Saturday, March 13, 2010

A 200 Mile Day

Its been a lot of fun out here the past few days. I've had around 30 knots, I'm headed almost right for Cape Horn, and I'm going fast!! Yesterday I got up to 16.6 knots! Today has been a little lighter but not much. Though doing any work is pretty difficult and it had been gray and rainy, I'm really enjoying everything out here.

I've got seas of about 15 feet, not that huge, but they definitely make for a bumpy ride! The cushion on my nav station seat keeps sliding under the desk everytime a big wave comes. Its making writing this a little difficult, typing a few sentences in between sliding under the desk.... I'll have to rig up something to hold it in place.

I was informed by a friend the other day that its spring break, so I decided that its about time I pulled out the school books. That lasted for a good half hour, then I decided that I shouldn't over do it on the first day, climbed into all my foul weather gear and spent the next few hours up on deck. I love being outside weather its flat clam or rough. Its my favorite thing to do whether I'm working on something out there or just sitting on deck watching water rush under Wild Eyes. Even on the worst of days, when you're not feeling so great about being in the middle of the ocean all by your self, there is something about being up on deck that makes any sad or lonely thoughts disappear almost immediately.

Yesterday I went out to try and get some good pictures for the blog. I ended up spending a good hour out there, getting soaked, and not getting one picture that showed what its really like out here right now. Pictures are great and do show what things are like out here better than I could ever describe them, but they still don't seem show it as it really is.

Its about 70 degrees out right now!! Better go find my jacket!



  1. Glad to hear your doing so well...too bad about the pictures but sounds like it is magnifico...Godspeed!

  2. Well, it's time change back here in California, but I doubt that affects you very much.

  3. cool i wish i could sail around the world fyi i am a new follower

  4. thanks for a great blog, is it possibly for you to let us know what you are carrying, e.g. 2nd reef and #3 just curiosity from a coastal sailor down under, fair winds & stay safe. C in QLD

  5. Bud and Charla Winnett, Wheeling, Mo.March 13, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Way to go Abby. Sorry about the foul weather but glad you have some winds. We are just amazed at how well you seem to be doing. You ARE someone special. We ask the good Lord to watch over you and it seems like he is. Keep your spirits high. You may be alone, in fact, but there are thousand of us in the backgroud.
    We Luv Ya
    Blue Skies and Friendly Winds
    Bud & Charla Winnett

  6. Abby:

    Based on your course, it seems you were parallel to Chile when the earthquake hit. Dumb question maybe, but do do get any effect of the tsunami that was created?

    Stay dry!


  7. Your words paint a wonderful three dimensionial picture of your adventure. Thank you for taking the time to keep us up to date. Your ordinary everyday actions are special to all of us landlocked people. Keep safe, Abby.

    Warmly, Ferret

  8. Love that you're having such great wind. And about your pictures, I would even like seeing the fuzzy and blurry ones!

    Palmdale, CA

  9. Following your progress from the start & praying that God sustains you through difficulties & that you remain grateful though it all. Stay alert. ThanX for keeping us informed.


  10. Way to go Abby!!!!!
    Take care and Be Safe!!!!!
    Oh and still have lots of fun!!!

  11. great post Abby, hope you have a lot of 200 mile days.


  12. Hi Abby: Opps! Those school books got sloshed by a 'rogue wave' - going to have to dry them out - Your adventure experiences outweigh whatever you could be 'tested' on in school. You are way ahead of your peers. Sail On...!

  13. Abby -- A 200 mile day. Pretty nice. Stay dry. You're doing great.

  14. Couple of broken up lows comin' Abby's way on the 19th-21st.

    Buckle up

  15. abby we are all here 4 you.... DON'T fall over bored!!

  16. My 4 year old twin girls and I have been watching you and Jessica Watson for nearly a year.

    As a father of five girls, not just two, I applaud you and Jessica for setting a new standard for my girls.

    As a sailor, I wish you broad reaches and flat seas.

    Take care, Abby. God speed.

  17. Hi Abby,
    Great to hear you are making good progress.
    Thanks to the land crew for their report.
    Keep safe,

  18. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    You sure are some piece of works! :-)

    Enjoy, Take care, Be safe.

  19. Wow! you are moving right along today! Great!

  20. Do you have a webcam available?
    This would be extraordinary to follow.

  21. sorry about rude comment i am a little jelus that you can go around the world and i am limmeted only to texas.. sorry

  22. Hi Abby, What a wonderful blog from you! Very descriptive of your sailing conditions. You say 15 ft seas are "not that huge"....well, that would definitely have me freaked out! I love to be on the water but need those calm seas you had earlier. I have a feeling, however, these conditions are very much to your liking. Just be sure to enjoy every moment of your adventure as you are making memories for a lifetime.

