Abby Sunderland – The Adventure Starts

Jan 26, 2010 2 Comments by

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Greetings yachties,

This is a story about 16 year old Abby Sunderland who has left Marina Del Ray on her yacht an open 40, Wild Eyes. I will update this story as the news comes into my inbox, stay tuned for updates here and check her websites for the latest news by following the links below.

Abby’s story on Yachtyakka here

Abby’s blog here

Abby’s website here

Abby’s news archives

Abby’s location & route

Abby’s Facebook

Abby’s twitter

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Where is Abby now?

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Our family would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support and encouragement over the past week. As you can imagine it has been an exhausting time with so many mixed emotions and we are now eagerly looking forward to Abby’s return.

We will not be issuing any further public or private statements. To assist us to manage the publicity Abby’s trip has created we have appointed a public relations consultant / manager to act on our behalf and request that from this point, all media enquiries be directed to him. This will enable us to return to our primary role – parents to our children and in particular at this moment, a supportive mom and dad to Abby.

We would ask that you respect our family’s request for privacy at this time. Our focus is on both Abby and our new baby who is expected to arrive into the world at anytime. The next couple of weeks will be very exciting for us.

We will continue to update our blog with Abby’s progress and in due course Abby will be available to tell her story.

Thank You,
Laurence & Marianne Sunderland

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Dear Abby Sunderland Supporters:

We are all asking for prayers for Abby today. Please take a moment and light a candle for her. I will try to keep you all in the loop as I get information through out the day.

A rescue effort has been launched in hope of finding Abby Sunderland <http://abbysunderland.com/> , 16, who set off her emergency beacon locating devices from the southern Indian Ocean early this morning.

Sunderland, who had been attempting to sail around the world alone, endured multiple knockdowns in 60-knot winds Thursday before conditions briefly abated.

However, her parents lost satellite phone contact early this morning and an hour later were notified by the Australian Coast Guard that both of Sunderland’s EPIRB satellite devices had been activated.

One is apparently is attached to a survival suit or a life raft and meant to be used when a person is in the water or aboard a life raft.

Abby’s father struggled with emotions and said he didn’t know if his daughter was in a life raft or aboard the boat, or whether the boat was upside down.

“Everything seemed to be under control,” Laurence Sunderland said. “But then our call dropped and a hour later the Coast Guard called.”

Abby is hundreds of miles from land. The nearest ship was about 400 miles away. The rescue effort is being coordinated by the French-controlled Reunion Islands and Australia. Sunderland had been sailing in 50- to 60-foot seas and it was dark when the EPIRB devices were activated.

The Sunderland’s are asking people to pray for their daughter, a high-school junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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Abby Sunderland believed to still be on her sailboat

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Two emergency beacons activated by teen sailor Abby Sunderland <http://abbysunderland.org> were tracking together in the Indian Ocean as of 8 p.m. (PDT),

the Sunderland family announced in an email prayer request sent to some of Abby’s supporters.

They take this to mean that Abby–who manually activated one device on her survival suit or life vest, and another on her sailboat–is still aboard the 40-foot cruising sled.

“They are tracking together so that means that Abby is still on the boat,” the Sunderland family announced.

The statement added: “Our fear is that the boat has capsized and that it is taking on water. It will be very difficult to rescue her if she is capsized.

The boat is equipped with an escape hatch that she can exit from but it will be very difficult in the water she is experiencing.”

The Sunderlands also stated that the Australian search-and-rescue airplane trying to reach her position was not expected to arrive until at least 10 p.m. (PDT).

The announcement–due to be posted on her blog <http://soloround.blogspot.com/> –closed with this passage:

“Thank you for praying and asking your friends to pray. We pray that Abby will feel God’s spirit and even see His angels at work around her as she trusts in Him.”

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Abby is Fine!

We have just heard from the Australian Search and Rescue. The plane arrived on the scene moments ago. Wild Eyes is upright but her rigging is down. The weather conditions are abating. Radio communication was made and Abby reports that she is fine!

We don’t know much else right now. The French fishing vessel that was diverted to her location will be there in a little over 24 hours. Where they will take her or how long it will take we don’t know.

