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04-08-2010 02:40 AM

Abby Sunderland the 16-year-old girl who is solo sailing around the globe has recently made it around Cape Horn. Part one of that story (Lumberjock’s thread). As the page grew longer and longer it became time consuming to load so the following is the beginning of Part Two.

Abby Sunderland Home
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“So here I am now on my way. The winds have been unusually light but have now picked up to a nice 15 knots with Wild Eyes around 7.5 knots headed almost directly east. I am waiting for the wind to shift to the NW so I can head more north.”

Wild Eyes

“I’ve been sailing along with a fleet of fishing boats since this morning. It was a little scary at first having fifteen big boats just a few miles away. They had all been going along in a pretty strait line following each other but now they’ve stopped and I just passed them. It was pretty cool to be able to actually see other boats and know there were other people so close. I felt a little like sailing over and saying ‘Hi’, but decided since they were fishing it wouldn’t be the best idea.”

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 03:31 PM

That girl has more guts than me to do somthing like this.
YOU GO GIRL!

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 04:56 PM

I very much agree Jim, she is something :)

There is also another young gal from Australia that Hooky pointed out to me attempting the same at the moment. Jessica Watson

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 04:00 PM

hi guys

jessica doesnt have far to go now she is back in australian waters

Hooky

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#4 posted 04-19-2010 06:42 AM

Abby has become the youngest person to have sailed around Cape Horn solo!
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“Another slow day today with pouring rain and so foggy that I could barely see the bow of the boat this morning. It did clear up a little bit later on and the wind picked up a little but not much. I’ve had around 10 knots for most of the day. Not that great, but it’s coming out of the NW, pretty much ideal for heading east”. More..

Where is Abby now?

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#5 posted 04-26-2010 05:30 PM

”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. ”—Abby

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#6 posted 04-28-2010 07:07 AM

YIKES!!!

What a Young Lady!!

I just had a look at all I could. Apparently she will have to go into Cape Town South Africa due to her faulty Auto Pilot. BUT!! She WILL continue her journey there after, and still set a World Record. The only difference being the word “Unassisted” would be removed. (CAUTION on “Unassisted” please. It’s there from my memory and MIGHT NOT be the EXACT word).

As of Apprx. 8:30 this evening she was in the MIDDLE of the Southwest ATLANTIC OCEAN, 1,150 Miles from Cape Town. Winds were 40 to 50 Knots and Sea Waves of 15 to 20 Feet. That’s a 2 Storey Building in Height!!

(Her words follow. Summerized & NOT EXACT) She’s more concerned about getting closer to shore, that troubles her for a number of reasons. She’s much more comfortable in the MIDDLE of the ATLANTIC OCEAN!!!

My Hat is certainly off to this CONFIDENT and I hope SUCCESSFULL 16 Year Old Young Lady!!

Thanks for Posting this Abbott.

Rick

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#7 posted 04-29-2010 07:29 AM

My pleasure Richard, she is quite the young lady.

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 06:36 PM

Update from home.

“Her approach to Cape Town has been pretty steady over the past few days so much so that we were afraid that she would arrive before her dad and team member Scott Lurie touch down tomorrow at noon South Africa time. Fortunately, she looks to be right on course for a 3:00pm arrival – just before the next cold front really hits hard. She has a backup plan to head into Hout Bay if the conditions are too rough but so far the plan is to head to Table Bay/Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront Marina.”

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 06:49 PM

What a brave young lady. I have soloed on long trips under sail…and it is alot of work….you don’t have anyone to spell you but the autopilot (if you have one – I had a manual autopilot (bungy cords that held the tiller). The hard part is those sails weigh alot…and with the wind pressure during gusts or during storms…every manuever is hard work…you have to work smart…like to reef you have to head into the wind and luff….prepare the main halyard and keep the boom from dropping on your head or knocking you overboard…all this as you reduce sail area. Depending on whether you have a mechanical assist on the boom to take up sail slack…or whether you have to tie it to the boom…..The record books don’t mention all the hardships encountered…but what an adventure for her. My longest trip was too Hawaii from San Francisco solo….and I wasn’t as young as her. Thanks for keeping us up to date Abbott.

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 06:53 PM

Thanks a bunch for that post Reggiek! I know nothing about sailing other then it takes some huge gonads for a young person to sail long distances over open ocean not to mention around the globe solo. I would walk with respect near this young lady.

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#11 posted 05-07-2010 05:00 AM

It takes a lot of courage for anyone to single hand. Being alone so long is not something everyone wants to do….and you have only yourself to keep the boat afloat and safe….A small mistake at sea in this manner is fatal…you can fall overboard, suffer equipment failures and meet many external dangers at sea (storms, floating debris, large ships that do not see you…etc…etc). The rewards are great though…I have sailed on various craft since I was old enough to stand on a deck…

Also, just wanted to mention that this is related to woodworking as some of the best woodworkers I know are folks that build and maintain wooden ships….I helped a guy refit an old Choy Lee Lion (all wooden ship)...if was extremely gratifying to see this ship rescued from abuse and neglect….then to sail on her for several voyages was a tremendous reward.

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#12 posted 05-11-2010 03:52 AM

An update from Cape Town South Africa:


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“Work is progressing nicely in Cape Town. A diver inspected Wild Eyes’ hull today and found a large clump of seaweed on the prop. Everyone hoping that that is the cause of the engine trouble on Abby’s arrival as the engine runs fine out of gear.

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written. Its been pretty busy here. We’ve finished a lot of the work on Wild Eyes and things are moving along nicely. We have found a few more problems, but nothing too big, so we should be able to keep on schedule”.

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#13 posted 05-16-2010 11:25 AM

jessica watson made it home safe and well yesterday

my hat goes of to these brave people

Hooky

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#14 posted 05-17-2010 06:04 AM

Yes, I saw that Hooky and it looked like she received a wonderful and hard earned welcome home. That was quite the feat! Good for her!!!

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#15 posted 05-17-2010 06:07 AM

That’s some amazing gal

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