    I'm so glad to hear that you are having a great time out there. You are one brave young lady and I greatly admire your courage. May you have continued safe sailing!

    Hope you are staying clipped on! Safety first, you know!

    Janell in Oklahoma

  23. Abby: Wow. Sailing around the world will be a character builder. Seeing you do it is inspiring. I was just watching the movie Deep Water about the solo race in 1967, and decided to do some searching and found your page. Remember, you are not alone. Your family, friends and fans look up and see the same stars, moon and sun you do, and wish you all the best.

    Keep safe.

  24. Skipper, this is awesome... The winds and the waves that make sailing fun. Go Abby Go!!! Stay safe and dry.
    Fair winds and following seas... Old salty sailor USN(Ret)

  25. 03-14-10 @ 01:16
    Hi Abby,
    Thanks for the up-date.
    Yeah, that’s it, glad to see that you’re sailing and surfing along with some good speed, and having fun. To bad the weather isn’t a little better, but I guess you can’t have everything.
    I imagine that there is a lot of beautiful scenery out there even in the dreary conditions. As is said “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Just be careful and stay clipped on, and I know that you will.

    A suggestion: if you had some Velcro you could glue some to the seat and some to the pad, that would stop it from sliding off and sending you under the nav table. You could always stop at the next convenience store you see and get some. Don’t forget the glue…lol…
    Better still, if you could incorporate some kind of a seat belt, drill a couple of holes in the back of the seat and if you had the proper hardware you could run a length of rope or webbing across your lap and tie it off. These are crude explanations, but with your ingenuity it’s something to think about.
    I’m glad to see you’re taking good care of yourself and not getting stressed out with the schoolwork, that was funny….lol…
    A picture is worth a thousand words, but you have done a good job describing conditions so that I have felt like I was right there with you.
    Don’t quit now.
    Take good care of yourself, and please stay clipped on when your topside. (Remember, it’s my right to worry…lol..)
    Keep an eye on your crew and be cautious, and make sure you remember to enjoy yourself.
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand and may the Angels keep your sails full, and I, I will be praying for you.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

  26. Oh Abby,

    I loved your description of your days aboard Wild Eyes. Sounds like you are really enjoying yourself.(Well, other than sliding under your desk:)

    200 miles - You're really moving right along.

    Stay safe and know we are all with you in your voyage. You are very special to all of us.

    My prayers are always with you.

    Clare, Spokane, Wash.

  27. Hi Abby,
    It has been said that there is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Of curse the person who said that wasn't on a 40 foot boat in the middle of the ocean, being tossed around
    by an angry sea.
    A 200 mile day! Congratulations, I hope you have many more.
    Sleep, clip on, enjoy that speed.
    San Diego

  28. Hi Abby!

    Wow great news!! You're going so fast that you can soon pass Jessica Watson because she's slowing down. Our class is following you every day and we put it on a map. Will changing the belt on your engine make it even faster? Good luck and the teacher says you will win for sure!

  29. Hi ABBY

    what a sailor, what an achievement!

    stay safe and stay clipped on!

    Bruce S/Sydney

    BTW we have used a Car (Lap) Seat Belt to hold us to the Chart Table Seat ... do not know what to suggest for Wild Eyes, at this point.

  30. Hi Abby! Great blog today! You start sound like Jessica. "15 feet (4½ meters) waves not that huge", and it took her more time to get used to these kinds of weather. It is nice that you have fun out there. Many other ocean sailors write about tough conditions but you girls seem to enjoy them. Keep up the good work. PS. The temperature will be lower at Cape Horn, right now it is +8C (45F).
    Bengt "Ben" Larsson, Sweden

  31. Hi Abby,
    I can just picture what you are experiencing, your description is that good. When I would go out with my parents on our boat as a teenager, and sit out in the front and watch the water go by, and feel the wind, I would pretend I was on an experience such as yours. So you are living the dream!! Stay attached to the boat, even though you feel safe. And thanks for the pictures and the words. Our hearts are with you, and at church tomorrow we will say a little prayer for you. You are in good hands, though. Stay up, eat well, and continue to find humor and comfort in the many people's voices that come your way. Your doing Great!!!
    Kelly and Dave from Santa Clarita

  32. your blog would change my 16 years old stepdaugther's troubled life. she might want to go sailing to help her understanding better way of life.

  33. Glad to hear that you're having a good time out there. Thanks for the pictures from the other day. Take care and enjoy the ride.

  34. Abby- Good luck with your camera. We all discover that the waves never seem as big in the photo as they are in real life. Use some tele-photo- that helps a little.

