Sunday, April 11, 2010

Another Sunny Day

I've had a quiet day out here with hardly any wind today or last night. I have been in a ridge of high pressure that is making its way east. The wind is starting to pick up a little so hopefully I will be able to make up for the slow progress today. The little bit of wind that I have had is coming out of the NE so I have had to head east and a little south. The wind should pick up to a nice 20 knots by tomorrow and shift around to the NW with the next low pressure system that is headed my way.

I recently discovered that one of my wind generators had a few broken blades. I think a bird might have hit it, poor thing. Luckily, there was no wind at all earlier this morning and I was able to get out on the rack at the back and take the blades off. But now with the wind picking up I can't put the wind generator back together. So, I'm waiting for it to die down again.

It was sunny out all day which was a very nice change - sunny and 65 degrees! Even with the warm weather and the sun, getting things to dry out is really hard. At least the the roof isn't dripping from condensation any more! I'm also able to leave the door open more often now which helps a lot with airing things out .

Congratulations to Jesse Watson for returning to Australian waters. I can only imagine what that feels like. Just under 10,000 miles until I am back in the Pacific...

All for now,


  1. Good job Abby!
    Hang in there!
    I love reading your posts!
    What a girl!

  2. Ah Abby

    You are experiencing the highs and lows of solo sailing around the world and handling it all so well.

    I can see you smiling more and more as you sail into those warmer temps.

    Take care,

  3. Keep on sailing Abby! You're inspiring all of us!

  4. Dear Sweet Abby, I was so excited to hear that all is going well for you out there today. I get so excited to read your updates and keep track of your progress. You are an amazing young woman !!! Maybe God Bless you today, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Elizabeth - California

  5. Hey again, Abby! It's me, Skye. Hope you get the wind generator back together. Good luck!!!

  6. I look forward to every new post. I have a sailboat in the Marina and your trip has challenged me to take mine out alone more often. I tell everyone to read your blog, that it's a great cure for going crazy in a crazy world.

  7. enjoy your adventure abby and be safe always.

    jesse watson is almost near home and you too will soon be before you know it. meantime, enjoy your adventure as when you get to the future, you will always look back to these days with fond memories and nostalgia. make every moment count. carpe diem.


  8. Hi Abby, get the wind "genny" working again and enjoy the sunshine. Stay Safe and when outside Tethered, you know it only takes one time without that harness and you know what could happen. 38'26"N/122'40"W

  9. Hi Abby,
    sorry for not writing earlier this week. I was skiing in Mammoth and am pleased to say I skied a black diamond there for the first time!! I was keeping up on reading your blogs though and I'm always so amazed at how much you are learning and accomplishing. I hope you are able to fix those panels and find your brush. :-)
    Alyssa from Irvine

  10. Hallo Abby Schönes Mutiges Mädchen
    hab Blumen auf der Webseite für Dich Dein
    Schönes Lächeln sagt mir Jetzt Afrika
    in Sicht
    Wünsch Dir Schönes Wetter
    und Sonne und viele 20 Knoten
    und eine Gute Heimfahrt
    Grüße von Markus aus Germany

  11. Keep up the great work, Abby!
    God bless.


  12. Hi Abby, so nice to read your blog everyday. Take good care of yourself. Did you ever find your brush again? Are you writing in your diary or maybe writing a book about this adventure? What you are doing is amazing! God bless you daily. Esther in Costa Mesa.

  13. Good to hear how you are doing. We are a homeschool family and are tracking you on our map. We started tracking Jesse Watson and then saw you were doing the same path! How cool. God speed and have a great day!

    Dora and Rachel

  14. Thanks Abby.
    Doing well.
    Luv u.
    Richard (QLD) Aus

  15. wow...have a nice trip on your adventure..

  16. Nice to have some soft weather....How is the auto pilot? fixed?, you did not say anything about it and i sure hope that you can manage to fix the blades, small set up i trust....
    keep well and safe. Viviane

  17. Hi Abby, Are you also following Alessandro di Benedetto's adventures in his little yacht? Dismasted in the south Pacific but he's managed to make repairs to the mast, recut the mainsail to fit, and is now approaching Cape Horn. Totally amazing!

