Sunday, September 14, 2008

Update and Notes from Mom


Planet Zac from the Mariner Mag in Marina del Rey
Photo by Pat Reynolds
Latest Position: 09/14/08 0630Z 10 44.0S 134 02.0E


From Karen Earnshaw:


Had great, really great, copy on Zac this evening (6:30pm Majuro time). Here’s how it went:
“I’m doing about four knots right now… had about 12 knots of wind for a while.
“Right now I’m at:
10 degrees and 44 minutes South and
134 degrees and 02 minutes East.
“I have about 280 miles to go to Darwin .”
He has a couple of tacks to make before he’s headed straight for Darwin .
He says this will take “three or four days”.
When he gets in and hauled out “We need to work on the ‘faring’ on the rudder.” As well, presumably, other bits and pieces that’s normal for boats that have done lots of miles at sea.
Did you catch any fish, Zac? “I’ve seen a couple of fish real close, but didn’t manage to hook ’em.”
On another foodie front, you may remember that a couple of people in Majuro presented Zac with ‘makwon’, the preserved pandanus fruit traditionally used by Marshallese voyagers in centuries gone by. “I’ve just got a quarter of one left hanging over the galley,” he said. “Well, you’d better scarf it and anything else fresh you’ve got,” said Cary on the yacht Seal, “because Australian Customs will take most anything ‘fresh’ when they get on board. That includes eggs, vegetables, canned beef…”
“Oh no,” Zac cried. “I’m pretty much stocked up for the Cape (meaning the Cape of Good Hope ). Fortunately for him, Darwin is a bustling city with everything he needs to provision before he heads off into the Indian Ocean , which dad Laurence predicts will be about September 26.


I'm having to get pretty creative with the titles here. Light winds, calm seas, no wind, no swells, no fish, ??? I'm sure there is something going on of some interest but I don't know what it is...


Food: As far as Zac's food goes, I guess it can seem pretty boring but he does have a wide variety of food on board. He has/had tons of dried fruit, nuts, Lara Bars, Clif Bars etc. He has P,B & J, canned tuna, chicken and beef, canned fruit and veggies. He also had donated some pretty awesome powdered meal supplement. I'll get Dawn Zeigler to give me a quote on the stuff but it is complete nutrition in a powder that is mixed with water. He also has Barley Green and food-based vitamins. If the kid is malnourished I would be surprised. He doesn't have much of an appetite at sea sometimes. After Daveh's description of what Zac is experiencing motion-wise these days, I'm not even hungry!


Where will Zac keep his boat while in Darwin? Zac will be pulled out of the water at Spot On Marine but first he'll anchor in Cullen Bay to await customs. He won't be able to go into a marina because he doesn't have insurance. He probably won't need one since he'll likely be in the yard for his entire stay.


What does 'widening sched' mean? Not sure but using context clues I would say that it means more and more people are joining in during their scheduled radio time.


How do you use Facebook? Maybe there is someone out there who could comment on this? I am fumbling my way around it myself.


Windvane/point of sail question: I'll have to ask Zac when we reestablish phone/email contact.


Personal thoughts:


Great to hear from Bill Mann again.


Hi JP! You beat Zac to Oz!


Hi Dusty! What a surprise and blessing to hear from you. Be sure to keep in touch. I'm sure your vast boating experience will continue to be a help to Zac. I remember when we were about to go cruising on Amazing Grace and you were down on the dock giving Laurence much needed guidance! Seems like yesterday...


Mark n Adino: Your thoughts are such a blessing!


Joy on the Journey: I wish I had picked that name! Thankful seems like an understatement.


Everybody: Thank you for your amazing support. I think I'll have to start my own blog. I can just see Zac as he reads all this...


Cheers,

Marianne

43 Comments:

Anonymous Brian in DC said...

Marianne,

Thanks for the update. For us armchair cruisers, the blog once again brings to life the reality of the difficulty of a circumnavigation.

