Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Rough Few Days

The last few days have pretty busy out here. I've been in some rough weather for awhile with winds steady at 40-45 knots with higher gusts. With that front passing, the conditions were lighter today. It was a nice day today with some lighter winds which gave me a chance to patch everything up. Wild Eyes was great through everything but after a day with over 50 knots at times, I had quite a bit of work to do.

For most of the day today I had about 20 knots. I had been hoping to get some lighter winds so I could patch up one of my sails. It was still a bit windy out but with more rough weather tomorrow I wasn't sure when my next chance to fix it would be. I managed to take it down, take care of the tear and get it back up in a couple of hours. It wasn't the most fun job I have done out here. With the seas still huge, Wild Eyes was rolling around like crazy. Of course not even half and hour after I got the sail back up the wind dropped from 20 to 10 knots!

My Thrane & Thrane (Internet) system is down again so I am not able to send in my blog. The problem seems a bit more serious than the last few times I have had trouble with it. There is something wrong with the terminal at the back. It is possible that water got inside of it because it has a rough ride back there the past few days with waves crashing right over it. Unfortunately, if that is the problem I probably won't be able to fix it. At least I still have my Iridium phones so I can still call in to my mom and read her my bog for her to post.

The wind is beginning to pick up. It is back up to 20 knots and I am expecting that by midnight tonight I could have 35-50 knots with gusts to 60 so I am off to sleep before it really picks up.

576 comments:

  1. Hi Abby,
    an Haiku for you:

    the wind is blowing
    dreaming about the sunset
    a whale jumping out of the water

    Jamie

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  2. wow your a brave girl Abby... i'm 25 and i dont no if i could do something like this... i hope all is well and you get you internet back up i no how it feels to loose internet... keep up the good work Abby... stay safe!!

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  3. Amazing Admiral Abigail!

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  4. Ahoy Captain Abigail,

    Glad to hear you are safe and you got the sail repaired. Sorry to hear about the pending communications (internet/blog) problems...water has a habit of getting in everywhere.

    I hope more followers will NOW step up to the plate recognizing that Abby will need our support on the costs of alternative means (phone relays home) to keep the blog up to date...just click on the "Help Support Abby's Trip" logo. (Thanks.)

    To repeat myself ZAC...as a member of Team Abby... CONGRATULATIONS on your graduation last night from the Trinity Pacific Christian School Program in Thousand Oaks.(Abby is a Trinity junior.) Good luck in all your future endeavors/adventures. (Congratulations Marianne and Laurence.)

    Abs...I am hoping the Thrane and Thrane problem is temporary but it sounds like MOM will keep us in the loop if it persists. (Thanks Marianne)
    Have a good sleep and safe sailing.

    Thinking of you,
    john, Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada

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  5. Warm weather and calmer seas would be nice after your blustery weather.

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  6. Thanks Abby.
    Take care.
    Love. ♥
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  7. One thing after another huh, Abby? That's too bad that the Thrane has gone down, although I would expect more things to be falling apart with weather like that, so I guess your doing ok. I assume no Thrane means no photos?? Maybe it'll magically come to life, when you least expect it. Everything else in life seems to work that way!!

    Keep your chin up and focus on the boat. I'm sure you'll be pretty consumed by all the patching and securing of goodies. Hope the winds hold up for you as well as the weather.

    Thoughts & prayers are with you Abs, as always!!

    XOXO - Alana

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  8. Too bad about the Internet but you've overcome many challenges and this too shall not stop your progress. Congratulations on staying on top of things and get some more rest!

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  9. Abby,I Feel really bad that you're having to take such a beating in gale force winds.
    I was hoping you could have passed north of Australia with warmer climate and better weather but someone made a comment that there are to many reefs and strong currents at the northern passage.
    Well Abby, you're going to have to batten down the
    hatches and take it easy.
    You'll have lots of people praying for you.

    God bless you and stay safe.

    Libby Di Bernardo (79)
    San Pedro,Ca

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  10. good luck out there! stay safe! just wanna say you rock!!

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  11. Thanks for the blog update...Very nice seamanship Abby...Stay safe..keep the boat under control.. Indeed she can be a fast sailer but don't expose yourself to the wild forces one might generate with higher speeds..You seem to handle your life aboard Wild Eyes very well. Keep in mind the sun always shines behind the dark clouds...

    Godspeed

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  12. Abby,

    The last week or so sound like quite an adventure! I know that you have what t takes to get through it all!

    Kevin in Chicago

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  13. Hey, Captain,

    Good job on the sail. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, every time it needs to be done, as well as you can do it -- and you have that quality, Abby.

    Godspeed and Fair Winds,

    Bill Smith
    Connecticut

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  14. Hi Abby,
    It's good to hear you are doing fine and you doing just great so far. You are one brave girl with lots of guts doing what you doing. But an inspiration to us all.

    Well I hope and keep my fingers crossed that you would be fine and save during the night.May God be with you and keep His hands over you.

