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Sailor Abby Sunderland, 16, in Cabo San Lucas for vessel repairs

February 5, 2010 | 11:22 am
Abby Sunderland in port in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Abby Sunderland arrived in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in pouring rain on Tuesday to get some  repairs done on her 40-foot sailboat, "Wild Eyes."

The 16-year-old reported that the vessel is having equipment issues -- the wind gauges have stopped working and the solar panels and wind generators on board are not creating enough power to keep up with energy needs.

The Thousand Oaks teen was met by her father, Laurence, as well as members of Team Abby, who flew down to lend a hand with the necessary repairs.

In the meantime, Abby has been keeping busy -- when not working on the boat -- posting pictures and updates on her blog. Here's an excerpt from her latest post:

I got in Tuesday afternoon in the pouring rain.

The work on the boat is going as well as can be expected. We couldn't get a whole lot done on Tuesday because it was getting late and raining pretty hard, but six o'clock this morning we were all hard at work and luckily the weather has been sunny and warm all day!

The dock master of the marina was very excited to have us here and is letting us stay in an apartment over the office so we can be closer to the marina.

I met another young sailor today, Emily, and it has been really great hanging out with her a little. So few younger people sail and even less girls do. Its nice to get to know people who are doing similar things and talking to someone who knows what it is like.

The boats' power systems will be shored up before Abby departs southward for Cape Horn. Upgrades are expected to take several days, but she plans to get back underway as soon as possible.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Abby Sunderland in port in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Credit: Ted Caloroso

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