Zac Sunderland by Lenny Ignelzi AP

Zac Sunderland photo by Lenny Ignelzi AP

Zac Sunderland Sailing for a World Record

Zac Sunderland, a teenager from Southern California, has sailed his yacht Intrepid back in U.S. waters. 17 year old Sunderland is on a sailing trip trying to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone, and is due to arrive in the Los Angeles area on Thursday – 13 months and two days after he left Marina Del Rey.

“It’s all but over right now,” said Zac Sunderland, adding “I’d do it again in a heartbeat. It’s been an amazing year. Tons of fun, lots of great stuff.” Sunderland was seen pulled into San Diego earlier this week, using his engine, which he says he uses to get the sailboat into and out of ports, and in case of emergencies. “It doesn’t really matter, but I’d rather not get towed into the harbor that you finish in,” he said.

Zac Sunderland, who’s from Thousand Oaks, California, was just 16 years old when he left California on June 14, 2008. He says he estimates he has now sailed 28,000 miles, in “a big circle.” Sunderland turns 18 on Nov. 29, and the sailing record for the youngest solo circumnavigation is currently held by an Australian who was 18 years, 41 days when he completed his voyage in 1996. Also trying for the youngest around the world sailing record is 17 year old British sailor Mike Perham, who is a few months younger than Sunderland, and sailing a bigger, faster boat.

By Sailing the World

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  1. Reality says:

    Zac Sunderland

    Zac does not hold any official sailing record.

    1) he used his engine

    2) he did not follow any acceptable route which is well documented, and necessary in order to validate a “record”

    3) He has accomplished something incredible, and records aren’t important to everyone.

  2. Joanne says:

    Does anyone remember who the young guy who was the youngest to sail around the world BEFORE 1980? He had a very small boat. In later years, he sailed with well-known sailors Hal & Margaret Roth.

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