Brian in DC

September 14, 2008 at 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everyone,

To view Zac's profile on Facebook - you have to join Facebook, which means you have to have an email account. Once you put in some rudimentary information and get logged in, do a search for "Zac Sunderland" and a few will pop up. Click on "our" Zac's profile and then "add" him as a friend. Then, once confirmed, you will be able to watch his videos, see pictures, and hear what all the other people on Facebook are saying about him.

It's actually quite fun...

Mike - Team Zac

September 14, 2008 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger David B. said...

Oh Geez, where did this pic come from? Holding the whole world in his hand? Awesome.

I admire the boy and I'm hoping, and yes, praying for his success. And that image is cool as **** but let's hope he doesn't get an outsized ego over this.

God bless ya Zac. I know you'll return to your family safe and sound, and wiser for the experience, but I also hope they'll still know you as their beloved son and brother.

May the sun shine proudly on your face,

-dave-

September 14, 2008 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marianne,

Great to hear an update on Zac's status via Majuro. So grateful for their updates. Ugh, three or four days before he reaches Darwin? Not fun.

Food wise, it sounds like Zac has a wide variety of foodstuffs on board to keep him strong. I'll cross that off of my short list of concerns LOL!

Looking forward to his arrival and his reunion with Laurence in Darwin. Sounds like there's lots of work to be done. I hope Laurence and Zac find that Intrepid is in good shape at this point in her journey.

Melanie in Torrance

September 14, 2008 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

I Marianne,

Don't try to understand Facebook. In Zac's case it works in getting out the story within a network of friends that will keep growing as more people are accepted as friends.

But in real life Facebook is a social networking site that actually keeps you from being "social" in person, and just be social in an impersonal way, hiding behind a keyboard, and computer screen.

Its just another way for people to not interact in person, same as text messaging. Its a generational thing. Another example of societal decline.

In my opinion of course :)

September 14, 2008 at 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are a few more tips on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com

http://www.facebook.com/help.php?new_user_guide

Hope this helps.

Jp in Germany

September 14, 2008 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Billabong Blog said...

Zac,

Speaking of food, there are some things you HAVE to try before you leave Darwin. Go to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (Thursday or Sunday Night) and look for the Road Kill Cafe. You can get Croc, Roo, Posum and a whole lot more. After the Pigs blood from Majuro, this will seem normal. In fact they sell Roo and Croc in the grocery store as "Gourmet Game".

Good luck with the repairs and enjoy all your new packages (iPods.. we consider them essential cruising gear).

September 15, 2008 at 2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi to Zac, Team Sunderland and Zac Packers,The updates are great.  Zac, you  must feel as if you are crawling. I am sure your dad is anxious as well.My husband spent 20 years in the Navy and they would be gone for months on end.  He said the slowest part of a trip (which could take anywhere between 3 months to 9 months), was the last 100 miles or so.  Everyone got what they called "Channel Fever".  They just couldn't get off that boat fast enough. I am sure that Zac can identify with this.Here is to a safe journey to Darwin with very little drama. Zac, on the positive side, at least you should be very rested when you arrive, compared to your trip in to PNG.So glad to hear that you are doing well.Marianne...great idea.  We would love to read your blog.  Linda and BillWashington DC(Counting down to our move to Camarillo)

September 15, 2008 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Hello Team Sunderland & Everyone,

It's great to receive these updates from Karen and Marianne. You are all doing a great job of keeping us informed.

Hopefully Zac will be able to eat most of the food he had before OZ takes it all away. You never know he might gain some weight now just because he doesn't want to loose all that food purchased on his last port.

Seems like Zac entry will take a little longer than expected. At least everything is going well with the exception of all the repairs that need to be made. Hopefully Zac will make it out of the yard and see a little of Darwin. Have a sfe journey into Darwin.

Sail On,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

September 15, 2008 at 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Karyn in Simi said...

Thanks Marianne for answering all the questions, and big thanks to Karen for the great updates.

Zac, sounds like very slow going, but you WILL get there! Remember to stay alert anyway - no complacense (sp?)!

Best to all the Sunderlands, wherever in the world they are, and prayers to families affected by the train wreck and Hurricane Ike. We know a few of the families here in Simi who have been affected, fortunately, all their loved ones will return home.

