Monday, June 23, 2008

More Wind

Current Position (as of 8:53pm PT):,-126.7918&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1
Another good day. I didn't sleep too well because of the swells slapping the aft starboard quarter of the boat. They were pushing the boat slightly off course and making a motion that just didn't feel right which made it difficult to sleep. Sometimes the motion was so strong it would round the boat up into the wind so I would have to get up and reset her course. Part of this problem is to do with the design of the boat. I'm looking forward to the swells changing direction tomorrow as shown on the ClearPoint Weather forecast. I've really been liking my Monitor windvane. I have been playing with it since I left Catalina. I am getting pretty good at setting it and adjusting it.

The wind patterns are becoming more normal coming a steady 15-20 knots out of the NW. I have been going between 5 and 6 knots most of the day. When the boat gets on top of one of these Pacific rollers she slides down at 7 knots!

I've been rummaging through my food more. I hung up my hammock and filled it with fruit which I've been eating all day. I found some cherries that were practically walking off the boat. Yuk! For all of you who think that it is wonderful that I heated a can of soup a few days ago, I was attempting to make some Top Ramen today. I know its bad for you but it tastes really good at sea. Because the boat was rocking so much, the stove couldn't gimble far enough and it was spilling so I just ate it half cooked. I've been thinking of the $100 that Ray Cech sent me to go towards a meal in Majuro, my first landfall. I've been thinking about that a lot. By the way, I have known Ray and his wife Joan since I was brought home from Santa Monica Hospital to our boat in Neptune Marina.

The wind has died down some tonight (about 15 knots). I am sailing with 1 reef in the main sail and 3 reefs in the genoa. Not sure what to expect with the wind tonight. Have not seen any ships today. Hoping for a good nights sleep because I didn't have a nap today.

Thanks for all the emails and notes.

Dear Jim (Fulton),
Thanks for the riddle.
Decrease? I'm thnking of a propeller.
LMK and send another.


Anonymous Lee / MDR said...


Please don't forget those coordinates.

Fair winds,


June 23, 2008 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger N Y O M I M I said...

You are an inspiration!

June 23, 2008 at 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post to go to sleep too. I am watching a documentary on our landing on the moon and space exploration. They were interviewing one of the Astronauts, upon landing back on earth in the pacific, he looked out the hatch and said "Wow nice ocean here on earth" You are a lot like those guys Zac. Courageous and willing to explore and bond with those swells.

Chris Alhambra, CA

Hope those prayer zen beads are bringing you some luck with the wind.

June 23, 2008 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger hannah said...

Hey Zac,
glad to hear you`re doing well. Hope you get more sleep though. We love reading your blogs and hearing how you are doing! We are praying for you everyday. This is so amazing!

- Elijah and Hannah Coyle

June 23, 2008 at 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Nash said...

Your clipping off the miles now! I just took your position and added it to your route on google earth, as it was not coming up. See, your making up for the time you went backwards.

Hey, I have a tip for you I used for rough water cooking. Some times you do not feel like cooking or can not, due to being thrashed by the seas. In these cases, I would throw a few cut up peices of vegtable and meat or if I did not have anything fresh available,what ever canned item that I could drain the liquid off of, add salt and pepper, and then wrap them up in a couple layers of tin foil. Slap it on or in the stove (if you have a oven), and about the time the most wonderful smells start filling your cabin and spilling out onto the deck, your ready for some good eats.

Good cookin.., I mean sailing!

Jerry Nash

P.S. I hope you have tin foil.

June 24, 2008 at 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Daphne said...

good luck
wish you luck

June 24, 2008 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger Betty Cox said...

When you port get some of the meals that the military uses. Your dad may need to bring them to you. They have heating elements (some kind of cemical compound) that heats the food without fire. YOu will need to find someone in the military to get them for you on a base. They gave these out to the victims of Katrina.

June 24, 2008 at 4:27 AM  
Blogger Carter said...

Hi Zac,
My name is Carter and I am 9 years old. I am excited to be reading about your journey. What is the difference between knots and miles per hour? What is the difference between a mile on land and a nautical mile? Good luck!

June 24, 2008 at 4:27 AM  
Blogger cruz antony said...

Ahoy Zac,

Fair winds & Nice cooking

Warm Regards,


June 24, 2008 at 4:40 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Hey Zac,
It's 4:30 a.m. and I just got home from work...but had to check on your progress, and glad to see you've had real success today in spite of all the rocking. I picture you staring out across the bow with John Denver's "Calypso" in the background!
I also wanted to alert you to an awesome cooking method - called a Sun Oven - that was a life saver when I worked up in the Alaskan fisheries for two summers. We cooked everything from jambalaya to cheeseburgers in that baby, with nothing but the sun. It was mounted on a swivel arm above the cabin so it could take the rocking and we just loaded the pot up, popped it in and 2-3 hours later....walla! You can even bake bread in the thing, but stew and chili were the lifesavers.
Love reading the blog Zac...looking forward to checking in later this evening.

June 24, 2008 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger Jim Fullton said...

Hi Zac,
What a treat to hear from you about the puzzler. The answer can best be summed up by the statement "There is no such thing as a free lunch."