  18. Hi Babsy,
    keep up them dodgers,
    Jony the Pony

  19. Hi Abby,
    Glad that you have some better weather. 10,000nm is not that far, only kidding! Get your skates on girl, we are waiting to welcome you to Australian waters. Best wishes as always. Jeanp, Australia

  20. Stay safe working on the wind generator! I'm sure you'll have it up and working in no time! Or is that a bad thing because it means you won't be getting any wind? Maybe just long enough for you to get it up and working again. :) Keep up the good work Abby, and you'll be on your way home sooner than you know. I hope you have a glorious day!! We're cheering for you always!!

    Team Abby, you might check and see if there's a problem with the tracking map - even zoomed out as far as it will go it tells me it can't get a picture at that range.

  21. Abby, Be careful fixing your wind generator, I have trouble taking off the blades while my boat is in the slip! But I'm an old guy so you should be OK. Stay dry and keep warm.

    Dave Del Rosario
    Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

  22. Abby, With Jess in our waters again, I've seen the resurgence of critics, though minor in their numbers, it proves what Benjamin Franklin said, "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."
    Keep safe,
    Albert from Oz

  23. Hi Abby,,
    Very nice to know that everything is OK with you..
    hang in there dear..

    God Bless you..

  24. I live in Perth Western Australia, and my fiance' and I were watchin the news headlines this morning about Jesse. Told my fiance' about you too as he didn't realise you were going for the record too, and that I was following your blog. We remarked on how adventurous, inspiring and mature beyond your years you both are. Sail safely as always Abby, Liana.

  25. Gidday Abbey
    Sounds like you are having a wow of a time out on the high seas just dawdling along. Hopefully the wind will pick up and send you along at a fair rate of knots. Good luck with fixing the wind generator and also good on you for wishing Jessica Watson back to Australian waters. We are all glad that she has returned. Even if she has got 2500 nautical miles to go to get to Sydney.
    And when you get back to the Pacific which wont be too much later and your feeling a bit homesick Us Aussies would be glad to offer you the comforts of home.
    Safe Sailing

  26. Hola, Abby~
    You're doing great! Enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. Hope your boots dry out sooner, rather than later. I can't imagine having to do repairs under way, but you seem to take it in stride.

    Stay safe and Godspeed,

  27. Less than 10K already? WOW! Your upbeat attitude is amazing... Each day's post it sounds like you're just out for another day sail. Best wishes for good wind!

  28. Go Abby!

    Best wishes,


  29. I find it interesting (and a bit funny) that, as you were heading south to the Cape, when the temp began dropping into the 60's you were telling us how cold it was getting and now as you head north away from the Cape 65 is described as warm.
    Curious how our perspective on things such as temperature is so effected by our most recent experience.

  30. Hi Abby
    Thanks for the update. I hope the wind swings round a bit more favourable for you, looks like you were headed for our Emerald Isle for a while. You're very welcome to visit anytime, perhaps on your second lap! I guess the other genny is ok and continues to supply power?
    Best wishes

  31. glad u had some sun, which is what we did not have... dreary, cold, depressing.. and yes it rained...can't wait till u get back as well!. i remember when your brother made it back... what a day that will be for u and your loved ones!.

  32. Abby,

    So glad you are having warmer weather, thank you for sharing more pictures! I hope the wind dies down soon so you can fix the blades on the wind generator. This past Saturday, I was at South Port, a sailboat came by and my mind went immediately to you. Keep up the good work, prayers for continued safe sailing.

