Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fun Zac Video

Hello All,
Mom here...
Just had a nice talk with Zac who was unpacking groceries from the rental car and checking off a list with way too many things to do today. He apologizes for the bloglessness. Laurence is heading out today so they are prioritizing and scheming how to spend the morning.

Meanwhile, Skype's blogger, Howard Wolinsky, stayed up late to videotape his interview with Zac. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and hope you do too.

Blog with photos soon!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WoooooHooooo what a joy to see and hear Zac on the Skype video. Here's that word again.....awesome!
Thanks a lot Zac for taking the time and thanks to Howard for sharing it with us.....that was a real treat.

Nice for mum too, eh.


February 6, 2009 at 1:45 AM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Hello Marianne,

Great to see Zac on Skype. Pictures are always good but video might be better. I'm sure your anxious to see your husband come back home real soon.

Thanks for the blog update and the You Tube link. Like always, keep us informed.

Enjoy this Day,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

February 6, 2009 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger Daveh said...

Funny, all this time in S. African ports has triggered a bit more of a Brit accent in Zac than he peviously had... Must be a latent DNA thing... [laughing]…

Super interview…

I'm sure mom watched it until she fell asleep being it's been such a long time since being with Zac...

Daveh & Skipper

February 6, 2009 at 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, zac! my name is Ben. I am 12 years old.I am home schooled, and so is my little and big brother.I live in Idaho.I think it is AWESOME that you are atempting to be the youngest person to sail around the world!!Well my mom is saying I should get on my math. Well I better go. We are praying for you. May God bless and keep you safe! Ben out!

February 6, 2009 at 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Oh very cool.. and so good to hear your voice again.
Take all in that you can while in CT.
Have fun & be safe on your next leg.
Bermuda Dunes CA

February 6, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Glen said...

Hi ZAC !!
Hi bloggers
What a great interview, always is good to see your advances throw your photos, and much better see you on line, in this case from You Tube.
I repeat, it’s always good to know from you!!!
I just returned from my vacation and I have to put all my things in order after a month that I don’t stay in Bs.As.

Glen Ingouville
Buenos Aires

February 6, 2009 at 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

@ Marianne -
Thanks for sharing the video interview with us. It's good to hear Zac's voice. It's also nice to see him relaxed and laid back enjoying his time in Cape Town.

@ Dave H -
Being a native Californian, I believe what you interpret as a "Brit accent" is what we Californian's call "surf-rat speech." The only word that was missing was, "Duuude." :)

February 6, 2009 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir Captain Zac, "You're The Man"

not only are you "the man",
but your "the bomb" as well... super great video...
whenever the movie is made there's only one person playing you..."YOU"...
...looking good and acting good...
you have all us, "Zac Pac'ers" grinnning from ear to ear..
especially the question
"how long you been on the water?"
...LOL, LOL....
moon's full in a day or so, so the timing to leave excellent, and you as well as the lady,"Intrepid"
ready to go...
@ Jessie, welcome aboard the blog, looking forward to your sharing...
@ Jen, your photo's say it all, super thank you from all of us...
@ Laurence, safe trip home, lots of prayers to be thankful for...
a remarkable son you and Marianne have raised, along with all the other "Team Sunderlands"...
@ all those on Team Africa, who have been incredibly kind hearted and gracious to Zac,Laurence and Jen, a special "Mahalo" from all us Zac Pac''ve been the hands and arms and feet getting Zac ready for this last "BIG ONE"
@ the ZacPac, get your "plans" ready Zac'll be home in a hundred days or soooo, LORD willing...

"Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly" Romans 12:6

hope you get to "sign" Mike's boat and he yours, and that you both pray together before your departure...

always in our hearts and prayers
mark n adino, vicksburg,mississippi

February 6, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Daveh

Zac sounds like he has a strong North American accent to me! :-)

Besides, how would being in SA make him sound English (which I assume is what you mean, rather than 'Brit', which would include Scottish, Welsh Northern Irish as well)? The SA accent is very distinctive and like nothing else. :-)

@ Zac
Any more meetings with Mike, who really is English :-)

February 6, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Daveh, what do you mean by a Brit accent - there's no such thing.

The British Isles has a wide range of very different accents, from a variety of English ones (compare Cornish with Yorkshire, for instance). Then there are Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which each has its own range of distinctive accents and dialects.