  35. Hey, it won't be long and you'll be at the Cape! :)

  36. Great blog Abby. I am starting to get excited as you are getting closer and closer to the Cape. I bet Zac is really living vicariously through you right now :-) Take care girl and enjoy the ride!
    Dwight in NC

  37. Hi Abby,
    I guess you were able to finally rev up that hot rod, Wild Eyes. Wow, 17kts, that is quite literally flying in a sailboat, well almost anyhow. I think 9 kts is the fastest I have ever sailed and your going almost twice that. Cheeeez. Please pull those tethers tight.
    Regarding the school books...hey it was Saturday, they are supposed to be closed.

    @Jim from Phoenix I quite literally lol at your comments regarding the Chilean Navy..that was a good one, thank you.

    Have fun Abby as you bear down on the Cape. Please stay safe and alert. Oh, with your ingenuity you'll have the nav seat figured out in no time.

    Here is a nice little tune for you when you get lonely:

    God Bless you Abby.


  38. Duct Tape" the seat pad to the chair. WHAT ! you don't have duct tape....

  39. Jesse Hall Elementary SchoolMarch 14, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Hi Abby,
    First Graders in Sparks, NV have been following your adventure since your departure! What a fun blog describing your trip... and a wonderful geography lesson. We wish you well, and want you to know what an inspiration you are to all of us.

  40. Ah, Abby. You are still quite amazing to me, and having followed Zac around the world, and now you, I can see why your parents have so much faith in your abilities. Your maturity and level-headedness reminds me why your doing this. Sail on!

    Melanie in Torrance

  41. Hi Abby,

    So nice to read about your life out there. Do you ever get sea sick? Your description how it can be when you write in you blog, sounds terrible to me. I think you can tell us much better about your situation than the camera can take in. Keep the good mood up and sail on safe.
    Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

  42. Abby, love your blog post about the emotional as well as the technical side of your journey. Your maturity is amazing. Keep up the good work and stay warm.

  43. You sound like you are happier and enjoying the ride..You like things simple and exciting so it sounds like you are getting it that way..though a bit cooler now huh?

    Gary & Jan

    I prayed for you and Jessica this morning in the prayer room at church we have a world map so I touched the blue near your positions and said an extra covering on you..Be Blessed!!

    Take it easy and Be I told Jessica..Don't get with the dolphins but while you safe..stay clipped on..and turn up the music!!

    Gary & Jan

  44. Abby ... You and Janell from Oklahoma talk about 15 foot waves. My only experience with feeling the effects of waves, on a boat, was in a 300 car ferry going from Anacortes WA to the San Juan islands. Really windy and the ferry was riding up and down through the swells. Everybody standing had to either hold onto something or risk flying across the room. It was quite a thrill and I can understand why you lighten up with excitement whenever you talk about speeding through the waves. It makes me wonder how much influence you had over your Dad when discussing the type of boat for your trip. It's not surprising you ended up with a race boat!

    Thanks Gil Young for the tip about the movie, Deep Water. I just ordered it online from the library.

  45. Hi Abby, I never missed your blogs, I find them very interresting you young girls amaze me look after yourself. I pray you will achieve your dream.

  46. gommie- over the hill in VenturaMarch 14, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Sounds like you are having some fun, Abby. I can get a good visual from this narrative-made me laugh in a few places.I expect it must be very hard to crack the books - you must be very disciplined to be able to pull that one off- *sigh* Have enjoyed the pictures so much,keep them coming- Keep up the good work, enjoy yourself-and always I pray for your health and safety-

  47. Thanks Abby
    Keep enjoying your journey
    Richard (QLD) Aus

  48. Hi Abby,
    What a ride you are having! WooHoo! You are painting a beautiful picture for us. Thank you, Abby! Keep enjoying the ride, stay clipped, and know we are all with you in our thoughts and prayers everyday.

    @ Michael from Kingwood: Thank you for your great posts. Your closing always brings tears to my eyes!

    Blessings always,
    WA St.

  49. Hi Abbey,

    I am in the Uk. North West. I have just stumbled upon your blog and website. What a great adventure. Keep safe and I look forward to following your progress.


  50. Way to go Abby; sO pleased you are making so many miles. I bet the temp is dropping daily as the latitudes increase. Enjoy the warmth and stay safe above all! 56S 68W is not far now. Both of us praying for safe and manageable weather for you.
    I bet your HS principal is not too upset that you are not pushing th schoolwork, especially in foul (or exciting) weather. I used to teach (engineers and scientists) and I know I would urge you to kepp your priorities in order. Schoolwork would come AFTER the duties you perform to keep Ella Wild Eyes and you safe and well maintained.
    Keep up the great work; we're so proud of you
    John and Louise

  51. Hey Jony! Good to see ya back!

    Steve in California

  52. "Oops...I'm sorry, but this giant octopus jumped on my boat and ate my homework".

    I hear school books make great sails...

