Friday, June 25, 2010

Abby to Arrive at Reunion Island

At approximately 8am on Saturday, June 26 (9pm Friday June 25 Los Angeles) Abby will arrive in Reunion Island where Zac and some of the support team are waiting. International media will be there to greet her and she will do a short press conference on arrival.

We’ve spoken to her briefly over the past week and she is looking forward to seeing everyone again. She is looking forward to blogging again and is already looking to future plans and goals.

She will then travel back to LA where she will do a press conference on Tuesday June 29 at 10am. Press accreditation is required for members of the media. This will be given by email and you will be required to show identification with company logo at the door.

To obtain accreditation please email with details of your organisation. For more information please phone (USA) 310.776.7557.
Australian media enquiries please call 0413.749.830.

Thank you again for the many messages of support we have received.


  1. Great news!... Bet she and her family are anxious.. :-)

  2. What an exciting news! You must be happier than ever! We are all looking for Abby to congratulate her for the high spirit and courage!! Welcome, Abby!

  3. ABBY WELCOME BACK!!! Everyone is so glad you will make it back safely. Don't let the media be too mean to you; know that people everywhere love you and everything that you have done no matter what any critics might say! No regrets at all! Stay strong and stay safe, you are my hero.

    -Howard W. California.

  4. and Zac, you are a great brother for being there for your sister! I'm sure Abby will be so happy to see you there. Take care of her. :)

  5. Great news! Welcome home. Ignore all the negativity. And focus on what you accomplished.
    Benny & Lily

  6. How wonderful to have a reunion on Reunion Island!

  7. I'm sure Abby is looking forward to getting home and getting this all behind her. I can't wait for her to start blogging again and to hear of her new adventures!

    Welcome home, Abby!!

  8. I hope Abby lays into the press for making up news about her. I've never seen a better example of yellow journalism. Reports on the "reality show" are unique. Interestingly, the show didn't sell because the Sunderland family was too "ordinary", but ironically, after the lies, the show could get picked up.

    Welcome home Abby.

  9. YAY!!!!! Very exciting news!
    God Bless,
    Keith and Kathy Wargo, Lynchburg VA

  10. Can't wait. Welcome home Abby!!

    Nina from MdR

  11. Welcome back, Abby! You're a hero to us!!!

  12. Abby,
    I am so glad to hear that you are just hours from a reunion (on Reunion Island; how apropos) with your brother and members of Team Abby. I can't wait to see your press conference on Tuesday... I wish that I could bend my schedule to be in LA. You are a remarkable person in every way that can be measured. Your sailing prowess and professional handling of all the issues that you managed and endured on your adventure are the stuff of legend! Add to this your efforts to write a book and now, your ability to hold a Press Conference. You are one fantastic individual; I applaud you and I thank you. You are truly an American Hero!

  13. Wonderful news!!!

    What a reunion that is going to be . . . I wish I could be there not just to welcome Abby myself but to witness what is bound to be a powerful moment for Abby, her family, and Team Abby!

    Be well . . .

    ~ Cynthia (on the road in Portland, Oregon . . . in the RV park outside the gates of the Portland Yacht Club)

  14. Great news! Looking forward to seeing her on tv!

  15. My congratulations to all of the Sunderlands for the way in which they have handled everything over the last few weeks.

    My best wishes to you, Abby, and Godspeed in your future endeavors. Your example of courage and tenacity will long serve as a extraordinary example to many thousands around the world.


  16. Great news Abby. Weve been following the weather patterns since you were rescued. We lost track of Wild Eyes. No body is talking. I beleive Wild Eyes was sunken. I'm sorry to be the first to inform you. Could you update your blog and let the world know what has happened to Wild Eyes. We all know that Wild Eyes was you best friend and that it was heartbreaking for you to set her adrift.

    Thank you Abby for sharing your life with us, the general public. Even the actors and actresses don't share their lives with us.

    Buy for now Abby. Welcome Home.

