Monday, June 7, 2010

Update from the Middle of the Indian Ocean

I meant to blog yesterday, but I was having some problems with my Thrane & Thrane again. As you can tell from this blog, I was able to play around with it and get it going again.

Everything has been going well out here. I have been enjoying some nice moderate 20-25 knot winds out of the SW. Surfing down 20 foot waves has been very nice really. The wind is beginning to die down tonight, it will probably be pretty uncomfortable for a little while. After the wind dies, the waves stay pretty big for awhile and without the wind you end up just rolling gunwal to gunwal. It definitely makes for a bad night of sleep, but the wind won't be down for long.

I'm almost half way across the Indian Ocean! It really doesn't feel like it. I keep looking at my charts and there never seems to be a big difference from the last time I checked, but I am ticking off the miles slowly but surely. The weather looks like it could pick up a lot in the next few days. I could have winds up to 60 knots, so I'm getting things all tied down and ready for some big winds.

Well, it's getting late over here so I should go, but I'll try and write again tomorrow.

140 comments:

  1. If you get to visit India and have time to have a tour I would tell you to visit Tajmahal. It is one of the wonders of the world. Thanks

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  2. Be safe Abby!
    Enjoying the armchair thrill
    of ur trip! Do you ever have nothing to do?
    cheers
    tk , styc, usvi

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  3. Hi Abby
    Great to hear from you.
    Prepare for the worst weather.
    Hopefully it will be kind for you.
    Some State side news - Illinois and Michigan had very bad tornadoes over the last two days. BP are hopefully getting nearer to quenching the oil spill.
    Best wishes

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  4. Hi Abby
    60 KNOT WINDS ;O/
    Hope they do not last long ... WOW what a ride.
    From your progress, I guess you plan on staying at 40°S all the way to Tasmania ... then 45 or more °S to get around Tassy itself.
    Another question, please can you tell us what brand and model Auto Pilots are you now using and are they connected to work as one unit?

    Thanks for the updates

    BruceS/Sydney

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  5. hi abby... it's bruce wayne here... well I can't imagine how one would prepare for 60 knot winds at sea...but it would surely be getting my heart rate up well in advance.. you must have ice in your veins :))

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  6. hi abby you are doing a good job keep it up girl. i hope you put more pics of your self up on the net. sorry abby i hope i'm not bugging you i'm just trying to make friends with you. bye abby

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  7. Does anyone know why the "days" and the "relative location sidebar" on the Where's Abby page has disappeared? It was nice to have a handle on daily progress.

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  8. Thanks for the update Abby. I know your very busy and I thank you for taking time to keep us all updated. Stay safe with the possible 60 knot winds.

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  9. Hey, Abby. Thanks for the post. You said nothing about the conditions in the cabin today, so I guess you have things pretty well sorted out from the knock down the other night. Please be careful in those 60 knot winds on their way. Just a scrap of sail (no main and a storm jib) should do it. You have been making very good progress, and will be off Cape Leeuwin and the land of Oz before you know it. Have you had any contact with Jess? Any chance you will stop for a short visit?

    Steve L in Modesto

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  10. Hi Abby - thanks for another newsy post - sounds like you are making good progress across the Indian - it's always nice to know what adventures you are experiencing in your amazing journey around the world - good to hear that you have managed to get the heater going again and are getting some of your gear dry - happy sailing Abby - keep safe and God bless - Judy G. - Surfer's Paradise, Qld. AUSTRALIA

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  11. Abby:
    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!

    Thank you for the update, it makes my day, and night, go better just knowing that you still living the adventure of a lifetime. You really are special, you appreciate the wonder and majesty of the ocean voyage while watching the weather glass so that you are prepared for the next event. You rock!

    Please keep us posted and stay safe. "Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream." Yesterday is your memory, today is full of life, and tomorrow is a day of hope and dreams.

    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!

    John R Willis

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  12. Abby,

    What are the temperatures like.. And have you ever thought about becoming a Ham Radio Operator. That would give you the ability to talk to people around the world and take up some of your free time..

    Rich in N.Y.

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  13. Abby:
    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!

    Thank you for the update, it makes my day, and night, go better just knowing that you still living the adventure of a lifetime. You really are special, you appreciate the wonder and majesty of the ocean voyage while watching the weather glass so that you are prepared for the next event. You rock!

    Please keep us posted and stay safe. "Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream." Yesterday is your memory, today is full of life, and tomorrow is a day of hope and dreams.

    GO GIRL GO!!!!!!

    John R Willis

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  14. Hi Abby :)

    Sounds like you are doing well and that's great!
    It says a lot for Thrane & Thrane equipment that it holds up well in the conditions you are experiencing.
    If 60 knot winds are ahead, double check that things are stowed well.
    Take a deep breath and hold on!
    We all look forward to your posts when you are able to do so safely.
    Good Luck!

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  15. Suggestion: Add a paypal donate button on your website. I really don't need another T-shirt, but would like to donate to your cause!!!! Just an idea....

