Saturday, July 11, 2009

Just Another Saturday on the Sea

I'm still fighting light winds on my way back to Marina del Rey. The weather has warmed up a bit. I guess I have passed out of the cold current I was in. It's been really nice to not be so cold. As I get closer and closer to home it is getting really exciting to be finishing up this year long adventure. It is going to be strange getting back but awesome to see my friends from Southern California.
Just a few more days.

Someone commented on the blog about the white nave lights on the container ship. Even though you can tell which end of the boat is the front and what general direction it is traveling, it is still hard to tell at what angle the ship is heading and how close it will actually come.

I will address some of the other comments tomorrow.

I've got to go adjust some sail for the night.



Blogger Bill Mann said...

Not just another Saturday night on the Sea. It is the Last Saturday Night on the Sea. Next Saturday Night, you can do what a normal 17 year old does on Saturday night. A double/double, a movie, saying good night to your friends and sleeping in late Sunday morning.

To see the three letters in today's L. A. Times, cut and paste this into your browser bar.

See you soon.

Bill Mann

July 11, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Dude....Arnold Schwartzenegger...that's so awesome... you so deserve this and more!!
The day i heard about you on the Marc & Brian show i knew you were gonna be a star!!
Can't wait till i leave work Wed evening and pull into MDR!!
I'm glad your going to get your uninterrupted entrance that you and only you earned..
Just a few more days!!

July 11, 2009 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Bill Mann said...

hmm, the link to the Times seems to have been cut off. I will repost it.

Bill Mann

July 11, 2009 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Captain Oakridge 4.0 said...

I just heard of this. I am from Ventura County. Great work and courage! Very impressive!

Frank Huber
Moorpark, CA

July 11, 2009 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger myramir said...

you did a great wonderfull turn around the world,
17 year young man!
We all feel proud of you, and your courage
myriam a belg who loves Rodrigues island

July 12, 2009 at 3:15 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Wow Zac......I'm excited for you!! Glad to hear you're getting into some warmer waters, it's never fun being cold on a boat!!

Stay safe, have fun these last few days!

Waterloo, NY
Captain SV "Wombat"

July 12, 2009 at 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another saturday at sea!? its ur last saturday so hope ur injoying it! tell us more about how ur fealing please!!!
So cool ur so cloce to home, u can do it!

July 12, 2009 at 4:00 AM  
Blogger kenintoronto said...

"When Zac does arrive, a big celebration is planned on his behalf, complete with a proclamation from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulating the teen for his historic feat, Caloroso said"

A proclamation doesn't mean that Arnold will be there in Person. Still, a proclamation is a huge honor and well deserved.

July 12, 2009 at 4:33 AM  
Blogger Rafael's Mum said...

Hey Zac, just saying 'hi', and well done so far. I have been following you and, probably just like your mom (I have a son your age), been willing you safe and had you in my thoughts. I haven't posted though and just wanted to say 'hi' and well done, as I know when you arrive things will go mad with all the press attention and you won't have time to read any mails or comments at all! I think what you have done is a spectacular achievement and please keep safe and have a fabulous return!

July 12, 2009 at 6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It is hard to believe that we have been following you around the world and reading your blog daily for over a year! You are such an amazing sailor and so brave! Wish we could be out in Cali to watch you come in..we'll be watching from Texas though! How exciting your life has been and is about to be!

See you soon!!
Heather, Sydney and Graysen

July 12, 2009 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger luke carrier said...

Zac, i just stumbled on to your site and i'm so blown away while also being jealous and proud of you, (i suppose you can be proud of someone you don't know). i'm 25 and have the spirit of adventure that you obviously have as well. i think that the lord creates each of us with certain desires and passions to live life to the fullest with his blessing. i encourage you to continue to follow your heart young friend and you will never be led astray! i live in Elizabethton Tennessee, so if you are ever in the dirty south let me know and we'll go get into some trouble. i'll be in costa rica doing some surfing and hiking the next 2 weeks, but hope your trip ends well. all the best.

July 12, 2009 at 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac: you are nearly at final port. Stay on course, God is on your shoulder.

God Bless

Balmoral Sailor

July 12, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Mann all the link doesn't show. The end doesn't show. Can you do again or show a different link?

Zac I've been praying for you during this trip, and am continuing to. Don't mean to put a burden on your shoulders, but hope you continue to be a good example for your siblings, your friends, and the young people following your adventures,

July 12, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Anonymous MAlmazan in T.O. said...

Hi, Zac,
I get goosebumps just reading your blogs. I live in Thousand Oaks also and feeling so proud of what you have accomplished. I know this is just the tip of the iceberg for you. I am sure there’s a lot more adventure to come for you. I wish I could be one of the ZacPac that will be waiting for you on Thursday in MDR. I will there in spirit cheering you on as you arrive.

God Bless and Welcome Home.

July 12, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Bill Mann said...

I could not help but post this. I hope Zac and his family know how many lives they have touched and the profound impact they have had. I received this email from one of the bloggers.

I don't remember where I heard about him but it was sometime in April 2008. I am a soon to be 81 year old grandmother. In April of last year my husband was in a nursing home and he had a picture of Intrepid on his wall. The highlight of his days was when I arrived in his room each morning with a print-out of Zac's daily blog. My husband died in August last year and most of my thoughts of him now are about how much he enjoyed hearing about Zac.

