Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Pretty Good Day

Things have gone pretty well today. I've had about 35 knots and 20 foot seas. It's supposed to die down a little tonight but pick up to a nice 30 knots tomorrow. The autopilot has been doing great. I had a few problems with it this afternoon and was a little terrified at the thought of another night without it but it only took a few minutes to get it fixed and now it is running fine again. Salt water had gotten onto some of the wiring of the remote pilot which was messing up the connection.

Before the wind vane debate gets started up again, know that there is not a suitable wind vane for a boat as fast as Wild Eyes and that that is why I don't have one.

I'm now scheduled to be at the Horn Tuesday. It is pretty exciting watching how much closer I get each day and with all this wind I should be able to make up for some of the time I lost dealing with my autopilot. Right now all I have up is my little staysail and I'm making 9.5 knots!

As far as rules for my dad's visit...if there was an official record to get, I would not be allowed to have my dad on the boat or to have him give me anything and we are not planning on doing either. Actually meeting up is a bit of a long shot at this point as it is. Both Guinness and the World Speed Council have dropped youngest records.

Off to bed...oh, thanks for all the nice comments. It's nice to know there are people out there cheering me on!



  1. Keep up the good work Abby! I enjoy reading of your days!

  2. You are AMAZING. I'm praying for you. May your winds stay fair and your seas follow!

  3. You are AMAZING. I'm praying for you. May you stay safe and have fair winds all the way!

  4. Abby,
    You are doing great! I have been following you since you left MDR. It's great that you were able to troubleshoot the auto pilot.

    Best Wishes on Your Voyage!
    Richard in Maryland

  5. Abby: I'm enjoying reading your blog from our home in Pensacola, Florida. Such an exciting adventure. I'm still trying to figure out if you're going to go out around the horn or if you'll go through the islands and stay out of the worst of the weather...? Good luck either way!

  6. You're saying there is no "offical" record now for youngest circumnavigating soloist?

    That has me wondering why you are putting yourself at such great risk at 16 years of age.

    Maybe I'm misreading.

  7. Tuesday will be here before you know it. I hope it works out for the long shot of seeing your Dad. I enjoy reading your postings and hearing of your adventure. Prayers for safe sailing ahead.

  8. Thanks Abby.
    Sailing great.
    Keep smiling.
    Richard (QLD) Aus

  9. I cheered on Zac, and you are next on the list! You are an inspiration to many, many people. Stay safe and God bless.

    Tray M.

  10. Only a sailor would consider 9.5 knots fast and that’s really fast in my book. At least you’re not having to beat your way through. Keep it up Abby you’re attitude sounds really good and that’s good to see. From the look of the wind patterns you will be on a run for a while. Keep safe and take nothing for granted. The Horn is coming up soon and I can’t wait to hear more from you. Sleep tight and keep your beanie & electronics dry, gotta have em. TonyF.

  11. Nice work, Abs. Cool head.

  12. Hi Abby
    Following your journey day by day as just last week I passed Cape Horn and see that you are now almost following same route !
    see link:,-82.177734&spn=23.059027,56.513672&t=h&z=4

    It is a pity we could not sail this stretch alongside to tell each other some nice stories.

    Take care for the waves and be aware while taking all the pictures of Cape Horn that their are some islands in front of the Cape : Islas IIdfonso Sand Diego Ramirez Islands

    Fair winds

  13. Your ingenuity in making repairs is growing with each new experience. Well done, Abby. I hope your night is restful.

  14. Stay safe and warm, great job as always:)

  15. Good Evening Captain Abby,

    I am happy for you that everything is coming together for your rounding the Horn. We are cheering for you Abby ....and the support Team.
    Here's wishing you a good night's sleep. Big hug.
    john, Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

  16. Hi Abby,

    Well, you've done it've written another thoughtful blog keeping us informed. I, for one, sure do appreciate your effort. Am assuming you got to write this one while your hands were warm! :)

    BUT, 35 knot winds and 20 foot seas sound might intimidating to me! I'm guessing, however, those are the conditions sailors love and I know you are up to whatever comes your way. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll have the Cape at your back in no time now....then, it will be on to warmer and hopefully better weather conditions as you go North a bit.

    Abby, I'd say that the vast majority of people who are following your adventure are very wonderful people --loving, generous, and caring people. I also think I can safely say that we love you and want only the very best for you as you sail along. SO hang in there sailor girl, keep up that gorgeous smile, and know there are hundreds, more likely 'thousands', of us who are cheering for you and keeping you in our prayers.

    Janell in Oklahoma, USA

  17. Hey abby that sucks that they dont have youngest records anymore...but keep on going we all know you will still be the record holder...and if this makes you feel any better about the cold its been only 32 degrees here in pa. keep it up and stay safe

  18. Way to go Abby! You are our family's favorite thing to do on the internet. You are inspiring my children. My twelve year old daughter thinks it is cool your Dad is coming down to say hello. Just know there is a family in Moorpark, CA praying for your safe journey.

    God speed, The Frum's

  19. Abby:

    So happy for you and so proud of you too. The spirit of Brasil is always with you. We are always watching and always sending you good energy. On to the horn! Big love!


  20. You are an amazing young woman to say the least. I'm so intrigued by your adventure that I have been tracking your progress and reading your blogs almost every night. You are truly an inspiration to all of us! You are certainly proving that girls and young women can do just about everything that their male counterparts can do. Keep it up, Abby! Best wishes for a safe and successful journey.

  21. Your journey is inspiring and I am eager to hear of developments. Wishing you favorable seas and winds.

  22. Dear Abby:

    Oh....I can breathe a lot easier now that things have calmed down for you. I was so relieved to read your new blog.

    It's great that your dad is so close by and that you may see him. Smiles all around.

    I have gained so much knowledge from reading your blog. I wonder if you will be able to see the Albatross Monument at the top of the Cape. Have you seen any Albatross lately?

    Keeping you in my prayers, Abby, for a great sail around the Cape.

    Clare, Spokane, Wash.

  23. Go Abby

    Strong and Brave and winds to your back....

    Sounds like you are handling it well.

