Update: Jessica and Abby

     When we left Jessica, she had just crossed the equator and officially become a shellback. After a couple of washing-machine days, she has rounded Kirimati (Christmas) Island and re-crossed the equator. She reports that she finally caught a fish -- yellowfin tuna -- and saw fishing boats. Now that she's back in the Southern Hemisphere, she's making for Cape Horn. She says she's counting down the 5,420 miles. She should arrive around the time of the summer solstice, the calmest time of year for the roughest cape in the world. She'll likely have the wind with her, too, In the 50s it blows hard from the west.

     Meanwhile, Abby reports she was on Good Morning Australia. She's stockpiling provisions to keep her safe, healthy and entertained on her voyage. Kindles and iPods make books and music easy.It's a hectic time, preparing for the voyage. By contrast, life will change dramatically once she's alone at sea.As she acclimates to life at sea, though, she'll slow down, spend more time staring in wonder at the starry night, fussing over a fishing line, learning the motion of each wave set and how Wild Eyes responds. Before long, her movements and response will hardly take thought at all. 

     Fair winds, girls.