Here is the way it works: The spinning bicycle wheel in the slipstream of the car increases the drag on the car because, in order to make the wheel spin, energy is consumed and work is accomplished. The energy to make it spin was provided by the turbulence and the tiny amount of energy consumed had to be replenished by more turbulence. Otherwise, there would not be a balance (or equilibrium) between the energy ahead of and behind the car. Those who believe in perpetual motion don't seem to get that point.

You asked for another puzzler.....
The Bernoulli principle explains how the wing of an airplane produces lift. It says that when air travels over a surface, the faster it moves the less pressure it exerts. Because the top of the wing (airfoil) is convex and the bottom of the wing is flat, air moving over the top convex side moves faster than the air beneath the wing and, bingo, the wing is literally pushed up from the higher pressure under it. It's OK to think of the wing being sucked up or pulled up (lift), but it is actually being pushed up from underneath.

If we accept the Bernoulli principle, how is it that an airplane can fly inverted for extended periods of time?

Good luck!

See any whales yet?

Highest regards and admiration,


June 24, 2008 at 6:01 AM  
Blogger susan said...

Thanks much for the daily postings--I look forward to them every a.m.--you're doing an amazing thing for the adventurous spirit in everyone. I'm curious about the wildlife out there...?

June 24, 2008 at 6:57 AM  
Anonymous DZ said...

Can you tell those that LOVE critters wanna know which and how many have you seen so far?
Inquiring minds want to know....
Whales, Dolphins, Fish, Birds?

June 24, 2008 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm following your progress,Zac...cheering you on!

Straight Wakes,Mike

June 24, 2008 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Peterkg1 said...

Hey Zac,

How are you going to keep weight on your body? From what you have been describing as your meals, I would think you are already losing weight? I'm sure you had nutrition plans to keep on the bulk. Right? How do you stow fresh fruit? I would think any that you set sail with would have wanted to walk away with the cherries? Your in my thoughts daily, and such an inspiration.

June 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM  
Anonymous J@cques said...

Dear Zac,

I admire your willpower to sail the oceans. Great stuff!
I am reading your blog every day, to keep myself informedwhere you are on your journey. I think you are a brave guy!
Keep on sailing and keep on posting your own ramblings. Love reading your stories.
Yours from Amsterdam, Netherlands,


June 24, 2008 at 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog descriptions are actually quite educational. I've read plenty of sailing books, but they never give the day to day routine of the basic life one lives on the water. The comments you make might be boring to some who expect excitement, but for those of us who really want to learn, every boring detail is helpful. i.e. not being able to sleep well, not being able to heat up some food, success or failure of auto steering system, etc. Its all helpful.

June 24, 2008 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Wheat said...

Dear Zac,

YOU ROCK!!! AND Im addicted to your journey. I have a 4X3ft map at work that I am tracking your positions! You are doing well mate! Have you seen any sharks or whales or anything crazy like that yet? I am sure you will!

Ft.Worth, TX

June 24, 2008 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the blog. It is interesting to me who only has a limited about of sailing expereince to read about what you are doing every day. I am still trying to answer the question of who is messing up the ship, but I guess that is one of the things that I had not thought about. I really thought I would be doing this alone. HaHa Your report on cooking opened my eyes. But please eat something. Sleeping is important and your discussion about radar was very helpful. Please do not think only 'old salts' are reading you dailey there are some of us who are land locked, but enjoy learn from you.
Keep up the great work. Good winds and hopefully you will have a hot meal today.


June 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zac!! Yours is the first site that I visit every morning when I get up. Looks like you're making up for lost time! Way to go! Please know that you have a whole boat-load of interested people just like me taking this journey with you, so when you need company, just think of all of us! I know that I'd love to hear about the dolphin, whales, sharks, etc. that you're seeing along the way. I hope that you'll be adding that information to your blog too. It sounds as though some of your followers have some good suggestions about your cooking! If you're hungry enough, half cooked top ramen noodles taste good though! lol I hope that among your stow of food you thought of dried's good forever, just about! Keep your spirits up and the wind at your back!

June 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Charley said...

Today my 13 year old wanted to experience a new adventure so we headed to the local supermaket for some Top Ramen. He soon discovered and he was quick to point out that it wasn't the breakfast food of sailors. We were happy that you got some warm soup in you the other day but my son is worried about Montazumas revenge creeping in upon you. Charley and Josh

June 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Danny said...

Hey Zac,

all the best regards and happy traveling!! You probably already knew this but your first stop was near the area (Bikini Atoll) where Castle Bravo, the biggest nuclear test the US ever conducted, took place. It would be interesting to learn about the effects on Bikini Atoll first hand, from a safe distance of course! Any plans?

June 24, 2008 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Peterkg1 said...

Hey Zac,

I sent some money so you can order a big steak dinner or something when you get to the Marshall Islands. I am worried that you are eating to little (top Ramen). Have a BIG meal on me.

Best, Peter

June 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Danny said...