More updates as news comes in.

Abby Sunderland – dismasted but safe

‘Abby – dismasted but safe and well’ .
Abby Sunderland says she is in good shape….family is thrilled
The mast of her boat as been torn off…a plane flew overhead, located, talked with her on the radio and she will be rescued in 24 hours!

A family spokesman says searchers have contacted a 16-year-old Southern California girl who was feared lost at sea and she is alive and well.

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Wild Eyes dismasted in the Southern Indian Ocean

Photo courtesy of Australian Search & Rescue

‘Abby Sunderland was in great spirits after being spotted’ say rescue members.

SEARCH and rescue crew members have described how stricken 16-year-old yachtswoman Abby Sunderland remained “in good spirits” after being spotted from the air yesterday.

A crew of 11 SES and FESA volunteers that were on board the ‘spotter’ airbus returned to Perth just after 7:30pm last night after successfully locating the troubled vessel in the Indian Ocean.

FESA taskforce leader Will Blackshaw said the crew had a very brief period of contact with the young sailor, but said she remained positive despite the setback.

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From the forums on reddit.com

I grew up with Abby and her brother Zac and her family on my boat/their boat in southern California. Abby, who is three years younger than me, was more mature, selfless, capable, amazing, strong, when she was 11 years old than I am now at 19. She grew up on a boat, cruised the world with her family for her entire life. When she was 11 she helped give birth to her younger sister. AT ELEVEN YEARS OLD. She always took care of her other younger brother, Toby, who was prone to sea-sickness when she was 6-9y/o. I was 9 I was fighting with my brother and fighting my parents when they asked me to do something. She never argued back, she knew the boat inside and out. She made me feel like shit for talking back to my dad and not knowing every type of knot.

So many people are saying “child endanerment!” “I would never send my 16 year old around the world alone! WTF?!” and it makes me furious. NO SHIT YOU WOULDN’T! YOU AREN’Y EVEN CAPABLE OF GOING AROUND THE WORLD YOURSELF!”

She isn’t some girl who grew up like most of us; she didn’t go to public school, she never lived in a house. She always lived on the boat with (when I knew her) her older brother Zac, and Jesse and Toby and her parents. She was raised on the boat, knew how to sail the boat alone when she was 6 years old, was infinitely more mature and disciplined by the time she was 11 than I am now.

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Abby Sunderland abbysunderland.org is safely in the hands of French fishermen, no longer exposed to the harsh conditions she had endured for the past several days.

The 16-year-old sailor from Thousand Oaks, Calif., who had been the subject of a highly publicized search-and-rescue mission as her de-masted 40-foot vessel was a adrift in rough seas in the southern Indian Ocean, was picked up by a crew from the Ile De La Runion on Saturday afternoon, or early Saturday morning PDT.

This officially brings to an end Sunderland’s bid to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. But on the bright side, soon after she gets home — possibly beforehand — her new baby brother will be brought into the world.

Marianne Sunderland, Abby’s mom, is due to give birth to her eighth child on July 1. She had gone into false labor at least once during these trying past few days.

Marianne spoke with Abby shortly after the rescue and said she seemed like her old self, with not much to say. “She just said, ‘I’m fine,’ and then we talked for a bit and passed the phone around inside the house,” Marianne said.

Abby wasted no time getting familiar with the boat. She got on its computer and updated her blog soloround.blogspot.com with this passage: “Sorry I haven’t written in so long. As you probably already know I had a pretty rough couple of days. The long ad short of it is, well, one long wave, and one short mast (short meaning a two-inch stub). I’ll write a more detailed blog later. I just wanted to let everyone know I am safe and sound on a great big fishing boat headed I am not exactly sure where.”

The previous time Abby had talked to her mom and dad, via satellite phone, was early Thursday while she struggled in fierce winds and high seas. Abby had a day earlier been slammed by a supercharged storm and her vessel had been knocked side-to-side, its mast striking the water, in waves up to 50 feet.