I think there is less variety in the USA, but compare someone from New York with a Texan or a Californian and you'll surely notice a difference. Zac's accent sounds Californian to me, and I'm not even from the USA!



February 6, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Axel said...

Hope you get everything you need till you hit the Americas again. Doesn't look like there are a lot of shopping possibilities in St. Helena. Wish everybody a safe trip.

February 6, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Fun stuff! Thanks Marianne for sharing that youtube vid with us. I was searching for anything 'Zac' or 'Mike' on youtube just the night before, so this was a real treat. And it is so good to see him looking refreshed, because in some of the pics taken when he has just gotten into port, I'm reminded of the 'Old Man of the Sea.' Then after he gets his 'land legs,' he's more like 'Sindbad the Sailor.' Perhaps it's the 'port wine.' I'm kidding of course! :-) ☼♫♣♠◘♥☻

Well Zac, I hope you and Mike get another chance to get together and perhaps Mike can meet 'Intrepid.' Then do something together in Cape Town that you will want to write about in your books. That being said, the list of things chaps do in Cape Town might be narrowed quite a bit considering thousands of readers will be privy to it also. :-) ;-)

@Melanie, that was hilarious...about the 'surf-rat' accent...Duuude! I've never heard about 'surf-rat' accent, but I have heard Duuude. I guess I'm too far from the ocean!

Well Zac, the next leg will be a pretty long one and the one after that even longer. I would like to see a picture of you and Intrepid before you leave for St. Helena. I don't know why. She was looking a little like the 'Old lady of the Sea.' I bet she is shining and rearing to go also!

Be safe Captain Zac!
Nagaa (Peace)

February 6, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Daveh said...

While I live in Florida, I have spent a ton of time in California (coastal and Sierra-Nevada Mountains alike) so I’m quite familiar with the California accent…

With that said, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in England and received a healthy lecture from a feisty cabby about American’s still be uncivilized, how to say 44 (for-ee-fore) etc… The guy had me and my business partner cracking up… He even went into the whole Cornish vs. etc.. area… A great lesson… great humor, I’ll never forget the guy…

I’ve spent time in S. Africa and Australia, and through my companies and business dealings converse with all of these, among others of course too…

While I agree with the poster about NYC vs. Texas, in my naive way, I sense similarities between the Scotts, Irish, English, Aussies and S. Africans…

Also, Zac’s heritage is potentially at play here, like mine, from Boston, although I’m a Florida Native, I still say things differently like dawg, paak the kagh, etc…

Thanks much for the insight….

Daveh & Skipper

February 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Hello Zac, Sunderlands and Fellow Zac-Pac!

Hope everyone is well :)

Awesome video, thanks for sharing!!!

@ Glen:
¡Hola!! Tan bueno ver su poste. ¿Cómo estaba su tiempo en el rancho? Esperanza era productivo y usted tenía un buen rato. ¡Tenemos mucha nieve aquí y mismo frío, pero no preocuparse como hacia fuera snowshoeing cada fin de semana, teniendo un gran rato! Enviaré una foto.

Take ccare and God Bless
Waterloo, NY
Captain SV "Wombat"

February 6, 2009 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger MarianneS said...

I have to say that, having spoken with Zac at least twice a day over the past 7.5 months, he is difinitely picking up and African lilt as well as a few sayings. I have always loved the South African accent having worked with a wonderful South African woman while in college. Just my .02!

February 6, 2009 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

@ Dave H. - You know I luv ya'

@ Marianne - Loved your $ .02! Mom's notice everything!

@ Glen - Glad your back from the ranch. I've missed you a lot and look forward to your comments on the blog.

@ Becky- "Surf-rat speak" is an affectionate term reserved for those young and old who thrive on chasing the biggest and best waves up and down the Pacific Coast.

February 6, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see the interview... I live in Cali, SoCal to be precise. His accent seems to a bit of a mix. Definitely is has Brit influence, surfer dude, youth SoCal (quick) cadence and etc. I did notice differences from previous interviews months before. Definitely some SA influence there. Which only means Zac is soaking in a lot including the culture. Sounds to me a great adventure!

Ali from Cali....

February 6, 2009 at 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking of accents....I was born in the States, lived in UK since I was 13, except for 3 years in Zambia and recently 3 years in Florida and when we visit the US, many ask if we are from Germany....go figure!