  24. Hoping you rest well tonight and have a very good day tomorrow. Tuesday isn't far away!

  25. Bud and Charla WinnettMarch 27, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    We are happy for you. Now all seems well. Good speed and making up time. Nice. Are you heading staight across toward Australia or NE towards South Africa? Either way we will be with you.
    May the Good Lord Bless you and Keep you safe. Luv Ya
    Blue Skies and Friendly Winds
    Bud and Charla Winnett
    Wheeling, Mo.

  26. We're praying for you daily Abby!
    Numbers 6:24-26

    Reggie & Diana Sonnenschein
    Mountain Grove, MO

  27. Can't wait until you sail around the horn!

    Watch the waves, says Ard!

    Melanie in Torrance

  28. Yes Abby, we are here reading your every word and watching your progress! You've even beat out Facebook as the first website we all go to when we get some computertime! Glad to hear all is still well, we continue to be amazed at how simply you seem to handle issues.

    Good continued luck!
    The Beadles Family,

  29. Cheer you on? Give me a break. When we don't hear from each and every day we freak out! We are as much as possible living vicariously through you. You are doing what none of dared dream of, dared to do even if we did dream it. You are the inspiration that keeps us going each day in our mundane lives.

    Thank you for inspiring us to get up in the morning to see where you are now and how it went for you in the night. So exciting and wonderful, you have no idea what it means to us.

    Keep going.

  30. Love tracking your progress. This is the only way I will ever take a trip sailing around the world (reading your blog).

  31. Hi, Abby, hope you have good weather to round the Cape. I'm just reading a book about the First Fleet, of 11 craft, that sailed to make the first settlement in Australia. They sailed from England and had to go to Rio to get good winds to get past Cape of Good Hope. You and Jess make it sound like a walk in the park. Must be modern techo, eh! We are praying for your happy sailing. We can understand why the "youngest" record has been scraped, when a 13 yr old lass form Holland wanted to set out. Anyway you and Jess are inspirational to all of us who are following you. Cheers, Bev NT Australia.

  32. In response to Kelly; Are we to forego the challenges in life due to the lack of any formal recognition? What Abby is doing will inspire young people for generations to come - to not sit back, but take life on beyound anything they thought possible. Besides, when she completes this amazing endeavour, the fact will be that she will be the youngest to do so; a lack of any formal recongnition will not change the fact, will it?!

  33. I've just started reading some of your blogs and wow.. I am impressed. Your adventure is amazing to me and you are an inspiration to all of us. At such a young age, you seem so brave and positive. I hope you keep it up and you stay safe. I love how you are showing everyone that girls can do anything guys do. Keep it up girl. Good luck in your journey.

  34. U are moving! Glad your spirits are up again. Hang tough. Being from CA I know U are in need of a good sunny day... Something the sun will shine brightly Tuesday.

  35. You bet there are people "out there" cheering you on. I eagerly look for your blog several times a day. We are living this with you Abby.

    regards from Manhattan Beach

  36. Your maps wrong. Your trip started on day 16!!

  37. More than cheering for you. Sincerely hoping all goes well. Forever young...hang in there!!!

  38. Wishing you continuous good sailing conditions for your epic voyage, Abby.
    Many years ago, I did some sailing in the English Channel, and actually sailed around the Isle of Wight..compared to your voyage, that was barely a taste of what you are enduring...:-)

    Take care, and know that many people are cheering you on...

    From Elliot Lake in Northern Ontario, Canada (where it is only +1C today!!)

    John & the Missus!!!

  39. Just got caught up on the last month of posts.
    Enjoyed them all. You make great descriptions of what's happening...almost like being there. Enjoy the Team Abby technical posts as well. Hope you get to see your Pops. Lay your "eyes" on him anyway!

    Auburn, AL

  40. Abby, great job and wishing you the best of luck around the horn. Glad to hear that the "youngest around" category has been dropped. Takes the pressure off of me to prepare my 16 month old to eventually go for the record, and now you can enjoy the ride for the pure adventure and life enriching experience I know it is going to be! Be safe and have a blast!

  41. You go girl, stay safe and dry!

  42. Well done Abs, Well Done indeed!
    Bob in OKC

  43. My family and friends ask all the time how you are doing.............. your almost like one of the family......... God Bless

  44. wow sailing the seven seas are you all by yourself if you are i could not do that i would be overly scared i am 14 you have just inspired me to follow my dreams of being a famous pop singer i will follow where my heart takes me you are a huge inspiration keep on sailing hope your safe...

  45. My little boy and me look forward to reading your blog every day and to see where you are on the map. I hope you can post more pictures when you see the Cape. Also a picture of the big waves would be neat. Stay safe. We feel like we are right there with you.

  46. I'm excited for you almost getting to the Horn. I'm still checking up on you regularly and it's exciting to see your little waypoints edging closer to that next goal. Good luck.

  47. you are an inspiration to all young women. and it is especially wonderful to know you are of our very own thousand oaks. best of luck on your adventures, my dear! keep on writing and keep on living!


  48. Abby

    It's so good to hear that your autopilot is working okay now, and that you're making some good time.

    Come Tuesday you'll round the Horn and can start heading for warmer waters and "warmth". You may be able to break out that swimsuit by the 15th. Then you might even enjoy a little hand steering, during the day of course. :)

    I don't think there's anyone out here among your and Jessica's fans/admirers or the sailing community that cares at all whether or not that Guinness or the World Speed Council officially sanctions the youngest record. We all know what a great thing you ladies are accomplishing. That will always be recognized. Those bodies don't control world opinion or the Internet. They can't take away what you and Jessica are doing.

    Hoping you get a peaceful nights sleep tonight.

    Stay safe out there.
    God speed Abby.


  49. Dear Abby,

    So even keeled.
    Problem solved of salty wires;
    Yet recording events
    That let us feel
    The surge land born
    of sea legs now in firm hold
    Safely round the Horn.

  50. Abby, I don't care whatsoever about records - and it seems neither do you - but I'm following you from afar. I try and follow you every day and see what you're up to. I know nothing about sailing but I'm learning a lot. It's been a joy to see what you're doing and I'm really thrilled for you. I probably speak for a lot of lurkers to your adventure, in that I say we're all really proud of you, and for myself, I'm so happy for you and your parents for supporting you on this journey. It will pay enormous dividends for your life going forward. All the best to you.

    I'm learning so much about sailing just following your adventure.

    It's an amazing experience to see from afar, and almost equally that you're doing what you do at such a young age.