About an hour after that call broke off, Abby activated two emergency satellite beacons, launching an international rescue effort. Her boat had rolled and she lost her mast and satellite communications. She might have been briefly knocked unconscious before activating the beacons, which signaled her position to authorities.

A period of 20 hours had passed before Abby was located and contacted aboard her vessel, Wild Eyes, by the crew of an Australian spotter plane. She was alert when the spotter plane arrived and she spoke to a crewman via VHF radio.

During those 20 hours, headlines of a girl feared lost at sea, her boat possibly capsized, the sailor possibly trapped beneath the boat or — worse — in the water, topped newspaper and website stories.

That prompted debate and criticism as people questioned the wisdom of letting a teenage girl attempt so dangerous a feat, and the timing of an excursion that placed her in the region during the onset of the Southern Hemisphere winter.

Abby addressed some of these issues in her blog post: “The truth is, I was in a storm and you don’t sail through the Indian Ocean without getting in at least one storm. Storms are part of the deal when set out to sail around the world alone.”

Of the age issue she wrote: “Since when does age create gigantic waves and storms.”
Many also wondered who would foot the bill for this complex rescue in one of the more remote location on the planet.

Abby’s father Laurence, reached Friday night, said he would worry about that after his daughter was out of danger.

The rescue operation was tricky, as expected, as seas remained large and shifting when the large fishing boat arrived. The pickup was by a crew in a smaller boat and at one point its captain fell overboard and “was fished out in difficult conditions,” said a statement from French authorities.

The Sunderlands were notified of the rescue by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Afterward Laurence stepped from his home into the predawn darkness and told reporters: “She got out of her vessel with the clothes on her back, and we are just really excited and ecstatic that Abigail is in safe hands. She was in good spirits.”

It will be a long journey home for Abby, who is aboard a vessel on which only two crewmen speak limited English. The Ile De La Reunion will make a two-day trip to the Kerguelen Islands. Abby then is expected to board another boat for a seven-day voyage for Reunion Island, east of Madagascar.

The Sunderlands have not yet figured out the logistics of getting Abby home from there.

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A Note from Abby

Hey everyone,
Sorry I haven’t written in so long as you probably already know I had a pretty rough couple of days. I can’t write much now as I am typing on a french key pad as well as trying to stay seated in a bouncy fishing boat.

The long and the short of it is, well, one long wave, and one short mast (short meaning two inch stub.) I’ll write a more detailed blog later, just wanted to let every one know I am safe and sound on a great big fishing boat headed I am not exactly sure where.

Crazy is the word that really describes everything that has happened best.

Within a few minutes of being on board the fishing boat, I was already getting calls from the press. I don’t know how they got the number but it seems everybody is eager to pounce on my story now that something bad has happened.

There are plenty of things people can think of to blame for my situation; my age, the time of year and many more. The truth is, I was in a storm and you don’t sail through the Indian Ocean without getting in at least one storm. It wasn’t the time of year it was just a Southern Ocean storm. Storms are part of the deal when you set out to sail around the world.

As for age, since when does age create gigantic waves and storms?

I keep hitting the wrong keys and am still trying to get over the fact that I will never see my Wild Eyes again. So Ill write more later.

Abby

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Rescued teen’s parents defend solo sail attempt

Laurence Sunderland: ‘She gave it her best shot, following her dream’

Laurence Sunderland: ‘She gave it her best shot, following her dream’ (AFP: Robyn Beck)

The parents of 16-year-old US sailor Abby Sunderland have defended her solo round-the-world attempt after her successful rescue by a French fishing boat.

The sailor is on her way to the French island La Reunion after she was picked up 2,000 nautical miles off the West Australian coast on Saturday.

Sunderland’s parents have responded to criticisms that they should be held accountable because of their daughter’s age and that her yacht was not adequate for her round-the-world effort.

Her father Laurence says French yachtwoman Isabelle Autissier did not quit the sport after she suffered a similar fate a decade ago.

“Isabelle Autissier had a similar incident where she did lose her keel in the Indian Ocean and needed rescuing – she was I think at the time around 30, 35,” he said.