As with so many of us I have learned so much about sailing, geography etc. At my age it is helping me keep my mind in some sort of healthy condition. Although going through some of the hair raising adventures Zac has had isn't too good for the blood pressure !!!

I know I will never meet you or the rest of the Zac admirers. I live in Illinois. But I feel like I have made 100's of new friends.

Zac, this email alone makes what you went through the past year worth it.

There is no need to say G-d bless you as you are surely blessed, not only by the G-d of your faith, but by the G-d of all faiths, even mine.

Bill Mann

July 12, 2009 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Bill Mann - Thank you so much for sharing the e-mail you received with us. So beautiful and heartfelt.

I'm also so pleased to see the folks taking the floor who have been on the blog the last year, but did not comment frequently, or at all. It's so great to hear your voices.

@ Zac - Just a few more days. I'm torn between arriving early to wait for your arrival, or going up to the PV Bluffs above Rat Beach to see if I can spot you, and then racing you into to the Marina. I can't tell you how many times I've looked out into that bay and looked forward to the day that you sailed back into it. God bless you, Zac, forever and always.

July 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger JBo said...

I am so excited for you!!! Still praying for these last days!!! (And totally jealous that Christian P. will be there and I won't.) LOL

July 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Hey Zac,

How's it going? :-)

I was wondering if you still have those night googles. Are they any help in seeing 'ships in the night?'

Just noticing that Hawaii is only about 2,300 miles away now. That probably seems like a hop-skip-and a jump now!

But only 250 miles-give or take-to Marina Del Rey!

Keep sailing safely...

July 12, 2009 at 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read about your adventure in the VC Star..I am amazed! You are courageous (as are your parents!) and unique. Hope the memories of this trip stay with you for a lifetime. Not many of us would have the courage and heart to do what you have done. Welcome Home, and Good Luck in all your future life endeavors.!

July 12, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Axel said...

Hi Zac,
Thanks for the delay. I am coming back from rainy Germany on Wednesday and now at least I can watch you coming into MDR on the Web. Still don t know what to do after your arrival cause I will miss the blogs from the outstanding Sunderland family for breakfast. Enjoy the last few days on the water - I am sure your life will be different once back home.
All I can say - A job very well done.
Looks like Maersk is like Mercedes owners. They think they own the oceans/roads.

July 12, 2009 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Rusty said...

Imagine that you owned a magic carpet that could take you anywhere in the world where there was 6 feet of water and you knew how to drive it. Imagine that you are now 17 years old and had just taken it for a spin around the globe to try it out. What would you do with it when you got back home? Hummm. How long before you climbed back on and hit the start button? Remember---you are 17 and this is all before the marriage, kids, house, career, or health issues.
Just something to think about these last few days of pure freedom Zac.


July 12, 2009 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger PaulaO said...

I've followed you since a few days before you left port. I'm proud for you and what you have done. Wish I could be there Thursday to see you in but will watch the webcam like I watched the ones in the Canal.

Looking forward to continuing to read and hear things about you.

July 12, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous CEscabedo said...

Good Luck with the rest of your trip home.
I have always wanted to do something adventerous and this would have been perfect, but I am a little too old now to take on too many dangerous adventures.
I hope your family, friends and you will have so much to share for the rest of your life?


July 12, 2009 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Bill Mann said...

Very interesting article about the U.S. Coast Guard and pirates in today's Los Angeles Times.

Enjoy the article while waiting for Zac.

Bill Mann

July 12, 2009 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Zac, the journey you put your self through is a task even the most expereinced sailor would probably not want to undertake. Your training and determination were a huge factor. I know it is not over yet, I`m sending you my congratulations young man and wishing you all the best in your future endeavours.

From Leamington, Ontario Canada
Denis Baran

July 12, 2009 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Hi Zac,
How WAS your last weekend at sea? (At least for this voyage!) Hope it was great and that you were able to warm up a bit. Savor these last few days...

Blessings always!
WA St.

July 12, 2009 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Karin said...

Hey Zac! Congrats on the journey. First I've heard of it on the news tonight in Tampa.
We have a 28.5 Hunter that we've been learning on and can't imagine doing what you are doing.
Keep up the great sailing and be safe.
Karin in Thonotosassa

July 12, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger l. said...

it was a pleaure to follow your adventure! thank you and your family for letting me live viccariously

July 12, 2009 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

I'm sure you feel the summer heat in Southern California getting a little closer.

I'm so glad the media coverage has been turned up several notches. It's surely about time.

Sail Home Zac,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

July 13, 2009 at 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Kay AnderSon said...

Zac you are the commanding officer of how mature a teenager can be. I wish you the best in all that you do. And if this is a test of your best, I can wait to see your extraordinary.

July 13, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Trina S. said...

I just found your blog at the end of this amazing journey you are on and I so wish I would have been there in the beginning! Please keep posting and spreading the words that people so love to hear from you! I am sure this will not be your last journey into amazing adventures! I am inspired by you!

July 14, 2009 at 7:02 AM  

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