and complimented her on what awesome folks she has for parents. She is certain to become an outstanding adult and parent someday herself. It would be great to meet her sometime. Take care, Gary from Folsom, Ca.

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  31. Where is Abby?

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  32. Thanks for the briefing. When we do not hear from Abby a few days we get worried. What an inspiration she is to all.

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  33. Great to hear Abby is ok, thanks for the explanation. Looking forward to the new map. Please don't use Google, as I can't access that here at work :-). I really liked Dilip Donde's map http://sagarparikrama.blogspot.com/
    Anyway, thanks again and good luck, Abby!

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  34. Good Evening Abigail and Team,

    @TOM CAPE TOWN...good to "meet" you....nice comment.
    TOM...I know Abby is busy so if you don't mind I have a question for you. You mentioned rigger Allen Blunt and I remember Allen "up the mast" on the blog Dec.14/09 (photo) and with Abby Dec. 24/09 (photo)....just wondering if you are a "rigger" yourself AND are those YOUR feet in the photo up the mast at Cape Town? Oh ...and one last thing... did you see the following on board at departure....Little sister Katherine, Little brother Toby, hamburgers and fries or a HAIR BRUSH (inquiring minds need to know...ha ha)?

    Tom...thousands of us call ourselves "followers" but YOU having followed Abby in person by boat and air are to be envied...lucky guy!

    Have a safe night Abs,
    john, Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada

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  35. Thank you Ground Control...

    It really is not nice keeping us in suspenders like that!

    Carry On Abby!

    John

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  36. Thanks for the update on Abby. Starting to wonder how things was going for her. Glad she is adjusting fine and we hope to hear from her soon.

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  37. When is the "Location & Route" thing gonna start up?

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  38. @ Tom in Cape Town --- Welcome!
    @ (John) GlobeMasterOne... Always enjoy your posts! Thanks!

    Have a great evening Abby!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    WA St.

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  39. Thanks for the update.

    Pray for you each day

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  40. Abby-You're going too far South! Nothing but bad winter weather way down there. I've sailed across the Indian Ocean, I never liked it but My experience is to set a much more northerly positioning to have an escape route for the next winter storm . Much milder up at Cape lattitudes. This is not a race, certainly there's no valid reason to be 500 miles south of the Cape.
    Stephen Crow, Whitehawk & Sea Fox

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  41. Abby,
    I also have been worried, but when I go out at night with my little dog, I look at the sky and ask God to take care of you. The full moon makes me feel one with all the people who are praying for you. Hope you are still tethering yourself to the boat when up top!

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  42. OMG!!! I'll buy your book for this chapter alone. Please be very careful and return home safely.

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