  33. Hi Abby. I too check every day for a new post and am thrilled to read of your progress. I grew up on sailboats myself and when you describe your days it brings me right back there! So thanks for including us in your adventure and of course stay safe and have fun!
    Kevin, Aiken, SC

  34. HI Abby,I have enjoyed watching your location with the inverted tear drops on the world map every day and checking your daily progress,but now the tear drops are gone and I really miss them.I'm assuming you are doing this for security reason as you get closer to Africa,if not let us know if they are comming back on.
    God Bless
    Libby Di Bernardo
    San Pedro,Ca

  35. Debbie in Tampa, FLApril 12, 2010 at 5:10 AM

    Hi Abby,

    I'm glad to hear all is going as well as can be expected for you. Enjoy the warmer temperatures and the sunshine. That usually will brighten any one's mood. I have followed Jessica's route with a pink sailboat on Google Earth and I've done the same with you with a pretty boat and it is really cool now to see how your routes are now paralleling each other's. At least it will for a while until you pass Australia. I think it is so awesome that two 16year old girls are out there taking on and sailing around the world. It is so exciting that the two of you are sharing it with the rest of us. Each journey starts with a single step or in y'all's cases, a Nautical Mile over a wave. You will also one day be celebrating being back into your own neck of the woods. I am so proud of you and what you are accomplishing too. Keep sailing along the ocean blue and May God and his Angels keep watch over you.

    Take Care and God Bless,
    Debbie in Tampa, FL

  36. Great update Abby. Way to be patient and stay upbeat while you wait for the wind to pick up.

    Go Abby Go

  37. Sounds like you're having a fine time Abby. I always look for you and your news every day. 65* too.. how 'bout that! Pretty nice I'll bet. I follow Jesse too and I think she's happy to be back in Aussie water. Pretty exciting stuff for her. That 10,000nm back to the Pacific that you mentioned seems like a big number right now. Should be quite a time tho!
    Take care, climbing on that back frame, and enjoy all you can. Catch you next time.
    39°50'N, 86°9'W

  38. Hey Abby - A little Humor

    Forest Gump and St. Peter
    When Forest Gump died, he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. St.
    Peter said, "Welcome, Forest. We've heard a lot about you." He continued,
    "Unfortunately, it's getting pretty crowded up here and we find that we now
    have to give people an entrance examination before we let them in."

    "Okay," said Forest. "I hope it's not too hard. I've already been through a
    test. My momma used to say, 'Life is like a final exam. It's hard.' "

    "Yes, Forest, I know. But this test is only three questions. Here they are."

    1) Which two days of the week begin with the letter 'T'?"

    2) How many seconds are in a year?

    3) What is God's first name?

    "Well, sir," said Forest, "The first one is easy. Which two days of the week
    begin with the letter 'T'? Today and Tomorrow."

    St. Peter looked surprised and said, "Well, that wasn't the answer I was
    looking for, but you have a point. I give you credit for that answer."

    "The next question," said Forest, "How many seconds are in a year? Twelve."

    "Twelve?" said St. Peter, surprised and confused.

    "Yes, sir. January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd "

    St. Peter interrupted him. "I see what you mean. I'll have to give you credit
    for that one, too."

    "And the last question," said Forest, "What is God's first name? It's Andy."

    "Andy?" said St. Peter, in shock. "How did you come up with 'Andy'?"

    "I learned it in church. We used to sing about it." Forest broke into song,
    "Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am His own."

    St. Peter opened the gate to heaven and said, "Run, Forest, Run!"

  39. Abby Seems like you are very determined to continue your voyage dispite all the equipment failures and problems definitely have excellent mechanical aptitude ! Best Wishes for a non -stop circumnavigation !

  40. Hi Abby, Sounds like things are going well for yoi. That is nice to hear. Warm is good :) We all will be excited when you get close to home. I recently checked Jessica's blogs and videos. She seems to be just fine and a bit nervous about arriving back in Sidney.May the Good Lord Watch over you. Stay Safe. Love you much.
    bud and Charla Winnett

  41. Your Oklahoma Well-WisherApril 12, 2010 at 6:37 AM

    Always great to read your updates and hear how you are getting along out there in the great big blue (grey?). Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

  42. It is so nice to see you and Jessie congratulating each other. You two are in this for teh challenge, not any competition. Good luck to you both. Maybe Jessie can sail out to see you when you pass Australia. That would be a hoot.