    Keep going and be save.

    [South Africa]

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  15. Special thanks to the blog and update;

    Hope you can get the bugs out of your internet troubles.

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  16. Abby:
    GO GIRL GO!!!!

    I guess that had a good ride, at least for a short time, and got some housekeeping chores done. Then it was back to the grind.

    I am sorry for you that the Thrane and Thrane is spotty as it means one less commo device for you and means that you will not have internet access either. I am also sorry that we will miss the photos and updates that it enabled. Maybe one day it will dry out, the gremlins will leave, etc. Good luck.

    At ant rate, I am glad that you are doing well and enjoying the challenges that the trip offers.

    Be safe, stay tethered, and enjoy the ride, it is now half over, soon you will be on dry land again.

    John R Willis

    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!!

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  17. Good to hear from you Captain Abby!
    Nice to hear that things are well with you and Wild Eyes.
    Please take care tonight with those wind gusts.
    Look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Virginia

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  18. I am an old sailor of sailing boats crossing the oceans, so I know pretty well what's going on down there.... But I always was in a well organized crew, doing all the jobs in quite big racing boats, skipper included. I think I never could do everything by myself. So to me it is a real wonder what a very young lady like you is doing all alone, almost incredible! You have all my respect, your parents must be very proud of you!!!

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  19. Abby!

    We love reading your chronicles, and we're keeping up on your journey, checking it daily. Stay safe, and catch some Zs before the big seas!

    Best,

    Mac

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  20. Hi Abby,

    Sounds like things are going to get a little rough out there. I have a 36 foot Catalina and won't go out in more than 25 knots of wind. Take some videos and photos of the 60 knots of wind.

    I think you should plan stops along the way to make repairs and meet the locals like you did in Cape Hope. It would make a better book, plus you would get to see the world a little more, instead of just water. By stopping and making repairs, your boat will be in better shape, keeping you safer. Your boat has to be in top condition at all times to endure 60 knots of wind. A little rip in the sails will become a big rip in the sails.

    I've talked to people who have cruised around the world, and they say they were always stopping to make repairs. Take your time and enjoy the trip. It's not a race and it's not a non stop trip anymore. The main thing is for you to enjoy yourself and make it safe back to your home port.

    Sincerely,
    Captain Bill from San Diego

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  21. My, you are having a time of it!

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  22. hi abby
    you seem to be having a rougher time than jesse watson. or maybe jesse didn't tell us all ! jesse is busy working on finishing her book and so we will probably get more then. anyway stay and sail safe. and hope you manage to get some sleep. do write about what you are eating these days. jesse wrote a lot about food on her blogs ! cheers from queensland, australia

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  23. Well, Its good to hear that you are ok,but the Thrane and Thrane seems like its going to continue to be a problem and I hope this problem can be sorted out or darn you just my have to stop off in OZ to get it fixed and thanking Mom(Marianne) for being the communicator for Abby. And of course just like washing your car as soon as you wash it, it rains and the same is to be said about fixing yournsail and then the wind dies. So as Always, Stay Safe & Have Fun, and When Up On Deck, TETHERED. Peace & Aloha..38'43"N/122'67"W

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  24. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    Thank you for posting. Things will work out, it just takes a little time.

    Enjoy your sailing, be safe :-)


    @ GlobeMasterOne: I'm with you.

    @ Jamie aka anonymous June 9, 2010 10:40 AM a suggestion: change your name from anonymous to Haiku-Jamie ?

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  25. Maybe the Thrane & Thrane problem is a good reason to pull into Austraila and maybe meet Emma. I would rather see you safe with plenty of backup communications, than to keep pushing.

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  26. Hi Abby :)

    Thank goodness for multiple backup communication systems.
    I hope the internet problem will work itself out.
    Stay safe and Good Luck!

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  27. Thanks Abby for taking the time and effort to get a blog out, what with the much more critical things you have to do out there! We're all sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to hear and wishing you all the best. So we really do appreciate the effort.

    Glad you are disciplined and take care of things at the first opportunity. That's the only way when your very life is at stake! Procrastination has no place in such a setting. If you get a lull, just catch up on rest... I'm sure your nights are not the soundest of sleeps... and that too can add up over time.

    Take care Abby... we're all so very impressed by you and fully in support of your efforts!

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  28. Abby it'll all come out in the wash and Thrane & Thrane will work again when your weather conditions improve[an you get an opportunity to clean the terminals] ! In the mean time stay on course and those nautical miles are very impressive ! Cheers !

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  29. Hi Abby,
    Hold on to it, you're almost there. You've gone through so much and you're everyone's pride, especially your parents'. Go girl, you can make it. God be with you, amen.

    Dad o4d's
    East Malaysia

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  30. If I am correct, one of the principal reasons for not going north of Australia is the very real issue of piracy. This is a danger in the waters off Indonesia. Some people in private yachts have just disappeared forever at the hands of pirates here.

