Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Across the Van Deimen Gulf

Zac off Darwin in the Arafura Sea
Photo by Jen Edney
Word has it that Zac will be in early to late evening. Depends on wind and currents. Laurence and Jen were going to try to meet him in a power boat about 40 miles off. Sorry, not too much info but a picture is worth a thousand words, right?


Blogger Creative Cruising Concepts said...

Awesome shot,

I'm sure both father and son were very happy (and proud)!!

There has been some discussion in the past about "unassisted and singlehanded" and how much help disqualifies someone from a record. If you don't know of Tania Aebi and her quest in the late 80's, "Maiden Voyage" is a great read. She was disqualified from the "official record" for a stretch she sailed with her boyfriend (I've heard everything from 1 to 80 miles). Of course the world still recognizes her for her amazing feat regardless of what the record books say, but it always help to err on the side of caution if the record is the goal.

September 16, 2008 at 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoohooo!! photos are great! I really feal like I'm on the boat with Zac... what are we all going to do after this adventure is over??????

enjoy daddy time Zac and get some rest!


September 17, 2008 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger Daryl said...

Indeed! A picture is worth a thousand words. Thank you!

from Iowa

September 17, 2008 at 5:07 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Thanks for the pic. Following along as much as I can.



September 17, 2008 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

Lord watch over Zac as his boat is so small and the sea is so big.

September 17, 2008 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Hello Zac & Team Sunderland,

Thank you so much Jen for taking that picture and posting it so everyone could enjoy it. Since we haven't heard from Zac for quite sometime it's a welcomed site.

Jen, did you take that picture from a helicopter or airplane? Your correct "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" Great Picture.

I'm sure both Zac & Laurence are anxious to finally see each other. It shouldn't be much longer now. Hopefully Intrepid won't need too much work and both Zac & Laurence can have a little fun. Good luck getting all those repairs done and pulling Intrepid out of the water.

Cheers Mate,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

September 17, 2008 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

WOW!! Great photo!!! THANKS!
Fair winds, best wishes for a safe landing in Darwin!

September 17, 2008 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Hello Again,

Well I answered my own question about the plane or helicopter. I only saw yesterdays post after sending my first post today. So I know the picture was taken from a plane.

Thanks Jen,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

September 17, 2008 at 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,

Cool photo of Intrepid. I am sure that Laurence would have loved to just jump out of the plane to be closer to Zac, if it were at all possible.

It won't be long now.

God speed.

Linda and Bill
Washington DC

September 17, 2008 at 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Axel said...

Great pic on Intrepid. Looks like he is cruising right along. Looking at Google Earth. Does that boat yard has a concrete ramp on the beach to haul out boats? Like to see pics from that manouver :-)

September 17, 2008 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Joy on Journey said...

I am believing that I can say "WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA, ZAC!" Many blessings and good things while you are on land. TOTAL refreshing/rejuvenation would be good. Is that too much to ask? Anyway...

Enjoy the locals and tell us what you learned, what you saw and who you met, and what you ate...And don't forget the photo IN FRONT OF the un-entered barbershop! ;)


September 17, 2008 at 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to this post this morning, you should by now have had the biggest hug in the world from your Dad!!! The entire Zac Pac is beaming from ear to ear, wrapping our arms around you as well! Rest, eat, fix boat, eat, rest ... ENJOY!!!

Brooklyn Park, MN

September 17, 2008 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Great picture!!! Zac your AMAZING!!

September 17, 2008 at 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on ya, mate! Now its time for sleep and great food....
Cheering you on in Alaska....
Kodiak Mike

September 17, 2008 at 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful picture, bursting with admiration and happiness for all of you right now... Take good care Zac, Lawrence, Marianne, and everyone else helping make this dream a reality!

Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

September 17, 2008 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Joy on Journey said...

Christmas Island sounds awesome for diving. YOU MUST if you can!

From their tourism website:
This unique marine environment is waiting to be explored!!!
Our scuba diving trips boast endless kilometres of spectacular wall diving, untouched corals, hundreds of species of tropical fish, dolphins, whalesharks, warm clear water, the opportunity to see magnificent marine life - what more could you expect from the ultimate scuba diving trip and experience?"