    I think about you often and hope you're doing well. It's so enriching to see and follow what you're doing. You're blessed with great parents and such a tremendous desire to achieve and inspire others.

    All the best to you. I love when I see you cover 100's of miles to places I don't know about (but can look it up in Google maps) and amaze myself at what you're doing.

    You're really amazing. Again I don't know a damn thing about sailing, but I love adventure and love what you're doing.

    All the best, and smooth sailing!

  51. Hey, Abby. Nice going. Sounds like you're a dab hand at those fix-it jobs on board, as well as a competent blue water sailor.

    Wild Eyes is a pro too, as I understand she's circumnavigated the globe previously. I'm sure she will be looking after you too.

    So it's now maybe only 300nm to the horn? Go girl.

  52. Wow, 12:00 UTC on Tuesday look like a great time to be in the Drake Passage. A beat into steady 30kt winds, moderate following seas, cloudy but no rain. You might want to bundle up and take the helm yourself for that.

    Do you have moments of thinking that only this makes sense, out of all the possible things that you could be doing? I used to have that feeling on long flights.

    Take care of those cuts on your hands; the last thing you want is an infection of some kind.

  53. Hi Abby! You're almost to the Cape! How exciting to be making the turn around the Americas. I watched some video on YouTube about sailing around Cape Horn to see what you are going through but I got nauseous and a little seasick. That's why you are my hero! Sail on! All of our spirits are on board with you, you are not alone!
    Wayne Wild I. Moraga, CA

  54. Abby-

    Found this on Wikipedia:

    Traditionally, a sailor who had rounded the Horn was entitled to wear a gold loop earring — in the left ear, the one which had faced the Horn in a typical eastbound passage — and to dine with one foot on the table...

    Looking forward to your new jewelry and your new table manners.

  55. Hi Abby,
    That seems unfair that they drop "the youngest". They should/could not do that in the middle of you and Jessica Watson still being on the oceans. They can, in my opinion, only drop it AFTER you and Jessica have completed the journey. After that, well, maybe that is ok,but right now, not for you both. Happy and great sailing to you.

  56. We love you in Chicago, Abby! My girls and I were reading about the horn and some of the sailing stories through history and it put you and your voyage in even greater perspective. Be safe and our prayers are with you and your dear Mom!

    The St,John's

  57. Keep going Abby! You are doing great, well done you brave young lady!Cheering and cheering...Moira (Mauritius)

  58. Dearest Abby,

    Get Mr Doggie to give you a little TLC on those sore fingers. I hope that they heal quickly.

    Won't be long now and you will be rounding the Horn. You are such a brave young lass. As you have said earlier in one of your blogs your goal is to reach home safely and to complete this adventure with as few mishaps as possible.

    You will still be our champion with or without Guiness records. Keep focused my dear. You know what you have to do to fulfil your dream and complete your journey.

    I hope that Dad manages to catch up with you somewhere along the way.

    God bless you heaps Abby and big hugs. Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

  59. You are doing great and the blogs are fantastic Keep it going
    Smooth nights fast days safe journey

  60. Hi Abby, Well done fixing your steering mechanism. You girls never cease to amaze me with the way you can turn your hand to anything.
    Even if we don't comment often rest assured we are thinking of you and wishing you well. It is the pressure of all our good wishes that is pushing you along lol.
    Keep warm, attend to those cuts, there are some strange bugs in sea water and fair winds
    Peter, Gold Coast, Aus.

  61. Keep warm, Keep dry.
    Keep up the Amazing trip.
    Hope all goes well with seeing your dad.
    The kids and I enjoy hearing about your experience.
    You are in our prayers.

    family in MI.

  62. Hi Abby, enjoy that wind and sun you'll be past the cape in no time and then a little warmer for awhile. always enjoy each and every day and when your outside stay tethered 38º44"N/122º67"N

  63. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    All set and ready for Cape Horn!

    Take care, Be safe.

    life is not about what Do-gooders think about your Steering System ... it is ALL ABOUT HOW YOU THINK and Thinking about rounding the Horn, is awesomely impressive to me.
    I wish you love, luck and strength of mind to accomplish the task before you.

    Bruce S/sydney

  65. We've been following you everyday. Keep up the great work. Tuesday will be another step towards your success. Everyone in Missouri continues to pray for your ultimate success and safety. You go, girl!!!

  66. I am wondering about your sleep patterns. Are you sleeping all night or do you do sleep 2 hours get up and check thing?

  67. Visiting from Germany, i look daily on your site, where you are today, if all runs well and of course, i read your comments.
    They are a good help to understand and face the difficulties you have to work on. God bless you Abby! Jesus is with you, so you are not alone ;O)

  68. Hi Abby:
    My first comment. It has been most enjoyable watching your progress and reading your blog. What a wonderful experience for you. Enjoy and stay safe.


  69. Abby,
    I love reading your posts everyday. It is part of my daily routine - turn on computer - check to see how Abby is doing.
    I love reading "the day in the life of Abby". Your determination and courage continues to amaze me.

    Please continue to be safe and know that many many people are behind you. There are many people that are keeping up with you - that just don't have time to comment!

    Cheering you on for the Cape! God Bless you!
    Kay - Ohio, USA

  70. For those questioning Abby's pressing desire to take such a dangerous voyage when there is no record to break. The answer for her motivation lies in her "about abby" portion of her web description where she describes why she is making the trip. She is avenging Zac's dethronement!

    Abby writes...
    "Records... Made to be Broken
    Abby's older brother Zac made worldwide headlines in July 2009 when, at 17, he became the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the world, sailing 27,500 nautical miles in 13 months. Not to be outdone, English teenager Mike Perham broke Zac's record roughly one month later, completing his journey also at the age of 17 but two months Zac's junior. Unintimidated by the success of two 17 year-old boys (and particularly motivated by her brother's dethronement), Abby is vying to smash Perham's freshly forged record"

  71. Hi Abby,

    I have been watching and reading your blog and posting so my friends can read on FB. 20 ft seas sounds incredible to me! You are doing fantastic! Good work fixing the makes sense salt water would cause problems.

    I hope it works out that you can meet up with your Dad. God speed and I will be thinking of you!