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  31. Hi Abby: So glad you are weathering the storms. I would think being very tired would take its toll, so it might be a thought to stop awhile like some others have suggested to get the boat checked over and dry things out, especially if you are now headed into rough seas again. You are a strong young woman but the weather is throwing all of its hissy fits your way it seems. Always err on the side of caution (that's my grandmotherly advice....lol). And it's just not fair that the Thrane isn't working--that gives you such a connection to the world.

    Anyway, we are all supporting you in every mile you sail and I send my prayers out to you for safe seas and fair winds. And thanks for taking the time to think about all of us who hold our breath a little until we see your next post. Good wishes from Judy in Duluth

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  32. Stay Safe! =) keep taking pics.. & videos hope ur internet comes back up soon*

    Sail on WiLd EyEs !!!! ------

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  33. Abby, We are having torrential downpours, thunder, and lightning mixed with awesome clouds and pieces of blue sky up here in the Northwest....unseasonal energy and I LOVE IT. I am a believer. I'm convinced the planet is dramatically changing just like many have been saying for quite some time. We are going to have to adapt. What else can we do, anyway? As for me, I love being reminded of the incredible power of nature, itself. It sounds like you are a water baby. I am, too; and, though I'd never do what you are doing, the beauty and power of nature is like my heartbeat, the very essence of life ttself. Well! I was so concerned for you as you rounded Cape Horn and went through Drake's Passage. It sounds like "that was nothing" in comparison! Hey girl, take a break if you can. I hear the concern is that the weather is going to get worse soon and it is important that you keep going. That may be why you need to try to do that; your family also waits for your safe return. But...my bet is that caring, friendly folk along your path would provide you safe residence until the season changes offering other opportunities while you wait...just a thought...even though it sounds like Wild Eyes rolls ever so much more on dry land. Have fun. PAUSE first, but who am I to tell you that? Your posts say it all. You've done much! You are a hard worker. Stay alert, stay linked. (I trust you will.)

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  34. Thanks for your blog, have fun sailing! Ed in Vermont

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  35. @ Anonymous June 9 3:00pm, the pirates are more to the north of Indonesia. South of Indonesia you are more likely to encounter boatloads of Afghan refugees, plus regular Australian Navy patrols.
    Anyway, whatever route Abby takes will have its share of hazards and she will rise magnificently to the challenge. :-)

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  36. Hang in there Abby.

    Having been in 45 knots in the Sea of Cortez any number of times it is truly incredible the wind energy difference between 35 knots and 45 knots. I can only imagine 60 knots! Keep the water outta the boat, okay?

    Jon in Oregon

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  37. Today's Inspirational Quote:

    "Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is
    the natural consequence of consistently applying the
    basic fundamentals."

    -- Jim Rohn

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  38. So proud of you Abby! You are always in my prayers. Stay vigilant and strong!

    Melanie in Torrance

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  39. Dear Capt. Abby,
    full support for your voyage continues to grow around our house and goes family wide. Surely all of us are realizing now what a poweful medley of challenges come at you and Wild Eyes and from all directions. When you get a chance someday to read this please note that considerable admiration for you dominates our discussion. You got the watch skipper.

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  40. No more Thrane and Thrane equals to no more pictures or videos from the deep blue. Too bad. Keep safe Abby and keep blogging through your mom as much as possible.
    Drew from Atlanta.

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  41. SAIL -ON GIRL!!!!!!!!
    STAY AT IT>

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  42. Abby, I truly hope your Thrane & Thrane comes back to you. I have severe withdrawals if I have no internet for more than a few hours!!! But thanks Marianne for all your help keeping us "in the know" about Abby's adventures!
    Stay safe and have fun Skipper!
    Kevin, Aiken, SC

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  43. Hi Abby: Thanks for the recent posting. It sounds like you have your hands full. I sure hope the Trane system picksup on its own and stays up...Your pics have been great. Maybe another stop is in order for a quick repair...

    Stay safe...enjoy the journey..

    Joe Springfield VA USA

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  44. Hi Abby,
    God Bless you and keep you safe. Our positive thoughts are with you. Try to enjoy yourself even though it is difficult at times. You have a strong boat that will keep you safe. Remember your boat has done this before. You can do it.
    Sandra

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  45. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Abby for safe sailing. Sounds like you have had a very busy ride, hold on tight! Thanks for the blogs even through the trouble you have to get them to us.

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  46. Is this beyond your wildest imagination of how it would unfold and be? Have you noticed how your strength grows as sails are drawn and wenches turned?

    I can't imagine too many of your peers having to reach so far within themselves to manage all the technology, persistently pounding and dangerous seas, and needing alertness to percolating mercurial everything?

    Your more than half way across those oh so wide waters. Man-o-live, dear Abby, Sail on.

