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Teen Sailor Nears End of Round-the-World Solo Voyage
People Magazine ^ | July 9, 2009 | Johnny Dodd

Posted on 07/10/2009 10:48:33 AM PDT by La Enchiladita

Like a lot of 17-year -olds, Zac Sunderland can get a bit tongue-tied at times. Only for Sunderland, it's not on account of hormones or nerves.

"I've been out at sea for a long time," says Sunderland, who has nearly reached his goal of becoming the youngest sailor to single-handedly circumnavigate the earth in a sailboat. "You kinda forget how to talk. Sometimes I'll get into a port and it'll take a week before the words I'm wanting to say can come out of my mouth the right way. It's annoying."

Sunderland, who has yet to get his driver's license, has spent the past year braving treacherous seas, outrunning Indonesian pirates and being bloodied by hailstones during his 26,000-mile voyage. He is currently working his way northward to California, sailing up the coast of Mexico's Baja peninsula. "If I catch a good wind, I hope to be there by July 14," he says, speaking by satellite phone from the cabin of his 36-foot Intrepid.

Sunderland left on his voyage June 14, 2008, from Marina Del Rey, Calif., heading toward the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. Asked if he thinks his parents (who live in Thousand Oaks, Calif.) are nuts for letting him embark on such a high-risk adventure, he can be heard laughing over the static and crackle of his phone. "I've been sailing all my life," says Sunderland, who grew up on boats with his shipwright father, mother and six siblings. "This is a natural thing for me to be doing. I feel comfortable out at sea, but things can get crazy at times."

Sunderland met up with pirates last October off the coast of Indonesia...

(Excerpt) Read more at people.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Sports; Travel
KEYWORDS: adventure; blogger; godschild; miracles; pirates; sailing; zacsunderland; zigzagzac
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Zac will be re-entering U.S. waters at any moment. Welcome back, Zac!!:)
1 posted on 07/10/2009 10:48:33 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: All

Latest updates available at Zac’s Blog: http://www.zacsunderland.com/blog/index.html


2 posted on 07/10/2009 10:49:44 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: La Enchiladita

He must have wealthy parents.


3 posted on 07/10/2009 10:51:30 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Travis McGee
Crazy kid! $;-)
5 posted on 07/10/2009 10:57:40 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: stuartcr

That was my first thought.


6 posted on 07/10/2009 10:59:40 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: La Enchiladita

Wow! What an amazing young man. I can’t imagine doing what he’s doing at any age. My limited sailing is Pensacola Sound
in Fla. and Lake Martin in Ala. and I still stunk at it.
God bless him and his parents and family.


7 posted on 07/10/2009 11:00:21 AM PDT by SonnyBubba
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To: stuartcr; Skooz
He must have wealthy parents.

From what I have read, he and his family sunk their life savings and all resources into this venture and are now in debt, were not that wealthy to start with.

8 posted on 07/10/2009 11:06:18 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: BGHater; Travis T. OJustice; GodBlessUSA

Ping.


9 posted on 07/10/2009 11:09:21 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: La Enchiladita

COOL! Hey, thanks for the ping, thanks for remembering!


10 posted on 07/10/2009 11:12:33 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Good for them, I guess.


11 posted on 07/10/2009 11:13:29 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: La Enchiladita
Kinda crazy, if ya ask me, but not NEAR as crazy as Jessica Watson.

Ms Watson is a

15, thats one-five year old

female, who wants to do the same thing, ie, sail arouond the world alone.....

What COULD these peoples folks be thinking?!?!?!?!

12 posted on 07/10/2009 11:41:55 AM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: China Clipper

They are not thinking in terms of personal limitations, as I do, that’s for sure!!:)
I think I heard of Jessica... it’s all Zac’s fault she has this idea, of course.


13 posted on 07/10/2009 2:54:28 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: La Enchiladita

He is in Panama right now waiting to go through the Panama Canal. That should cost him (his parents) a lot of money.

He will then sail up the west coast up to his parents home in California.

I think think he’s nuts. It is a wonder he is alive.


14 posted on 07/10/2009 2:58:05 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer) (t)
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To: SonnyBubba

Thank you, SonnyBubba, I’ll tell him if I get a chance.
His adjusted ETA is now 16th July, next Thursday.

Did you stink enough at sailing that you stopped, or do you still go out?


15 posted on 07/10/2009 3:04:02 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Oh no, honey, it’s been a while since he sailed through the Panama Canal... that was our last thread.... He’s been sailing alongside Baja California (Mexico) for a week now and will be re-entering U.S. waters (woo hoo) at any moment:)

It is truly a wonder he is alive.... absolutely.


16 posted on 07/10/2009 3:06:34 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Oh...okay...We got the news late here. Very late!!! I didn’t realize it was that old.

The person who printed it sometimes has trouble knowing what day it is.

Thank you for the correction.

I want to know how much it cost his family to go through the Panama Canal. We are talking thousands and thousands of dollars.

Thanks again.