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  16. Wow, Abby it seems like just yesterday you left CapeTown behind but now you are half way across the Indian Ocean and then only one more ocean to go before you're home sweet home. For now batten down the hatches and secure everything possible and just get ready for the big wind and hang on for the ride. Hope you can keep all the electronics up and running and hopefully you're getting the inside of the cabin a bit drier. Stay Safe & Have Fun & When Up On Deck TETHERED...Peace & Aloha..38'43"N/122'67"W

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  17. Hi Abby,
    Thanks so much for some welcome news on progress, I'm in and out here to see for any news about your sailing.
    You are doing a great job so far and are well prepaired for the strong wind ahead,just hope all went well and that you be safe.Must say you are very clever and intelligent with your boat and how you handle things,it's obvicious that you are a well trained sailor of the high seas.

    God be with you through your journey and keep well,you are in our thoughts day and night brave girl.

    Aragon [South Africa]

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  18. Ahoy Captain Abigail,

    Thanks for checking in tonight. Fixed the electronics did you....you CAN do it all!

    Abby I see you are 536 miles NW of French Southern and Antartic Lands...here's the climate there:

    Ile Amsterdam et Ile Saint-Paul: oceanic with persistent westerly winds and high humidity

    Iles Crozet: windy, cold, wet, and cloudy

    Iles Kerguelen: oceanic, cold, overcast, windy

    Iles Eparses: tropical

    That last one has to be just a tease Abs....I'd move on.

    Here's a heads up Abby...Tuesday June 8 will be WORLD OCEANS DAY (recognized by the UN). Having conquered most of the oceans like few people have you might consider a comment on that in "your book".

    Clip on and be careful in those high winds California "surfing girl" ....
    john, Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada

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  19. Capt. Abby,
    we hadn't fully recovered from the ocean coming in the open hatch and related threats and icy drench...now you drop the S word on us...such as in "sixty knot wind," whew! Hope my cardiologist misses these Blogs. Now for the fun part; how fast over the ground you reckon you'll get out of Wild Eyes with that breeze rustling in her sails? You got the watch skipper.

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  20. Hi Abby,
    Thanks for sharing your adventure with all of us.I don't know if you realize it but a good part of the world is sailing with you on your trip around the world.Keep doing what you're doing,be safe,and be well.
    Doug from Ohio

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  21. Half way Abby? Maybe not quite yet. But, you're wise to get ready for some weather. I think the odds are good for it where you're heading. How are you going to pass Amsterdam Isl? I'm glad you're having a good time. Sounds like fun to me. Take care, be prepared, clip on, hang on... get it all.
    IndyMike
    39*50'N, 86*9'W

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  22. Stay safe and upright. We will keep you in our prayers. 60 knot winds, I'm not sure I would want them when I am standing on ground much less in the middle of the ocean. Keep it safe. (MI)

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  23. Craving excitement? But as you said gunwale to gunwale isn't what you have in mind. I think your book is coming along nicely..your unplanned stop in Africa, those incredible beautiful photos..one of which is now my wall paper somebody took as you were heading into the sunrise..and I even got a few requests to please send it to them..and where did I get such a beautiful picture? and so I get the oop[portrunity to tell all my co workers about Abby..and so it goes..your story grows a bit every day and though days may blend into the next you have your blogs and us to help you pigeon hole where and when the elements take place...as I said Capt you had me clinging to the keyboard as you described the water rushing in and the sea dark as pitch and whew..i COULD FEEL THE SPRAY IN PLACES AS YOU WROTE SO WELL...
    bE bLESSED

    gARY & jAN
    sAVANNAH,gA

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  24. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    Slow day at the office? Charlie has been fooling around with the Trane&Thrane again? Neighbors are at it again? :-)

    It does look like you're going to get some weather for a day or so. No stunt this time, OK? :-)

    You're the best, Take care, Be safe!

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  25. Abby, I saw a note about you on TV last week. I can't believe you are 16!! Wow! Brave girl. I was curiuos & looked you up online and checked your blog several times since. You are so far ahead of so many with your passion and determination. God keep you & bless you dear! Keep us posted!
    My best,
    Raquel C.-Dallas,tx

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  26. Well written as usual with a teaser of things to come. Big seas and big winds.

    On the business front. The third party gear company is great for the gear, but I don't think it is personal enough for direct funding.

    I suggest setting up a link for the "Absters". "Click here to fund the expedition and be part of history". Doesn't Blogger have a tip jar feature? I know this would make it personal for me and I it would make me feel good. Like I am participating in the adventure. We can't be with you but we sure as heck can do our part to make sure the non-sailing burdens are off your back.

    I am going to hit the third party donation at the gear site right now and I hope all the other Absters will do the same. Your are giving us hours of enjoyment and not to acknowledge that would be wrong.

    Get with it gang Abby needs us or she would not have asked.

    Von Bear

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  27. Abby in the old old days when I used a sextant to navigate with, the navigation fixes were worked out on a plotting sheet that made the progress LOOK real good. After I worked out the fix I transfered the location to the main chart and it was always a little depressing. On my last trip back from Hawaii (many years ago) I mainly just used a noon sight that didn't require the plotting sheet. I am curious if you even have a sextant aboard. I think that Zac had one on Intrepid but never played around with it. I guess that celestial navigation by use of a sextant is becoming a lost art.
    Carry on skipper. You are doing great!!