  72. Hi Abby, the electronics never change, first to go when you need them the most. I'm glad you have it sorted out, but be ready for that to crop up again. Sorry to hear about the cold feet and hands, I imagine you are using some hand warmers, maybe sticks some in your shoes? it will be good to get around the horn and head NE again, no warm waters until the South Pacific.

    Take care out there,

    Mike Earnest
    Marysville, WA

  73. I feel privileged to be cast as one your thousands of proud and nervous parents in this great adventure! Wow... Every day I can't wait to read your updates and see that new dot on the map. Thanks for posting the link to all the videos of other sailors rounding the Horn. I hope you're also able to rig up your camera on deck so we can see you piloting Wild Eyes through those monster wave, screaming your head off with the biggest smile on your face! Drink it in, Abby - this is what life is all about!

    From the relatively pond-like waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

  74. Thanks so much for taking time to write. I and so many others love to hear how you are doing. Your fan club is spreading. Glad you figured out the auto pilot. Take care of those cuts on your hands.Rock on girl.

  75. Abby, u r surprised we are cheering u on? I remember when your brother was in the news, I kept up w/him as well.. You two are inspirational... I can imagine the pride your family has.... YOU go girl!.

  76. Stay safe,and here's three cheers for when you get to The Horn..Your doing a great job keep it up!!! :)

  77. hello there.... glad that the "pilot" is now fixed. reading your "blog" and it would appear that you are a little annoyed at your bloggers....especially reading your wind vane comment, so we will consider ourselves told off!!!! and if your dad was to "drop in" or "drop" something to you. it would not be unassisted anymore, would this not be the case? Most of us are in awe of what your are doing at such a young age, but please Abby do not take your bloggers for granted! We do not care if you are the "youngest" or have the "fastest" boat, we just respect and admire what you are doing.Most of your bloggers, in fact all of them I am sure, are just interested and care about your safety, perhaps that is why they have a "debate"?. Wishing you well.Raymonde

  78. I'm sure you did get a fright Abby at the thought of manning the boat through another dark and freezing cold night. At least you were up to the challenge and know that your spirit can take it..even if you body objects.
    I'm happy for you that you didn't have to go through that again!
    Exciting days ahead for you now. May God bless you and keep you safe from harm.
    I'm with you in thoughts and prayers just as the others are too I'm sure.

    Jeanie In The Lakes

  79. Abby, I was wondering about your wind speed, whether you mean apparent or actual when you say you "35 knots"?
    It seems at times you are making incredible SOG for the the wind you say you have.
    As a fellow bluewater sailor, I really admire your courage...

  80. You're doing fantastic Abby! Keep up the positive attitude and round that Cape in style. Continued prayers coming your way. JuliAnne

  81. Abby, you are an inspiration!! "Record" or not, you are doing something most people only dream about. At least we an do it vicariously through you! Congratulations on your trip so far. We are all proud of you.

  82. Abby,
    You are quite the young lady.The first thing each morning here in Thousand Oaks, I go to your site to check your progress. God Speed.

  83. A 'Pretty Good Day' indeed Abby. Well done on fixing the autopilot.
    Good night Abby and sweet dreams, you certainly deserve them.
    I have one quick thing to say about your blogger family and then I'll turn the lights out for you.
    @the Blog Family...It is just so refreshing with all that is going on in the USA and the World to be part of this wonderful group of people from all over this planet. I can just feel the love and caring that you not only have for Abby and her team but for each other as well. I am very grateful to have 'met' all of you.
    As we enter the Holy Week, may God shed His grace, love and peace on Abby and each and every one of you.

  84. Hi Abby:

    Hope you had an uneventful night and had a good night of sleep.

    I read your reports voraciously and check frequently for new updates.

    Please confirm that you are rounding the Horn via the Drake Passage and not the Strait of Magellan.

    Steve from S.F. Bay Area

  85. Abby:
    Your doing a great job of trouble shooting and fixing your systems.
    If you and your dad both have GPS coverage, why won't that get you close enough to see each other. How does your radar fit into the picture? I know that power boats are hard to see in big waves but I bet you guys solve the problem.
    Keep up the great work and stay safe.

  86. Hey Abby,
    I followed Zac, watched, read and prayed for his safety for the whole trip. Now doing same with you. Good luck, stay safe and warm. Each adventure is it's own and this one is yours.

    I lived in England for three years and it is just like them to do away with a record class right after one of their countrymen has achieved the title! So what! We ALL know that you and Jessica are capable, heroic, and mature young women who are achieving the incredible! God bless you in your efforts.

    We all support and love you and your family for sharing this great work.


  87. @ Cheryl in San Diego

    That was a lovely tribute to @ the Blog Family you posted.

    I would like to echo Cheryl's sentiments

    Thanks Cheryl and Abby, our prayers are with you.

    Also, thw final Stage of the Around the World Scotch Relay (AWSR) will be posted soon !

    <*((((((>< Mariner Walt – Marina del Rey, CA

  88. Abby ... Your writing is displaying a gaining confidence. It must have something to do with rounding the Horn. You are rising to the occasion and it makes us proud. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to explain the wind vane and the record attempt, especially when at 56 degrees S, 35 knots and 20 foot seas. I see you covered 191 nm yesterday and that's great. Do you use the auto pilot remote often? Can't you simply turn a dial at the nav station?

  89. Almost at the HORN, way to live the dream baby! This is your TIME!


  90. Passage weather shows great running conditions till Thursday when it would be in your best interest to be protected behind land mass. The window looks great as long as you keep up the 180-200 nm per day. Watching with much interest.


  91. Ahoy Abby, I sail in the Santa Barbara Channel Ca. All of my sailing friends here at the Channel Islands Harbor are sharing your experience and wish you well.Reading your blogs makes me feel that I am on your crew. Love your spirit. May the force be with you!! Hope to meet you one day. John

  92. Hi Abby,
    I read your blog every week from my home in Europe. You are brave girl :) Good luck


  93. You're doing great, we're watching you from Camano Island, WA

  94. Hi Babsy,
    keep up them dodgers,
    JOny the Pony

  95. I don't comment much, but check on your progress almost every day. I love that "Where's Abby Map" that shows the world and your current location.
    Getting close to "The Horn" must be exciting!
    Continued good luck to you!!!!!!

  96. Just how cool is Abby?


    Her demeanor illuminates through her writing.

    Her sense of confidence is astounding.

