Little Boat, Big World

by Alan Rider

I may not be a sailor, but I do know an extraordinary experience when I see one.  And I think it’s safe to say 16-year-old Zac Sunderland is having one right now.

Given the fact that he’s been raised on and around boats since the day he was born, it’s not really all that surprising that young Zac daydreamed about becoming the youngest person ever to sail around the world solo.  What is remarkable is that he’s found a way to make that childhood dream a reality.

Zac left Marina Del Ray, California in mid-June in a 36-foot  sailboat he bought with money he’d saved from doing odd jobs.  At last report, he was somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, headed for tiny specks of land 2,000 miles west of Hawaii known as the Marshall Islands.  So far he’s dodged tropical storms, flying fish, and huge freighters on this first leg of his adventure, with another 12-18 months to go.

To learn more about this exceptional young guy, check out this report from National Public Radio. You can also track Zac’s progress at his website and read more about his adventures in his regular blog posts.  Bon Voyage Zac!


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