  17. Hi Abby,
    I'm sure you have prepared yourself, but as the other comments have voiced above, don't let the media upset you. Stay strong and professional and you'll do alright. Remember God is always with you. You are an inspiration to so many people.
    Fondly your,
    Patty Murray
    aboard Locura in San Diego

  18. Abigail and Team,

    Thanks for the update.

    john, Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada

  19. Can't wait for your blogs Abby. I bet you're ready to explode, although I'm sure you've been writing for your book. I miss reading about your adventures, please have some more soon!


  20. Yeaaaa!!! Rip it up Abby!! Don't let the media influence your own thoughts!! The World supports you and your journey!!! Welcome back to solid ground!!!

  21. Good News. Have been checking each day for this news. Pass on our blessing to Abby for us. SHe is a wonder. Luv her much
    Bud & Charla Winnett

  22. Abby,

    Welcome home dear one. Welcome home.

    God bless you.

    Clare, Spokane, WA, USA

  23. Abby:
    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!!!!!!

    Abby, be strong, be tall, and reach for the stars. You have been half way around the world and now you get to tell the world your story! I am sure that it will be great.

    Do not listen to the naysayers among us, they are small people that cannot even start to plan for the adventure that you have been on. These little people amuse themselves by throwing stones at other people and imaging that this act makes them bigger.

    We will await your updates and the book.

    We also expect that you will be back on the water at some point, please keep us informed of the progress of the next adventure.

    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!!!!!

    John R Willis

  24. Wonderful news and welcome back Abby!! So glad Zac and some of the rest of your team will be there to meet you!! And a new baby brother most likely as well when you get back to LA.

    You accomplished much and we are so proud of you for your courage in adversity!

    Welcome home,

    Karyn in Simi

  25. In just a few more hours big brother will wrap his arms around Abby and she will know that this adventure is over. The news media here in the U.S. might be civilized but just remember that you guys can cut off the press conference anytime things get stupid. You're not obligated to tell them anything. This still is a free country I think. There are so many people around the world that love Abby and respect everything she did so negativity from the media or anywhere else, means nothing. Welcome home Abby!!!! The world loves you.

  26. Welcome home, Abby. You have every right to come home with your head high. Wish you the best and keep going after those dreams. Do you have a new sibling, yet ??? That will be exciting to come home to a baby.

  27. This gets more thrilling with every post. Can hardly wait 'til you're home. The excitement expressed on your blog is nearly palpable.

  28. Welcome home Abby. We're with you and your family 100%.

  29. welcome home Abby;Wouldnt it be a wonderful event and found Wild Eyes off the coast of Perth it appears that she is drifting in that direction.Chin up Abby keep shooting for your goal and dont listen to the media they are thier own worst enemy; half of them dont understand what sailing is about. Much success in your future; "Happy Sailing" cant wait for the book.

  30. As is everyone, I am so glad you are safe. Those hours when we didn't know were difficult, and even more so for you. While unfinished, this adventure has been one of celebration. We celebrated when you decided to go, and we celebrated when you found a boat and you and Zac sailed it home. We celebrated when you took off (though with some tears) and I celebrated your chance to spend some time in beautiful Cabo. Hey, it could have been worse...

    And then we celebrated when you crossed under the cape and celebrated when you got the pilot to work barely enough to get you to Cape Town. Everyone celebrates in Cape Town... its such a cool place and your family has good friends there now, providing even more reason to celebrate! We celebrated when you took off again and especially when you were found dry and safe and ready to follow yet another twist in your adventure.

    An adventure, Abby, is when you set out to do something and you don't know how its go9ing to end. You're approaching the end of a marveous adventure that, while not what you planned exactly, will still change your life.

    Get home to your loved ones for the ultimate ceolebration... the birth of a new brother or sister.

    Regardless of the details, this has been an adventure full of celebration! We all love you Abby.

  31. Too bad you didn't get picked up by a boat headed for Australia, so you could meet Jessica, but how fitting to have your big brother there!

    Hopefully some of the media furor has died down and there won't be too many negative nellies there. Those of us who have followed you from the beginning know the true story.

