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Old 16-07-2009, 12:49   #1
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Zac Has Done It!

It's official - Zac Sunderland sailed back into Marina del Rey this morning, completing his solo circumnavigation and putting his name in the record books. From the story in the Los Angeles Times:

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"Zac Sunderland, 17, became the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe Thursday, completing his 13-month journey in Marina del Rey.

"Zac Sunderland completes solo sail around the world

"The 17-year-old from Thousand Oaks is the youngest sailor to complete the feat. The journey lasted 13 months.

By Pete Thomas
10:30 AM PDT, July 16, 2009

"Zac Sunderland, who left Marina del Rey 13 months ago with a bold ambition to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone, returned to complete that quest today at 10:30 a.m."

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To read the rest of the story, go to:

Zac Sunderland completes solo sail around the world - Los Angeles Times

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Old 16-07-2009, 12:57   #2
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MAN....That's just fantastic. I am so happy for his success. It matters not if Mike makes it. They are 2 different ordeals, and I hope, and do believe Zac understands that!!!!!!......i2f
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Way to go, Zac!
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How would you settle back into civvie life after that?
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Congrats big time. 13 months on an Islander 36 using only one canal is extraordinary. I donít care how tricked out the boat is or how much support he has. And frankly, I donít care about the age thing either. This is an awesome achievement for anyone solo sailing a real cruising boat.
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I'm sure there will be more.
Teen sailor from SoCal makes history | Video | abc7.com
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I was quite a good turn out, I counted about 50-60 boats trailing him as he came into the channel, there was probably another 30-40 down the channel or milling about. That's pretty good for a Thursday morning. The place he landed was packed and people were packed onto stair cases and balconies. Unfortunatlely I couldn't stay around for his talk, had a meeting I couldn't change. I'm sure it will show up on youtube. Will try to post some photos later if any come out.
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"Dove" all over again!

What a phenomenal accomplishment to have achieved in one's youthful life!

Now comes the really difficult part ... dealing with the psychological and emotional after-math ....
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What a fantastic achievement! Congratulations Zac!

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A few shots.

His boat is the one with "UK Sailmakers" on the main.


Crowd was packed up in every nook and cranny.

On lookers from the fuel dock across the channel.
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That is GREAT news!! I love seeing the young doing such accomplishments!! It gives me hope for the younger generation!! I also agree on, how can he go back to "civilized" life after breaking through some walls!! Congrats to this true young adventurer!!
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Congratulations Zac. Well done! It's amazing what you can accomplish when you put our mind to it and never quit.
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Just emailed TJ's attached article link and Mark423's attached video link to my 8 yr old Protege as inspiration.

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