“She’s considered one of the world’s best sailors. Should we say Abby can’t sail again because she lost her keel?”

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May 6th 2010

Abby has safely arrived in Capetown, South Africa to make repairs to “Wild Eyes” before heading back out to sea to finish her round the world sail. She is the youngest person to ever sail around Cape Horn, and although her non-stop, unassisted attempt is over, she plans on continuing her circumnavigation. Her blog entry and a photo by South African photo-journalist Eben Human is below. Thanks Eben!

Well, I made it into Cape Town today.

Everyone had been a little worried because my ETA happened to be right in the middle of a gale. I ended up getting ahead of the heavier wind, but was still in about 25 knots gusting up to 30 and getting pretty rough out. We had been told by some sailors form around here that it can be very hard to get into Cape Town and that 30 knots was the max amount of wind to try and come in with.

The past few days had been slightly unpleasant. I haven’t slept much in the past few days with all the shipping and not at all last night. It’s been windy, which is great in the open ocean when you can take it at comfortable angles because you don’t have any nearby land to run into. Since I was heading into Cape Town I was just trying to get myself there as fast as possible to avoid the gale.

About 5 miles out, soaked, uncomfortable and pretty worried, I still couldn’t see land because of the fog. All of a sudden the sun came out, the wind died down to a nice 15 knots and I had just changed course to head in towards the breakwater so I had the wind more behind me and was surfing nicely down the swell. A dolphin came out to play at the bow of Wild Eyes, surfing along with us. With the sun out land was just about visible and it was really a great end to the past few less than fun days.

Eventually my Dad, Zac, and Scott came out with a bigger boat filled with media. It was a little intimidating, all the people and cameras, big boats and such. But I had to laugh at myself a little, I’ve been half way around the world, had spent the previous nights dodging many large (up to 250 meter long) ships, and this little sixty foot power boat with a few media people on board was scaring me!

Getting in was a little trick, because my one working auto pilot display was down below. Once I entered Table Bay, I started up my engine and dropped my main, then hearing some strange sounds I looked behind my to see black smoke pouring out the exhaust, well, there went my engine.

The guys in Cape Town where a great help. They tied up beside me and helped me in and that all went well. So, now we have another job on our list, but its better things break now then later on when I’m back out in the middle of the ocean.

At the dock I hopped off the boat to the waiting media. They were all really nice people and having talked to people so little in the last few months, I found myself actually enjoying all the questions and people! I got Wild Eyes settled into her new slip, and then went up to the hotel for a nice warm meal and a shower. The ground wasn’t exactly stable, it’s very hard to walk in a straight line when the ground is moving… and I felt like I was going to fall of out of a chair when I sat down.

That is all for tonight. It’s getting late here and I need to get to bed. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow, and I will make sure to post pictures!!

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April 24th 2010

I have some big news today. It’s not necessarily good news, but the way I look at it, it’s not bad either. I am going to be pulling into Cape Town for repairs thus ending my non-stop attempt. My whole team and I have been discussing whether or not I need to stop ever since my main auto pilot died. It’s one thing to sail across an ocean with one well-working auto pilot, it’s another to keep going with one that is not at all reliable.

It would be foolish and irresponsible for me to keep going with my equipment not working well. I’m about 10-14 days from Cape Town right now and though my auto pilot is working for now, we’re all holding our breath and hoping it will last.

I gave it my best shot and made it almost half way around the world. I will definitely keep going, and whether or not I will make any more stops after this I don’t know yet. I admit I was pretty upset at first, but there is no point in getting upset. Whats done is done and there is nothing I can do about it.

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Gray and Rainy

The past few days have been pretty slow. Every now and then I get some good wind but it doesn’t last for long. Right now I have around 5 knots out of the SW and I am going about 3-4 knots.

My dad and little brother, Toby, just did a boat delivery from San Francisco to Ventura, just a few days long, but they saw tons of whales, dolphins, and all sorts of interesting stuff. I’ve been at sea for almost three months and all I get is flying fish and squid! I got another squid on deck today. It’s been awhile since there have been any.