17 posted on 07/10/2009 3:38:39 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: stuartcr

They aren’t poor that’s for sure if they reside in Thousand Oaks , Californy . Median home prices around 750,000 bucks . Supposed to be one of the best places to live in the USA .


18 posted on 07/10/2009 3:44:40 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

You know, I didn’t think of cost re the Panama Canal. Um, what would the expenses specific to that be? May I ask: Are you a sailor also?


19 posted on 07/10/2009 3:45:02 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

You are from Panama, aren’t you?!! (I just came across the name Lake Gatun) Maybe even the Canal Zone?

Here is the passage from Zac’s blog re passage through the canal, quite a complicated affair to say the least!!

http://www.zacsunderland.com/blog/2009/05/lengthy-laurence-blog.html


20 posted on 07/10/2009 3:54:55 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: sushiman

I haven’t followed the blog throughout his journey, but I gather many expenses are handled by “sponsors.”


21 posted on 07/10/2009 3:56:18 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I read somewhere recently , possibly here on FR , that his family was $ 140,000 in the red at this point in time . I’m sure they’ll more than re-coup that once he is back and the book / DVD / etc. deals are made . Got to spend $ to make it !


22 posted on 07/10/2009 4:10:40 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: La Enchiladita

Yes, I was born in Ancon, Canal Zone.

I used “Gatun” because I couldn’t think of anything else.

Thank you for the article. I didn’t know it was only going to cost him $1500. I thought it be in the thousands.

Years ago somebody swam through. He was measured and then charge $.59.

Thank you for that correction.

I also noticed the article you enclosed was dated 25 May rather than the article I read which was dated today.

Gads. What can I say!!!

When one is wrong, one is wrong, and admit to it.

Thank you again.


23 posted on 07/10/2009 4:24:12 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: stuartcr

They are Christians . Check out the vid :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht4DB3ygNXo


24 posted on 07/10/2009 4:29:25 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: La Enchiladita

Here: I must have been half asleep or more this a.m. and for the past few weeks.

They were talking about some British kid who is even younger than the American kid. The British kid just arrived in Panama in his sailboat. I had the two confused for several weeks. It is obvious I am not a big sailing fan...something about getting seasick.

They are both crazy/nuts.

Sorry again for my confusion. And thank you for correcting me.

http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20090710154206876


25 posted on 07/10/2009 5:28:23 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: La Enchiladita

Hi Dita :)
Thanks for the ping! Brave young man is almost home. I hope to see him doing an interview.


26 posted on 07/10/2009 8:32:49 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA ( God Bless Our Military Heroes! ) (("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them"))
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To: sushiman

I can’t understand why someone would go into debt, especially nowadays, to do this.


27 posted on 07/11/2009 8:37:13 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: La Enchiladita; Travis McGee

Great story....


28 posted on 07/11/2009 8:38:26 AM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: stuartcr

Sponsors maybe ..


29 posted on 07/11/2009 8:38:50 AM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: sushiman

Apparently wealthy Christians, with a really lucky son that gets to sail all over the place.


30 posted on 07/11/2009 8:41:07 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: wardaddy

That’s probably it.


31 posted on 07/11/2009 8:43:41 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: La Enchiladita

it’s a blast...I sailed my 33 ft Hans Christian sloop from Ventura/Oxnard (Channel Islands Marina) to Hawaii and back single handed. Took 17 days to get there and 25 to get back

..Even tho I was alone, All I kept sayin was ....did you see that !


32 posted on 07/11/2009 8:47:16 AM PDT by advertising guy (I'm figger'n by the time Texas fills up, Waco will be the Mason Dixon line .)
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To: stuartcr
geez....what's your real issue here?

first this comment that he must have wealthy parents and then the snide comment “good for them I guess”

this a conservative forum, why would anyone have issue with people sponsoring their kid to fulfill their dreams...plenty do it all the time....we call it college, law school , med school etc

none of which takes away from this remarkable achievement by such a youngster singlehandedly

just that leg from Kali to Mariannasis 6000 miles....alone in the rolling Pacific

not to mention the Southern Oceans and roaring 40s....not for sissies

Amelia Earhart had a rich much older husband, do we remember her any less benevolently?

33 posted on 07/11/2009 8:48:03 AM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: stuartcr
Apparently wealthy Christians, with a really lucky son that gets to sail all over the place.

man..class envy on a conservative forum...that's just great

34 posted on 07/11/2009 8:49:21 AM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: wardaddy

I didn’t understand the angst either


35 posted on 07/11/2009 8:49:22 AM PDT by advertising guy (I'm figger'n by the time Texas fills up, Waco will be the Mason Dixon line .)
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To: advertising guy

you see this all the time here on some threads

there is a resentment of wealth from some here that permeates some topics like business threads and you get left with this populist tone which is a poor fit with a site that believes in liberty including the liberty to pursue wealth

many FReepers just spout platitudes on business...on most TARP threads most folks will claim that TARP money is a giveaway and it went to dead banks, neither of which is true

i’m not sure what to make of it, but it’s been here since my day one 9 years ago

i am happy for rich folks, don’t much like rich do gooders liberals but I love success for anyone...and especially this boy because as a former sailboat middle ocean sort myself once upon a time I know how perilous it can be

and no, my folks didn’t pay for it


36 posted on 07/11/2009 8:54:22 AM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: wardaddy

did you see my post 32 ?