I luv Zac's accent... whatever it is...he's just one cool, surf rat speaking dude!!!!

Love your tuppence worth Marianne or is it .02

UK friend

February 7, 2009 at 2:13 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

LOL @ UK friend! Go figure is right!

February 7, 2009 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger MindWalker said...

To everyone in the ZacPac: Don'tcha get all hopeful each time you think to check Zac's Blog? Isn't there a great feeling when there's fresh word from Zac, Mom or Dad? Do you think 'Oh, Boy!' when you find a new photo or two?

At my case, sharing this experience, in this way, with the Sunderland Family is way better than Facebook any day!

February 7, 2009 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger kirsten said...

Great video your Going to set that record in no time.

February 8, 2009 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Tomi said...


@ Glen
Espero que tus vacaciones te trajo a casa seguro y descansado. Espero que su rancho está haciendo bien. Es bueno verte de nuevo a bordo:)

@ DaveH
Sure did stir up the comment board didn't ya! lol Interesting to see how well traveled you are :)

@ Mark N Adino
Great post as always :)

@ Lady Marianne
Thx for sharing the youtube link. Have watched a few times already :D

@ Mr Howard
Thx for sharing the interview

@ Capt Zac
Now that you've the 3 Rs (repair, rest, reprovision) completed, any thoughts about the next leg? You're still taking your anti-malarials (just had to ask ;) )?

@ ZacPac'ers
Thx for keeping your posts upbeat & positive.

Safe journey Capt, wherever your feet take you.

Warm fuzzy bear HUGS! y'all!

February 8, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Mike
how do you know Zac sounds Califorian if you're not from the US huh?

February 8, 2009 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Daveh said...

@tomi, melanie, uk friend, etc..

No foul intended here on my part obviously...

Consider myself a lucky man....... Many respects that is... Including knowing Zac, Laurence, Marianne and all the people I've met via the blog.....

I am thankful.....

Daveh & Skipper

February 8, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...


I said he 'sounds' Californian. Although surely you don't need to live in a country to pinpoint a person's accent. :-)

February 9, 2009 at 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Glad to see you made it to port safely. I was concerned when I saw the photo (prior to interview) as you are beginning to look a little like the old man of the sea. I noticed that Mike was looking good and also after being out to Sea for 5 weeks his hair was cut nicely. You tend to always wear hats, is that to keep the hair manageable?

You may consider a nice trim to make yourself appear a little more presentable to the press and your supporters.

Also, living here in California, I don't detect any accent.

Otherwise again good to hear your safe and preparing for your upcoming voyage towards your home port.

Go for it.

February 9, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just a question or two on financing such a large venture and trip. I too am planning an adventurous trip that I plan to obtain World Records on. My question is how does one handle the Taxes due end on all the donations, gifts, etc., that are provided to the Individual for the upcoming quest. Is there a special Tax code, or some way to receive these items without having to pay heavy taxes on them? Thank you for your answers in advance.


February 9, 2009 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger ratscats said...

hi Where are you!!

February 9, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi where are you!!

February 9, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Zac and Mike are apparently quite busy as none of them has posted for a few days. Are they busy with their boats or having a good time together? I guess both.

All the best and looking forward to hearing from you.


February 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Axel said...

Do I hear another Bill LOL. Don't cut if you don't want too. Bill probably already has a brand new pair of scissors in the drawer.
When it comes to accents LOL. I am German and when people ask where from I always let them guess. Well here is the list.
Just a few former US Army people hit the traget with Germany LOL.
On the other hand I was identified as a French when talking to my US wife in a German supermarket :-(

February 9, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger STEVE B said...

Great to HEAR an interview with Zac. I always thought while reading Zac's blog that I could detect some nuances in his accent. But then again, being from Birmingham, (Alabama, that is) we don't have accents so I can't add much to that discussion.

Glad that the Zacpack could add some clarification. Zac sounded like a world adventurer to me.

Hope the rest, repair and resupply is going well.


February 9, 2009 at 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Generally what happens people fall in love with Cape Town and don't want to leave. :-)

Cape Town is very S.CA like, like La Jolla, California. For Brits. It sure beats going home. Plus it's got cricket and rugby.

Once you in the groove, you in the groove.

And it's not for everyone.

All that and EU, GP USD conversion rate makes for a splended life.

Provided you are proficient with a handgun.

And we know Zac is :-)

February 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM  

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