    And remember what I keep saying (from the Wilderking trilogy): live the life that is set before you!

  32. WELCOME HOME ABBY! When all is said and done, remember that you are still a 16 year old kid! Let others deal with the media hoopla and ignor the negativity. Believe it or not, your adventures are just beginning. Life is one big adventure, and this is the time you can let others take care of you. Relish your sailing adventure, enjoy your youth, and hold on to your dreams. Keep on truckin' girl, the best is yet to come. Gus

  33. Welcome home Abby

  34. Dear Abby,

    Thank's for the update and I'm happy to read that your brother Zac and part of your team will wait for your arrival at Reunion Island. Welcome back home Abby, and I wish you all the best for the future.
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

  35. Abby,

    Welcome home. All of us out here are very proud of. We know that one day you will sail all the way around. In the meantime, good health and good cheer!

    Kevin in Chicago

  36. Not long now, Abby, and you'll get that hug from Zac! Just know that so many of us will be thinking of you tonight, as we have so often these past days... Am anxious to hear your voice as you tell your story.

    Blessings to you, sweetheart, and Welcome Home. ♥
    WA St.

  37. Great news for sure!
    Please let us know if Abby's press conference will be broadcast live so those of us in various cities can tune in. Thanks!
    Ed in TN.

  38. God bless you Abby.
    You are a champion.
    All the best.
    Love ♥
    Richard (QLD) Aus

  39. Welcome home, Abby! Can't wait to hear what you take on next... after you're through with dealing with the media, that is. Given what I've read so far, I'm sure you'll handle it all with grace.

    Enjoy all the coming "reunions." :)

  40. Great News and Welcome Home Abby: You will have many stories to tell and we hope the media is kind to you. Just be your wonderful self. We are so proud of you. We love your blog, please keep us informed. You are a determined girl and we know you are not through with your adventures. Nice that Zak will be there to greet you. God Bless you and your family. Grandad & Grandma from West Los Angeles, CA.

  41. "Home is the sailor, home from the sea."

    Welcome back Abby.

    K. Burns, master mariner

  42. So glad Abby will meet up with Zac and team members. There's nothing like family. Blessings to the entire family. Nancy M.

  43. Yabba-Dabba Doo!
    We LOVE ya Skipper!

  44. First - Congratulations on locating Wild Eyes - Are there plans to recover her before somebody else gets there and claims salvage rights?

    It would appear that Wild Eyes hasn't given up on the trip as yet. Is it possible to roundavous at sea and reigg her? Dont let her run aground.

  45. so thrilled to have Abby back!! what a testimony she has to share with others. she's a special young lady for sure. praying for her time with the media and hope that there are some mature reporters that report on a brave, heroic sailor that she is.
    portland, or

  46. ABBY WELCOME BACK!!! So glad Abby will meet up with Zac and team members.

  47. Great news and thank you for keeping us updated.
    We will look forward to what Abby has got to say in her blog.

    Cheers Bill from Brisbane

  48. What wonderful news!!! Way to go Abby! I'm sure you're going to be happy to get home once again.

  49. what an apt name for a reunion - reunion island.
    goodluck with the press (we know how they were harsh and unforgiving) and God speed.
    bet everyone's excited, not just abby to be back home as there is no place like and secured.
    here's looking forward to more of abby's adventures - that this is just the start of more new and exciting adventures to come.
    go abby, press on.

  50. Abby,everyone in my office was aware that I had been following your voyage every day and when you sent out that distress signal I was working at my desk when my son yelled out of the back office "Abby is in trouble!"Since that moment we were all glued to our computer and tv sets for 20 hours untill the Australian search airplane finally found the boat and you were aboard alive and in good condition.
    I think the whole world was relieved.
    Abby I love that Zac is going to meet you,its so nice to see such love between brother and sister.
    I was planning to meet you near the west end of Catalina Island with my boat when you arrived ,but the good lord had a different plans for you.
    Abby I really enjoyed being a part of your adventure for the past few months and will never forget it.
    Abby you are so brave,courageous and very very talanted.
    God Bless you in whatever you do.

