Monday, September 7, 2009

Welcome Abord Shoe City

We have all been really busy over here lately. My dad and I and a few other people went out to Newport, Rhode Island last week to look at an Open 40. The boat was great, but it needed more work than we have time or money to do. My dad is flying out to Nassau, Bahamas this evening to look at another Open 40. The one he’s going to see looks like it might work.

I have been sailing on a friend’s Open 50 a lot recently. I love the boat, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to sailing normal cruising boats! Hopefully, we’ll be able to buy a boat soon. I am really looking forward to begin working on the boat that will take me around the world.

Shoe City has come on board as a major sponsor. This will allow us to buy my boat and get it over here so I can begin working in earnest on knowing the boat inside and out Shoe City have been really great to work with, and thanks to them, things are really getting going. We are still looking for more sponsorships. If anyone is interested, they can contact my dad, Laurence, at

A lot of people have been asking me about Laura Dekker recently, so I thought I’d just let you know my opinion. Age doesn’t matter. She and her dad think she’s ready to go and they are the only two people that should be able to make the decision of whether or not she does. I dont know her, but, she has proved that she is a very capable sailor and I hope that she is able to go.

I’ll be back with an update on Dad’s visit to Nassau as soon as I know anything.


  1. Wow, Abby, what an update! Will be interesting to get a family perspective on the difference between yours and Zac's adventures - open vs cruising boat, major sponsorship(s) vs mainly self-financed, etc. Exciting times! What do you think you'll miss most about being out there on your own? Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

  2. Congratulations Abby!! Glad you got your boat! :)

  3. I look forward to following you around the world just like your brother. God Speed, Evan

  4. Incredible blog and journey. You've done very well and nothing seems able to deter you, you're very brave Abby... I think you'll do great things, Even after this journey.

  5. I live in Nassau! Whar boat were you looking at?