Hey Zac,

all the best regards and happy traveling!! You probably already knew this but your first stop was near the area (Bikini Atoll) where Castle Bravo, the biggest nuclear test the US ever conducted, took place. It would be interesting to learn about the effects on Bikini Atoll first hand, from a safe distance of course! Any plans?

Good winds and good eats,


June 24, 2008 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

From Marie's Child care and all the kids.
We think of you everyday.

You must follow your dreams
You must follow wherever it leads.
Don't be distracted by less worthy leads.
Shelter it, Nourish it, Help it grow.
Hold your dream deep, down deep where dreams grow.
Follow your dreams, Pursue it with haste.
Life is too precious, too precious to waste.
Be faithful, Be loyal in all the day through
the dream that you follow will ultimately come true.
~~ Author Unknown ~~

June 24, 2008 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Ok Zac... the Mom in me just had to donate some money to you so maybe your Mom or someone could send you one of these Sun Ovens or something similar that might work better for making a decent meal? You've got to eat better! You're the only person you've got to sustain yourself to the first landfall! Take care of yourself! Enough harping...

You're truly an inspiration to so many... part of your reward will be in meeting someone years down the road whose whole life was changed in a positive way by what you're doing today. I hope my own son has the same confidence and belief in himself to follow his dreams like you are. Your parents must be truly remarkable people as well to have raised a son like you. People all over the world are proud of you and watching you every day - like me!

Take it all in - you will live more, experience more, grow more, test yourself more on this trip than many people do their whole lifetime. Many people are alive, but fewer really live. And you're doing it! Can't wait to hear more...

Fair seas!

Brooke, Raleigh NC

June 24, 2008 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Welcker Family said...


You are doing so great! You went nearly 175 miles yesterday! Like the rest I too must insist on telling you you NEED to eat properly. You have a long way to go. Maybe a stop in Hawaii to pick up a sun oven would not be such a bad idea? We love you and are praying for wind and safety!


Don, Sandy, Cassie, Roxanne

June 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Head to Tide Table for the first meal in Majuro. The best sashimi and poki in town, not to mention burgers and pasta! Also, consider a soup and salad on Wednesday lunch at the Marshall Islands Resort. It's the only salad bar for at least 2,000 miles. Enjoy it!

Raw Top Ramen is pretty good, too. Think of it as potato chips... salty and crunchy. Crunch it up before you open the bag, though, otherwise you'll have a big mess.

June 24, 2008 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger bobwunsch said...

Zac, your blogs are thrilling to read, and we think about you, out there alone,every single day, and love being even the smallest your progress. And congratulations to your parents for their remarkable support and trust!
You're our hero...

Bob and Judy Wunsch

June 24, 2008 at 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture you paint of trying to eat in a rolling and pitching boat almost had me heading for the bathroom! lol

Always give your coordinates as many of us are following you on Google Earth.

Glad to see you are making progress!


June 24, 2008 at 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you need to hook up with a local woman while in port otherwise you will go blind at sea.

June 24, 2008 at 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zac!

Love your blog & am so proud of you. I too love sailing and admire your courage!

I find that the freeze dried camping food seems to help as all you have to do is heat up water, then pour it in the bag without having to cook it in the open. They have full meals available - if someone can get it to you.

Good luck & wishing you smooth sailing!

Cindy ~ Oregon

June 24, 2008 at 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing watching your progress. How are you doing on keeping to your time line? Are you where you need to be or behind? We check your blog and location everyday, keep up the good work. Fair winds and calm seas. TLT

June 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...


Good job on the updates. Please keep them coming. You're an insperation to the youth of the world.

Jim, the Bernoulli principle creates "some" of the lift. The angle of attack creates the additional lift needed to fly. Inverted, an aircraft with sufficient thrust will fly on angle of attack alone. Given enough thrust you can make a brick fly.

June 24, 2008 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous bilgerat bob said...

Great sailing Zac but don't get going too fast because nobody has proven conclusively that the world is not flat and you just might sail right off the edge and keep going. Enjoy those sunrises and sunsets.

June 24, 2008 at 9:34 PM  
Anonymous DZ said...

Can you tell us from a sailors point of view... What is a good nights rest? Two hours, Four , Six?
I don't know how you do it! I'd be so seasick by now. ;-)
God Bless

June 24, 2008 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Silly, how could ramen ever be bad for you? ...Okay, so maybe it could be. Still tastes great, though.

Maybe next time when you're cooking up something you should keep a lid or a plate over the top of the pan so it doesn't slosh over the sides as much? That could help a bit.

Safe journey,

June 25, 2008 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Douglas Pistone said...

Hello Zac,

Great job. I'm watching your progress on Google Earth. Let's hope you get more winds one thing you really need right now. I have told all of my family and friends about you and your journey and have sent all of them your web address. Keep up the good work. I really look up to what your doing and I'm a 47 year old male living in MDR. Take care and we are praying for you and your journey. Saw you at the boat show on Friday and Saturday the day of your departure. SAIL ON, your the master and keep going!!!

Douglas Pistone

June 30, 2008 at 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Zac,
I just think it is so cool that you are sailing around the world at age 16.
good luck

age 10

June 30, 2008 at 9:43 PM  

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