    Libby Di Bernardo
    san Pedro Ca.


    I'm singing Ki-yay Yippy Yippy A Yippy A
    singing Ki-yay Yippy Yippy A!!!!!!!
    Hope you all are too :-)

    Sky Captain /Out
    ≈(33°11'29.6", -117°23'19.87")

  52. Bonjour Abby & Team Abby,

    25 or 26 to 29....That's almost a song! :-)

    Standing by.

  53. Will the press conference(s) be on TV and/or streamed online? How would those not in LA (I’m in Maryland) be able to watch/lesson?

  54. Wonderful that you will be safe at last.
    Keep dreaming dreams!
    Lyn QLD Australia

  55. Great News. Look forward to Abby's next blog.

  56. So glad that you will be back on land again. A very warm welcome to you Abby. You must be very anxious to see those familiar faces again, especially your brother Zac and pray that you will proceed safely home, back to the loving arms of your beloved parents, siblings and friends. Whatever, there's no place like home! Looking forward to know your further developments. ONE THING FOR SURE IS, YOU ARE A CELEBRITY NOW. :) Take care.

    Dad o4d's
    East Malaysia

  57. Awesome-Great news! Ed-in-Vermont

  58. What an amazing adventure you have had, Abby! All of us in Thousand Oaks are so proud of you and your many accomplishments. You've shown the world what a sixteen-year-old can do if given the chance. Congratulations and welcome home!

  59. Abby,

    Congratulations on your outstanding efforts and adventure. You, your family and your team are in the hearts and minds of so, so many of us.

    Please take serious note of the posts from Chris H and Captain19, as they ring so true.

    Again, welcome to the next phase of your adventure.

    R. Noble

  60. Abby,

    Glad to hear you are still doing well and on your way back. Not too much longer now and you can get ready for your next endeavor :D. Glad to hear your brother went to go see you.

    I wish someday I could meet you, that would be so cool to talk to such an amazing person as yourself.


  61. Yippee, welcome home Abby, Katherine is waiting for you!! Zac is great brother to be there for her as well as her team. I hope she blogs about her trip since she left Wild Eyes. Very curious how it was to not be in control of your ship. I hope the interviews get onto YouTube so we can hear what she has to say. Very exciting! Kelly from Chico, CA

  62. The best news. Happy days from West Australia.

    Keep sailing and always remember, girls can do.


  63. DEAR ABBY,
    What is important is that great big hug from your brother and to be back with all your family, plus a little extra one. Just remember you have many supporters behind you and we are all looking forward to hearing in your words all about your adventure.
    You have been through the worst I am sure.

    Lynne (Picton, NZ)

  64. Welcome home Abby. It didn't go as planned, the trip took a different tack. Always remember Him, who IS the Author and FINISHER of your(our) faith. Sail on sailor.
    Jim from land-locked Leola, Pennsylvania.

  65. Wonderful news!

    Enjoy your reunion with Zac and your team, as well as the reunions to come when you get back home.

    And I'm so glad you will be blogging again soon, Abby. We've sure missed you!

    Lori in MN

  66. Mom & Dad make sure that Abby's first priority of those future plans and goals is to catch up on her studies.

  67. Welcome home......we are SOO happy you are coming home! Have a wonderful reunion with your family and friends and enjoy a lovely summer Abby! You are a very strong young lady! Dyan

  68. OMG, don't throw her in front of the press without an experienced P/R person protecting her!!!

  69. Hooray! So glad to hear that you are near to coming home.We've been praying for you!! :)
    My 8 year old daughter and myself just recently started reading your blogs, and we have been learning a lot about you and your travels.( she is homeschooled). You are an inspiration to the both of us.
    You are a blessing!
    After your day with the media(ignore their negativity!)make sure you go and eat out at IN N OUT burgers!!! yea!!
    love, a fellow Californian!!! :) :)

  70. welcome home ABBY. so cool ur gettin closerto c ur mom & dad . nice Zacster bro will greet u off the fishing vessel. have a safe trip back MDR. hi Zac!!

