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ABBY SUNDERLAND ROUND THE WORLD ATTEMPT

Tuesday February 2nd, 2010
ImageUS TEEN IN ROUND THE WORLD BID

Californian, ‘round the world’, teenager Abby Sunderland is making good progress in her bid to become the youngest person to sail single handed around the world. A week into the challenge and the 16 year old skipper is in good spirits although she has still a fair distance to go before she reaches the same point as her rival, Australian Jessica Watson. Watson recently reached the half way, 100 day marker on her bid for the same title.

Abby had this to say about her voyage so far: '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.

“I spend most of my time either outside in the cockpit or down below at my chart desk. I haven't actually pulled down my bed yet, I usually sleep right here at the desk. I feel a little safer being right by the radar and all my other gauges, and my big seat here is really just as comfortable as the bed!

“BTW, for anyone who saw my nav station on Facebook, the red button switches the display on my wind instruments. The seat at the nav station is a half circle and really a tight fit. I wedge myself in there with a few pillows and stuffed animals from AquaFriends and it is really comfy... I've been keeping close tabs on my power usage which seems to have a few communication problems. Team Abby is working hard to help me figure it all out. I have to go and troubleshoot the wind instruments.'
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