    Post any pictures you have - we're dying to see...your TRASH pics are our, post, post...

    Be careful and good luck,
    Russell Smith
    Tupelo, MS

  53. Hey Abby,
    Great to see you sailing fast to Cape Horn.
    How did you get so far off shore from South America?
    Be Safe.

  54. Good Luck! You are making an amazing trip. Congrats on being able to make your dream come true. If I was in your position I wouldn't be doing homework either. Once again, good luck and have fun. Alice

  55. Hi Abby: I am from PEI Canada and have been following your adventure since you left home. I check out your site a couple of times a day and just love the info. that you share with everyone. Take care, be safe and God speed.

    EP - From Canada

  56. Hi there Abby,
    I am one of those that have also been checking on your progress since your announcing your trip. I love the adventure in you. Its so vibrant and wholesome. Yes, you are bound to changed at least a dozen girls ideals in their own lives. You are a amazing young lady.
    I am so looking forward to you turning the corner at Cape Horn. coming soon, huh?
    Stay safe and your clips on. Our prayers are with you where ever you are at sea.
    God speed.
    Dee T. Santa Clarita, Ca

  57. Hi Abby,
    keep up them dodgers!
    Jony the Pony

    PS: Yes, this is me again!
    I could not hold myself back...
    So here I am!

  58. It's good to see Jony the Pony back and I trust it is the real Jony the Pony (accept no substitutes!). Somehow her (his?) off the wall comments delight us all and is a refreshing addition to the Babsy Blog.

  59. Jony the Pony! You just made my day! Great to have you back. :-))

    Abby, that was a nice effort at the school work. A half hour is about 30 minutes more than I would have been able to do. You’ll have other opportunities to work on school work but how many opportunities do you get to sit on the deck of an ocean racing sailboat as you blast your way to Cape Horn.

    Wow, Wild Eyes sure does like to get out and run. It sounds like she really is an exciting boat. It must really be a thrill right now for you with Cape Horn looming just over the horizon. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a comment to us while bouncing along the way you are. I agree that being on deck with the wind a sea spray hitting you is really exhilarating. I am envious, Abby.

    Take care and have fun.

    From Seattle, WA, USA

  60. @ Jony the Pony ---it is very good that you could no longer hold yourself back. Welcome back to the blogger-fmaily-fold....and, don't go away again, ya hear now??? :)

    Janell in OK

  61. Captain Abby..

    CONGRATULATIONS on the second milestone... and of course congrats on getting good wind. Most people do not understand that sometimes the wind we need for good sailing comes from Grey skies, foul weather and makes big waves... So I KNOW your enjoying yourself when you talk of 30kts of wind and 16kts of boat speed. Makes me envious...

    By the way... hitting the books may be a good idea.... "I love being outside weather its flat clam or rough. " I am sure that you mean flat CALM.... flat clam's are only good in chowder, and whether you mean weather or whether could be the difference in getting your blog returned with red circles saying " correct and re-submit" LOL...

    Sail Safe.. Post Often... and Have Fun

  62. Abby you are fearless. You are my hero and I am 29 years older then you. Be safe!!

  63. Abby, thank you for the blog. Enjoy your adventure.

  64. Abby,

    Isn't it amazing that no matter what feat you are trying to accomplish there are still people who will find fault in something!

    Hey Richard Rumble, you tell me if you were 16, sailing alone in the middle of the ocean, going 17 knots in a sailboat how good your spelling would be! I'm amazed that you can type anything under those you go girl!!!

    Sorry, the "Mom" came out in me when I read his comment :)

    Stay safe!!!

  65. self respecting sailor would go anywhere without duct tape. In fact, no one should leave the home without duct tape. It's more important than your MasterCard. :)

  66. This blog is beautiful

    It is successuful

    Abby is lucky

    I don't know the key

    Take care

  67. 16.6 kts. Abby? Wow. Do you know the hull speed for Wild Eyes?

  68. Hi Abby,

    Another great blog. 15ft. seas seems like a mountain to me. Enjoy the calm for I'm sure there'll be more challenging seas to come.

    Always look forward to your blogs. Take care sweet Abby.

    Sunshine Coast, Qld. Australia.

  69. Abby,

    That is so cool. I have heard the one that say's "my dog ate my homework" but this is so much better. Sorry, I tried to study but i was 50 miles from Cape Horn in a sail boat all by myself and had too much to do.

    You rock girl,

    Kenny B

  70. Hi Abby, your such an inspiration, and l love your quotes and posts. xx

  71. Glad to hear that you are doing so more of those very cool pictures of your stuffed sailors:) it is so refreshing to see that even though you are so mature to do this inspirational trip around the globe and yet there is still the little touch of a young girl in you still. Safe sailing.
    NJ Mom