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Old 20-06-2008, 15:29   #16
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Is he superman or a AH- there is a very thin line between the two here.( the vast majority of 16 yo fall into the later category) If he makes it he is a hero for 15 min. if not a dumb fool.
Dumb fool???

How is someone a dumb fool for trying to achieve a worthy goal with a well found vessel and years of experience?

What were you doing when you were 16...anything so worthy??
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Old 20-06-2008, 19:21   #17
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What were you doing when you were 16...anything so worthy??
At school learning to save the world. Maybe not me - I would have been better put on an island with no way off - but others may have a'higher calling' such as doctors, nurses and people of science.

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Old 20-06-2008, 20:03   #18
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At school learning to save the world. Maybe not me - I would have been better put on an island with no way off - but others may have a'higher calling' such as doctors, nurses and people of science.

Damn skippy!! Remember Doogie Howser?? Now THERE was a sixteen year old doing something worthy!!

(Is it just me, or did this thread head off into Rod Serling territory in a hurry??)

Let me ask this...wouldn't there be means by which to fairly carefully monitor his progress? I mean, it isn't like his parents sent him off and said, "Good luck, buddy, see you next year!"

I think the paraplegic who is traveling 1600 miles on a sailboat that she operates by blowing into straws would be taking a bigger chance even though she has a chase boat following her. And everybody thinks that is pretty cool (me included).
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Old 20-06-2008, 20:12   #19
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Ok, did you guys check out this kids website? He was literally raised on a sailboat. He has been on voyages to Australia, Mexico...and a bunch of other places I can't remember. He delivers sailboats for a living. He probably has more sailing chops that most people three times his age.

He has the skill and support and the opportunity to challenge a record doing something he loves. Go kid!!

Oh, and he is like Disney Channel, teenybopper rockstar cute.
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Well, I agree with MarkJ on this subject. He's already older than Robin Graham so who cares. I know he'll be younger when he's done racing around the world, whereas RLG cruised around the world. The age deal to me is when you start not finish.
I am getting tired of these people who want everybody else to pay for their cruise. He's the same as Heather wanting a bunch of sponsors to pay for the trip. Just look at Heathers and Zaks sponsor list. They buy the boat and let someone else pay all the expenses.. WOW how low and cheap can you be.
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He bought the boat himself by working on boats, and delivering them. Listen to his interviews. This kid has an old soul, and probably a much better sailor than most of us here.

Nothing wrong with having goals. Even if someone has done it before. Some people still sail to Tahiti. Even though it has been done a million times. So what if it has been done before. I admire this young man for what he is doing. It matters not his personal reason for doing it.

He's got his pants up around his waist. He's mostly likely pretty straight too, and not all wasted on dope, or liquor. Daddy's money, and mommas dream. That's a pretty cold statement........BEST WISHES Zach!!!!!!!
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I got hired by the airlines exactly the day I turned 18 and thanks to the opportunity I was given and my goal to fly for them I was able to follow my dream, I think negative comments about this kid are plain envy.



I did not became an airline pilot with dad's money, rather delivering pizzas in the Miami area, let the kid be too
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Soft Air,

If you are watching me? Whose watching you?
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i2fro...mmm I actually haven't tought on that...good question, no answer...come to Bocas del Toro en enjoy the sun near sv Softair
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I think only a freighter running down Zac can stop him. I love the fix with hose clamps! This is experience of being around boats all his life. I've got my fingers crossed for Zac, and his success to be grand!!!!!!
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