Monday, June 16, 2008

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Spoke with Zac several times today. His email wasn't working until later this afternoon so I (mom) will sum up his first day.

Spent the day restowing and organizing my gear. It was really frustrating not being able to find things that I needed including the power cable for my Pactor III modem. This modem allows me to send and receive email through the Single Side Band radio. It was on the chart desk on Friday night after having been removed for seatrials. I thought the camera guys took it when they took their gear off the boat. I eventually found it in a bag of electrical things that had been stowed behind the salon settee or livingroom couch in boat-talk. Sweet success! Have checked email and weather and all is well.
On a positive note, all power and charging has been amazingly good. I am running my fridge, computers, radio and charging Sat phone and ipods and have more than enough power. Thanks again Mike!! My power is being generated entirely by solar panels and a wind generator so this is really good news. Have had some trouble with the self steering wind vane. Not sure if it is just me??? Will press on with this.

Mom here...we are still having long days and nights here tying up loose ends with the boat show and many emails which I am forwarding to Zac in small bundles. His Sailmail email account can't handle large volumes of mail so it has to go through his land based mail for now. Laurence (dad) is leaving tomorrow on a yacht delivery and will be missing his first mate. Not to worry, he has a replacement! Zac's sister Abby (14) has been wanting to be the youngest girl to sail around the word for about 3 years now! She will accompany Laurence up the coast to San Francisco and back down again in a different boat.

Thanks for checking in. Will post again soon.

Marianne for Zac

PS We though it would be fun if people would email questions they had about Zac, his boat and his trip. If you have a question, email it to and he will endeavor to answer a few everyday!


Anonymous silvia said...

omg,thats so cool!!
Im really happy everything its sure zac is able to solve every single problem he may find..hes a man! :]
im checking your blog every day...

June 16, 2008 at 3:27 AM  
Blogger Owl mama said...

Wow!! Heard about this on the news and thought I would check your blog out... I have 5 boys that will be checking in on you and following you around the world! There is no better time to live fully then when you are young and have little holding you back. What an awesome challenge but a great adventure... We'll be praying for your family and for you

June 16, 2008 at 4:35 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Thanks for updating this exciting journey. I am very impressed by him:) I sent him an email but looked like the email: didn't work, perhaps its: ?
Take care,

June 16, 2008 at 5:17 AM  
Blogger Diane and Stephen said...

Good Luck Zac !!

We look forard to sharing your adventures.

Diane and Stephen

June 16, 2008 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

I also saw news reports about Zac's World Adventure last month. I'm very inspired by his pursuing his dreams. I am so glad he is sharing his journey on the internet. I even wrote about his adventure on my own blog. I look forward to reading all about his journey.

June 16, 2008 at 5:39 AM  
OpenID iamnotrachel said...

Good luck Zac!
Hope everything will go well.
I look forward to reading all of your post everyday! :)

June 16, 2008 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Psalms said...

Zac, Thanks for sharing your adventure. Our family will be keeping and eye on your journey and in our prayers for safe keeping and strength to live out your dreams.
May God be with you.

June 16, 2008 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous sang said...

all the best zac! we're supporting you from singapore. pity you couldn't drop by there. hope everything goes as planned :)

June 16, 2008 at 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy; your short-trip, it will be with you, with all your years. We be waiting for you!

June 16, 2008 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger 5Gillespies said...

Wow Zac,
What a courageous journey you have embarked on. I heard about you on the news and was amazed that this was possible. My youngest daughter, Hannah, is sure you must be very brave. My family is praying for you daily and we look forward to reading all about your adventure. Be safe, stay dry, and remain focused.

God Bless You,
The Gillespie Family
Peachtree City, Georgia

June 16, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Arun Vijayan said...

Zac,i'm from India and is a boy of almost your same age.I just wanted to tell you how inspiring you are.You are a real hero dude!!

June 16, 2008 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Sachi said...

It's great that even in the middle of the ocean, Zac will still have the normal energy-based perks of life around. I was wondering for a bit where all that juice was coming from. Nice that it's all self-supplied.

Best of luck, Zac!


June 16, 2008 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Craig L. said...

It begins! I just saw an article about you and your trip, and coincidentally, have been reading a ton of personal accounts about circumnavigating. I read Dove a million years ago, and still have the dream to sail and live aboard. Safety first! (the excitement will come of it's own accord!). All the best, Craig L.

June 16, 2008 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Brent said...

Terrific adventure! Brings back memories reading Grahams tales in the National Geographic many years ago. Good that you'll be connected as well as you are. I just made a small donation to help out.


June 16, 2008 at 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Cassandra said...