  43. Mornin' Cap'n Abby! . . . in one of the early comments to this post Michael Tolkin said, "I tell everyone to read your blog, that it's a great cure for going crazy in a crazy world." I do the same and feel the same. Reading about, and experiencing from a distance, your journey gives me strength to wait out this holding period I am in before beginning my own (admittedly land based) journey of my own. With each challenge you confront and overcome I have been developing an appreciation of the virtues of being centered in the moment in a way I have never been able to achieve before.

    I guess you are teaching me to go with the flow . . . thank you.

  44. Nice post Abby, so glad you're doing sooooo well... Glad the condensation isn't hanging on the cabin top, I hate hate hate that........

    Sail safe....
    Daveh & Skipper

  45. Hi Babsy,
    keep up them dodgers,
    Jony the Pony

  46. Wow Abby,

    You are so brave and such an adventurer! I love your positive attitude. Your intellect is simply mind-boggling and is such an inspiration. I have never really followed blogs, or anything like this and I find myself rushing to the computer to check on your progress.

    Thanks for making my day, every day!

    Best Wishes from Kansas!

  47. hmm...the generators only got three blades and they're all pretty well spaced far apart.

    I don't think a bird will fly into it and break two blades when not spinning. If the blades were spinning at the time then yes definitely, however you'd surely see a "mess" (feathers, blood, etc.).

    Did you see anything remotely confirming it was a bird?

    Because if not I'd be looking elsewhere, if something came off the rigging, the mast boom, dodger etc. any bolt nut anything.

    Frankly I do hope it was a bird and can be confirmed so you don't have to look for something else on board that may have come loose.

  48. Abby,
    I hope you can get some fresh food like Jessica did. Alll you need is a suicidal squid landing on your deck, Jessie ate her squid, I am anticipating photos of you doing the same : )

  49. Hi Abby,
    You amaze me day after day. You mention that the Pacific is just under 10,000 miles away as if it was, hey no big deal. I am in a tizzy just preparing to drive my motor home on it's next leg from Tucson to Port Aransas Texas. That is just a little over 1,000 miles, on an interstate! Gosh I wish I had your confidence and tenacity.
    Have s good day Abby and please stay prepped.
    God Bless you.

  50. Hello Abby, Another interesting post from you! You are sailing along quite well out there! Hope you get the blades back on the generator soon....isn't it funny how you really want the wind when you are sailing, yet when you need to make a repair you need calm? Here's hoping you have had a few calm hours so you could make to the repairs.

    Just keep doing what you're doing. Stay focused, sail smart, sail safe.

    Janell in Oklahoma, USA

  51. Hi Abby,
    Just a quick note to say "hi" and that we were thinking about you and praying for you (as always!). Have a great day; hope the wind picks up a bit!
    Keith and Kathy Wargo, Lynchburg VA

  52. Hi Captain Abby,It's refreshing to
    hear that your in warmer waters.It
    sure helps with the positive vibes.
    Glad you will be able to repair the
    wind generator. Keep on hanging on.
    Be Safe! Stay Happy! Godspeed!

  53. Doug and Debbie Odom (Arkansas)April 12, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    You go, Ab! We're followin' you every wave of th' way! And since Rev. 5:8 and 8:3 describes the prayers of the saints as "incense to God" you can bet we're burnin' incense for your safety and well bein'! You're quite a woman!

  54. Hey Abby, be carefull of those blades when you re-mount them in case the wind comes you have a dpdt switch attached so that you can electrically break the motion of the blades when you are working on them??

    Good luck!!

  55. Bonjour Abby & Wild Eyes,

    You're a real champion, Go Abby, Go!

    Take care, Be safe

  56. Abby! What an inspiration you are! Go girl! I enjoy reading your journey - on the blog and on the official website. Thanks a bunch :) Praying for you :)

  57. you guys make it difficult to follow along on Abby's blog

  58. Dear Abby,
    As I've said before, you are an amazing person and I wish I was as brave and strong as you are. You are doing an awesome job and I hope and pray that it continues that way.
    Best Of Luck,

  59. Abby,
    I too find myself following your progress almost daily. After living 47 years of my own personal adventure, I find myself enthralled with yours. You are a true inspiration to the youth (and many of us old timers) of this world. Your dedication, determination, and spirit during this journey has impressed me beyond words.
    Be safe...