  71. I haven't heard very much negative spin about Abby. The law of the sea comes to bear in this sort of situation and it is an old law indeed. Ms Sunderland certainly had all her safety devices registered and in working order. Also the SAR outfits in maritime countries train for this sort of thing because life saving is what they do and they are justly proud when they can pull a person from the brink. Sometimes people tend to place some sort of monetary value on a rescue, and forget that they are talking about someone's life. It is fortunate that the system worked in this case and that's really all there is to it.

  72. 06-25-10 @ 22:40
    Hi Abby,
    Congratulations on another step closer to home. I’m sure glad that you’re getting there, it’s nice to travel but not under these conditions. I am very happy that you are getting closer and pretty soon you’ll be home. Take good care of yourself and keep that chin-up, you’re a real trouper, God Bless You.
    I’m looking forward to your next blog, I’ve really missed hearing from you.

    Loads of love and hugs, and remember God is always with you.
    Your faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

  73. Hi Abby,
    Youngest to sail solo around Cape Horn! Wow! Probably also youngest to sail more than half way around the world. There are probably a few more records when you are able to sit and really rest for a while and think about
    the trip. Welcome back to land.(for a while.) Can't wait to hear the stories. Love to you and all your team especially big brother Zac who cares for you.
    From Lynne in Brisbane Australia

  74. CONGRATULATIONS ABBY AND WELCOME HOME!!! Wish I was there to give you a big welcome home. Your family must be so very proud of you.I will be looking forward to more of your blogs but till then be safe and get some much needed rest. Now I can sit back and relax knowing that you are back home with your family. Hugs and kisses. Virgnia in Miami Florida

  75. Fantastic news...Welcome home Abby!
    I look forward to reading your blog.

    Laura - Northern California

  76. Abby & Family;

    This is the best news ever, and it's probably happening as I write this. I'm glad big brother Zac will be there to greet you. Don't mind the press, they can be idiots. We all can't wait to hear the rest of your story.

    Nick - Waterbury CT

  77. Abby arrived at La Reunion about 40 minutes ago, 8.18 am [GMT+ 4 hours]. She will spend some time with Zac before attending a press conference.

    Denise Murphy

  78. You rock Abby!!!

    Don't ever forget that He has a plan for you. Your parents are wise and will let Him take you where you need to go.

    Sit back and enjoy the ride and don't let the secular media get you down. They will never understand the Christian Way.

  79. Hi Abby,
    Welcome home Abby.have a safe trip back home.God bless you always and your Family.

    From Rosana in torrance,ca.

  80. Hi, Abby
    Glad to see you arrived on dry land.
    Come visit Australia one day.
    Lokk forward to hearing more.
    Love ♥
    Richard (QLD) Aus

  81. Abigail and Followers,

    NEWS ALERT>>>>

    Here is one of the first articles published with photo of Abby and Zac REUNITED:

    It's 2 am here....that was worth waiting for!

    Welcome back Abs....good on you Zac.
    john, Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada

  82. Abigail and Followers,

    Several more Abby and Zac reunion photos (select 2, 3 and 4):

    What happiness. Well done Captain! Love you Abs.
    john, Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada

  83. Last news of the island of Reunion : Abby est là !

    Abigail Sunderland the young American sailor rescued the Southern Ocean has arrived this morning at 9am at La Reunion. Joined by his brother on board the ship Oisirs, she was greeted as he got off the boat by Philippe Museux, director of CROSS been there for several minutes. All this under the eyes of a fifty media (including several American ones) who flocked to the occasion.

    Critics do not know what they're talking

  84. Hello, its Goeffroy from LA REUNION.
    Abby arrived this morning and we where here to welcome her. My sun was very pround to see you Abby. less than 50 people where there and many journalists, camera...
    those who wants can see some pictures on my blog.


