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As I've said before, a lot of whether this is a safe thing for them to do depends on them. Given Abby's experience and history as a sailor, and the fact that she does come from a family with a strong sailing background and probably has more miles at sea than most of the posters on sailnet... No, I'm not too worried about it.
Personally, I think her choice of boats could have been better thought out...since an Open 40 is a bit less forgiving and requires the captain to be a bit more on top of her game than a more seakindly choice like Jessica Watson's S&S designed 34' boat.
Also, the greatest danger for Abby and Jessica are probably the two-legged critters that they might meet along the way. Weather can be dealt with better than in earlier times, especially with modern weather forecasting and communications equipment.
I'd point out that there have been people much older than Abby and Jessica, who didn't have the experience, knowledge or maturity that either of these young ladies seem to possess, and were far less qualified to attempt such an undertaking. Ken Barnes comes to mind, as does his protegé David Vann—neither of whom came anywhere close to succeeding I might point out.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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