    There she is quelling the fears of bloggers on the internet, while she sails around Cape Horn.

    If Mom thought Abby was a quiet mouse back home before this voyage, waiting in the wings, hovering in Zac's shadows, I believe the only person who really knows Abby, is Laurence her father.

    And that's why he married Abby's mother.


  97. Hi Abby
    Regarding the condensation problem - you have two options.

    Condensation occurs when humid and stagnant air comes in contact with relatively colder surfaces. Think of starting your car on a cold morning, maybe near Lake Tahoe and not Marina del Rey! Engine warms up and fan is on so windshield mist clears. Magic

    Firstly, though maybe impractical, you could maintain a constant heated cabin with hatches shut so that internal cabin surfaces are also warm - warm air also supports greater moisture content in suspension and should not condense on warm surfaces but does mean operating your heater near constantly unless you also have a heater thermostat.

    Secondly, if you can maintain some airflow through the cabin, vents or hatches cracked open, condensation is less likely as the moisture laden air is no longer stagnant and less adhering to colder surfaces. Same way you dry your clothes on the safety railings.

    As always
    Best wishes

  98. Abby ask your team about dielectric (nonconductive) grease. You can unplug the harnesses clean the contacts and fill with the grease and plug back in. This will keep the salt and oxygen and water off the connections.

  99. Go, Abby, go! I just started following your blog, and I think what you're doing is incredible! May God bless your endeavors, and I'm praying you get the record!

  100. I am another one of your supporters living in Irvine, CA. I come from a sailing family in Finland. Remember the old saying: when you cannot change the wind, you can adjust your sails". Stay safe and keep your spirits up.

    Kimmo Sjoroos

  101. About your sore hands, do you have any hand cream or Neosporin? If not, anything that can be used as moisturizer, even margarine, would help. Wearing your sailing gloves with hand cream inside would help as well. There are few things harder on the skin than salt, especially if you've used hand cleaner or solvent etc. after the greasy engine jobs. Hope I'm not just pointing out the obvious :)

  102. Stay positive and focused!! Enjoy every minute of the endeavour! Congrats to you and keep up the good work!! Prayers! We are cheering you on!

  103. i think what you are doing is great. every person should follow their dreams, and let nothing stop them, and you are definatly doing it. a person can do anything if they set their mind to it, and you are proving that.

  104. HI Abby!

    All the best in your journey. You go girl!

  105. Good luck on reaching your destination.I wil say a prayer for you and your safe return.My children are much older and I still worry so I am hoping that you finsih your quest with no problems.Come sail in Michigan we have great waters to sail in.

  106. I just saw you on the Yahoo homepage, and thought, "Wow, this girl is freaking awesome!" I'm 16 as well, and just yesterday I was talking to a friend about how I wanted to go sailing sometime, so it's ironic I came upon you today. Just wanted to give my support; I hope your journey goes well!

  107. I've been following you, dearest Abby, ever since you stopped at Cabo.
    You are a smart and courageous young woman; and I know that your family are very proud of you.
    Thanks for your wonderful blog, and for keeping us updated on your exciting and adventurous journey.
    Nature is certainly putting on a grand show for you.(I know the stars are awesome out there with no other lights!)
    May the rest of your journey be blessed with the fulfillment of your dreams, and thanks again for letting us share this with you through your blog.
    Love and prayers from North Carolina

  108. Abby, My 8 yr old little girl Pressley has been following your blog through out your trip so far. We both wanted to wish you well. We know you'll be able to make it. You are an inspiration to all young girls out there. Thanks

  109. Rick from NC wishing you smooth sailing around the Horn. Stay strong!

  110. Gidday Abby,

    I have missed your blogs for a couple of weeks as I have been away and unable to get them. Great to hear you are going so well. Thanks for the update!

    Good luck and stay safe!


    David and Una....Beaudesert Qld

  111. Hello Abbey !!

    Not to worry!

    Our official records show that both the “Guinness World Records” and the “World Sailing Speed Record Council”, (WSSRC) have both been replaced. They are no longer sanctioned as the official books of record for sailing around anything.

    They have been officially dropped and superceded by the new “Worldwide Council of Universal Records” (WCUR). For confirmation please contact your local politician.

    This new Council will recognize Abby’s and Jesse’s great unassisted, solo , circumnavigations as feats of great seamanship, courage and endurance.

    The Council will record their achievements for posterity.

    <* ((((((>< Mariner Walt – Marina del Rey, CA

  112. Full speed's an adventure for all to share..Thanks!

  113. Spirit is with you, Abby. Have no fears. Angels surround your vessel at every moment. This I know.
    Lynn in Cleveland, OH

  114. I just learned about you and your are very impressive. I salute you and wish you well, may you have total success in this endeavour. Stay calm, stay safe.

  115. Dear Abby,

    My name is Craig Schreiber and I am the school librarian at St. Gregory Barbarigo school in Houma, LA. As the former social studies teacher at St. Gregory, I amd my students followed daily the exploits of your brother, Zac, as he traveled the world much like you are doing now. Your family continues to provide me and my students with daily opportunities to learn much about the world we inhabit. Thank you for your efforts and God bless your indominable soul. Let your family and brother especially know that we continue to pray often for them and now especially for you.

  116. Microdac wishes you God speed and following seas. Don't know you, but I am very proud of you!

  117. I actually just found out about your sail!! i live in florida and i dont know where the hell i was?!?!? jaja but anyhow yu ron my fave slist and i will check your blog everyday!! its so excititng and i wish you the best of luck and you have no idea how amazing you are!!

  118. You are really amazing you give me great inspiration as I am in southern Florida with a battle of Leukemia. I was born and grew up in SoCal (Long Beach) - So I am always rooting for the Home Town Girl; Stay Focused - stay nourished! Many prayers are coming to you from Florida

  119. 03-28-10 @ 18:34
    Hi Abby,
    I hope you had a better night than the last one, and were able to get a good nights sleep. A belly full of food and a mind that’s well rested makes for one sharp sailor.
    Glad to see that the A/P is up and running well again. Now take care of your hands!!!! Don’t let them get infected, ok…Good.
    That sounds good that you’re making good time, and actually will be able to make up some time.