I sure hope you can...but enjoy Darwin first. ;)

~ LA

September 17, 2008 at 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture, Jen! Thanks for sharing it with us Marianne.

The currents are most definitely pretty calm out there...

@ Marianne: What was the longest solo trip that Zac has ever taken prior to this venture?

Melanie in Torrance

September 17, 2008 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

What a beautiful and graceful site to see.

September 17, 2008 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Daveh said...

@ Axel - I'm sure they have a sling lift...

@ Melanie in Torrence - I believe Zac's longest solo trip prior this adventure was a day or so. But I'm quite confident that he singled handed many vessels with mom and dad silently watching, so it's not like Zac was tossed out to sea...

@ Melanie in Torrence II - The currents are the direction the water is moving below the surface due to moon tides. I beleive what you are referring to being calm are "the seas".. The seas can be calm, but the current could be moving at 2-5kts, depending if it's open ocean, gulf-stream, or a narrow pass.

I believe that Zac had negative movement either on his was to Majuro or PNG for about 20 hours, meaning, there wasn't enough wind to propel him fwd, and the currents (tidal flow) pulled him backwards...

Take care all,

Daveh & Skipper

PS - Yes, fantastico aerial photo!

September 17, 2008 at 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT picture! Thank you so much!

Enjoy Darwin, Zac! Welcome!

Sherman Oaks, CA

September 17, 2008 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous CovingtonKat said...

Yo! Cap'n Zac!

Humming 'Waltzing Matilda' here!

It's fair dinkum that you're the best sixteen year old sailor I "know"!

Woohoo! By now you must be in Darwin - shared a big hug w/ Dad Laurence and all waiting to greet you - eaten something good that someone ELSE fixed (LOL) and gotten some rest.

That must have been soooooo cool to hear from your dad and know that he was flying overhead and you could actually see each other. I got major goosebumps just reading the last two posts and looking at that pic of the Intrepid - thanks SOOO much, Jen!

And thanks also to Marianne, Karen, the Majuro Team Zac, and all who are keeping us informed, entertained and enthralled!

Zac - Lots of huge virtual hugs are coming to you - I hope that you can feel them - I am so glad that you are safely in Darwin!


P.S. And, Zac, I can't wait to read what you have to say about all the recent goings on...

September 17, 2008 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

You're right, a picture is worth a thousand words and even some tears of joy as well!
It's amazing how we can feel such pride and emotion for a young man (and his family) that we have never met.
This journey just keeps getting better all the time. I share the same question as Jen has. What will we all do when this adventure is over?

Laurence and Zac,
Enjoy Darwin and your time together!

Tucson, AZ

September 17, 2008 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Rich Norman said...

After yesterdays blog posting ("News from Darwin") there was an inquiry from "elizabeth / usa" related to the phrase "don't want to hove to off the port".

The term "heave to" refers to lashing the sails and rudder in such a way as to stop forward progress. The mainsail is set in a way as to make the boat move forward, while at the same time attempting to turn the boat towards the wind. The foresail is set (lashed to the upwind side of the boat) so as the tend to drive the boat backwards, while trying to turn it away from the wind. If everything is set properly an equilibrium is established with the boat quietly drifting slowly sideways.

In Zac's case he probably mentioned this because he may not have wanted to enter the Darwin area at night. Heaving to allows for basically "parking" the boat while awaitng daylight.

September 17, 2008 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


As one mother to another - When do you get to meet up with Zac? Getting all the reports is great, but you need a hug from your son!!

All our prays are with Zac for a safe trip and your family for peace of mind.

September 17, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Hi There Zac,

Well Done!~ Well done!~

Enjoy your R&R and may Intrepid be
back in tip top condition very soon. The aerial photo is amazing.

We are very proud of you Zac, and the entire Sunderland Team!

Bob in OKC

September 17, 2008 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Heather Wilds said...

Awesome picture...so happy to see the Intrepid and knowing that Zac is sailing along happily and safe.


September 17, 2008 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

OK we all should go to our local "OUTBACK" for dinner in honor of Zac this weekend!! Also wondering if any thought on a "Half way" shirt yet?

Bermuda Dunes CA

September 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Fantastic picture! Zac you and Intrepid are looking fine. Enjoy your rest & good food in Darwin.