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  47. Abby,

    As a non-sailor, I'm amazed to hear you talk about 40kt winds, 60kt gusts, and huge seas. It is amazing what you are doing. I continue to pray for you. I like what your dad said - (paraphrased) "If you don't set high expectations for your kids, don't be surprised when they don't accomplish much." I believe that great accomplishments often come with great risk. While there is great risk in what you are doing, the rewards, not in terms of records, but in terms of who you become, are great. Keep up the good work and God bless.

    Jim in Texas

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  48. Hi Abby:

    Sound like a wild ride out there in the southern Indian Ocean. Some music to go with it would be a wonderful classical piece the Ride of the Valkyries turn up at full volume. Then you would feel like your in the Disney animation.

    Stay safe. Hope the internet thing dries out so that you can send the blogs direct.

    Hugs, seattlesid

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  49. Dear Captain Abby:

    We have been silent for a month. My last comment was posted after you entered Cape of Good Hope and was provided warm reception by Cape Grace Hotel.

    We are glad that you had a nice stay and rest for a few weeks in South Africa. We appreciate very much and say much thanks for all the wonderful people who offered you and Team Abby a residence and much help to get Wild Eyes ready to complete its voyage around the world.

    I was very concerned for your safety and very life while reading your blog trying to go up the mast at night in foul weather with 25 foot waves. I know you realize that it was a dangerous and very risky thing to do. God took care of that and kept you from falling down the high seas. THANKS BE TO GOD!!!!!!!

    I second the suggestion of Captain Bill of San Diego. It will be good to make stop overs and see places and meet the locals. This will make your roundtheworld trip more exciting. Dr. Reiss is also right. U are so disciplined. We all believe in your capacity to finish your quest.

    Take some time to rest and to communicate with our loving God who is watching over you 24/7.


    Jacky O and Family
    San Fernando, CamSur, PHILIPPINES
    June 10, 2010

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  50. wind on the waterJune 9, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    I'm a farmer, and it sounds like sailing has something in common with farming; you have to roll with Mother Nature. There's always something that needs to be done, and you do it when you have the proper window. And sometimes, you have to lie low. That's a special life, not like most people's today, and you are handling it well. I would love to hear your reflections on that, when you get a chance to think about it and put it down.

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  51. Dear Abby,

    I hope you were able to get a lot of good sleep and are ready for the next storm.

    God bless you Abby.

    Clare, Spokane, WA, USA

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  52. Dear Abby, we watched your story on 20/20 and have been glued to your blog ever since. As a mom of five children (one daughter 15) I just can't imagine letting any of them go off on this kind of adventure. But that's the mother hen in me. You are amazing and inspirational, strong, determined and oh-so-smart. We're very proud of you and can't wait to hear your next entry.
    I'm going to the "donate" page right away to send you some money.
    I agree that you should stop and rest and fixed your internet, sails, and anything else that needs attention. You will be happier knowing you can send pictures and blogs to all of your loyal followers. We are now among them!
    xox, Lori in Orange County, Ca

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  53. So you are about 20-25 days from Tasmania then? 8-10 knot average? Thats going to put you in Hawaii by late August and California by late September. I am probably off on the math.

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  54. Abby,
    It is so good to hear that you are doing well. It seems like you have something to challenge you every day, and you continue to manage all that comes your way without hesitation. You continue to impress us, and we enjoy hearing of your every experience. We hope you will continue to stay safe, and that you have good conditions and happy times ahead. Our prayers are with you...stay strong, and stay healthy. Thank you to your mom for assisting your communications.
    Our best to you,
    Kelly and Dave in Santa Clarita

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  55. Hi Abby,
    an Haiku for you:

    a sun ray pops out of the sky
    clouds racing along the horizon
    both feet on a solid boat

    Jamie

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  56. 06-10-10 @ 03:58
    Hi Abby,
    Glad to see that you got the sail taken care of, and pretty quick too. That’s usually the way it goes, as far as the wind dropping off. But at least you’ve got the repair made and you’re ready to go. I hope your fingers are okay, and that you didn’t try to sew your hand to the sail….lol….Not funny, not funny.
    That’s a shame about Thrane not holding up, but at least you still have the Iridium phones to keep in touch with your Mom. That’s most important. Maybe you could condense a few days worth of information and just call that in to your Mom. Is that Iridium phone costly?

    Well Abby, I’m glad to see that the wind is picking up again, so you’d better get your pillow and get some sleep so you’ll be bright eyed and able to enjoy the ride. I know that you don’t want to miss that, Right??…Right!!! …lol… God Bless You, you are an adventurer….. aahhhhhh youth….
    Take good care of yourself, no un-necessary chances and enjoy. Loads of love and hugs.

    May God hold you in the palm of His hand, 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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  57. Hey Abby...Way to go girl! Getting thru that storm. I went on line yesterday and checked out the weather in your area, I saw the storm you encountered. I hope things calm abit for you to get squared away again..and some sleep. You must have been in some 30 footers with that wind. I hope it was all the down side of the waves. Be safe...get some rest when you can.