    In regards to both Guinness and the World Speed Council having dropped their ‘youngest records‘. I feel that there should be a “Grandfather” clause in there ruling for all the people that were on the water when the decided to incorporate this rule. Anybody have any suggestions as to how to approach this problem???
    Take good care of yourself and crew and of course, be cautious and sail safe. No unnecessary chances allowed, ok,…good, glad you agree…lol…

    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.
    Your faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

  120. Praying for your safety and success as you sail around the Horn... May God be with you! ~~Cherie Bouma

  121. I read your story for the first time today. You are amazing and inspiring!! Thanks for the blog, it makes your journey so much more real for us people cheering on the sideline. You can do it.

    Stay Strong!!

    Matteo, TX

  122. I'm definitely cheering you on! I had read about you in the news...before you were going to sail about whether you should or not. I thought it would be great if you did...and I never followed up to see what happened. Now I find you in Yahoo News tonight to see you're out there! You're sailing! You're doing it all on your own! That is so awesome and I'm glad to have found your blog, twitter, FB lol. I'll be reading! Best of luck and keep posting!

    Abby grrrl,

    Anonymous at March 28, 2010 12:18 AM above (and others) is reading charts right.  Go for it NOW!

    Cheering on,



  124. Urgent request to locate missing sailor near Cape Horn

    If this has been already posted I am sorry



  125. Great attitude Abby, the country is with you.

  126. your dreams Abby..we're cheering you on from Central Alabama..thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

  127. You are an inspiration to those who work to fulfill their dreams! I will be praying for you! May your days be filled with adventure and joy until the day of victory! ~Allie

  128. I was just reading all of your blogs. I must say u are brave! I have never heard of u up till now. wow! be careful and take it easy but make a great trip!

    Jesse from California

  129. Abby, you inspire a lot of people. You are doing a great job. Here is a quote from Winnie the Pooh that reminds me very much of you and your adventure. "If there ever is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart...I'll always be with you." I think he was talking to Piglet there, but I think that is how all of us feel about you. God bless you always. Melanie

  130. Abby,
    You really are an amazing person. I am captivated by your act and by your spirit and awed by your maturity, skills, and love for life. I was a commercial fisherman in Alaska from age 14-31 (born and raised in Ohio - ironic eh?) and I have nothing but deep respect for the sea and miss it every day. There is so much that you are experiencing that I realize I have no knowledge of, but I do understand that the sea crafts an intimate knowledge on all of us who have lived on her and it is a language that we all speak in our eyes and our blood. I wish you a wonderful journey and I will be watching. I hope you can live every threshold you are looking for and breath deep every day with joy in what you are experiencing.
    dream deep,
    Shawn Schulte

  131. Hey Abby, I haven't been following up much on ur journey across the big blue, but I will be doing that now more ofen. Right now Im in Irak and it seems to me what u are doing is just as dangerous as what we do here. I want to wish you a safe trip around the Horne and pray u get through safely, good luck. Question...what does the moon lit sky look like in the middle of the ocean? Is it beautiful?

    Take care;
    Sincerely, Spc Rivera US Army

  132. Dear Abby
    Enthusiasm means "a god within" and you have a great one inside of yours, no doubts.
    We've learnt so much from your courage
    to sail around the globe.
    Good luck in yur journey.
    God bless you!
    Norberto Pontt

  133. Hello Abby and Congrats already!
    As an almost 60 pioneer of my own...I admire your grit. Sorry to hear your auto-pilot is acting up..., one doesn't need distractions while trying to focus on one's travels and the hazards you face. I wish you well and will be reading your blog daily. I'll keep you in my prayers, much like I do other's who need some overwehelming Guidance...Good luck. Gary B of Bloomington, IL. You Go Lady.

  134. Hey Abby, You are the talk of the town!
    Check out:
    Good luck from Hendersonville, TN

  135. Hey Abby!
    You've got a new fan in Canada! I'm following your progress and wishing you well. Stay safe honey.

  136. Hi Abby, You seem to be settling in and getting into a routine. Good to see you ar almost at the Cape. Just checked your position and compared it to Jess and you are near where she was on Saturday, 9 January 2010. Possibly a bit bit further south. Keep an eye out for her Alabtross it'l be the one with a bit of Pink on its feet!!

  137. Hi Abby,

    Kris and Connor again. Some of the weather you have been talking about reminds us of Livingston Montana, where Connor started to grow up. We were so glad to hear everything has been going well. Its 73 degrees here in Killeen Texas and Sunny, we'll try to said some your way!! Kris was on Fort Hood last week for some training and was mentioning you to some of the people who serve our country and everyone of them said to wish you luck!!! Be Well Abby!!!
    Godspeed from Killeen Texas!!

    Kris and Connor Hamilton

  138. With you every step of the way Abby.

  139. I'm in the Navy but you're pretty much my hero! You're a great inspiration to young and old alike.

    Fair winds and following seas Abby!


  140. Abby, the diesel fuel air heater you have has a fan setting on the remote to run without burning fuel. If you run this often and also run it when you run the engine, it will help with air circulation in order to reduce the mold. (The air return intake is only three feet away from the Yanmar). Jessica Watson has been fighting mold in her closed off compartments, as you will be also, if you don't air things out often.

    Good job on coming up on the Cape! Your Dad is going to be so proud as he buzzes you in the little plane! I bet Mom wishes she were there also, to witness the moment.

  141. I just wanted to tell you I am praying for you as you make your journey around the horn. It is very inspiring what you are doing. Keep up the great work!!!

  142. In this day and age when so many young people are elsewhere doing other things . . . your spirit and determination are evident as you share this voyage. Whatever records may or may not be set . . . your achievements cannot be set aside. Prayers for a good wind and safe sea.

  143. Abby,
    Been following you since you left CA. You're doing F A N T A S T I C !!!. Hang in there. Just saw an article on you,

    Lots of folks wishing you luck...


  144. Abby, I'm glad to see you solved the autopilot problem. Stay safe and get soem much needed rest. We'll all be looking forward to seeing you round the Horn.

    Cheryl From San Diego: I agree with you 100%.

  145. Praying for you Abbey. Be careful...please!

  146. Dear Abby,
    New fan here, I am out of the loop I guess! Keep up the great work, Fair Winds and Following Seas...U.S. Navy old retired guy here in your corner!