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  28. Hello Abby,
    My girls and I love reading you blog. We can't believe how brave and smart you are at only 16! Keep safe and we can't wait to hear about the rest of your adventures out there. My God bless you and keep you safe.

    3 Girls from Newbury Park.

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  29. Hi Abby! It's me, Katie! Guess what? I am doing a biography on you tomorrow, can't wait! God bless you and good luck!
    See you soon,
    Katie :)

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  30. Your blog is so uplifting and today especially I enjoyed reading it. I feel reminded to not ever give up on a dream. Thank you for that.

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  31. Abs -- things are going well. Secure everything,then do it again. Eat.

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  32. Hi Abby...Almost halfway across the Indian Ocean?? WOW that was quick. Great sailing, young Lady. Not sure I envy you re: 60Knt winds, but I am sure you can handle them. May the Good Lord watch over you. Blue Skies and Friendly Winds. Love ya much
    Bud & Charla Winnett

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  33. Hi Abby i am so blown away at what ur doing. I been taking risk all my life but you should me when it's destiny it's not risk, just part of the Journey of who you are and how God has wired you.
    I am praying for you daily. Blessings Pas John

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  34. Hi Abby:

    Oh my, 60 knot winds, I would be petrified, but I know you have the skills to handle it. Stay safe, and enjoy the awesome ride.

    Hugs, seattlesid

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  35. Abby, it's good to hear things are well and I hope they remain that way @ 60 knots!
    I have to say, after my first keelboat sailing lesson tonight where we experienced a small squall at perhaps 20 to 25 knots, in a 22-footer with only a reefed main, just out on an inland river, I am now even more in awe of what you're doing out there!!
    Best wishes,
    Sarah (Ottawa, Canada)

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  36. Hola, Abby~
    Psalm 31

    Stay safe and Godspeed
    ~Breeze
    ps: finish up the voyage first, then worry about the book.

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  37. Abby you're not only in the Indian ocean, but yesterday you were nearly at the exact opposite point on the Earth from where you began the journey. That point was about 550 miles to your north, now you're done sailing away and are heading back home.

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  38. hi Capt. Abby
    make sure every thing is secured well for the 60 knot winds double and triple check every thing 1 ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
    i have a question are u ending your trip in calif or cabo
    thank you for all the information u give us
    youre havin 1 heck of an adventure
    stay clipped on paul from maine

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  39. Oh boy! I just noticed the T-shirt link. I love following you and will certainly support you. Carry on.

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  40. Hi Abby,

    I seen your story on 20/20 Friday and wanted to say hi and wish you all the best in your quest. I really admire what you are trying to accomplish, especially at your age. What do you do for an encore from here though? Maybe a flight around the world in a hot air balloon? What ever it is, I'm sure with your will and determination, you will accomplish it!

    Take care!
    Dave Merten

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  41. Abbey your pictures have been wonderful. It takes us right onto the boat with you. Good girl on the preps. Lessons learned, I am sure you will do just fine with the upcoming blow. Keep the faith baby, our prayers are with you.

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  42. Thanks Abby.
    Stay warm and dry and secure.
    Love you ♥
    Richard (QLD) Aus

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  43. 06-08-10 @ 01:53
    Hi Abby,
    Glad to see that you had some good sailing weather and that you enjoyed it, it’s like having your very own Roller Coaster. I just hope the 60 knot winds that you’re looking at will not be a problem. I guess all that rolling around would become annoying after awhile, I hope it doesn’t last to long, everything has an end..…so prophetic…lol…
    I know that you have to watch your charts, but I imagine it would be like watching water boil when you’re measuring within a 3000 to 5000 mile range. Nice to see that you got Thrane & Thrane straightened out, tell me, what can’t you do….lol…
    Well Abby, since you’re busy getting everything secured for the ‘big blow’ I won’t say anything about staying hooked on or being careful or staying alert and cautious, no, I figure you know all about that...lol… but do take care!!!
    How’s Charlie and Mr. Doggie doing?????
    Write when you get a chance, you may be getting busy pretty soon.
    I almost forgot, I watched Women’s Softball tonight and UCLA beat Arizona in the first game out of three. It was a great game, them girls played tough all the way. You are a softball fan aren’t you??????

    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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  44. Good luck with the stormy conditions ahead. I get concerned when it gets up over 25 so the prospect of managing 60 knots is quite something to consider, and just goes to show what you've been willing to take on when you stepped out the door and set sail. Take care and fair winds.

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  45. Hi Abby,
    an Haiku for you:

    wind is blowing
    the waves are crashing
    the sun is rising in the morning

    Jamie

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  46. Dear Abby,

    Sounds like you are well prepared for the coming stormy weather.

    Write when you are able. We'll be here for you.

    May our Heavenly Father, who cares for you very much, bring you safely through this storm.

    Clare, Spokane, WA, USA

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  47. Hey Abby....I'm happy to hear things are going well, and you were enjoying those 25 footers..on the downside. Go Girl! Get ready for the storm button down the hatches as they say, sounds like you have a great weather team, giving you enough notice as to what to expect. As to not getting your book started yet...just make notes as you go...no need to start the book until you finish..just make notes as reminders what you want in it..high lites per say. Well you take care for now...be safe.