Karyn in Simi

September 15, 2008 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zack Team:

Thanks for all the hard work and the reports. I know very little about sailing so when you talk about hauling out the ship, that sound like major work. Does this have to do with the leaks, and the shoe (?????) If anyone can help me learn more about what is going on during this next visit I would appreciate very much.

You all keep up the great work. Have fun Zac and the Road Kill sounds very interesting. Let us know if you travel there.

Bill
Minneapolis

September 15, 2008 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Marianne, Laurence, Zac and the Zac Pac ! I have been in Mexico for the last week down on the Yucatan Pennisula and Cozumel. Zac you must see this area and you will be close by when you go through Panama. WOW ! I sailed on a Hobie Cat which was extremely fast and fun. They are pretty squrriely and hard to manuver but a lot of fun. My thoughts were with you the whole time. I told the Mexican guys in charge of the boat about your quest and they thought you were "muey loco" but they enjoyed my gringo spanish and we all had a great time sailing.

September 15, 2008 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Peter -
Welcome to the new milennium! Without some of this technology you would not be able to participate in this adventure with Zac. I embrace the technology of today - It's my kids' future. I see my kids as assets to society - not part of the decline of society.
MNFamily

September 15, 2008 at 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE the picture of Zac holding the world!

Thanks so much Karen and Marianne for the updates. Zac must be quite anxious to get to Darwin, sleep and eat, see Dad, get to work... Looking forward to his arrival!

Also thoroughly enjoyed the video on facebook about food and the meal preparations on Intrepid. Funny stuff!

I hope you get to the Road Kill Cafe. Would love to hear about it!

Continued prayers...

Blessings,

Jennifer
Sherman Oaks, CA

September 15, 2008 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger KATE said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

September 15, 2008 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Daryl said...

That photo of Zac with the world in the palm of his hands is excellent. I'd like to turn that into a poster!

from Iowa

September 15, 2008 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Joy on Journey said...

That is such a cool photo - I saw it a while back when they did the article.

It is a bit of a bummer, I think, that Zac might only get a week in Darwin. I supposed that is part of being in a potentially "record-breaking race" - no time for "vacationing." I have no doubt that Zac will have opportunity someday to re-visit these places he has to pass through in a shorter time than he would really like. NEXT time for LONGER. :)

With all the work on Intrepid while in port - I hope Zac gets to do ANYTHING "tourist-y" - but even if not - GOOD FOOD, GOOD REST and SEEING DAD will all be something to be grateful for.

BLOWING ON YOUR SAILS FROM HERE...
LA in MN

September 15, 2008 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Jim, Yuma, AZ said...

Can't we all just get along?

We're all here for the same reason, because we're impressed by Zac and excited by what he is attempting to do and want to be a part of it, in however small a way.

Stay positive!

September 15, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger johnnyBgood said...

mrs "S" --- what would we do without you! thanks for the updates. zac and the entire sunderland family remain in our daily prayers. zac provides such inspiration --inspiration that gets me through difficult days. also---my prayers to your local family that was so devastated by the tragic metrolink accicent --and yp all ZAC PACers in the wake of IKE --God Bless You, and May God Bless Us All.
john baker/w hollywood/ca/USofA
jbaker1226@aol.com

September 15, 2008 at 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

Marianne & Karen,

Thank you for keeping us abreast of the latest on Zac. Isn't technology great!

Zac, hope you don't have to relinquish too much of your food when you get to OZ.

It won't be long when you'll finally get to set foot on land. So here's wishing you gentle winds to fill your sail.

BTW, that is a great pic of you with the whole world in your hands.

God speed!

Dick & Gin
Upland

September 15, 2008 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger j said...

Kate:
actually i've seen MN Family's comments in here for quite a while, and i didn't take it as mean spirited at all, i did however think your comments were a bit of an over reaction, and besides,
"same as text messaging/generational thing/societal decline."
not that big of a mental jump.
Rock on Zac

September 15, 2008 at 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marianne, thanks for the update. Several more days til Zac gets to Darwin?! Yikes! That's a long time (for me anyways:)
I love the pic of Zac holding the world in his hand. Totally awesome!! You should make posters of that.
Hope you don't have too much food taken away from ya, Zac. I guess you'll have to eat a little more, eh?!