    Bob from Boston

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  58. Abby,
    Being prepared is paying off for you. If you could predict what will be happening, it would be easy to be fully prepared or allow you to avoid the bad situations. Handling things as they come up requires the use of a sharp mind and the confidence to take whatever actions are called for. You do shine in that area. It's simple to stand on the sidelines and offer advice after the fact. The real payoff is out on the field where you are. Your eyes, your mind and your hands while we sit here and observe while wishing you the best. Your parents must be so proud of you. I join all the rest in amazement and awe at what you are doing. You are quite a person who's actions speak for them selves. It's a rare thing to see any person who places themselves on the pointy end of the spear in real danger while demonstrating their willingness and ability to take on the challenges day after day. Admiration is what I feel for you and for your team too. Being a parent myself, I can't help but compare myself to your parents. I just could not do what they are doing. Admiration for them as well as sympathy for the helpless feeling they must have. Exceptional parents of a truly exceptional daughter. Best wishes to you and your wonderful parents and team.
    John & Darlene
    Kerrville, Tx

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  59. You are one tough young lady! Stay safe and be careful...looks like your will and desire will be sorely tested and everyone knows you are up to the challenge.

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  60. Hi Abby,
    an Haiku for you:

    pirates lurking around the corner
    sails full of wind
    joys of ghastly guts

    Jamie

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  61. Wow abby, it sounds like it's getting dangerous... I'm glad you're safe though. Keep up the great work!

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  62. Hi Abby,
    an Haiku for you:

    an arrow in the wind
    flying over the swell
    catching a squid

    Jamie

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  63. I was wondering why you didn't go farther north after rounding the horn to avoid some of the heavy stuff?
    Good luck
    Fred

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  64. Hi Abby,

    Sorry to heat that the Internet system isn't working. Glad to hear that you still have contact with your team. I'm so impressed that you can mend and fix things when the boat is rolling on in the waves. Do you ever get seasick?
    I wish that the sea will be kind to you tonight.
    60 knt seems terrible to me. Keep the spirit high and safe sailing.
    Regards,
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

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  65. Dear Abby, sorry to hear your T&T 250 giving trouble. Thought you have two of everything in electronics....!? LOL. Would have surely carried a spare ADU (Above Deck Unit = Satellite Dome). They are the size of and don't weight much more than a big cooking pot, but they are stuffed with lots of sensitive electronics and mechanics.... never trust this combination, see autopilot...!
    To you, as an experienced tech in autopilot electronics, I would suggest on a calmer day to take it down, 4 bolts and than 4 screws to open it and check if you see somewhere water stain. It maybe just one drop of saltwater in there doing havoc. Clean it off with a toothbrush and some freshwater and than some alcohol and finish up using something like WD40 and let it dry out. Point is that should be done as fast as possible after the water intrusion, saltwater "eat away" electronic circuits, and the unit should be powered off long time ago to avoid electrical damage (possibly happened already..). Also check the coaxial connector to the unit proper.
    If that don't work, you could also use your IRIDIUM for plain text emailing and even send a low resolution pic sometimes using dial up. Hope you got the data kit with serial cable and USB adapter for the 9505A onboard or the USB cable and the driver disc if you have the newer 9555...!? Even better if you also have the small automotive type external antenna, what comes in the box with the IRIDIUM's. If you use this antenna, please don't forget that it is designed to work on top of a car roof, it needs a flat metallic surface below it for proper function. You could use a piece of aluminum household foil or use your biggest pot or fry pan upside down.
    Good luck, Godspeed
    Rainer
    ELECTROPICS MARINE SERVICES
    Trinidad & Tobago

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  66. Internet down is never a fun thing!

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  67. Go Abby!!
    Sounds like its getting exciting out there. Remember to hang on!! Are your tee shirts available in child sizes?
    Godspeed Abby!!
    Kris and Connor Hamilton
    Killeen Tx

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  68. WOW...twenty foot waves to ride down! What a blast! :)

    Thanks to your mom for relaying your blogs to us all. That water is sometimes troublesome....but where would we be without it?

    And thanks for relaying the wonderful beauty of creation to us through your pics.

    I am still amazed when I read your Blog, of your maturity and expertise on Wild Eyes. You are one amazing young lady. :)

    Be safe and have FUN!!!!!!

    Sandy - Mississippi

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  69. just read the news on ABC. Hope everything turns out alright.
    Axel

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  70. Just read the facebook update about Abby. She is my my prayers

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  71. Just heard the ABC Network news at 1000 PDT - pray you are okay.

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  72. May God's blessings be upon you and keep you safe.

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  73. My Hopeful Prediction: Abby is OK, but has lost communication, and manually triggered the rescue beacons because she's lost power to her autopilots.

    ABC News has an excellent -- but frightful -- article on the triggering of Abby's rescue beacons (while noting that the one that is automatically triggered by water immersion hasn't gone off.)