  60. Good Monday afternoon to you, Abby!

    When I checked your Blog today, I was excited at how far you've traveled since I last spoke with you on Friday. Hurrah!

    I chuckled when I read that you'd lost that runaway hairbrush again. Why don't you just braid that pretty blonde hair, and be done with it?

    On the subject of food....I think you need to be eating the amount that your mom and dietician predicted that you'd eat. THEY KNOW BEST in that area.

    I don't have Internet at home at the present, and couldn't wait to get back to work today and check your Blog to see where you were and how you are doing. I know your mom wishes she could drop you some DRY BOOTS!

    Those A+s that Blogger awarded you, were GREAT! What you are learning hands invaluable!

    Did you laugh out loud when you read that Forest Gump joke? I did.

    When you lay your head down, wrap yourself in all the love that we, the Bloggers, send you....and rest peacefully.

    Sail on Abby........sail on..........

    Sandy (Mississippi)

  61. Hi Miss Abby,
    It is good you can enjoy a warmer weather and some sunny days. Your mate Jessica met a lightning storm, squalls of thick rain, cold weather again in the SW of Australia.
    Try to fix or maintain all that you can now, while it is quiet, it wpn't last!
    You are making good progress. I hope you're not too bored...

  62. Hey, Skipper

    I'm so pleased that the trip is going so well. I love your updates. When I wake up in the middle of the nite, I often turn on the computer so see if there is an update from you (or Jessica) yet. And thanks for the info on sailing details. I just figured out how to get wind direction and speed for the various ocean areas you are transiting. It helps me understand the reason for your course selections.

    I hope someday to see a video of your first meeting with Jessica. You two seem sooo much alike. I expect you will eventually be close friends. Of course, Jessica will be home very soon, but you still will be the record holder.

    Steve L from Modesto CA

  63. What's your planned route when you round Australia? I do a lot of sailing in the Marshall Islands...I doubt you are going that far north.

  64. 04-12-10 @ 19:10
    Hi Abby,
    Glad to see that the wind is picking up for you, and like you say maybe you’ll be able to make up for the slow progress, although it looks like you haven’t been doing to bad.
    Sorry about the poor ol’ bird, but I hope you’ll be able to get them blades fixed. I know that you wouldn’t get on the rack without being hooked up to your tether, so I won’t even mention it. OK…Good!!!
    Sunny and 65 degrees, wow, that sounds like you brought a pocketful of Calif. weather with you, what’s the water temp??? I doubt you’ll be doing any swimming…lol… But at least you can enjoy the sun and maybe get some preventive maintenance done, yes…maybe??? I am glad to see that the condensation has stopped and you’re getting the cabin dried out, how’s the boots? Locate your brush yet??? Patience and perseverance…..
    I really appreciate the sportsmanship attitude that you girls have for each other, that was nice. I sure hope that some day you’ll get to meet each other.
    You’re doing a great job Abby, I’m very proud of you, keep up the good and keep that positive attitude going.
    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

  65. • Sunrise > The Sunrise is asking you where to go -
    • Sunset > The Sunset keeps you going -
    • Stars > The Stars are talking to you -

    * Praying for you *

  66. Hi ABBY,
    Your doing so good. Thanks for keeping us updated.
    Keep it up be safe and have fun SAILER

  67. We followed your brother around the world and are now following you. Just wanted to post a quote for all those out there who seem to be hung up on this concept of schooling which is not "True Education".

    "Our ideas of education take too narrow and too low a range. There is need of a broader scope, a higher aim. True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come."

    You are receving more of a "True Education" if you are allowing this adventure to strengthen your walk with the Lord and fitting your character to walk the streets of gold conversing with holy angels.

    "In a knowledge of God all true knowledge and real development have their source. Wherever we turn, in the physical, the mental, or the spiritual realm; in whatever we behold, apart from the blight of sin, this knowledge is revealed. Whatever line of investigation we pursue, with a sincere purpose to arrive at truth, we are brought in touch with the unseen, mighty Intelligence that is working in and through all. The mind of man is brought into communion with the mind of God, the finite with the Infinite. The effect of such communion on body and mind and soul is beyond estimate.