Peace and prayers to ya'll. God bless.

Elissa

September 15, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@kate: breathe!

love the photo too! actually the whole website design is great.

if I may say something constructive... and this is in keeping with those comments early in the blogging that encourage Zac to write his own book and in his OWN words (and I whole-heartedly support that) which brings me to my constructive critizism... to the people putting together the video: please allow us to hear the sounds of the boat, the bangs and sloshing around instead of banjo music, it was distracting and really not necessary. I have nothing against banjo music... it just isn't necessary during Zac's footage. Zac's world is Very interesting, visually and in sound - simple sounds of the boat in motion, waves splashing and halyards banging are part of his journey, so please keep it simple and true to Zac - we want to hear what Zac hears including his flame torched toast! THANK YOU!! and thank you for posting his footage -

Gwenyth
- my first post, because I've had nothing different to add so far.. I usually agree and support every Zac Packer - just feel strongly on this one so I had to jump in! :-)

September 15, 2008 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just logging in to send more positive vibes your way -- good to hear from Mom & Karen, good that Lawrence is in Darwin preparing for Zac's arrival, and good winds to Zac to arrive there safely!

Take care all, enjoying the entries... Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

September 15, 2008 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Axel said...

Hi Zac.
Hopefully this slow ride will soon be over. My guestimation is late Tue or Wed depending on the tide too.
@ Dave.
Thanks for the explanation.
jibe preventer = bull stander
:-)
Axel

September 15, 2008 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Hello Sunderland family and Zac Pac!!

Again Marianne, many thanks to you for your wonderful update....how do you find the time???

My thanks to Mike, Peter and Jp in Germany for the info on Facebook. It will be interesting to log on and see what happens!

I bet those last few miles are just making Zac CRAZY!!! So close but yet so far!!! I'm sure he is so very much looking forward to seeing dad; what a special time for them both.

All blessings and prayers headed your way, may our Mighty and Kind, King of Kings keep all of you in his favor.

God speed,
Anita
Captian SV "Wombat"
Waterloo, NY USA

September 15, 2008 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger STEVE B said...

Marianne,

Thanks for the update. After reading Daveh's post it is hard to imagine Zac jumping off the boat and dishing up a huge plate of ROO or better yet, stocking up on Croc for the Indian Ocean. All it would take is a pretty girl to say it is good and I am certain Zac would dig right in. (Can't really fault him for that) It didn't sound like the pig's blood suplanted Zac's craving of In n Out but he couldn't be certain without throwing caution to the wind so bring on the Roo Burger.

Steve
Birmingham, AL

September 15, 2008 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Daveh said...

Axel, I like the german name better, more appropriate...

If you do it right, you contol the bull, if you don't pay attention, the bull gets you...

Try DDW in 10-12 with a 15kt breeze... Surf a bit on the downside, helmsan not on his/her toes and bammm, the boom end/clew are in the water and you're in a knockdown is not so good conditions...

Been there, done that, don't want to again, a real mess... The the Lord no one was seriously hurt and we righted, but not without vessel damaged, some screaming and some bruised egos...

I'm a VERY cautious jibe preventer / bull standard user every since, as you can imagine...

Daveh

September 15, 2008 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, sorry, didn't mean to personally attack - GO TWINS!!!
MNFamily

September 15, 2008 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate,
Why did you remove your comments?
MNFamily

September 15, 2008 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Scot said...

Marianne and Laurence,

Don't feel bad at all about updating us when Zac can't. Certainly we look forward to his views and stories, but you also offer a different perspective while keeping us informed. It's all worth reading. Thanks for keeping us up to speed.

And by the way, let me know if you hear back from NIKE please. I'm hoping you made a good case.

Zac,

Rock on buddy, you're doing this thing, and doing it very well.

My wife's from Oz (Sunshine Coast, Queensland) and she's jealous you'll be in Darwin for a week.

Scot
California

September 15, 2008 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

MN Family,

Let's keep the blog about Zac. You stated your opinion of my comments. Let's leave it at that. If you want to carry it on further, my email is listed in my profile.