    So, hope and prayers.

    And here's to hoping that Abby is just calling for help because the autopilots aren't working.

    - Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

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  74. All my prayers for Abby.

    Nina from MdR

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  75. hope everythings good!

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  76. Sweet Abby and family,

    Prayers, prayers and more prayers that all is well

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  77. I heard that your emergency beacons were activated last night! My prayers are with you and your family ! Peter - New Jersey, USA

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  78. You're in my prayers Abby...stay safe

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  79. Praying for you and asking God to keep an eye on you

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  80. JUST HEARD ON THE NEWS YOU MAY BE IN SOME TROUBLE. HOPE THEY ARE WRONG AND YOU ARE JUST IN AN AREA WHERE THEY CAN NOT CONTACT YOU AND YOU WILL LET THEM KNOW SOON YOU ARE SAFE. HOPE YOU ARE WELL AND YOU GET BACK SAFELY. EVERYONE IS THINKING OF YOU. PLEASE BE SAFE!

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  81. Abby, we are all praying for your safety. Stay Strong! Melanie

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  82. All of our prayers are with you, Abby

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  83. I hope your ok out there Abby, I have been reading your blogs for quite some time now and I just heard you are in trouble out there. I am praying for you, hang in there!!!!!!!!!! Be strong!!!!!!!!!

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  84. Abby,

    You and your family are in all of our thoughts and prayers.

    We all wish you fare winds and following seas...

    Be Safe,

    Joe

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  85. Abby,
    My prayers are with you as you make this journey. What an adventure and how lucky you are to have a supportive family. Sail safe!
    Chris
    Orem, Utah

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  86. Praying for you.

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  87. The ABC News article quotes Abby's Team that her boat had taken two knock-downs during the night. So it is possible the boat capsized. But . . . it has built-in flotation chambers, so even if it went over, she should be able to survive in the cabin while a vessel is sent her way. (Article says a ship is within 500 miles. If it can do 20 knots, it could be on site within 24 hours or so.)

    So if it is an autopilot failure or capsizing, sounds like she should be OK until a commercial ship can be diverted for a pickup.

    The good news is that the water-activated beacon hasn't been triggered, which should mean that the boat is still floating.

    If all goes well, will just make for a most interesting chapter in her book. ;-)

    - Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

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  88. Abby,

    Someone posted an article of you on their facebook and I stumbled upon it and from there I found your website and finally this blog...Abby you are strong....Im sure youre still out there workin your little butt off...it will pay off in the end because there are sooo many people back here rooting you on.

    You are in my prayers.
    Love
    Danielle

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  89. Good thoughts for you, Abby. Hoping you're found safe.

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  90. I have been reading your blog every day and just saw on yahoo news about the rescue effort launching. I immediately said a prayer for you and your family. I know that God is with you. Hang on Abby and we hope to hear from you soon!!

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  91. Praying for you Abby. Hoping you're found safe and sound.

    I know things are rough out there. If you're ok - that is all that matters. If you're ok and you simply cannot continue on your journey, that is ok too.

    I have always hoped and prayed that you could circumnavigate the world, but if that doesn't happen ... it doesn't happen, at least not right now.

    Right now I'm praying that you're safe and sound, and that you can be found quickly.

    I'm also sending up a prayer for your family right now.

    Even though I know you can't read this ... take care young lady. I wish you the best, in whatever happens. You're still an amazing person. Very amazing.

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  92. Abby - praying for your safety.

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  93. My prayers are with you Abby! May they find you safe and sound.

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  94. Abby I hope your safe, my prayers are with you! -7

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  95. I know you are ok, hang tough!

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  96. Yeah, I just saw the wire come across the bottom on ESPN as well. Not triggering the submersion beacon = hope.

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  97. I just saw the reports on yahoo news. I am praying for you and your family so that you can be brought home safely.

    Lauren, Florida

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  98. Please God let her be safe

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  99. Just read about you missing on KTLA.... Hoping for your safety and return.

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  100. God Speed, Abby.
    I have faith in your strength and your abilities.

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  101. I pray your ok Abby... I'm so scared for you. Team Abby, please keep us updated... I

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  102. Just read about the rescue beacon being set off. Saying lots of prayers for you safety.
    ~Amanda, Mississippi

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  103. Love and prayers go out to you, Abby. You are so courageous, brave, and inspiring. Praying for a great update soon!

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  104. JUST READ THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR YOU. REMINDER God is with u. I'm praying for your safety and awarness of Jesus being with u. I'm praying for your family as well.

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  105. Praying that you are okay! My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  106. God be with you girl..... hope you rough it out safely.

    Raymondville, Texas

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  107. Prayers are with you guys! and you Abby!

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  108. I am praying for your safety Abby!

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  109. Abby, I just heard the news about the emergency rescue. I am praying that you are ok and it's just an extra precaution. My thoughts are with you.