    In this communion is found the highest education. It is God's own method of development. "Acquaint now thyself with Him" (Job 22:21), is His message to mankind." From a book entitled "Education" written in 1903.

    God Speed Abby,
    The Kittiwake Kids

  68. Hi Abby:
    I was glad to see make a tack out there in the Southern Atlantic. It is wonderful to see your progress. I will have to do some homework. I need to look up to see exactly what a "wind generator" does.

    Sail on girl, and enjoy!

    Hugs, Seattlesid

  69. Good to hear from you.

    May favorable winds follow you safely home.


  70. Your a good and hardy lass.Wish I had those tools back in my day.And yes enjoy the adventure but always remember.Your in their world now.Joshua

  71. Abby,

    So some poor bird got his tail feathers trimmed. Sorry about the damage to the wind generator, though. There’s definitely no need to climb back there to put it back together until the weather calms a bit. It looks like some intense weather passing just to the south of you, so don’t slide down hill too far to find more wind.

    @Skye A. from El Dorado Hills, CA, you sound like a very smart girl. Seeing Abby being able to live her dreams really is fantastic, isn’t it? Well, don’t ever give up on your dreams. I think visiting all 50 states would be awesome and something not many people can say they’ve done. Even if you can’t accomplish it as young as Abby is living her dream, I know that someday you will. Hey, even at my age I have dreams that I’m still working towards and know I will do someday.

    “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

    Thanks for keeping us updated, Abby. Have fun and stay safe.

    From Seattle, WA, USA

  72. Hi Abby
    Can I suggest you tie a string around the end of your hair brush and tie it to something so you dont keep losing it. Hope you get the wind generator fixed before you get a real good blow.
    I drove home to Victoria an 8 hour drive yesterday after being with my daughter and new grandson in south Australia feeling a bit worse for wear and a zillion emails to answer and even more phone calls. But naturally had to get on to the sailor girls webs and catch up with you both.
    Hope the fine weather stays with you for a while and good winds.
    Evie from Bendigo

  73. Hi Abby,
    I love reading your blog. Keep writing and doing the homework. What movies did you bring with you? Any video games? Where is your next stop? and what is is like sailing in the dark?

  74. Hay Abby:
    This voyage is all about you comming home, "safely". From point A to point A with a whole lot of challenge in between. It's what everybody is hopeing and cheering for. So stay safe and strong, keep on top of everything, have fun.

    What a remarkable young woman!


  75. Just found your blog, sounds like you are on quite a journey. I look forward to following your blog. Godspeed

  76. Oh to be young and on an adventure....You are a courageous and inspiring young lady. I am a long haul trucker, and I don't get a chance to check your blog everyday, but I do so whenever I get a chance. Following your progress gives me a lift. I wish you fair winds and a following sea. Gus

  77. Way to live the dream. You go girl.
    Glad is was a bit warmer for you.
    Hope you have fair reaches and dolphin lead the way, nothing better then sparkling luminescence in the darkness of night.
    Hope you have seen the Southern Cross!

    Praying that the veins go back together without any problems.

  78. Hi Abby, Reading your entries is really inspiring! I love to find out what you're doing and how it's going on the open sea! What you're learning on this venture is worth so much more than reading books in a classroom. It will be so valuable throughout your life, and will hopefully motivate others to live their dreams too! I wish you much happiness, good health, and a safe voyage.

  79. Hey Abby!

    I really enjoy your blog. After you travel around the world maybe you should let the flat earth society know they are all nuts!! :D

    - Jason

  80. Hi Abby,
    Hope everthing is going well for you and you have made your repairs to the wind generator.
    Keep up the good work

  81. I know you defiantly have heard this before, but you have become my biggest inspiration. I feel as if my life can have so much more meaning with the little that i have, knowing that with the little you have has gotten you so far. You can't possibly fathom how many people in the world you have touched with your passion. Seriously, you alone have slightly changed the course of human progression, I honest to god believe that there are people who have heard of this endeavor and being inspired the way i have been, have changed their lives in way that better us as a people. Best wishes and God bless you on your journey.