I was surrounded by birds yesterday. There were tons of them all flying around me and Wild Eyes in a big circle. They stayed with me pretty much all day, but by the morning they were all gone.

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Update on a Tired Sailor

Abby knew that you all would be concerned if she didn’t post a blog tonight but she was pretty wiped out so asked if we would put something up for her. She has gone from frustratingly light winds to nice 20s, to more challenging 30s out of the NE which caused her slightly southward track yesterday.

She has had a series of cold fronts that have brought pouring rain, heavy winds and gusts as high as 40 knots. Tonight’s forecast is for 25-35 knots of wind with possible gusts of 40-50 knots. She is sailing under staysail alone tonight for safety, though during the day she carries a triple reefed main sail as well. She likes the speeds and the surfing conditions.

The guys over at Commander’s Weather are amazing. Abby loves her forecasts. She says they are like driving directions. Their meteorological knowledge and routing experience have kept her with a nice balance of safety and good winds. She is becoming very knowledgable about weather systems and patterns…among many other things, especially electrical systems (thanks Scott and Jeff!).

Last week she had an email from Laura Dekker, the young lady out of Holland who is hoping to begin a solo circumnavigation this summer, Karen Thorndike, the first American woman to solo circumnavigate as well as keeping in touch with Alessandro di Benedetto, the amazing Italian solo circumnavigtor, and Jessica Watson, whom by now all of you must know!

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Cape Horn at Last

I rounded Cape Horn today!!

I didn’t get to see it as I was around 50-60 miles offshore when I went around. Even though I didn’t get to see it, it’s very exciting to finally be here! I’ve covered a lot of miles and have been through a lot, so finally getting here to Cape Horn is very exciting!! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to hook up with my dad. The local sailors don’t take sailing around here lightly and sailing out to sea nearly 100 miles to take my picture and say Hi didn’t quite qualify I’m afraid.

Cape Horn is considered by some the Mount Everest of sailing and I believe I am the youngest person to ever sail around it alone. Of course, there are sooo many people who have been such a big part of this. A big ‘thanks’ to my sponsors, my supporters and an even bigger thanks to my support team. Who knows where I would be with out you guys!

Today has been pretty nice. It has been cold, grey and raining but a nice 20 knots all day and some 15- 20 foot swells. The rolling around makes getting around the cabin pretty hard and painful but after one very flat night I actually missed the big swells and the thrill of surfing down them watching the speed gauge as it goes right on up to 15, 16 and 17 knots (17 knots is my record so far).

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Some Good Progress

Last night the wind picked up around midnight. I was in a squall with about 30 knots for awhile and then it died down a little but stayed at a nice 20 knots for most of today. A nice change from the past few days! I had full sail up because of how light the wind has been recently. It was a little crazy in the pouring rain, pitch black out getting all reefed down. It only took a few minutes but my beanie got soaked through! Its my favorite one, and its quite upsetting to have it all wet and cold!

The wind is starting to die down a little now, but with another front coming tonight, I’m hoping it doesn’t last for long. It was sunny for most of today which was a great boost to charging my batteries. I had a few squalls, a little rain, and over all a pretty good day. It was 50 degrees down below today and I used my diesel heater for the first time. It was amazing!! Just a few minutes and the whole cabin was nice and warm!

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Into the Roaring 40s

I’m into the Roaring 40s!! I crossed over into the 40s late last night. The skies didn’t turn black, there was no roaring wind or crashing seas, no pouring rain or anything else. In fact, all there was to hear was the occasional flogging of my sails as the little bit of wind I did have faltered in and out.

Every big event that has taken place during my trip seems to be maddeningly calm and slow. When I left Marina del Rey, there was barely enough wind to keep my sails full, I almost crossed the equator twice in one day because there was no wind and a current pushing me backwards and now I have a good day with lots of wind but I get into the “Roaring” 40s and my wind dies. Next thing you know I’ll be down at Cape Horn up on deck in a swimming suit reading a book!

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Windy & Sunny

Today has been sunny and windy. I’ve got 12-15 knots coming out of the NE and I’m surfing down the swells going a nice 8.5 knots. It was pretty cloudy this morning but cleared up in the afternoon and was a really nice day.