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  110. 06-10-10 @ 14:14
    To Mom and Dad and the Abby Team,
    My prayers are with her and I'm sure she'll be alright God is watching over her. All of her faithful followers are praying for her.
    May God hold her in the palm of His hand, 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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  111. Praying that you're safe Abby.

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  112. My hopefully thoughts and prayers are with you Abby.

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  113. Your in my prayers Abby and hope you are ok. I have been following your journey

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  114. I've just read the story on yahoo... to Abby and her family- you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have been following your journey with awe. I hope and pray that you are found safely, and very soon.

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  115. Just saw the news reports on every site.
    Never been to your blog before but i hope the best for you and that everything works out.

    Kris
    Toronto, Canada

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  116. Prayers go out to you Abby!! To Everyone who reads this: Please pray for Abby!! We hope you are safe!

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  117. Although I think this was a crazy trip - going after your dreams is not - I pray God has you in his hands and that you are safe!

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  118. Pray for Abby..Please come home ok....

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  119. I hope you are ok. Just read the news. God bless you.

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  120. Angie, Niagara Falls OntarioJune 10, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    My prayers and thoughts are with Abby right now.

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  121. Abby - You are doing an amazing feat and we are all praying for you. Hang in there!
    - Kit, Palos Verdes Estates

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  122. Just read the scary update about you this morning. Wanted to let you and your family know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you have been the whole time. May the sea's angels guide you to safety will be watching for an update...linda from mdr until 2 1/2 wks ago now in walnut creek...take care my little friend.

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  123. Praying for you, Abby, and for your safety.

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  124. Please phone home. If you can. So many people so worried for you.

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  125. Just saw this on MSNBC and did a search for your blog -- you're an amazing young woman and I have confidence you will come through this. Hang in there, the world is watching.

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  126. Thinking of Abby and all her family! Prayers are going up!

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  127. Praying for you, Abby, and for your safety.

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  128. The latest reports I'm reading are scaring me. I'm thinking of you to the point of distraction. Please be safe.

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  129. Wow. I hope everything turns out alright.

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  130. Waneen & Jon MarksJune 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    I'm just reading that communication have been cut entirely and EPIRB system has been activated. We are praying for you and for your family. Wishing you well.

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  131. I've been reading about you for a long time but this is the first time I've read your blog. I hope that you are safe.

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  132. Abby , hope to hear from you soon ! God is there to help you my friend.Come home safe.

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  133. Abby, PLEASE BE OKAY and get back to us soon!!!!

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  134. You're in my thoughts and prayers Abby! Hope you are safe!

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  135. Hi Abby, I hope you are OK and safe from any dangers. I just heard the news but i'll keep you in my prayers..

    -Panama City, Panama

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  136. All our prayers that you are safe and well!! Your trip has inspired us.
    The Doughmans, Marblehead,MA

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  137. I just heard the news and my prayers are sent to Abby to surround her and keep her safe. Please know that all good thoughts are coming her way.

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  138. Along with others Abby, my prayers goes out to you and your family for a safe journey home.-Kassandrae, Indiana

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  139. May God keep you safe.

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  140. Hang on Abby, everyone's comming to your rescue. You can make it, youv'e made it this far, just hang on.

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  141. Many of us pulling for you here in Seattle!

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  142. prayers sent dear Abby

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  143. Our Prayers are with you!

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  144. Abby I am hoping for the best for you. Waiting to hear of your safe return.

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  145. Abby and family are in my prayers.

    Sandy - Iowa

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  146. My fingers are crossed and I'm hoping with all of my might that Abby is okay.
    Please keep us posted.

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  147. Just saw the ABC News post. Thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Hope you're ok. Hang in there

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  148. Saying a prayer for you, Abby and family.

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  149. I've been following Abby for months now. I feel like I know her, and my heart sank when I heard the news story this morning. Praying for you Abby and your family that you stay strong and that God will hold you in his arms and keep you safe. You are a brave and resourceful young woman, if anyone can get through this, I'd put my money on you any day! Carrie- St. Louis, MO

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  150. Her brother spent some time without communication and ended up fine. I pray for the same, safe/successful result. - john

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  151. Hey, I hope you are hanging in there. I occationally check back to see how you're doing and to hear about anything really interesting that may have happened. I saw the news that your rescue beacon had been activated. I really hope you are OK. My thoughts are with you...

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  152. Dear Abby, I just read the news obout your EPIRBs going off, and the knock downs. I practice obstetrics and gynecology in Pensacola, Florida. I am going to stop seeing patients for the next 15 minutes and earnestly pray for your safety, God's wisdom, and the strength to overcome. God Bless You!
    In His service, Bill Lile

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  153. You must have amazing parents to encourage you to succeed and tackle your dreams!!! Hope you are okay out there.

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  154. If the world is ever to come together let it be now and let the whole world pray for Abby.