    Bob form Boston

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  48. HEYYYYYY ABBBBBEEEEYYYYYY;, sorry, was just listening to Abbott and Costello on my satelite radio. You are probably too young to know about them, but that is how Lou Costello would open their radio show. Funny stuff. Can you access any satelite radio out there? It sure makes my life on the road more enjoyable. Anyway, thanks for the update, and keep on truckin'! Gus

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  49. Keep up the good work Abby!
    Your updates are always inspiring and fascinating for my students. I am a math teacher in New Zealand and I am explaining all the ways you would use math when sailing solo around the world! Ha ha it's cool!
    Andrew

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  50. Capt. abby, my fair winds of a girl. Your doing so well out there. Its not even a changing with them anymore. Its a writed up case that you know your wites about you by far than anyone else could handlan what you are doing out there daily. I was alsway woanted to trying things before I said, I can.. But my ears have catch up with me know. I just hope you keep showing those guys how good you are abby, your really good.Mum and dad would not of alway this with their daughter they areadly had their brave sone do this last year or more. But they trust you more that works can say. We can see why they can trust like they do. Its your so darn brave, smarlt, hollsome and true.

    we are so proud of you aby and hope the angles with be behind you aalways. Love and Hug, Dee.Santa Clarita, Ca.

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  51. Hi, Abby ... 60-knot winds?!!? That's a veritable category-one hurricane! You might want to reef to quarter? Or maybe drop the sails altogether, and crawl into a fetal position below deck and pray?

    You're a brave one. Go girl, go!

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  52. batten down everything reef the sails and set back and enjoy. I too am heading for a week on the water

    Uwe

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  53. Hi Abby,I just purchased two T shirts and I can hardly wait to get them so I can wear them proudly while your still at sea.
    Abby I read that you're going to run into a 60 mph gale.
    I once was a commercial fisherman and I can appreciate what its like and I had a 13 man crew and to think that your all alone at the age of 16.
    Abby you are a God gifted girl with bravery,courage and talant.
    Abby stay safe and be careful.
    God bless you.

    Libby Di Bernardo (79)
    San pedro,Ca.

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  54. ABBY IF YOU COULD COMMENT ON THE SOUND OF THE WIND AT SAY 40/50 KNOTS [MABY EVEN RECORD IT] WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF IT REALLY HOWLS AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE SKIPPER ? ENJOY !

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  55. Hi Abbey,

    Have you seen the "Green Flash" yet? In the right atmospheric conditions, just as the upper limb of the sun dips below the horizon, it will light up and show what looks like a green flash of light. I have seen it many times in my Navy days.

    Keep safe out there, I am pulling for you.

    Michael Earnest
    Marysville, WA

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  56. Eek, 60 knot winds?!? Make sure you tie yourself down as well Abby.

    I too cannot believe your half-way across the Indian Ocean, but even more shocking, is your HALF-WAY AROUND THE WORLD!!?? Who'da thunk it?

    I'm tremendously proud and jealous of some young girl I have never even met before, but I wish you all the best Abby!!

    Can't wait for more pictures!!!

    XOXO - Alana

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  57. Hi Abby,
    an Haiku for you:

    bird on the boom
    hot coffee
    dolphin jumping out of the water

    Jamie

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  58. Hi Abby, I was just reading the information about your route, please dont attemp to go around the bottom of the south island of new zealand, the cold and winds and seas can be worse than anything you have ever encountered, it would put you only a hop and a jump from the antarctic, you could run into ice ................please stay to the west of new zealand.

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  59. Lady when your with me im smiling, You and wild eyes take care. Getem girl! Blue wave dave Ventura county,Ca

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  60. almost halfway across the Indian Ocean!?!

    whoa girl you are speeding along!!!!

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  61. Hi Abby,
    60 knots huh? Phew! that will mess up your hair do. Batten the hatches and ride her out Captain. As the one person said. 'You got the watch'.

    Your doing a wonderful job, won't be long and the Indian Ocean will be behind you. Sail On..

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  62. I like your style when there is miserable conditions. Both Jessica and most other ocean sailors write literally that it miserable to have high waves and no wind. Although Jessica like to joke about it. You just write that it will be a bad nights sleep. Most male sailors write that it is miserable in order to appear tough; that they are out in really rough conditions. But I like your style more. You appear tougher than them, writing that the boat rolls heavily, but "so what".

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  63. Hey abby! well after seeing you on 2020 i was really intrested in your story. so today i read your entire journey on this blog and i think its so awesome what your doing!! i just think its awesome that you had a dream and now you doing it! good luck on the rest of your journey and ill continue reading your story and supporting you in this awesome adventure! God bless!

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  64. Hi Abby. I was just reading about your trip in Girl's Life magazine. I think it's amazing that you have this much courage. I think the whole idea is amazing. Congrats and hats off to you for you awesomely cool trip. So be safe and have fun!!!!!!!!

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  65. I hope you and the "good ship Wild Eyes" are handling the strong winds without any difficulties.

    As you are approaching the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere and shortest day of the year (June 21), and the skies being cloudy most of the time, I wonder if your solar panels are charging the batteries adequately enough so you don’t have to ration your electricity usage?

    s.n.