I heard about this on the news! Its amazing how hard you are working to fullfill your dreams. You are truly setting a great example for other kids and teens our age. Keep going! And have a safe trip. My family will pray for you and we'll keep checking back on your blog. Good luck!


June 16, 2008 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Balmoral sailor said...

Zac: Best of Luck. You have the dedication and desire to make this voyage a success. Your whole future is in front of you. You will be able to accomplish whatever you put you mind to.

June 16, 2008 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger heidi said...

As a sailor and Mom of a 15 and 18 yr old, I applaud your wonderful support of Zac and will be reading and watching from afar. We have cruised the PNW and West Coast and Mexico's Sea of Cortez with our kids and are making sure our daughter reads about Zac's Excellent Adventure.
Fair Winds and Following Seas....

June 16, 2008 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger larry said...

Hey Zac,

I love to sail, I started 2 years ago and I'm 11 years old. Your boat is sooooo cool, I sail an Opti. My dad sailed since he is a boy. I think you are so brave to go out on this voyage, I think I would be afraid. I really look up to you and I hope you are okay. I will say prayers for you and I will keep checking in on you.

June 16, 2008 at 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Brucemilne said...

Hey Zac, I'm an old guy but going to do it too. My wife and I are rebuilding a 48' Soverel to sail around in 2009-? Luck to you - see you out there!

Bruce & Lisa Milne - Pensacola, Florida

June 16, 2008 at 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm impressed with your effort, Zac, but a little concerned that you are already having trouble locating items you need. You should have been the one to stow everything while keeping a list. Nobody should have been on the boat once you were ready to stow so as to avoid damage or misplaced items.

June 16, 2008 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck to you Zac! We'll be checking in with you to see how you are doing.

The Brants from OH.

June 16, 2008 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger A Simple Girl said...

I am cheering you on from Minnesota! I am from the Thousand Oaks area and thought it was great to see a local get out there and take on the world!

June 16, 2008 at 6:27 PM  
Anonymous jkm said...

i am really proud of you Zac.
i'll be praying for you.

June 16, 2008 at 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Brianna said...

hey zac,
wow! i think its so amazing that your doing that. your gonna be some little kids super model. Cute. I'm gonna check your blog everyday. I wish you luck!!

<3 Bri

June 16, 2008 at 7:10 PM  
Anonymous peter wentworth said...

If that's a current photo you might want to shift colors.

good luck on your voyage!

June 16, 2008 at 7:44 PM  
OpenID lyndagale2004 said...

I am so very PROUD of you Zac! I look forward to following your journey with my 13-year-old son, Marc. Blessings and Joy from Atlanta, GA

June 16, 2008 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Looks like its time to change the heading on the Blog... "I am currently preparing to leave" is a bit out dated now I guess!

Good luck!

June 16, 2008 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Juncfan said...

Hey Zac,

You must be an amazing young man with amazing amount of ambition. I'll be using you and your journey to teach my four young daughters about chasing their dreams (and probably also a little about geography along the way)... But, I also just wanted to let you to know that we will be following your posts and praying for you all along the way...

God's Speed & Good Winds.

Jeff S.

June 16, 2008 at 9:07 PM  
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June 16, 2008 at 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Wow Zac you are very brave to just chart out by yourself. Best of luck and hope you arrive back safely

June 16, 2008 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

God speed young man! Many blessings on your incredible journey.
Looking forward to checking in and following your progress!
Be safe.
Anita M. Miracle
Waterloo, New York

June 17, 2008 at 2:57 AM  
Anonymous Raquel said...

Hi Zac!

I've read of your mission for this adventure to be the youngest solo circumnavigator. That's so awesome. I'll be looking forward to be updated with your journey through your blog. Good luck.

God bless you and your family.

June 17, 2008 at 3:09 AM  
Blogger Vasyl said...


Great to hear that you have power for everything and that you found your modem. I wished you a safe journey on your day out and will be following you from distant Kyiv, Ukraine.

I have friends here who are trying to set out on a similar adventure but the bureaucracy keeps getting in the way. They have reconstructed a ancient sailing ship, called a Chajka used by the Ukrainian Cossacks in their battles with the Turks on the Black Sea during the 16th and 17th centuries. This is their second replica from this period and the ship's name is Spas.

These friends plan on sailing their ship from Ukraine, though the Bosporus Straits, through the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and up to NYC.

While you probably won't have the time, I am sending you their site and primarily the photo's section, as you and others may be hampered by the Ukrainian language. I have e-mailed them about your adventure and I hope that one of their crew will take the time to wish you well, as they too are adventurers.

June 17, 2008 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger Erzsébet said...