I’m not big on stink pots and this kid will money up because of his adventure...

it was a People interview so of course a movie is comin

as for FR....hey it takes all kinds and a FR thread always runs long enuf to correct the less accurate


37 posted on 07/11/2009 9:01:40 AM PDT by advertising guy (I'm figger'n by the time Texas fills up, Waco will be the Mason Dixon line .)
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To: wardaddy

You’re absolutely correct. I must be projecting all the negativeness that most of FR represents lately and that seems to be surrounding us daily, and took it out on these people. Besides, I’ve always wanted to do the smae, so a bit of jealousy is also involved.


38 posted on 07/11/2009 9:04:33 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: wardaddy

Not class, individual. See my #38.


39 posted on 07/11/2009 9:05:29 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: stuartcr

my bad stuart...fair enough...i get jealous too

i always wanted to be Steve McQueen


40 posted on 07/11/2009 9:09:55 AM PDT by wardaddy (Proudly Anti-Abortion, not and will never be Pro-Life...........Sarah Palin, there is no substitute)
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To: stuartcr

it’s all good !


41 posted on 07/11/2009 9:28:09 AM PDT by advertising guy (I'm figger'n by the time Texas fills up, Waco will be the Mason Dixon line .)
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To: wardaddy

At least we’re human. cheers


42 posted on 07/11/2009 9:39:02 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: wardaddy; stuartcr; advertising guy; sushiman; Travis McGee

Hey, glad you all worked that out. I also was puzzled re stuart’s obsession with cost, and ... wardaddy ... your point about class envy is noted and well taken. I have seen this also, it’s so .... leftist. I wanted to put up the picture of the guy going “Geez, not this (headache) again.”

There is plenty of information on Zac’s website re the sponsors who have been helping out financially.

Anyway, the Sunderlands are Christian and put that out front in an admirable way. It’s not my business to know what the father’s profession is. Living in Thousand Oaks, although it is a nice suburb, is not proof of wealth by any means. And the family is now admittedly in debt.

So, can we get back on topic? LOL. Zac’s most recent leg of the journey, which he blogged last night, is a real hair-raiser: http://www.zacsunderland.com/blog/2009/07/ship-in-night.html

He came within 1/4 mile of being totalled by a Danish freighter and USCG, out of San Diego, intervened in his behalf (while still in Mexican waters).


43 posted on 07/11/2009 12:34:40 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: advertising guy
it’s a blast...I sailed my 33 ft Hans Christian sloop from Ventura/Oxnard (Channel Islands Marina) to Hawaii and back single handed. Took 17 days to get there and 25 to get back

Awesome, advertising guy! Hugh High Five!!!!!:)

Don't know your location, whether you can be in Marina del Rey next Thursday 7/16 but hopefully the webcam will be up and running.

44 posted on 07/11/2009 1:07:01 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Gatun, May 25th was just a little over a month ago... time flies, as we all know. Zig Zag Zac is on the homeward tack, latest update linked in post 43 if you are so inclined.


45 posted on 07/11/2009 1:11:03 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Thank you, but you did not read my post to you yesterday where I have been confused for all these couple of months.

I got that little guy confused with another little guy who was right behind him. He is a few months younger. Please read the following, and please give me your take on it: (Thank you.)

http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20090710154206876


46 posted on 07/11/2009 1:50:18 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

They are very biased against Zac and for Mike. I don’t see the need for that.


47 posted on 07/11/2009 3:12:34 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I am not a spinner.)
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To: La Enchiladita

freepmail


48 posted on 07/11/2009 3:39:16 PM PDT by advertising guy (I'm figger'n by the time Texas fills up, Waco will be the Mason Dixon line .)
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To: stuartcr; Skooz; wardaddy; DuncanWaring
He must have wealthy parents.

Not really, not if his dad is a shipwright. You can get a 20 year old 36 footer for under 30K, and put some sweat equity into it, and have a very capable world cruiser. As a "book deal investment" it's a pretty good bet.

I know plenty of "non-wealthy" folks who have rehabbed older (but sound) fiberglass boat. The worse the initial condition, the cheaper they can be had, if your skills are up th the rehab project.

In fact, I know somebody who built a 48' steel world cruiser from scratch in a horse pasture in Virginia. No single materials "payout" between long boatbuilding stints was over $10K. That guy has crossed several oceans in that boat. That guy is me.


49 posted on 07/11/2009 4:31:57 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: La Enchiladita
It is truly a wonder he is alive.... absolutely.

Why? A sailboat crosses oceans at 6mph, and you can see ships etc miles and miles away. (Or your radar alarm when you are sleeping.)

What is death-defying is driving on two-lane highways, with tractor trailers going 65MPH the other way, six feet across a yellow line from you. That is instant death in one second, with no chance to avoid him. Give me the ocean any day.

50 posted on 07/11/2009 4:34:30 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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