Saturday, June 14, 2008

A note from Mom

Zac left the docks of Marina del Rey today as scheduled at 1:00pm. There was an electric excitement in the air as friends, family, media and kids who'd read about Zac in the newspaper all came down to see Zac off. We are estimating between 200-300 people. A Coast Guard helicoptor flew over head and the main channel buzzed with boats cruising past to catch a glimps of all the activity. Zac was honored by local dignitaries who declared June 14th 'Zac Sunderland Day'! He was followed out of the harbor by about 15-20 boats and another helicoptor flying photographers. It was an amazing turnout and was only fitting for such an amazing story that looks like it has only just begun!

There was a stiff breeze and after Zac got settled was cruising comfortably under a main with a single reef and genoa. After 2 hours out, the wind had lessened to 11 knots and Zac was still cruising along at 5 knots!

We are all exhausted here but wanted to keep you all updated on Zac's progress. He has a lot to do in the next days; stowing, organizing and finding everything that was stowed and organized for him!

We, as a family, have been amaingly blessed to experience this with Zac. It is our hope that you will all be blessed as well!

More photos and info to come!

With much joy,

Marianne Sunderland


OpenID pegkerr said...

Congratulations and bon voyage to Zach!

June 15, 2008 at 6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zac and family! I recently read about this journey in the newspapers (all the way in Singapore). This is a truly amazing feat, and I would just like to wish you all the best of luck and BON VOYAGE. You're an inspiration!


June 15, 2008 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous BradleyB said...

A lot of planning, a lot of hard work and now you’re off. You may be alone in body but not in spirit as I’m sure many will be following your journey as I will. I look at my 16 year old nephew and his giggley friends I'm not sure they could find their way out of the neighborhood, but you, you’re on your way around the world. Take a lot of pictures, absorb all that you learn, trust nobody and keep organized. Remember, you’re not alone in this. Thank you Zac………BradleyB

June 15, 2008 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger justbarefooten said...

Admire you for what you are undertaking. I wish you the best voyage ever. You will have many cherished moments to remember for the rest of your life. May G_D be with you each second of the way.

By the way I subscribed to the RSS Feed for the 1st time ever. Just got to check on you each day.

A Great Grammy.


June 15, 2008 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger krista said...

Hey Zac, we all wish you the best on your trip! Have fun and be safe out there!

June 15, 2008 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Maya Reynolds said...

From north Texas:

Godspeed, Zac. I'll look forward to following your adventures on your blog.

June 15, 2008 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous silvia said...

good bye zac!
what you are doing is simply..amazing!!im really
Break a leg!(that's so funny..but in italian we say:in bocca al lupo!)
cya,men!!ill be waiting for news from you!!!

June 15, 2008 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations..i sretan put to Zac. Good luck!

June 15, 2008 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac -
you are an inspiration to us! As we dodge tornados and wind storms here in the heartland, Omaha, Nebraska, we think of what an incredible journey you're on....a journey which has many meanings. We are envious of your journey, your vision, your steadfastness and your courage. We will watch your progress and wish you the very very best. Thank you for this opportunity we can share with you.

June 15, 2008 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous The Ziegler Family said...

It was so awesome watching you sail off yesterday. You are an inspiration to all of us young and old.
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
The Ziegler Family

Ps..... Rebecca is dying of envy at all the places you'll get to see and snorkel at. We wait anticipating each new photo.

June 15, 2008 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

At home laid up due to a boating accident that was of no fault of my own ... Wish you, and the rest of your family, all the safety in the world.

What an adventure you are on, I will be tagging along to experience life vicariously. Have a wonderful, safe and exciting adventure! You ROK!


June 18, 2008 at 1:43 AM  

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