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  66. You're making progress Abby. It might not seem like it but you are knocking off the miles. I hope things get a little more comfortable for you. Always stay clipped on while on deck. I know I always say that but it makes me feel better when I do. Soon you'll be approaching Australia. I wonder which route you'll take? Love and hugs from Florida

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  67. Dear Abby,

    Thank's for the update. I have checked where you are, and it's really in the middle of nowhere. You are in a good mood, despite bad conditions. 60 knots sounds very tough, but you are a tough girl Abby. Sail on safe and Godspeed.
    Regards,
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

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  68. Hi Abby......I hope everything went well last night, I hope you got alittle sleep. You take care of yourself and always hook yourself up when you are on the deck, that is a little scary to me. You take care and be safe. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gail/Ventura

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  69. I'm 53 and was just given an iPod Nano. I can barely figure out how to turn it on and off, and you're sitting there "playing around" with your malfunctioning Thrane and Thrane AND GETTING IT GOING AGAIN?

    This entire blog is a hoax, isn't it? You can't be for real.

    ;>D You are amazing.

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  70. I've been following your updates. Great work!

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  71. Abby,

    It looks like you're really ripping up the water now. I hope everything is dried out now. I just watched your segement on 20/20 online. Stay safe (& clipped in) with upcoming 60 kt winds. We'll all be praying for you.

    Nick CT

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  72. Abby,

    A bit more wind would be nice to keep Wild Eyes from rockin’ and rollin’ so much and making things a little more comfortable for the crew, but 60 knot winds might be a little overkill. I hope you’ve been able to get things dried out. But I especially hope the Thrane and Thrane keeps functioning. I don’t know what we would do if it went down. I think that the anticipation of the strong winds is the worst part of dealing with the heavy weather. Once it hits, the adrenaline kicks in and you have a real thrill ride. Well, have fun, Abby and take care.

    From Seattle, WA, USA
    SaltyDog

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  73. 06-09-10 @ 00:14
    Hi Abby,
    How are you doing out there, I hope the weather didn’t hit you to hard, it looks a little nasty North of “French Southern and Antarctic Lands”. According to P/W it looks a lot nasty. I figure you’re well prepared for it, but stay tethered and be alert and cautious just the same. I just had to say that. You’ll probably be in your glory riding the waves and the wind blowing like crazy, probably laughing your head off….yes??? I’ll bet money on that…lol… Please, just be careful!!!
    With your new A/P’s, I’m sure that will make it somewhat easier, I hope. Did you got all of your electronics working??
    Well Abby, UCLA took the National Championship by beating Arizona 15-9 it was really a great game, Arizona kept coming back but the Bruins kept surging ahead. I saw a lot of great sportsmanship between both teams. It was great to see the Bruins win, but I couldn’t help but feel a little sad for Arizona, they played their hearts out.
    I do hope that news will help cheer you up, not that you’re feeling down, but I just thought you enjoyed ‘Women’s Softball’.
    Take good care of yourself, “Wild Eyes” and the crew, keep up the good work and enjoy yourself, God Bless You!!!!
    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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  74. Hi,So proud of u 1 Californian to another.Record or not just completing what you started is so great.Fair winds & following Seas,Paul,Barstow,CA(USA)

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  75. Hi Abby -- "Surfing down 20 foot waves" sounds pretty thrilling! Glad you are having a good time out there and it seems that you are enjoying some pretty speedy sailing. Even though it is still lots of km away I just know you are excited to be on the approach to Australia.

    Love reading your posts, and like always, keep alert and sail safe.

    GO GIRL
    Blessings,
    Janell in Oklahoma, USA

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  76. Go north, Abby, go north. The thought of being cold and wet and tossed around on the rough Southern Ocean for the next couple of wintry months can't be very appealing. You'd love the west coast of Aus. :-)

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  77. Hi Abby!!!

    Wow ... Go Abby Go Abby Gooooo!!!! God Bless You!!! Godspeed!!!

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  78. A mention of Abby and her home school affiliation. Zac graduated last night.

    http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/jun/08/trinity-grads-credit-success-to-faith/

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  79. Hi Abby,
    an Haiku for you:

    water drops on the window
    foaming crest
    flying fish for lunch

    Jamie

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  80. Good Morning Abigail and Team Abby,

    @ Ken....thanks for the info regards Zac.

    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...our thoughts are with you as you ride out the "nasty" conditions. Group hug.
    john, Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada

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  81. Praying that you're well and they can reach you soon.

    Aloha from Hawaii

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  82. Just read on the news that you're feared lost at sea. Jesus, I'm a war veteran and I cannot fathom the kind of courage it takes to pilot your own sailboat around the world. And to think you're doing it alone at 16. My heart is in my stomach as I think about what could have happened to you. I pray that you are alright. Here's hoping God is protecting you and you will emerge triumphantly having conquered the seven seas. I'll keep watching the news and your blog.

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  83. Rescue effort has been launched in hope of finding Abby Sunderland, 16, who set off her emergency beacon locating devices from the southern Indian Ocean early this morning.

    I pray you are okay.
    Don

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  84. Sweet Abby, my heart just breaks that you've encountered trouble at sea and hope and pray that you're returned back into your parents arms. Please take care. Hope you're found safe and unharmed. = (

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  85. Very worried - hope you are okay!