September 15, 2008 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Daveh said...

Peter, Interestingly, I agree with you, but also, the critics of your post.. Life is changing, I'm in my 40's, surfed 20', sailed 30,000 plus miles, 10,000 in one trip, been through a lot, like you I'm sure...

I'm a technology entrepreneur, so, I see the traditional values and then the new way with technology also...

I think you 100% replied the right way, the stately traditional way, with regard to providing your eMail with an offline debate, I've had several of those... It keeps Zac's blog about Zac...

Kind Regards,

Daveh

September 15, 2008 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger laffing dawg said...

And here's to good wind into Darwin, Zac. I know you have one guy waiting for you there who will be mighty glad to see ya.

Thanks Mum and Karen. Your entries are so very much appreciated.

It's late and I just wanted to send out some encouragement from the Pacific Northwest.

Ta Ta For Now, Kathy, Bend, OR

September 15, 2008 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Donna H. said...

Hello to Zac, the Sunderland family and Team Zac, and everyone in the Zac Pac!

I'm the teacher of a fourth and fifth grade class. (Here's a shout out to NPCA!) This summer, when I found out about Zac, I knew I'd found something exciting to share with my students. On the first day of school, they walked in and saw a big bulletin board featuring Zac and his adventures. And they were hooked!

Every day, Zac, these kids have prayed for you. You have truly become a part of our class, especially as we discuss geography and science. One of our favorite things to do is check for updates on the blog. (We learned a lot about the Torres Strait during the past couple of weeks!)

Last week, we received the September issue of God's World News magazine, and guess who was featured in a great article?! My students thought it was very cool that they already "know" you, Zac!(Great interview, by the way, Marianne!) I'm glad there will now be many more students who will be learning about you and following your voyage.

We look forward to seeing more pictures and hearing first hand reports from you, Zac, when you get a chance. We know you're going to be busy in Darwin, trying to get back on schedule. But hopefully, once the equipment is repaired or replaced, all of us Zac Packers will have a chance to find out what the past few weeks have been like for you.

Thanks, Marianne, for all the wonderful updates and sharing the info from Karen. We love getting every bit of news we can!

Zac, you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers every day. May God continue to guide you and keep you safe. We know He is with you.

"[God], Your path led through the
sea, Your way through the mighty
waters, though your footprints were not seen." Psalm 77:19


Donna
North Richland Hill, TX

September 15, 2008 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Tomi said...

As always, like everyone else, glad to hear Capt Zac is making progress toward his goal.

Have a question, am understanding Lord Laurence grew up in Oz, might I ask roughly where & how far is it from Darwin?

Prayers/kind thoughts/lit candles for those unfortunates involved w/the metrolink tragedy & those still dealing w/the aftermath of Ike.

Agreed on the poster of Capt Zac holding Gaia in his hand. Are any of the ZacPac in the printing business? If yes, could you co-ordinate w/Lady Marianne to get them put on QBaroo? Am guessing maybe 500-750 w/the proceeds going toward Capt Zacs journey? If no printer is in the ZacPac, Lady Marianne/Miss Karen, please contact me & I'll see what can be done to facilitate this for the rest of the ZacPac to have another momento.

Maybe when Capt Zac returns home he might do an in person signing of the posters? Ya gotta be wearing the ZacPac uniform shirt to enjoy the honor of his signing your poster of course. ;) Maybe add it to the promotional book tour?

Capt Zac - beware the shoals as you pass Croker Isl.

HUGS!
Tomi/ATL

September 16, 2008 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Berry Blog said...

Nice newsy post. Enjoyed it. wonderful close up pict of Zac. Most are kind of far away on the boat. Videos are great though.
Thanks for taking the time to explain some terms-really appreciate that.every time I read a post I wind up spending a few hours googling on places mentioned, etc.It really is an armchair sail here.
charlie, maine

September 16, 2008 at 2:59 AM  
Blogger Willyboy said...

Thanks, Marianne!

