Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Arrival Photos a la Jen

More fabulous photos from Jen Edney!

Laurence with Intrepid making her way in

You don't see this every day!!!

A rather tired looking boy with a rather tired looking boat

A kiss from grandma out from the UK!

Check out Jen's web site for more great photos at www.jenedney.com
and her blog at http://jennedney.blogspot.com/

Busy day for the ground crew in PV today. Everybody busy running. Laurence has a handle on the repairs but it is a BIG job. Imagine grinding fiberglass in 90 degrees with 90% humidity. Not a pretty sight!

More soon....


Anonymous Trevor Leslie, London UK said...

Yowser - I think that's what you can call a lumpy sea!

June 24, 2009 at 12:11 AM  
Anonymous Grant Fjermedal said...

Wow! That 2nd photograph, perfectly captioned as "You don't see this every day" is beautifully dramatic.

The photo is an instant classic. Hope it gets widely published for Jen.

Next . . . How about some photos of the damaged bulkhead and repairs.

- Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

June 24, 2009 at 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

I Thank God You made it in safe kid !!!!

June 24, 2009 at 2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tired looking boy with a tired looking boat." He may have started this trip as a boy, but I think he has earned the title of man by now.

June 24, 2009 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger Willyboy said...

Glad you're in a safe harbor waiting out Andres. Seems like a rather stubborn storm. And it looks like a nice ride as you came in to port... :) Sorry to hear about the bulkhead, but seems like you'd need to pull in somewhere anyway to dodge Andres. I hope you can get underway again soon; bet you're feeling the full from home!

Jen, as always, great photos! Thanks for sharing.

Cheers all!

milford, ohio

June 24, 2009 at 4:47 AM  
Blogger A. Lorrie said...

We're cheering you on Zac! We've been watching silently for some time now, but more intently lately. We are wannabe cruisers who have been inspired by your adventure. Hope the repairs go well and that you're back out there in time to catch the backside of the storm. Many prayers are going out on your behalf!

June 24, 2009 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger valntim said...

glad to see you are safe and sound in PV. What a surprise to see your grandma! Grandma's can make everything better. Ha Ha!
Tim Burns

June 24, 2009 at 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher said...

Oh, wow, Marianne - thank you for the update and sharing Jen's beautiful pictures again! So glad to officially hear that Lawrence is there in PV with Zac, heading up the repairs. And how wonderful that grandma has now gotten to experience Zac's adventure first-hand! Beautiful, sweet post - warms the heart!

Jen -- Your pictures have always been amazing and I've enjoyed them so much. They really bring to life an aspect of Zac's adventure that we would have sorely missed. The colors in your photos are so vivid and I feel really capture the moment. I mean, how incredible the sea looks in that second photo -- it is actually black! Thank you so much for your time, dedication, and sharing your beautiful work with us.

Zac, Lawrence, & Grandma - looking forward to reading more about your time in port - working, resting, and enjoying life!

Take care all, Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

June 24, 2009 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Joy on Journey said...

How COOL is THAT, that G-ma could fly in! AWESOME! then Zac has someone to "look after him" ;) while in port.

Wish you could fly down there, Marianne. But alas...at least you still have "a great life!"

Neat that Zac is at a port he knew from a while back. Seeing as he was zooming around on a scooter much of the time, he probably remembers his way around pretty well!

Looks like Andres is north of you now, but still tropical storms brewing all around. DOES NOT MAKE for COMFORT cruising! Glad dad is there getting INTREPID back up for the rest of the journey home!

THANKS L and INTREPID PORT TEAM for getting Zac taken care of.
SLEEP and EAT WELL, ZAC, while you can. Enjoy your Grandma too! How often do you get to spend time with her?? Try to appreciate her while ya got her. :)

LA in MN

June 24, 2009 at 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Brenda & Desi said...

My God, Im so impressed...in awe. You're safe...and the photos! I'm a Mimi(Desi's Grandmother), & I completely understand Jen's photo of you & yours. I'd swim if I had to. And I just realized something as I looked at the photos...something I hadn't consciously noticed before...your hair. I loved it getting longer, but it's also the difference in you. It actually lets us know how far you've come, how long you've sailed...and there's a look only saiors have...a confidence, unmistakably unafraid. (photo #3, awesome!) I'm extremely proud of all of Jen's photos, of you...and the hair. (of course, the sea. She's slightly aggitated.) I'm delighted you didn't meet up with the scissors!!! What character! Cudo's to your Dad, too. He looks pretty tiny out there by you in the photo, but he's there. All our prayers for a fast & furious recovery...and don't cut the hair! e & Desi love it!!!!!!! Happy your safe, from Atlanta, Brenda & Desi!!!