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  86. Hi Abby,

    What an example you are to us.

    None of us have sailed like this, to be seeing and feeling what nature possesses is beautiful and humbling. Every task that we face we learn to apply ourseles fully. We know that when we have done everything possible, we can continue with confidence. Bruce is building homes. Sharon has just finished 4 years in Landscape Architecture. Stephen is flying planes in Manitoba. Mark is sculpting. Liz is designing all the time and Ruth is running away from her brothers.

    You are a great example to us. What we take hold of brings out into the open what is available to learn.

    Here is a section from Psalm 139 to think about; 'O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely O Lord. You hem me in - behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee frm your presence? If I go up to the heavens you are there; if I make my bed in the depths you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, eve there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.' Psalm 139:1-12

    warmest thoughts from us all of you,
    Bruce, Sharon, Stephen, Mark, Liz and Ruth

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  87. I am standing on Psalm 91 for Abby. Lord, I also ask in Jesus name that all things hidden are revealed as to her whereabouts and believe you when you say you are perfecting all things concerning Abby. Jesus, our eyes are on you for Abby - we shall speak truth for her, not fear or emotion. Amen.

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  88. I read about you in an article in Girls Life Magazine. I hope you are OK in the current nasty conditions. you are amazing! ☺

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  89. Hi Abby,

    Praying for you in your travels. Patricia Galura
    Claremont, Ca.

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  90. I will pray for you god’s brave little angle.

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  91. Our hearts and prayers go to you for a safe return. God bless you and protect you.

    Nazih & Suzie Salama
    Melbourne, Australia

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  92. GOD BE WITH YOU ABBY, I KNOW DEEP DOWN YOU ARE SAFE AND WILL COME OUT OF THIS FINE. THE WORLD IS SEARCHING FOR YOU NOW... STAY STRONG!!! WE ARE ALL WATCHING AND PRAYING.

    FROM BOB IN CANADA.

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  93. doin good abby continue....its nice to tlk to u

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  94. My lord Abby!
    You must be the BRAVEST woman I have ever had the pleasure of writing.
    I wish you all the BEST in getting home safe & sound.
    With love,
    Your fan/Friend?
    Rick Curley

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  95. You were not wrong to let her go, you always have to have the courage to follow your heart, and I can say from personal experience that when your time is up, it doesn't matter where you are. I spent seventeen years fishing the Bering Sea (had a good Kiwi fish with us for a while). Its up to God for all of us. Don't lose hope because of the electronics I have a feeling she is all right.

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  96. Hi Abby, I'm Joro from Bulgaria..I just wont to say you..I wish you all the best:)))

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  97. God Bless you & good luck. I hope you are alive and safe.Hang in there.help is on the way!

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  98. Hi Abby,
    It is such a great adventure of your life. I am confident you will be the world,s youngest sailor.Me and my wife Carolyn are keeping you in our daily prayers. God be with you in all your adventures and future steps.
    God Bless You Abby and your family.
    Rev.Dr Nazish and Carolyn

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  99. Hi Abby,
    When we first read this news on yahoo about your missing.We were not worried at all. We knew that you are safe in God,s hands. We prayed for your safety and protection. After we prayed for you,we had great peace that you are safe. Abby you are victorious and more than a conqueror over winds.
    Keep going Abby with God,s blessings and our prayers. Here I would like to write some scriptures for your encouragment.
    "For He(God) will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.They will lift you up on their hands,so that you will not strike your foot against a stone" Psalms 11-12
    God Bless you and your family.
    Our prayers are with you

    Rev.Dr Nazish and Carolyn, ON, Canada

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  100. Just hit the wires. Found Alive!!! Congratulations from all of us in Australia.

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  101. Hi,

    What can i say or what not!! its amazing effort by young sailers.... i would love to do it if i just knew how to swim!! knowing the fact swimming would not save me in the atlantic 20 ft wave. Hope you can write more details soon you have a safe return in back home. Please never stop wondering ...

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  102. Amazing to see a girl like you. So brave, determined and hard working. You have surely inspired me. How is it to be all alone in the ocean?
    Way to go girl.

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  103. How awesome for you that you're taking on the ocean =) I'm so happy you've followed your dreams and that your parents are open to the desires of your heart. That's really great. I'm 29 and I've never even thought of doing something so brave, you are inspirational.

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  104. удачи тебе в твоем деле попутного ветра в парус чтоб твоя яхта не ломалась и солнце тебе улыбалось

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  105. Glad to hear you are safe!

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  106. I cannot imagine being in those seas on a 40 footer. I was on an Aircraft Carrier in the Navy and I saw some rough seas. I admire your courage and wish you all the luck with fair winds and following seas.
    Paul
    Iowa.

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  107. Becareful,But have fun:}

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  108. Hello!
    For some time I am following his steps, and since then my
    daily prayers'm including you.
    I am touched by their efforts and personality.
    Today I am relieved with the news that I saw on the internet.
    Hope you're well and that you want to continue to count on your project
    my support.
    Desire an exceptional day and God bless you today and always.
    I am Brazilian and I live in Uberlandia, a city in Minas Gerais.
    If you can add me on msn: samy_pacheco@hotmail.com
    See ya!
    Stay with God!