I did my first interview in a while, and it was surprisingly enjoyable! I had been getting pretty sick of them by my departure, but a good break from all of it has been just enough.

I’m running my engine for a bit right now to charge up my batteries enough to last through the night until the sun is up again tomorrow, but from the sounds of things I’m going to be needing to change the alternator belt pretty soon. Its such a beautiful night, running the engine really ruins things. But only about a half hour more and it will be good for the night. If the forecast for tomorrow doesn’t change, I’ll be getting a good blow, 20-30 knots, so that should be fun.

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A bit of wind!

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The winds shifted around so I’ve stopped heading SW. I can now head SE which is a big relief, I was beginning to get worried about running into New Zealand sometime during the night! Well, I’m not really that close to New Zealand, but it feels good to be heading more directly towards where it is that I’m supposed to be going.
The winds also picked up to a nice 15 knots. I’m finally moving and going at a steady 8 knots. The past few days I had been going about 4 knots which isn’t exactly standing still but 8 knots is the kind of speed where you can look at the speed gauge with out feeling depressed!
It has gotten really cold out here recently. It must be all the cold fronts that are around here bringing cold air from down south. Last night it got down to 70 degrees! Seventy degrees probably doesn’t count as “really cold”, but I did have to put a jacket on! Its been really nice having it so much cooler out. Its made everything a lot easier including blogging. It had been so hot and miserable down below that I just ducked down below to write my blogs real quick and then was back outside dumping buckets of water over my head! With the cooler weather I’ve been able to spend a lot more time down below now, and its been nice.
Most everything on board is working at the moment, so I haven’t had a whole lot to do. I’ve been working with Scott, from my team to try and sort out some small auto pilot problems,

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The wind has died down a bit today. My average speed was about 6knots so I’m still moving along – just not as fast as I would like to be. I was having a lot of fun with the 20 knot tradewinds!

From the weather report it looks like I have a cold front I’m headed into. I had hoped to hit it at a better angle but nothing is for sure with the weather. There are all kinds of wind angles and strengths where I am headed so it will be interesting to see what I get. According to the grib files (the weather forecasting software that I use on the boat) there won’t be over 35 knots. I have a weather router who sends me reports every few days as well. He really has a much better idea of what is going on out there because he is looking at more than one weather model. I like to look at the grib files because it is really great to have all the details right here to look at as well.

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Getting Wind

I’ve finally got some good wind. I’m close hauled with about 15kts out of the SE. I’ve had to go a little farther west then I would have liked but the wind should be shifting around soon, coming more from the east so I’ll be able to head directly south. Its a bit bumpy out today. Wild Eyes is plowing along and doing great!

Its too hot to stay down below for too long, so I’m sitting up in the cockpit typing this, but every now and then a big wave crashes over the boat which is not making this very easy for me!

Yesterday I found that something bit the lure off the line I’ve had out. The more I thought about what it was that did it, the less I felt the need to jump in and go for a swim…

It’s really very nice out today. If it was maybe 20 degrees cooler it would be just about perfect! But the cold is coming and in a few weeks I’ll most likely be wishing I was back here in the heat!

Abby

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G’day All,

Thank you all very much for your encouraging words and support for Abby and the team. During the last week of prep in Marina del Rey there were many challenges that were overcome by the team and Abby. What compounded the issues was the weather. You’ve all heard the song that it never rains in Southern California – it’s just not true. During that last week of prep we had torrential rain every day and the barometric reading had dropped to its lowest reading on record at LAX Airport which is just down the road.

Thanks to some very dedicated people, the depature was able to go ahead as scheduled. It was a fresh day in Southern CA but the sun was shinning which was a big plus. There were very light winds with a nice swell running. Our friends at the Del Rey Yacht Club were happy to host the event. A big THANK YOU to all of them.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Back at Sea

I’m back out on the ocean and happy to be here. I was really beginning to miss it! I left Cabo around 10:00am on Saturday. Things are going really well now. I’m on a nice beam reach and making great speed. I’ve had good wind all day and I should be able to make up for lost time quickly if it keeps up.