  147. @ Steve in SF Bay Area: The western entrance to the Straits of Magellan are up about 52 40 S; Abby is already down below 55 S and announced her intention to round the Cape before she left SoCal.

    Steve in California

    (Go girl! Drivin' in the wet and dark is NO fun...especially when there is no watch to relieve you after a couple of hours. You got somethin' goin'; that's for sure!)

  148. you're amazing!! i think you'll inspire kids to go after their dreams. looking forward to more updates from you!!

  149. Hi Abby,

    Keep up the great work. Know that there are many of us who are with you in spirit everyday!

    Bob A.

  150. Hiya Abby!

    I'm old enough to have grown up reading Robin Lee Graham's book, so it brought back some wonderful memories to read about your adventure. Wishing you fair winds and good sailing in this next week.

    Dave Hudson

  151. Dear Abby, Be careful, Record or no record, this is really cool, It must be beautiful, being on the ocean. Have fun, It sounds like you have the experience, remember all you have been taught, and be very careful, Laura, in pa.

  152. Thinking of you as you make your turn around the have a lot of support I see. Be safe and thanks for sharing this journey with all of us, I will keep following you on this unbelievable journey...James in TX.

  153. Here's to rounding the Horn safely, basking in the sense of accomplishment for the conquest of this leg.. and savoring calmer seas soon. We're tracking your progress regularly, and constantly, steadily, pulling for you from New Orleans, Abby!

  154. Abby,
    Inspiring, courageous.

    Safe journey, we are all cheering and praying for your success.

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA

  155. Abby, I live in Chicago which is a city of so many lights, you can never see any stars. Your night time sky must be beautiful. Any chance you can get a photo of it to post? Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  156. Good luck girl!! I dont think I would ever be brave enough to do anything like that! Hope things go well around the Cape!!!

  157. Hey Abby,

    I've just started reading your blog. I saw the article today on Yahoo news and thought I would look into what you're doing. I have to say that I am incredibly impressed. This is such a cool adventure... I mean, it's like it's a movie or something. You must witness such beauty and wonder as you cross the world, and I wish you all the possible luck in the universe on this endeavor.

  158. Do it while your young dear!
    Mark Anthony

  159. Abbey, I'm a retired US Navy QM1(SW), I wish you Fair Winds and Following Seas, love. Take care and hope the wind is at your back rounding the Horn. I hope to hear your name here in Wisconsin News.

    Navigator LCU-1662

  160. Hi Abby,

    Just wanted to wish you God speed as you close on Cape Horn. Your endeavor should be a light in the darkness of the sea for many young and old to follow their passions in life. Thank you for the inspiration to never say never to one's goals. Regardless of outcome you are on an heroic journey and have done more than the majority of the people on this planet.


    Angel B Rodriguez
    Command Sergeant Major, US Army (Retired)

  161. I just found out about your journey on Yahoo!'s front page and I'm just blown away by the sheer massiveness of this undertaking! I'm gonna be following your journey and I'll be cheering you on.

    Best of luck and be care, Cape Horn is not particularly friendly to boats!

  162. Even though I do not follow your daily progress - I always know you are out there. Warm thoughts of you for safe sailing around the cape and beyond. Cheers to you and your adoring family.

  163. You just inspired me to become the first disabled person to sail around the world. Might take me awhile but I'm going to do it and it's because of you. God Bless you, keep going, and may the wind be always at your back.

  164. Lieber Gott, wachen Sie über sie für mich

    Dass sie sicher geschützt kann sein

    Helfen Sie ihrer jeder einsamen Stunde zu tragen

    Wie ich Herr würde, wenn ich dort war.

    Wenn sie Bewachung sie dann schläft

    Diese Angst kann nicht ihr Traum verstoßen

    Seien Sie jemals in der Nähe von ihr im Laufe des Tages

    Lassen Sie niemand aber Güte kommt ihr Weg.

    Süßes treues Mädchen, das auf mich wartet

    Außer dem breiten und geräumigen Meer

    , seien Sie O Gott barmherzig, ich Bete

    Passen Sie auf sie auf, während ich weg bin.

  165. Hi Abby, Things sound like they are going along great. Tuesday will be the big day, I will be looking forward to your blog aftar you go around the cape. I don't know much about sailing but I am learning a little from your blogs. Keep up the good work and have fun. Be careful and know that my prayers and thoughts are with you. Gail/Ventura

  166. Hey! You were featured on Yahoo and thats how I came across your story...what you are doing is amazing!! I am a strong believer in prayer so I will send one up for you every night! Good luck and I will be keeping up with your blog more often! God bless!

  167. You are living my dream! I'm 38 and have wanted to do the same since I was a little tike. Maybe after I retire I could be the oldest! Haha.

    Good winds and blue skies.


  168. What a fantastic challenge and adventure for an obvious strong young woman! You must be an amazing mature girl to be able to follow your dream. Such an admirable, brave thing to do. Much better than hanging out at the mall and drooling after saggy panted boys:)LOL What wonderful memories you are making.
    Godspeed...may the winds be gentle at your back and the seas be calm before you!
    You go girl!

  169. Abby - be patient with the Horn. I recall reading others who have navigated it saying that you take what the Horn gives you and don't try to force her. Safe travels - we are pulling for you!

  170. I live deep in the heart of Texas near Austin. I just discovered your trip by reading the news on Yahoo. You are an inspiration to anyone following your journey. Few people in life ever step up to risk and challenge. Many talk a blue streak but few ever do it. But for those who do, like you, our world is made better. By pushing the edge of the envelope as Magellan, Yager, Glen, Lindberg and Amelia Earhart once did ,you help us discover more of what is possible in the human spirit. Many are with you on this journey. Be safe, dear girl.

  171. You are a very brave girl, traveling the seas alone, and at such a young age. Reading your posts brings back memories of being on my grandfather's boat as a young girl. We don't take it out much anymore; everyone is just too busy these days. What a shame. Those days out on the water were some of the happiest I ever spent. I hope your journey goes smoothly, and that you accomplish your dreams. I have a great deal of respect for you, kiddo.

    If you find yourself with a spare moment out there on the high seas, check out my weekly poetry blog: I post a new poem every Friday. Like you, I am trying to accomplish my own dreams. except mine is a little less daring: to become a published author. That's why I started my blog, to gain a small following to watch me grow and encourage and inspire me along my journey.

