Friday, July 31, 2009
Welcome Back Zac!
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Zac Sunderland left Marina del Rey last June when he was 16, and returned on July 16, 2009 at 10:30am at the age of 17. This makes him the youngest person ever to sail around the globe, solo. I have been an avid blog reader: one day more exciting then the next! You can read about his excellent adventure on his blog.
Recently, I was privileged enough to help escort Zac in the last few minutes of his incredible journey around the world in his 36' Sailboat, Intrepid.
There were a Regatta of boats to escort him: from kayaks to the Coast Guard boat that doused the Marina in water and sirens to our little Jr. Program Wailer. You could feel the excitement in the Marina as he rounded the breakwater and headed to the 1000 or so people gathered at Fisherman's Village. People were packed onto the bike path cheering, boats and cars alike were blowing their horns. It is such a special achievement for this young man from Thousand Oaks who grew up sailing. Click on the links below for coverage of this historic event from around the web:
Teen becomes the youngest to sail around the world solo - CNN
Teen sailor youngest to Circle globe Alone - KTLA
Welcome back Zac from CYC!!