Cabo san Lucas was a lot of fun even though there was a lot of work and everyone was working hard. The people there were all great and I’m looking forward to getting back there in six months. Thanks to Capt Chris, Capt Kevin, and Capt Dave Ive got a good fishing line now and I’m hoping to catch something soon!

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One Week Out

I’ve got some good news! I’m going a nice (and very fun) 8kts.

The bad news… I’m headed to Cabo san Lucas…

Don’t start worrying, since I’m still north of the equator I won’t have to give up on the non-stop attempt. I will be re-staring from Cabo as soon as I can. We have all been discussing this for awhile now. I’ve spent the last week talking with my team, testing things and doing whatever I could to make this work. The fact is I am just not able to generate enough power with my solar panels and wind generators to keep up with all of my energy needs. We didn’t budget enough fuel for me to run my two alternators as often as I have been needing to so….A new battery or two and more fuel will be put on board in Cabo. Also, the trouble with the wind speed gauge seems to be in the wiring in the mast. I have tested everything else so that needs to be fixed as well.

I was really upset about having to stop. I’ve hardly even started and I’m already heading in! I had finally gotten settled in, things were going somewhat smoothly and I was having fun. But I am glad that my team will be there waiting when I get in and I’ll be back out here soon, hopefully with a few less problems.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 5 and Wind!
It’s been a good day so far. I’m not sure how much wind I’ve got, my gauges have gone and decided to stop working! But I am making good speed and having lots of fun! I’m surfing down these big swells going 7 knots! Once Wild Eyes gets going she is a lot of fun, and the conditions today are perfect! Hopefully I’ll be able to make up for some lost time today.

I had a visitor yesterday afternoon. I walked into the cockpit and there was a squid there looking up at me! I tossed him back into the water, but I keep finding more! They’re all over my boat! I never heard of a flying squid.

So far I haven’t seemed to have left anything too important behind. I only have one pen on the whole boat as the team was using them while they were on board and you know how it goes with pens. I also have only one spoon but other than that I think everything made it on board!

My long hours of being awake are starting to catch up with me. I just crashed out for about an hour this morning. It looks like I’ll have some steady wind today so I’ll hopefully get some extra time to sleep today.

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January 26, 2010

So far things have gone well. There hasn’t been much wind during the day, and I’ve been getting a few hours of 15 -20 kt winds in the afternoon. I think I’ve been out here three nights and so far I’ve found that I sleep just as much during the day as I do at night, just napping here and there. I’m pretty far off shore so I haven’t had a lot of shipping or any other boats.

But even without that, keeping the boat up requires being up at all hours of the night. I really need to start working harder at sleeping, the long hours of no sleep are beginning to catch up with me and I’m feeling pretty tired. I’m 15 miles off Guadalupe Island and going about 3 knots. Not the best speed, but for there being only 4 knots of wind its not at all bad.

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Checking In

Abby didn’t get to a blog today but we wanted to update you all that she is doing great settling in. She struggled with light winds all of last night and most of today but picked up about 12 knots around 3 pm and had made 24 miles in 3 hours. She has passed out of American waters and achieved her first small goal of getting south of Ensenada by Monday evening to avoid some storm activity that will be forming there.

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Light Winds

Just heard from Abby who is sailing in light winds down the coast and due to pass Catalina Island this evening before heading due south. She was a bit annoyed at the light winds but knows that it was now or never. Her goal for this week will be to settle in to the boat and get as far south as possible as fast as possible.

Thank you to the Del Rey Yacht Club, especially Sherry Barone, for hosting Abby’s departure, to Nate N Al’s Deli in Thousand Oaks for supplying abundant bagels and cream cheese and to Kauffman Sports and Susan Hartman from Magnetic Entertainment for coordinating the day.

Laurence got pretty choked up when he tried to talk about Team Abby so that it was hard to get a Thank You out. You all know who you are and you are in our thoughts this evening as Abby benefits from your dedication and expertise.

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Thank you to Lisa Gizara for her fabulous photos!

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