June 24, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Kodiak Mike said...

Wow! Great pics of your arrival. And Grand-mum all the way from the UK!
Enjoy another Mexican Pizza and be grateful for safe passage and an excellent ground crew! Holas to Laurence, Jen and crew----
Kodiak Mike

June 24, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

I don't think Oklahoma Well Wisher could have described how I felt any better! So that's OKWW x 2 !

@ Jen,
My goodness, what beautiful photos you've given us. The one with Zac and Intrepid, as they limp into port speaks volumnes about what Zac and Intrepid just endured. Battered and worn, but both have earned the name Intrepid.

Let the chant begin for Intrepid...

definition from www.merriamwebster.com/Intrepid

Intrepid (adj)

characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance;an intrepid explorer

Also, the one with Intrepid being assaulted by rouge waves as she battles her way into port is incredibly dramatic. I encho Grant's thoughts about this one.

June 24, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Gee, Intrepid kinda reminds me of how those Gemini and Apollo space capsules used to look after reentry.
Maybe a book should be written from the boats point of view, hey that could even make a great kids book!

Adios Amigos and hope you are back out there soon. It has been great seeing God's hand in this latest part of the journey.

Bob in OKC

June 24, 2009 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Well Zac, I bet you were surprised to near tears seeing your Grandma there! Just making it to port with a cracked bulkhead would be miracle enough, and then there's Grandma. Did you have to pinch yourself?

Well, I am soooo envious because a co-worker will be in Palm Springs at the end of the month. That's only about 90 miles from Marina Del Rey. I wish I were going with her!

I hope all goes well with the repairs and what is hopefully your final 'pit stop.' Enjoy what you can while you are there!

Oh, and yes....fantastico photos Jen!


June 24, 2009 at 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these photos. The rough sea shot and the shot of Zac really depicts that sailing around the world and into and out of all kinds of ports is no walk in the park. But with God as our Guide.......

And a kiss from Grandma - wow !!!!!
Much love and many prayers,
Bend, OR

June 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Karyn in Simi said...

I have been following Zac from the beginning, and I have to say that those three photos with the appropriate captions are probably the most powerful I have seen. Awesome work Jen!

Zac, life is the journey and what an awesome ride it has been so far! May you get some great Grandma-nurturing (nothing else like it) and food and sleep, and get on with the repairs with your dad.

Be safe!

June 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Welcker Family said...

Oh My Gosh! That is just SO COOL that grandma was there to greet Zac! Brought tears to my eyes, that is for sure.

Who is the poor soul being tossed around next to Zac in the smaller boat?

God Bless Zac!


Sandy, Don, Roxanne

June 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger MindWalker said...

Hey, Zac: Eat, sleep and be ... well, you know.

What a great harbor whilst the hurricane passes, and Intrepid receives repairs.

Laurence, what with all you have to do, here we are wondering if you'll have time to take some pictures.

June 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous The Kittiwake Kids said...

GREAT photos! Just love the one with Grandma! Great drama captured in 2nd photo! May God continue to watch over and guide all.

June 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Allyson Janell said...

Those are some great snapshots!!

June 24, 2009 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So thankful you are safe and sound Zac. I am really going to miss your blogging. Has been so enjoyable keeping up with your journey. Jen's pictures have been great, and add so much for us who are following your journey. Your Mom and Dad are the greatest too ~ Love your whole family. Wish I could be there for your arrival home and the great celebration to come. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers through it all. Do pray the repairs go well for you and your Dad. As a grandma myself, what fun for her to be there too. May the wind be at your back! Yes, Lord!
Land-locked in Iowa! Smile...

June 24, 2009 at 2:40 PM  
Anonymous David Burkebile said...

A big sigh of relief to have you safely in port. I agree with the other bloggers, Jen's pix are fantastic!

I also agree with "anonymous" that looking at the pix, one can see your transition from "boy" to man. You've learned much thru this experience, and grown up tremendously thru the process.

Many prayers have been "shot up" by my wife and I for your safety.

I wish that we could be part of the "welcome home committee, but just cannot swing that at this time.

I hope that you will continue to share your life on the net when you get home. This is just the beginning of the story.

June 24, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Franklin 5 said...

I think that 2nd photograph needs to be printed and sold....FABULOUS shot!!