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  155. Just saw the news report on FOX about our girl Abby. As an old sailor, I am hoping she just triggered the beacons so someone could come assist her. Our hearts and prayers go out to her and her family and crew from us here in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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  156. definitely praying. My family has really enjoyed following Abby's brave and fun journey. We pray Abby comes home safe!

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  157. We have been following along on this journey when Zac first set sail and next when you, Abby did as well. Our family prayed for Zac the whole way and have also been praying for you. We are so proud of who you are and what you are trying to accomplish! You are an inspiration to our two girls and to so many people around the world! We are going to continue to pray for you! God Bless You Abby! You are and incredible Gift to this World! T.Spath

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  158. Praying you and the boat are ok.

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  159. All our Prayers are with you and your family !!!

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  160. Prayers for you and your family...the world is praying for you!!!

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  161. abbbbby! ive been following you blog for forever and just saw on yahoo whats going on! my tummy is in notes! good luck girl i am praying for u!

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  162. You are in our thoughts... be safe.

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  163. Praying for you, brave Abby, and will continue our prayers until we know you are safe and sound.

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  164. Sunderland family, I am praying in Texas.

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  165. praying for you Abby. stay strong.

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  166. I fear this story will end up how many of us thought it might. I hope Abby is found but sense......................

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  167. Stay strong Abby. I am praying for you out there. Keep focused and don't get nervous. Help is coming...
    Nancy (Pennsylvania)

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  168. Read an article about you just now, hopeful that things turn out well. You have many people praying for you!

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  169. God bless you, Abby. My thoughts are with you and with your family as well. I hope everything turns out ok...

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  170. Dear Abby,

    Sending you love and prayers from Sherman Oaks. Been following your journey since the beginning. I am confident you're okay. God bless and god speed.

    Best,

    Blaire Chandler, Los Angeles

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  171. Praying for you and those searching for you, Abby.

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  172. St. Anthony, when you prayed, your stolen book of prayers was given back to you. Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear. Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God. Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death. Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit. Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, new love. Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping. Pray for Abby's swift return and pray that we may be given Christ’s comfort and peace. Amen.

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  173. He Amy, you scared the hell out of me. I read in the Dutch newspaper that you activated your emergency beacon.
    I hope all is well and that you will be rescue-ed
    I cross my fingers and think of you.
    I hope I will hear better news soon.
    Jolanda, the Netherlands

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  174. Hi Abby! My daughter is 8 and has been following your blog and news stories since you left. She is just amazed at the courage you have and is fascinated that someone as young as you can do something this amazing. We heard the news this morning and are praying that all is well. She would love to meet you when you return home. Take care!!!

    Jessica & Samantha Bailey (8 years old),
    Canyon Country, CA

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  175. Praying you are safe!

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  176. Praying for Abby's safe rescue....for Abby, the rescue team, support team, Laurence and Marianne and family.

    Janell in OK

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  177. Godspeed - PLEASE call someone as soon as you can. Praying for you, from Brownsville, Texas, USA - Manny F. Morales

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  178. Praying for you, Abby.

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  179. Praying that you're safe...may God protect and bring you home safely Abby.

    kd bourne, San Francisco

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  180. Hang in there Abby!
    They're coming for you!
    @dgql

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  181. Praying for you and your parents!

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  182. We're all praying hard, Abby!!! Hang on!!!! Help's on the way!!!

    Jesse's loyal fans are praying for your safety, too, and for a successful rescue!!!

    Love and Hugs! Godspeed, Abby!!!

    Carol Florida U.S.A.

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  183. praying for you in Indiana kiddo!

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  184. I just hope and pray to God that you are okay Abby. If things aren't okay, may God give you strength to hang in there till help arrives.

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  185. Have not been monitoring your travels before now, but saw the distress report and will be praying for you.
    ~PO2 "Mac" - US Navy

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  186. Dearest Abby & Family,

    I just heard the news about your search and rescue attempts!

    I am praying for you sweet girl! May God protect you!

    Warm wishes from Kansas,
    Judy

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  187. Abby,

    All our thoughts and prayers and God's strengh to guide those in finding you and to keep you safe until help arrives. God's Speed Brave Girl!!!

    -Valli

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  188. Abby, you are in our prayers... may God keep you safe... we are anxiously waiting to hear from you...

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  189. we hope that you ok and pray for you.

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  190. Abby, I'm praying for your safety today. I hope they find you alive and well. You are quite the courageous young woman! May God bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand.

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  191. Dan and Missy KarjalaJune 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    We are praying and thinking "good thoughts." We are with you. We are in "T.O." and we are all praying.

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  192. I hope everything is Ok!

    Thanks for the details Grant

    == John ==

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  193. Our family is praying for all of you right now.

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  194. God bless you Abby and protect you from all danger. My prayers also for your family and team.

    Your caring friend, Clare, Spokane,WA, USA

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  195. Abby...news here is grim, but courage! Our thoughts are with you...master the sea!

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