As always, technology can be both a blessing and a curse. Without many technological advances, we'd not be able to share in Zac's amazing quest and it would be a more dangerous undertaking without sat phones and GPS and the like. And in many ways, things like Facebook (which I don't care for) and MySpace (which I do participate in) and blogs and UseNet, which started it all, have opened up the world to many people who might otherwise be "shut in" due to illness or other restrictions. So in these ways it can be a blessing.

On the other hand, as with many other technologies, it should be used carefully and not become a crutch or a mask to hide behind. All in moderation...

Sorry to hear the journey into Darwin has been a bit slow, Zac. I'm curious why customs would take anything canned - fresh I can understand, so scarf up that makwon - but the canned beef, soup etc. surprises me. Maybe they're just short on their own rations? :)

Cheers all!

Willy
milford, ohio

September 16, 2008 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous 4th and 5th grade - NPCA said...

Zac,
Hello from the 4th and 5th grade class at NPCA! We have some questions for you. Adriana wants to know if you've had time to do any studying, and when you get to Darwin, where will you stay? Will you sleep on the Intrepid, or at a hotel? Jay wants to tell you that the Cowboys beat the Eagles 41-37 last night! Haley wants to know what kind of food you are most looking forward to eating in Australia. James wants to know what your next stop will be after you leave Darwin. Katrina wants to know if you've thought about getting a cat or other pet to have on board for company like Robin Lee Graham. Kirsten volunteers to send you her hamster, and wants to know if you get bored when the winds are so calm. We think of you and pray for you every day.

Have a good trip to Darwin!
Cheers to you!
The 4th and 5th grade of NPCA

September 16, 2008 at 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photo of Zac - love the graphics!!

Hang in there Zac!

To Gwenyth: I agree too.... music in the background of the video wasn't only NOT necesaary it was totally distracting, quite 'hokey'. So I agree, don't mess with mother nature surrounding Zac!
haha (so to speak)

Rock On Zac!
Jen

September 16, 2008 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Gwenyth,

Thanks for your input regarding the videos! For most of us, we do indeed find the sloshing and gurgling of a boat making way fascinating, but for a young man at sea for weeks, it can become rote.
To combat this, Zac often listens to music on Intrepid's stereo. Sometimes he listens to music when he films himself, as was the case in numerous occasions on the Food and Diet video. For us to use copyrighted music in the video would open ourselves to copyright infringement and lawsuits. So, in the instance of the banjo music - it is there to mask the background stereo - not the background boat sounds.

Hope that clears up confusion!

Team Zac

September 16, 2008 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Hello All,

One more time, Let's really try and keep this blog about Zac and keep it a positive stimulant for Zac and the whole world to view.

We all have at times that Love and Hate relationship with modern technology. If we really think about it carefully none of us would be here right now without it. Everyone picks and chooses if they want to hide behind a mask.

The new generation is far different from the generation I grew up in. Since I was born in 1960 we didn't have the Internet, Email, My Space, Face Book, even a cell phone to communicate with while I was growing up. Some of this was good, some might be bad, but it's all in how we use it that determines who we are and who we become. The power is in your finger tips and you have that ultimate control.

Sailing now has become so much safer with all the modern electronics used for navigation and weather reports. I wouldn't want to be sailing without all the modern electronic equipment now available. I just finished reading a book call Fatal Forecast where sailors lost their lives due to a incorrect weather forecast. Not only did they loose lives but some of these boats sit at the ocean bottom. This all happened in 1980 and this would have never happened today with the current electronic equipment now available.

Enough said about that. Zac, I hope the last few days sailing into Darwin have you smiling and ready to step on land with a big smile for all those cameras. We know the last hundred miles are always the hardest but we are all here for you. A big hug goes out to you Zac and the whole Sunderland Team. Good luck heading into port.

Sail On a Bit More,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

September 16, 2008 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Fulgum said...

Hi, Marianne.

Love the pic of Zac and the Earth! This endeavor makes this his own tiny planet right now.

Noticed that there have been no updates so I trust that things are progressing with Zac. Darwin should be on the horizon soon. Wish we could all be there with Lawrence when Zac arrives. Look forward to some pics of the event.

Onward!

:)

Scott

September 16, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

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