Originally Posted by Pago Girl
Lately I've wondered why Robin/Lee is never mentioned in stories about Zac Sunderland. Did he not complete the whole circumnavigation? Or was he older than 18 by the time he finished? I don't recall
from the book.
Welcome to the Forum, Pago Girl - we're glad you've joined us. And thanks for providing your unique information on Robin Lee Graham.
Robin / Lee is mentioned in most accounts I've read about Zac's circumnavigation, but it isn't Graham's record
that Zac is breaking - it's Jesse Martin's, an 18 year-old Australian at the time he set the record in 1999. And Zac's claim to youngest circumnavigator is probably only going to last about three weeks. A British 17 year-old, and a few months younger than Zac, should finish about that time.
Robin Lee Graham began his circumnavigation when he was 16, but he was 21 when he completed it, and married. Though he completed the circumnavigation, his vessel Dove
did not. The 24' Lapworth sloop
was pretty thoroughly trashed by the time he reached the Caribbean
, and his father bought a 33' Allied
which he sailed down to St. Thomas in the USVI.
Robin met his father there, moved aboard the new vessel (Big Dove
), and continued on to and through the Panama Canal
and back home to Los Angeles.