Hello, we send from Budapest, Hungary a very big hug! And hope, all we be okey!

Marianne, I as mother know, the next mounths will the heavyst time Your life’s. Kisses: Elisabeth

June 17, 2008 at 4:59 AM  
Blogger judgefloro said...


I created your article bio on Wikipedia

Zac Sunderland is a Southern California yachtsman, who aimed to break the record made by David Dicks, who was made famous for becoming the youngest person to sail non-stop and solo around the world. On June 14, 2008 at the age of 16, Zac, of Thousand Oaks, California, sailed from Marina Del Rey in his 36-foot (11-metre) sailboat "Intrepid" to circumnavigate the world.[1] read more

you can view my page here

God Bless and regards

Judge Florentino Floro, Philippines

June 17, 2008 at 6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Zac,
Saw your story on Yahoo news and have decided to share your story every day with my five year old son. What a source of inspiration! We will be praying for you and eagerly watching as your story develops. God bless,
Steve and David

June 17, 2008 at 6:31 AM  
Anonymous tammy said...

As a retired sailor I am looking forward to following you 'round the horn and beyond.
As for stowing something and not being able to find it... I once personally brought onto my boat a case of Vienna Sausage (of all things!) and never found it again... 20,000 nautical miles and 4 years later we never could figure out what happened to it. You will always have something that you can not find when you need it!
Fair winds and following seas...

June 17, 2008 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Z. Family said...

"Be strong and courageous!
Do not tremble or be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
- Joshua 1:9


June 17, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Wow!!!What an adventure...I'm so impressed reading your blog on how so many young people you've inspired...its nice to know in this day & age that there are young people who like to get out there & do things instead of sit on a couch. Good luck may god be with you.
Mary Ann
Salem, Oregon

June 17, 2008 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Daphne said...

Zac it's cool and great that you have a dream like this and that you are able to make it come true. I wish you good luck, really I mean, I even admire the fact that you want to do it already at the age of 16. I might follow your footsteps cause my dream is to sail around the world, on the sailing boat or ship of my family. I have done races so far and came second place out of 15 places. I will e-mail you soon that's a promise. (MAY THE EARTH WELCOME YOU WITH IT'S WARM HEART.) Just kiddin'.

June 17, 2008 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Vic said...

Zac Man!

We are sitting around here in Baghdad, Iraq with nothing to do (NOT TRUE), but we will be keeping an eye on you and your travels. Wish you all the best. Stay safe out there!
From: The Sand Box
vic keller

June 17, 2008 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Denny said...

Hope your having the adventure of your lifetime! Life is too short to work it away! Oops...I guess thats what I am doing. Best of Luck Zac , Denny at Boeing in Seattle

June 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O God, Who brought our fathers through the Red Sea
and carried them safely through the deep
as they sang praises of Thy name,
we humbly beseech Thee
to guard Thy servants aboard ship,
and having repelled all adversities,
bring them to the desired port after a calm voyage.
Through ouR Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
Who livest and reigneth with Thee
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.



June 17, 2008 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Good luck Zac, you are an inspiration to many, young and old. I will be very interested to follow your progress over the next few months. Take care!

June 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger KY Granny said...

Zac I too saw the news of your adventure on ABC. I hope your trip goes just the way it has been planned. I'm praying that you stay safe. I'm also following a friend's daughter and son-in-law's trip down to New Zealand. They just left Tahiti. Check out their site if you have time.

June 17, 2008 at 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace Zac! We are all behind you! Be careful, enjoy and be safe!

June 17, 2008 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger dallen57 said...

Wow Zac, I am so impressed with your drive and bravery! Such a huge goal for a young guy. Remember God is right above you and keep up the hard work. I will be praying for you and checking up on you every day. Be safe!

June 19, 2008 at 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac, you are amazing! Never forget that! And you are not alone...remember the words GODSPEED!

June 20, 2008 at 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zac, I am from the Marshall Islands commenting from Maine. If you get to Majuro, Marshall Islands, you can contact my brother GUY HALFERTY. You can just ask the locals and they will direct you to him. He is more like you in that he loves the ocean, sailing and boating. I think you will be well received in the Marshall Islands. People are friendly. Best of luck to you!

- Peter

June 23, 2008 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger Sammi said...

I just heard about your adventurous journey today. My haart is with you. I will follow your journey online. Please remember that there is nothing that you and God cannot handle each day.


June 23, 2008 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Sammi said...

Just heard about your great journey today; my heart goes out to you and your adventure. Remember there is nothing you and God can't handle each day. I'll follow your journey online. God Bless, Sam S

June 23, 2008 at 5:26 PM  

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