Zac Sunderland: Abby Sunderland’s Brother

June 10, 2010
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Meet Zac Sunderland. He is Abby Sunderland’s brother. Just last year, he made history in becoming the youngest person to complete a solo global circumnavigation, setting sail at just sixteen years old. Find out more details of his amazing adventure and see photos and a video clip right here.

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This thrill-seeking enthusiast set sail on an incredible journey that will continue to go down in history. He is the youngest person to sail around the world alone! Be sure to check out photos and videos below.

As a biography, Zac Sunderland was born on November 29, 1991 and is from Thousand Oaks, California. He is most-known as the youngest person to sail around the world solo. He was just seventeen years old when he took on this adventurous voyage, a solo global circumnavigation. After 13 months and 2 days, Zac completed his trip. His sailing route included: Marina del Rey, California, Wakiki, Hawaii (unplanned stop), Majuro, Marshall Islands, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (unplanned stop), Darwin, Australia, Cocos-Keeling Islands, Territory of Australia, Rodrigues Island, Mauritius (unplanned stop), Port Louis, Mauritius, Durban, South Africa, East London, South Africa, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Mossel Bay, South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, St. Helena, South Atlantic Ocean, Grenada, Colón, Panama, Panama City, Panama, Marina Chahue, Huatulco, Mexico (unplanned stop), Puerto de la Navidad Marina, Barra de Navidad, Mexico (unplanned stop), San Diego, California (unplanned stop) and back to Marina del Rey, California returning on July 16, 2009.

This young man is amazing. Before Zac Sunderland set sail his boat, “Intrepid” on June 14, 2008 at the age of sixteen, he told reporters that he was “100 percent sure” that he’d be able to complete the voyage. He said, “It’s going to be an amazing adventure,” adding, “Life changes you as you move along through it.” Okay, no doubt.

But could you imagine the loneliness that one would feel after seeing and feeling nothing but water? Sunderland did, however, take time to blog with recent updates of his journey, as well as being able to phone his family via satellite telephone. While on water, he wrote with an update:

“I’ve been feeling anxious about the situation and about the boat. I’m tired and I’m tired of rocking around going nowhere. The weather should go back to normal by the end of the week, but that seems unbearable at the moment!!”

His parents could also tell in their son’s voice that he was definitely tired. But with words of wisdom, from one sailor to another, “The name of the sailing game is patience. … We’ve just been encouraging him that that’s part of the whole thing.”

On July 16, 2009 Abby Sunderland’s brother completed his 28,000-mile voyage. Family, friends, and many bystanders rooted for Zac as he entered the harbor with his 36-foot Intrepid.

With completing an extraordinary expedition, Zac shared:

“It’s interesting just thinking back to the different places in the world because I have so many friends in different parts of the world that are like family, you know, and all these different experiences. It’s an amazing year. It seems like yesterday that I was here but in other ways it seems like a hundred years.”

Wow, what a remarkable quest for Zac Sunderland. History in the making! So glad you were able to make it back home safe and sound. You may leave your thoughts for Abby Sunderland’s brother in the comment box. Also, see pictures and a video below.

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