    PS - hope you find your hair brush, hah

  82. Hi Abby,
    you are doing extremely well. Please look after yourself and be careful doing that maintenance. @gus, being a long haul trucker is exactly the same thing that Abby and Jess are doing only on dry land. You too are awesome. Jeanp, Australia

  83. Hi Abby;
    I've been following your progress since you left DRYC. I'm greatly relieved that you made it around the Horn in one piece. Now just make it back to LA in one piece. Good luck!!
    James Sullivan
    Cal Yacht Club
    Marina Del Rey, CA

  84. Hello Abby,
    Just wanted to say "You go girl", best wishes and may God watch over you and your journey. I have been watching you for a while now and just thought I would let you know this is a fantastic adventure.

    Best Wishes,

    Joey Greene

  85. Abby...congrats for rounding...savor your time on the water. Sometime when it is clear can you get a good pic of the nightsky for us?? To see all the stars, it must be beautiful when its clear. Take care...


  86. oh abby, you can't possibly imagine at this time, but trust me, your adventure at sea will strengthen you for life girl. what you're doing now is TRULY what education is about. it will serve you well for decades down the road abby.
    africa beckons, so sail on abby, be careful ok?
    lenny pittsburgh, PA.

  87. Abby your making great strides on your journey East. I hope the wind generator issue turns out to be minor and the repair be an easy one. Now for the temptations, I can only imagine your thoughts of what great food the Sandwich Islands are offering and how yummy a fresh roast beef hogie would be but I need to warn you the Health Department just failed them on their most recent inspection! So see how lucky you are to have your own yummy food and no time for a visit. Godspeed Lil Abby Jamie Amelia Island Florida

  88. Hello Abby,

    Reading your blog is amazing! I went all the way back to the beginning then read every one. What a story, it's like a book but in real time. Fascinating, intriguing and adventurous. I only wish I could plot your path on a map to see where you've been and where your going. Is there a longitude and latitude report as to your progress that we can follow?

    All the best,

    Kelly Endres

  89. good job it feels good to read ur post carry on

  90. Hi Abby, I've been following your progress, and prays for your everyday success. I can almost imagine the glow in your eyes each day you start your day seeing the sun rises, and ends your day seeing magnificent sunsets. It's Gods art for us to enjoy. But I wonder... it could be more awesome out there! More power to you! - Edbon

  91. Qlaudia from QueenslandApril 13, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    @ Kelly Endres, April 13 4:33 PM

    Just hit the "Where's Abby" button on Abby's home page, and voila, Map. Zoom in to get closer to the actual location.


  92. Hey Kelly - Try checking the official website, as they have done all that work for you. Regards, MHO

  93. Amazing, you're only 16?
    Wow. And you write so brilliantly too. Keep up the good work.

    A fellow Abby :-)

  94. Abby, I agree with the other visitors of this blog. You are brilliant, you write your live in a very light and simple way just like a pro in disguise. Two thumbs up for you. :)
    Regards, Christ KOWANDI

  95. Abby, well done on coming through this ordeal safe and sound. I have not blogged in a while but cannot stay silent any longer after continuing to watch the garbage being reported by the various news sources. I just watched CNN which is the inspiration for the following text I just sent them. (They have a comment site if others feel inclined.) If I had seen Geraldo on Fox I would probably have sent him one also.
    "Your reporting by the various CNN news reporters on the Abby Sunderland attempt to sail around the world borders on irresponsible journalism. I am sure not one of your "analysts" has actually gone back to the beginning and read all the blogs by Abby on her website. If you did you would realize she is a very accomplished sailor, and was certainly well prepared to make this attempt. I have sailed all my life and would not hesitate to let her captain my boat. You guys are sickening in comparing this to Balloon boy and it makes me want to stop watching CNN. Do your research before reporting such drivel."
    Dwight in North Carolina