Annapolis, MD

September 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Ginger in Colorado said...

It's so cool to see the photo and give us all a "reality check" that Zac is on track and doing well. What an amazing shot and I for one, really needed to see this! Thanks Jen!

Blessings for a safe and speedy fix to Intrepid and then some d-o-w-n time!

September 17, 2008 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Sugarbear7 said...

Oh so smooth! I can not sit by quietly now. I have been following Zac's adventures since he left MDR, and enjoying the venture and everyones post and not saying anything. So this is my very first post, hope it works. The picture today just took my breath away. Mom, Dad and all the Zac supporters I share your pride.
Zac you are a brave man, that has a great passion for life. Wow!
from Hiram, GA

September 17, 2008 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger STEVE B said...

The actual sight of the boat at sea really contrasted nicely with reading the blog and was exciting to see. I bet Zac had a similar reaction to Dad flying overhead!

Go Zac, Go!

Birmingham, AL

September 17, 2008 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Uncle Hectic said...

I'm sure Zac will be ready for a great big Australian steak, he should try the Hog's Breath Cafe; it's only a block or two from the waterfront and is known for the best Prime Rib Steaks in Australia. Good luck with the haul out, and Zac I'm looking forward to a post from you one of these days.

September 17, 2008 at 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

Beautiful pic of Intrepid sailing along!

Zac, hope you finally made it to Darwin safe and sound. Enjoy your time with Dad, eat well, rest and take in the sights. Hope all repairs go well.

You have accomplished so much and will continue to do so. Take care!

Dick & Gin

September 17, 2008 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

My family home schools too. We are studying about the South Pacific Ocean and found out about your trip. We are going to be praying for you. I am amazed that a young person can sail around the world alone. You are very brave! Have a great time with your dad.
age 11

September 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Xray said...

G'day mate.
Very cool pic.
Tie me kangaroo down sport and try some good wholesome Australian cuisine.
Fair winds....._/)

September 17, 2008 at 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great picture!! Love it. Glad to know what's up. Have a good time, Zac.

Houston, TX

September 17, 2008 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir Captain Zac, YOU, are the MAN

August 9th(40days),seems so long long ago,as you glided out of Majuro, so so much has happened...
and you've handled it all excellently, how you're growing!!
yes that is, "amazing grace"...

The glimpse of beautiful "Intrepid"
she looks angelic as her sails closed hauled look like wings, holding her precious cargo..."YOU"

the view for you, Laurence the same as Zac's other FATHER sees him every moment of every day.

how your first sighting must have been beyond words,
after all the blue miles you'ld traveled at some 500 plus miles an hour just to get there,

yeah man, you just couldn't hang and wait at the dock, LOL...
in the movie the tears are all gonna be flowing for sure.
You, Marianne, Team Sunderland, and all the other Team Supports, along with all the ZacPac'ers... bustin out all over so very very proud,
what a privelege to be on this journey... what a privelege

You are so courageous Zac, really courageous...
not just the physical endurance, but the mental and emotional as well...
Josiah age 11 summed it up best
"you are very brave,"
lonliness can be excrusiating at times, remember the hitch hiking "booby"

Darwin is gonna be a great great experience,

Lots to do, but you Sunderlands
never faded under a challenge, thats for sure and faithful "Intrepid", she needs a good going over to prep her for this next leg...

be great for you, Marianne to start your blog... give us a heads up on all the other Sunderland Team, ages, b'days and the like, after all we're all in this together...LOL

mark n adino Vicksburg,Mississippi

Zac be at peace
in your FATHER'S arms
be at peace

September 17, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so glad to here zac is on land and safe. I can not believe how far he is going! zac: why are you not posting? we miss you! although word from anyone is always nice, its super duper nice to here from you! THE zac!

September 17, 2008 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger MissWarren said...

Is it justme or am I the only one checking every few hours to see if Zac has made it to Darwin!?!

September 17, 2008 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Hello Marianne. This is the most beautiful picture in the world! Intrepid is proudly sailing along as she & Zac head into Darwin. Once they arrive, both deserve a long rest and a plenty of TLC!! We all can rest a bit too and get ready for the next leg of Zac's adventure.

Marina del Rey & Santa Clarita, CA

September 17, 2008 at 7:46 PM  

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