    Have a safe evening. :)

  172. i just learned of your story. you are very courageous for any age and gender. i will be keeping up with your progress and sending prayers your way. fair winds and following seas!

  173. God bless you Abby! You are an inspiration to all. =)

  174. Hello Abby, Glad that you got everything fixed. You sure are quite the trooper. Have a good sleep tonight.
    Safe sailing,
    NJ Mom

  175. WOW. i just started following this story, and i have to say i am very impressed with your courage and determination. You are a great example for kids to look up to, and i am going to have my daughter check out your website

  176. I admire your bravery and courage. Whether or not there is any record to be broken, you are on the adventure of a lifetime. I just, tonight, read your story (for the first time) and must tell you that from this moment on, I will be following your progress and reading your posts. Godspeed Abby and fairwinds!

  177. Best of luck, Abby. You are truly amazing !! I'll be following your journey. Make your little sister proud.

    Charlie in Cincinnati, Ohio

  178. pretty amazing! i just read your article on'm in the coast guard and stationed on cutter in the Bering Sea, I considered myself a sailor until i read your article! very inspiring! fair winds and following seas

  179. Saw an arrival about you on front page yahoo!!! Way to go! Woop woop!!

  180. Abby, I was a Marine based in South Korea for a while. If you haven't planned this part of your course, when you are on the final leg of your trip stay south of Australia then turn port side going between Australia and New Zealand. This will keep you in International Waters and clear of the North Korean Navy. They are not friendly to any vessel flying the American flag be it civilian or military. Best of luck, gods speed and watch your 6

  181. Abby, you're doing great! Let's just hope you continue to have an easy go around the Horn. The worst it is expected to get is 35 knots (Thank goodness not 70 knots like Jessica had to deal with!) Hopefully that means the visibility will be great to see your dad in the air or of course if he comes by boat, you can get a hug! Best of luck!

  182. recently saw you on yahoo's homepage and began reading your all of your blogs...must say, absolutely amazing!...i cant in my wildest dreams imagine being out there...but im sure it is well worth all of the beauties your are able to see...will continue to read and keep up with you on your journey!...take care and hope you are resting peacefully!... shreveport, la, usa

  183. Hey Abby,
    Its Mohamed from minneapolis, I thought i'd share a verse and prayer to keep you company, Verse..."(Or is like the darkness in a vast deep sea, overwhelmed with waves topped by waves, topped by dark clouds, darkness upon darkness: if a man stretches out his hand, he can hardly see it! And he for whom Allah has not appointed light for him there is no light.)" (24:40)I pray allah protects, guides, and watches over you as you set on this remarkable voyage!! Ameen and good luck...

  184. May the almighty give you all the patience and courage to overcome any obstacles that you encounter.....ALL THE BEST.....MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.........

  185. Hi Abby, God loves you and so do we. We are praying for you and so is the rest of the world. Have fun and know that God is watching over you and keeping you safe on the sea!! He made it, so glory in that! How wonderful your dream is, and accomplishing it just amazing! Jesus loves you and so do we!! 1 Peter 5:7

  186. This is so romantic, Abby! Thanks for the inspiration - fair winds and following seas!


  187. Good luck with the Horn Abby. You can do it!

  188. Fair winds and following seas. You are an inspiration to so many lost young people. You go girl!!!

  189. Hi Abby,

    Just wanted to say that it is awsome hearing about you and your journey sailing through the open seas. I've always wanted to learn how to sail, maybe someday I will.

    I'm a Navy Veteran with lots of time on the ocean. I was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 as ships company for 4 years. I can only imagine how the ocean must be bouncing you around when it's rough. There were days like that on the carrier and that is a huge ship.

    I hope your journey is a smooth one. I know the stars at night are wonderful to look at when your out there.

    Take care and happy sailing Abby!

  190. Stay safe im pulling for you.

  191. Kenny M ..San Pedro,CaMarch 28, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    This was the first time I checked you out ,iam a surfer and fisherman so I know about the sea ,and this is a crazy but cool thing your doing ,gooluck with the cape ,I will read now everyday....i will throw a prayer your way too

  192. ur awesome!!!! any shark sightings

  193. ur hot too!!!!=)

  194. 03-29-10 @ 02:54
    Hi Abby,
    P/W looks like you should have pretty decent sailing past the Cape, I sure pray that you do. I’ll be praying extra for you through this segment of your quest.

    I was in the Google Map getting an idea as to where you were at, and I moved over to the Falkland Islands, which would be the next land mass that you would pass and this is what I saw: (A little imagination please).
    On the Falkland Islands, West Falkland appears to resemble a prehistoric animal.
    Zooming in (20 mile range) on the Islands, West Falkland has a tail at Falkland Sound, there’s four legs,(coming up the East side of the Island) and above Stanley there is a mouth followed by a snout, then there’s an eye and above that there’s a horn.
    Next there appears to be a cow, upside down on the back of this ‘prehistoric animal’ possibly chewing on some fodder. This is not as clear as the West Falkland animal.
    I honestly haven’t been drinking or smoking…
    What say you????????
    I thought it would at least be worth a laugh….lol…

    It looks like my suggestion on the Grandfathers clause came a little to late, the information supplied by Mariner Walt is much better. Thanks Walt….
    Take care of yourself and crew, how are your hands doing???
    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.
    Your faithful friend, fan and follower.
    Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

  195. I am a 37 yr old step-dad of two girls. One who is 17 and the other is 8. You are a TRUE example of what any father would want in a daughter!!! My wife, girls and I look up to you for all that you are doing. Thanks for being a GREAT role model for the youth of today!THANK YOU,THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

  196. You are great. Good luck and we'll see you back home soon in SO CA. - James

  197. Go Abby. Don't listen to all the negative comments people have, this is your and your families decision not theirs. You are amazing and such a inspriation for both young and old, men and women. For all of you who have put down her family for letting her do this you are crazy, she is 16 and in some places this is an adult, she has every right to do this. She is obviously very prepared and well trained, and even if she wernt its her life not yours. Abby Good luck dont give up but stay safe.

    Best Wishes, Amanda
    Myrtle Point, OR

  198. Way to go sailor!!! You're amazing. I just came across your site today and can't believe how cool you are in the middle of the Southern Pacific. "Wow" doesn't begin to describe it.