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  109. Since I read about you, im following your updates. I'm praying for your safety cruising thousand miles. I admirer you too! -Captain Sealion Dubai

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  110. very cool adventure abby, this is by far the most amazing thing a lone person can do...
    let alone a 16 year old girl, you are a true icon for others to learn from, your bravery is awsome, and im sooo glad your alright. love you and what you have done. so you didnt make it, you still did more than any other girl your age.
    you go girl and better luck next time, and be careful! your great.

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  111. hello Abby,

    I think you are by far the bravest girl in the world! You should deffintly be very careful though, for those days you were missing i was very on edge for you! Just hoping for the best Im so happy to hear youve been spotted and your continuing your voyage! I love the fact that your doing this, it is so wonderful! im 18 and you are a role model to me! Your parents must be the coolest ever!! lol your a lucky girl! =) wish you the best

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  112. Hi Abby,

    I am an experienced 43 year old sailing yacht captain and I've been following your progress for sometime. I just want you to know that I look up to you immensely. You are such an inspiration to so many people and although you may have not finished your rounding you did succeed in lifting the dreams of thousands of people. I really hope you try again, I would be proud to give you shore support. Cheers!

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  113. Abby heard of you during your distress call, you were prominant in my thoughts as my first experience sailing was single handedly crossing the gulf last year. Actually right before I bought my own boat, I participated a Mount Gay Regatta in Mandeville LA, where my Captain Wild Eye Bill (not kidding), who had a long standing quest to beat the Commadore of the Lake Ponchatrain Yacht Club, but could only find help from the other yacht club members, took me in as rig runner on the boat Zydaco (we came in second and Cpt Wild Eye Bill i think secretly contests the findings as it was a matter of feet and hosted by the club). So after eight hours expereince I just bought one single handed, become a 'Wilder Captain' mostly making my own rules as I went. For instance the gunwale rocking in the no-wind is caused by a current on keel, if you tighten your main mast, the air resistance on the mast will keep your boat from swaying, my innovations are numerous, but didn't keep me out of a three-front storm with no warning (I only had original 1970's equipment, and a hand held radio, and 200' short of anchor line) Anywas within hours of your signal I was requesting a signed copy of your captains log from liza arts studio and one of the numerous web accounts now bearing your name. So, brat, hope your well, as my kindred spirit's with you, by circumstance or more. You broke your mast? The air resistance of a large wave or gust, had to have been both, I know I press the limits of what I do. She ok, you have electric power? Really now also wish some specs and design plans, sounds like a great boat, how is she? (plus i'm shopping for my own post-1970 upgrades. Could you run her to shore with electric at 4 knots or so? I know you've a barrage of endless questions, chin up kid, mind the mainline though.

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  114. Abby;
    I am so glad that you are well. The other night they said on Facebook that you were lost, and I told them that we know an awesome God and that he was going to save you. Thank Heavens he did. I think you are an extremely brave young lady and I admire your determination so much. As someone eslse said earlier, You Go Girl!! I wish I had a daughter as brave and as smart as you are.

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  115. You are an incredible young lady!

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  116. Sorry i just got involved with your story right before you hit "rough Seas" and just wanted to say dont listen to all the criticism, i think you and you family have done an excellent job in preperation and it paid off. You are lucky to have such a family.All of you have so much courage and inspire the rest of us to "live Our Dream" thanks, Chris in Baton Rouge, La.
    P.S. Maybe you can help with oil spill here...no one else seems to be abbey to do anything

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  117. Great Haiku from Jamie
    Chris from Baton Rouge, La.

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  118. Dear Abby and Family,

    I have listened to critics who feel your journey should not have been undertaken by such a youthful person. This struck a nerve with me. I started flying aircraft in 1948 at age 14 and by 16 was flying solo regularly -- day and night -- often over considerable distances and usually in craft that had virtually no navigational aids such as one would have today. That was a prelude to my 50 years of accident free flying --sometimes under very difficult technical conditions.
    When my oldest son was 16 he too was flying aircraft solo and went on to become a senior captin for one of the top major U.S. airlines. He just retired with a record of 23,000 accident free flying hours --serving the flying public with his experience. The notion that a 16 year old cannot undertake well planned undertakings such as you did is inane. In fact youth who do such things, in my view, often develop the skill and courage to achieve for the benefit of all of us in the general aspects of life.
    Best wishes!

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  119. God bless you Abby. Don't listen to the negative people and the dream stealers. Get it to together and go again, we are all behind you!

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  120. Ahoy Captain Abbey - Your are an awesome inspiration to one and all! May the Good Lord Bless and Keep you safe as you return triumphantly home to your family and loved ones.
    From Doug - 85years young Retiree in California

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  121. I am happy that you are safe and I wish you the best in the future. I greatly disagree with you sailing around the world. For one, your safety and two, doing this for your ego. Setting a record is by far a selfish act. I urge you to rethink everything and everyone invovled in your adventures because the truth is, you have placed others in danger because of this act. Abby we all love and care about you and hope for your safe return. This wasnt just about you nor did it only involve you. However, I wish you well.