June 24, 2009 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just had to visit Jen's blog to see more photos. Amazing photography! Love the glimpse of Panama culture in the people shots, too.

Ditto to Grant Fjermedal's request for pics of Zac's damaged bulkhead, if possible.

Best wishes to all Sunderlands, and especially Zac, as Homecoming anticipation builds, yet there still is so much hard work to be done. Looking forward to your next post -- whenever one of you gets a moment.

Greetings to all Zacpackers and welcome to all the new folks joining in here. CindyinCincy

June 24, 2009 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Good on ya mate!
Did you know your Grandmama was coming down to meet you?? That must have been so good for you! Once again your dad to help you out...priceless!

Marianne, you deserve some sort of huhe award...such a blessed family! Loved the scooter story last blog....no way would I have gone up that mast!!!

Jen awesome photos...thanks for sharing!

Continued prayers as repairs are made and the weather does what she will do!

Have faith <><
Anita M. Miracle
Waterloo, NY
Captain SV Wombat

June 24, 2009 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Well those pictures tell a thousand tales. Jen, what an incredible job you did with them. I loved the picture of Intrepid looking beat and battered. Also loved Grandma giving Zac a kiss. She must be so proud. I'm talking about both Grandma's!!!

I hope Zac gets a little rest but I know Laurence will be going crazy. Please let us know how things are going with the repairs on Intrepid. I'm sure the heat and humidity will have Laurence coming home with a few less pounds.

Keep Us Informed,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

June 24, 2009 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger David B. said...

The pic of Zac's grandma giving him a kiss is just awesome. Think about how worried/delighted they must be in Zac's adventure.

Nothing of worth comes without risk.

Zac my man, I envy you. I wish I had the ^*%$# to do what you're doing when I was your age. Never wait, never listen to negative people. Trust youself, trust God.

June 24, 2009 at 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Hi Zac! More prayers answered, young man! Glad you are safely in port with your dad there to head up repairs. And seeing your Grandma --- oh my! What a treat that must be for both of you!

Jen - I TOTALLY agree with everyone here... BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS!!! Thank you, again, for bringing Zac's journey to a whole new level for all of us! (Any plans to get a shot of the injured bulkhead?)

@Melanie, Kathy (from Bend), Brenda & Desi, and Oklahoma Well-Wisher... Thanks to each of you for your, as usual, beautifully written posts! You always make me smile. (Or cry, but that's another story!)

Praying for swift and successful repairs, and a little fun in PV!

Blessings to all -
WA St.

June 24, 2009 at 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome and well-timed stopover, and epic photos. If a picture is worth a thousand words, that choppy sea picture is def worth 10,000 words.

Sail on in safety and joy.

Jack Mulkey
in the South Bay

June 24, 2009 at 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Grant Fjermedal said...

I hope Zac's book has LOTS of Jen's photographs.

And I hope that Photo #2 of Intrepid in the waves gets a nice big display in the book.

I've been thumbing through sailing books for decades, and that photo #2 is one of the most engaging I've ever seen. The boat looks so small and heroic in those waves, just a bit of the jib flying, yet she's still heeled over.

That photograph makes Intrepid look like the Little Engine that Could -- some kind of heroic wee boat that is happy to be entering harbor at last, and relieved to be delivering her master safely to port.

- Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

June 24, 2009 at 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about emailing.. I just figured out how to use the blog..

Anyway, I too, feel so much respect and amazement for your achievement & glad that you are SAFE! Congrats & best wishes to you and yours. Best on the trip homeward. GREAT photos, too, Jen! I checked out your site -- all wonderful. >b.

June 24, 2009 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger jan callahan said...

"You cannot dream yourself into a character. You must hammer and forge yourself into one."
- Henry David Thoreau

Well done, young man. What grit and determination! The eyes of the world will be upon you when you arrive in Cali and it WILL be soon. Godspeed.

June 24, 2009 at 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Kubank said...

Awesome Job. i just learnt what you have been doing via a friend and i can tell you that this is AMAZING!!! Good on you with your trip and fair seas!

i will be keeping my eye on your blogs from now on. i find them really inspirational =P

June 25, 2009 at 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there! You're going to cross that goal line soon!
Prayers are underway!
Blog when you can get a computer. We'd like to hear from you soon!

June 25, 2009 at 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

@ Marie Thanks for your kind words.

Per Zac's Facebook account, he was planning on departing PV this morning (Thurs.)....

June 25, 2009 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Joy on Journey said...