  85. Hoorah!!
    Abby is back on land.

    Welcome Home Soon Abby,
    Mariane soon you can breathe a sigh of relief


  87. We are so happy you are safe and sound. I hope also that you are still happy and full of the spirit that got you worldwide attention. You are in the history books whether you try this again or not. Actually I hope you leave it as it is, history is made, you are safe and God has been with you. The fact is, we all know you can sail around the world now since you made it 3/4th of the way around already. Just that accomplishment makes you a hero to millions of people.

  88. Hello Abby,

    encore Geoffroy

    You can see here pictures of your arrival in Reunion Island.
    tu peux voir ici les photos de ton arrivee a la reunion

  89. Been missing you Abbey. Looking forward to your blogs and description of your trip over the last couple of weeks. Stand tall with your head held high. You gave it a go and that is more than the vast majority can say. Better luck next time. I very much admire your guts and tenacity. Regarding the press, Abbey and all the team, "Illigitimae Nil Carburundom" (Don't let the bastards wear you down)!!

  90. Without her fathers training and her family's support y'all'd be throwing wreaths into the ocean. I congratulate Abby on being a good sailor and her family for being behind her.

    Rich L

  91. Hi Abby,
    Glad to hear that you're safe and sound. It's amazing that someone your age could be so brave and sail by your self in these conditions. I look up to you and how you are! I just want to say that God is always on your side and you can count on Him whenever, He will never stop loving, caring and protecting you! God bless you now and in the future. I can't wait to hear from you in your blogs!
    Best wishes,

  92. Welcome in La Réunion Island!!! i would have prefer you discover the island in a another context but you're more than welcome!

  93. Welcome home, Abby!!! You are going to have stories to tell when you go back to school!! I'll bet its going to feel weird to walk into your house again, drive a car, sleep in your own bed again!
    Good luck, you are a wonderful representative to the world of American kids.

  94. Hi Abby,
    You are the embodiment of the indomitable human spirit. We are all glad that you were rescued. But never get put down. Try again to go solo around the world. Till you achieve, never get tired. Wish you all the best, and all the moral support.

  95. Welcome Back,
    So, Are you ready for next Voyage ?
    however, take care, take sufficient rest

    My Best Wishes,
    வாழ்த்துக்கள் !

    Thiagu, Tamil Nadu, India

  96. You have guts girl. Im a guy and older than you and I dont think I would have done what you did. Glad your safe and sound!

  97. you go girl... don't let the neggers neg you out. I will be sailing with our own NZL young sailor Edwin Delaat, he is 14 years old, already has 2 ocean passages, 2 years of coastal racing and 13 years of the sailing bug in his blood. This year I will sail with him on his Farr 727. Looking forward to hearing about your next sailing adventure.
    Happy sailing,

  98. Welcome Home Abby (by the time you read this). Looking forward to a news conference where you are there to answer the questions instead of the media making their own news.

    Thanks to you and your whole team for sharing with us. It is the next best thing to being there with you. If it wasn't for modern technology we would not be able to follow you like this.

    God Speed...

  99. Welcome home, Abby.
    I am proud of you.
    Wish you could have gone all the way.
    Don't take any junk from the media.
    This is your story not theirs.

    Huntsville, Alabama

  100. Welcome back on land Abby, welcome my littld brave HERO may your adventures lingers on! Can't wait to read your blog in your own words!

  101. Loren SchumacherJune 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    There seems to be less news about Abby and more about control, damage or otherwise, since the hiring of a media relations firm.

    This is not a media event, it is just the story of a teenage sailer who had the misfortune of being overtaken by a savage storm, her vessel dismasted, becoming adrift in the open ocean and finally being rescued at sea through international cooperation. The rescuers simply abided by the law of the sea. We seldom see this kind of cooperation between countries. It's refreshing.

    Rid yourselves of the media relations firm, tell the story, sell the book and movie rights, make new plans and move on. Who cares what people say about you and what others perceive as poor judgement and parenting? It is simply none of their business. It's becoming tedious.