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  122. Abby-
    I just wanted to say that as a young person, I was my step-fathers' first mate, along with mother and brothers. We sailed mostly in the Chesapeake bay area in Maryland and Virginia. We sailed side areas like Crisfield, Deal Island, Hoopers Island, St. Michaels, and we would even find our own little Islands to camp on. Yes we had some storms, but nothing like what you went through. I have a deep respect for sailing and HONOR you in your endeavor to sail the world. I think as a bit of a sailor myself, it has always been a dream of mine. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my captains license and then my step-father got too old to sail. I will always remember our last sail. I was also in the Navy for a period of time and got a chance to go out for nine days in the Atlantic Ocean. WOW. There is nothing like a sunrise or sunset on any Ocean as I am sure you know. I appreciated your comment very much, "I do not make storms". You are very right and sometimes we know there coming at the last minute and have to adjust to that as best we can! I am fortunate that I live in an area where I can see regattas' every Thursday night. I just wanted to tell you that you are Brave of spirit and I share your love and respect of sailing. It is work and that is what I love about it!!
    Don't give up on your dreams.
    FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS!
    Deena

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  123. Abby Sunderland much against all negative comments I wanted to hear you say that you will make a second Go. syabas girl. Adventure is a human spirit and tahts what got you where you are . Please don't stop.

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  124. Hello Abbey, I never heard of you untill CNN reported. You got some big Cahoonas for being out there on your own !!!!!!
    Dont listen to all the smack thats out there, cause theres just people that dont have anything better to do. Life is about adventure and your living it! You got my respect! Props to you and your familia and give thanks to the Big Man upstairs. "Live Life or It Will Pass You By" Peace! From some Dude in Calif.

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  125. Thats what I thought ...you won't post any real world comments....just all glitz and unrealistic support....must be liberals!!!

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  126. Dear abby
    There is nothing like a sunrise or sunset on Sea ,I am happy that you are safe and I wish you the best in the near future, just tray again & u will do it ,Iam a naval man and I know when someone love the sea & the waves , stay focused on your goals

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  127. whe are verry proud off you greetings from holland .and next time better girl,
    kisses dennis

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  128. If at first u don't succeed ur running average. Abby u r soo above average

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  129. HI I JUST GOT DONE READING THAT ABBY WAS FOUND SAFE AND SOUND I AM SURE SHE HAD GOD AND A GUARDIAN ANGEL WATCHING OVER HER SHES A VERY BRAVE GIRL AND I WROTE A LITTLE POEM FOR HER I BET SHES HAPPY AND CAN,T WAIT TO SEE HER MOM AND DAD god was on her side to keep her safe.. god bless you abby and your family here is a poem for you.

    Your Guardian Angel
    You have a Guardian Angel
    Who watches over you -
    Everywhere you go
    And everything you do.

    This gentle, silent helper
    Is there to be your guide
    To shelter and protect you,
    And for you to walk beside.

    Your Angel will always help you
    Whenever things go wrong,
    They'll be the wings beneath your feet
    As Life's path you walk along.

    Feel this calming presence -
    Be enfolded by its love
    And let your life be guided
    By a power from above.

    i hope you follow your heart and your dreams and don,t listen to others you have wonderfull parents who love you deeply as for the press go tell them to jump in the lake and get facts straight before they make comments on your voyage you did the best you could do and thats saying a lot.. take care abby i,m, happy your safe sandy

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  130. This is good news that Abbey has been picked up safely. Hats off to the French fishermen who rescued this young lady. Also, the Australians were there if needed, for help. Abbey will surely have some wild tales to tell us, about her adventures. Good luck to her!

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  131. welcome to the roaring forties.

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  132. Welcome home Amy! I could'nt be happier for you and your safe arrival at home! Wish my parents encouarged me to live my dreams!!! Me, 45, live in So. OC and have been inspired by you!!Congratulations!!!

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  133. As a parent when I hear all the criticism you’re getting I want to say something to try and protect you. But then I realize that you were strong enough to survive a potentially life threaten experience so I know you are strong enough to deal with a few narrow minded people. Don't give up your dreams Abby.

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  134. Sorry your trip ened this way but good for you and don't let the naysayers say differently! Life is an adventure to be lived and not hidden from. As a parent I took heat when my Daughter did climbing expeditions to the Andes, Himalayas and Greenland. But what acclomplishments for you both to step beyond the mundane and not just have dreams but to then go out and live the dream. You could have played it "safe" and got washed away in that flash flood in Arkansas or something equally as pointless. Best of luck on all your endevors!

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  135. Your determination, bravery and focus are attributes I hope my son will one day embrace as I am raising him to go for his dreams. Your parents are the best I am sure!!! Good luck what ever you do with this amazing experience!!! Funny, how just being YOU made headlines.....wouldn't be great if more people got to live out their dreams!

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  136. Abby,
    I've been following your story a bit since I heard of your precarious situation. I'm disgusted by what I'm hearing from the media & all the criticism you're getting. But when I found your blog I was so glad to see all the positive well-wishers offering you support. I don't know you & you don't know me, but I just wanted to give you another pat on the back for living your dreams, even if the outcome fell short of your ultimate goal. You are doing what the majority never do & that's to aim high & live big. My hat is off to you, Abby!

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