I can't believe Zac is on his way out of there already again! I suppose it is time for "PRESSING ON" not sitting back... "GO, Zac! GO!!"

Amazingly quick repair. Lawrence in Super-Dad mode...

Hope those seas look nicer now than they did coming in. The weather just looks cloudy on satellite. Hopefully he has got some nice wind behind him as he heads back out.

BLESSINGS on all you Sunderlands and the Pak.
LA in MN

June 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

@Grant... Hopefully Zac will include a thought from you in his book! Always enjoy your posts - thank you!

(Your neighbor to the South)

June 25, 2009 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

zac, you are the man. our whole family has been tracking your progress. Amazing!!! much respect to you and your family. My wife is always concerned for your safety, I am inspired by your journey, my 5 year old girl is in love with you she sighs and says I wish I was 17 so I could marry zac. Give thanks and Jah guide.

June 25, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the repairs going? Storm's nicely disappeared at this time. Webcams all show sublime sunny calm weather.

Did Zac maybe find his old scooter rusting away behind Cafe Roma and decide to restore it? :-)

June 25, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Zac take off early on in his trek wishing I had the courage (and family support) that he had.

I feel pretty good just dropping the hook..... okay.... tied up to a mooring ball on the local lake. I've even done that twice!

Nice work, Zac.

Once you're back, stay with the right crowd.... avoid the troublemakers and groupies...... and you'll be on your way to a nice life.

June 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Bill Mann said...

A sad day in Hollywood.

Pray for our blessings.

Farewell Farrah and Michael.

Bill Mann

June 25, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Tomi said...

According to Zac!'s Facebook page, he left port this morning. May we all continually keep him & The Lady Intrepid in our prayers/keep white candles lit/send out positive thoughts until he reaches Home Port.

Bear HUGS!

June 25, 2009 at 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Mimi & Desi said...

Hey Zac, Lawrance, & Jen, & Marianne from the other helm, too. Seems like everyone has their hands full! Desi & I were thinking about all of you, hoping everything's going good, as planned...on the homefront & on I's repairs. Hope the bulkhead's cooperating. We'll send prayers up for a swift mend so Zac can be on his way. Maybe Mother Nature's getting the waves out of her system, & she'll leave you some 6-8knots, served with plenty of sunshine. Jen's photo's are fabulous. #3 was one of those "a picture's worth a thousand words", maybe it should be a thousand miles. Rest well. Till tomorrow, Atlanta...Mimi & Desi

June 25, 2009 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger MindWalker said...

To Jill Callaghan --

The quote's value cannot be lessened by correctly attributing it to historian James Anthony Froude, from his book, The Nemesis of Faith.

The complete quote: “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. Go out into life, you will find your chance there, and only there.”

Most certainly, your application of these words to one Zac Sunderland is entirely appropriate and accurate.

June 25, 2009 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Rusty said...

Jen---I agree with everyone else. Those are great photos! The second one should be made into a poster with the words at the bottom--" Do Hard Things". I think all of us who have followed Zac's voyage around the world would buy it and hang it somewhere in our home. Those of us who have crossed an ocean in a small sailboat understand the meaning of that picture.
Thank you for your great part in this grand adventure. You should write a book also.


June 25, 2009 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Hello All,

Most of the people in the US and many people all around the world had a shocking discovery yesterday. First we find out that Farrah passed. We had a three or four hour delay and found out that Michael Jackson just died, what a shock. I truly feel sad for both the family and friends of the deceased. The world has lost two famous icons on the same day.

Looking at yesterdays news events only makes me realize how Zac has been protected throughout his entire journey. So many things could have gone massively wrong but DID NOT. The love of this parents, immediate family, friends, and everyone here truly amazes me. During these times we should realize how important life really is. Take NOTHING for granted. We live in a frail world and circumstances could change a persons life at the drop of a dime.

So Long Farrah & Michael,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

June 26, 2009 at 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher said...

Hey, Tomi -- thanks for letting us know about Zac's facebook entry that he's off -- haven't been on facebook much latelys so missed it. I did see the national hurricane forecast center prediction of no tropical cyclone activity in next 48 hours http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml?epac, so was hoping the bulkhead repairs could be made quickly enough to get Zac off & rolling again... looking forward to a Zac/Marianne post to let us know more! Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

June 26, 2009 at 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Facebook first eh?

I guess we lowly bloggers will just have to wait :-(


By the way, where is that smashing picture of Laurence and Prince Charles at school gone to? Rather fitting with Granny from the UK on board what. Did anyone think to send Bonny Prince Charles an invite for the big day. Go for it, send a copy of the pic and an invite. Got nothing to lose :-))

June 26, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps we should all take up a collection to buy Jen a big camera?

Her mini camera and mini pictures are great, but require a magnafying glass to see. At least with my ancient eyes.

I can barely make out that chase boat along side Intrepid. Who that?

It's along side Intrepid as she's pulling into the berth (picture on Jen's site). It's an interesting looking little boat, seems very wide and flat. But alas the two pictures provided are too small to see.

WE LOVE YOU JEN !!! :-)))

How old is she, she shore is mighty purrty?

[pssst...just scroll through the camera settings menu and look for something that says 'bigger pictures' and press ok :-)]

June 26, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Will/East London S.A. said...

Another caption for the second photo:

(Zac January 2009)

---> Zac's reply to "somebody" saying: I also like to go sailing, but this, but that.....

June 26, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger PaulaO said...

It is very frustrating that this blog has not been updated since Tuesday. I've been very worried about him and the Intrepid and the long silence made me think the worst. Now I read that elsewhere he says he has left port?

No where on the main site (that I could find) is there a link to the Facebook page. It isn't right that the update be there and not here, the place that is so well linked to from the main site, the place so many of us turn to every day (often several times a day) for information.

Yes, I know folks are busy. Yes, I know it is a hectic, trying, crazy, nail-biting, blood-pressure-raising, nearing the end now kind of time for Zac and his family. And it is nearly as (ditto the above) for the fans who have followed him since he left port. The vast majority of us may never meet Zac but that makes our worry no less valid.

An update here soon would be greatly appreciated.

June 26, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Michael Sheetz said...

Looks a little rough our there, Good thing your in and safe. Saw the pics on Jen's site and was pretty much amazed, she is a very good photographer! Glad your safe and hope that hurricane passes you fast!
Trusting in God,
Michael Sheetz
Mission Viejo, CA
P.S. I like commentor Bob's idea of making a book from the boat's perspective, There some pretty gd book's written like that! (:

June 26, 2009 at 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Kathleen in Palms said...

Doug Pistone, I really like your post above. Yesterday was too much. It is thrilling to see the photos captured of Intrepid. I am in L.A. but have Coast Guard friends on the east coast asking me how Zac is doing. I am staying tuned as best I can.

Best shot, Zac getting a kiss from Grandma....Awwwww......

Prayers ongoing.

June 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Dude, I was at the Jiffy Lube today and I read an article in ESPN about you. You are one crazy kid, but congrats on being so AWESOME! Anyways I'm glad to hear your almost back to sunny So Cal! God speed!

June 26, 2009 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

@ Kathleen, that you for the comment on my post. I was a sad day for many.

Tell your east coast friends to log on Zac's blog so they can keep updated also. Thanks for spreading the word about Zac's journey around the world.

It was exciting when Zac left but I know his return will be one thousand times better. I hope you can join us all at the docks when Zac returns.

Hopefully we'll receive some news about Zac's departure.

Sail On,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

June 26, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Ed from Laguna Niguel said...

I have been sailing for about 50 years starting on the Chesapeake Bay and now on the West Coast. Following Zac's adventures has provided insites into remote areas as well as sailing adventures. Replacing the bulkhead is a job for skilled craftsmen since the structure of the fiberglass hull is held rigid by the bulkhead. Hope Lawrence and Zac can get access to the tools and materials required for the job. Can you update on the progress of the job???

June 26, 2009 at 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Mimi & Desi said...

Hey Zac & team Zac! Hope you're almost fixed, finding your way thru. I guess we're never done being challanged. You & yours are doing great. We're all bursting with pride at your stamina & courage in the face of the unknown. Know you're busy. Just wanted to say hi & goodnight! Atlanta headed to sleep. Mimi& Desi

June 26, 2009 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Grant Fjermedal said...

Agree with those who are frustrated with updates being posted on Facebook first.

My assumption is that it must be easier for Zac to post to Facebook than it is to do so to this site. Would be interesting to know what the difference is.

Meanwhile - when someone notices a post on Facebook, perhaps they could copy the message into a post here.

@Marie - Thanks for your kind words.

- Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

June 26, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw your story on ABC news, awesome, way to do it. Where does a 17 year old kid go from here? Keep it up, be safe and good luck in all your future adventures.

July 1, 2009 at 9:01 PM  

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