  102. I found the first video of your reunion here:

  103. Abby:
    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks to all who posted the links to the news coverage of Abby's Reunion homecoming.

    Abby, you look absolutely wonderful, I especially love the smile. The smile says it all, you really enjoyed every minute of the trip and I believe that you will do the adventure again, and it will not be a long time in coming.

    Rest and relax with Zac, the rest of the Abby team, and the good people on Reunion. This is another chapter in the book of life. You may never pass this way again, so, make the most of what time you have. Then enjoy the flight home, there are many, many interesting places in the world, but there is nothing like coming back to the USA. When you get home enjoy the spirit and warmth of family, they are your greatest supporters and your best friends. Be especially good to your Mother and the latest addition, you need their strength and they need your strength.

    At home, in comfortable surrounding, work on the book, catch up on school work, get ready for the next school year, and DREAM some more. Never let anyone rob you of the dream. Start now to plan the next adventure. Write down what you did and what you carried that was of little use. Write down what you did not do and what you did not carry that could have been of use. These little details will be lost in the mists of time when you embark on the next adventure.

    Abby, about all, just be Abby! Do not worry about what people say should be Abby or what people say is wrong with Abby. Do not concern yourself with the narrow minded bigots among us that carry on about you, your age, your parents, and other such trivial details. These people imagine that they can grow stronger by throwing rocks at the few among us that try to live a little while we are traveling on this earth. These people make big plans to travel a few miles to the mall and spent other peoples money. For them this is the highlight of the week. They could not even find the North Star in the night sky if their life depended on it, much less travel alone out of sight of land. You are a star, Abby, you light up the sky with your smile and you are the beacon by which others may steer. How many young girls (and guys) are out their now that are saying this is what I want to do, or saying that maybe I can climb the mountain, or starting to just believe that the dream can come to reality. Abby, even in "only" getting half way around the world you have made a beacon for so many people that you have never met. One day, when you are as old as I am, you will be somewhere and a person will come up to you and ask if you are the Abby, you will say yes. This stranger will then tell you how they were inspired to do something when they saw you adventure. This is the legacy of your trip.

    Abby, never give up the dream.

    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!!!

    John R Willis

  104. Michael L. HickmonJune 26, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Dearest Abby, You, Zac and your parents are the greatest hope for our country. I don't know what your other siblings have to give to the world but you have done a lot for all of us. The snivelers have no idea what they are talking about. Much love to all your family. You make me so proud to be an American.

  105. Hi Abby, head op high, you are awesome gutsy girl.
    Let the critics be. We are all aloud to have a dream and why not live them too. I am pleased you are safe and well. If you have a moment visit my website Come sailing in New Zealand when in the need for a holiday. Cheers Edwin Delaat

  106. Dear Abby

    What a wonderful day as I saw you on the news you seem ready to go again on another adventure your mother and father have got to be the greatist people on earth and your one In a million yourself every so often I sit In my home thinking about what It would be like if i had my own yacht I day dream about places I would like to Sail to but as I said before I'm land locked my favorite ship Is the Cutty Sark I've built a few models of that ship reading the sea stories of those by gone days of the tall ships I do hope one day I cross path's with your family and yourself my dream will always be as your dream by far you succeeded as for me I'm still trying at least I have my 19 year old son Ivan so maybe one day soon not later I might win that lotto and be off to the boat yard and pick out my 40ft yacht and sail off to new adventures

    Best of everything
    Captain Abby

    William K. Hass

  107. 06-30-10 @ 04:03
    Hi Abby,
    WELCOME HOME, I’m really glad that all your traveling is behind you now, and that you are safe at home.
    I read some news articles in regards to the homecoming and the meeting with the media. I was very proud of you and the way you handled yourself, but thoroughly disgusted with some of the comments that followed. I pray that these comments will be ignored by you and your family. I do hope that someday you will write a book and that if you so desire, you will sail around the world. I admire your spirit and attitude, so keep your chin up and don’t let the naysayers bother you.
    Loads of love and hugs, and remember God is always with you.
    Your faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV