Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Beautiful Virginia Beach

I did my packing at about 1:00 this morning and then woke up at 4:45 to catch a 7:00am flight. Just made it and after 6 hrs in the smallest possible seat made for humans I'm in Virginia Beach. It is really a beautiful place. Flying in I saw all the rivers around here - definitely thinking about sailing them some time.

I've got a gnarly headache from all the plane air or something. Have to get some sleep I'm going to be on the 700 Club at 9am. Not sure if its live... and 9am east coast time is 6am in California.

Yeah for early mornings.:(



Anonymous Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher said...

Zac -- Back to the old days of no sleep, heh? Thanks again for keeping us updated on your current ventures. Speaks to your upbringing and character that you've chosen to use your fame for charitable work and exposure - thank you for that! Kids & teens can do so much for charities, with their enthusiasm and creative minds - I hope you inspire others to do the same.

So curious as to what your MTV meeting will be about - sure would be great to see positive teen programming on their, and I know if you did anything with them that's exactly what it would be.

Also very curious about Abby's potential upcoming around-the-world adventure - any info for us on that?

Take good care, hope you get yourself some rest during your whirlwind travels! Peace, Your Oklahoma Well-Wisher

August 26, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Mouse on a Motorcycle said...

Wow, if I'd realized where you'd be, I could have saved you a night's hotel cost. My Mom has a place in Seaford, and I'm sure she'd love to put you up for the night. They have a dock, although just lazy motorboats to get out on Chisman Creek and the Chesapeake.

Still praying Numbers 6:24-26
Mouse in Whittier

Buy "Death and Coffee" here!

August 26, 2009 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger mwp62 said...

Hey Zac, Enjoy the 700 Club. As for your headache, you probably haven't gotten enough water this AM, get your self a good drink and keep hydrating yourself throughout the day, you'll feel a lot better!

August 26, 2009 at 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you might be on this trip by yourself?? I hope it all goes really well. It's great you're getting to see places you might not have otherwise. And as tired as you must be, remember it's all good---meeting new people and putting things in place for your future endeavors.

I like how you've kept your hair long, but cut it a bit to neaten it up. Looks great!

--Sue McGah
Laguna Niguel

August 26, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Glen said...

Hi Zac.
Hi bloggers…

Yes, long time without write nothing!! Yes you’re RIGHT…
Sorry to all…
Listen Zac, I just read a new article from someone’s ho tried to be the youngest solo circumnavigates the Globe .
Read this article. By de way , its written in Spanish.
See you around one of these days.

Glen Ingouville
Bs.As. Argentina

August 26, 2009 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Katharina said...

Finally was able to catch one of your interviews this morning on the 700 club :D ! Still think you're too ambitious for your own good hahah but I've taken what you said to heart, about us teenagers being in a box. Thanks for the inspiration, because I'm stepping my game up on behalf of all the other teenagers out there. But good luck on the dirt biking trip or whatever it is you decide to do next! Keep it comin! (:

August 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Your headache is probably from not enough sleep and water.

Signed...a mom in Oregon!

August 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger jackedUPjoey said...

Zac: Here's the deal: You tell the fine folks at the WM Agency or your publicist (whoever is arranging these appearances for you) that your ground transportation to/from the airport is by Town Car or Limo and that you fly Business or First Class---ONLY. Don't forget to include a 'per diem' for misc expenses. Do it right, Zac...or don't do it at all.

August 26, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

The headache is from the teeth..get them bad boys out!!

August 26, 2009 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Laffing Dawg said...

Hope you can enjoy every place you rest your head in this part of your Adventure called Life. Sailing some of our beautiful rivers and the intracoastal waterways would make a heck of a documentary, Zac. Could be fun. Thanks for sharing and enjoy,
Bend, OR

August 26, 2009 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Trina S. said...

Get some rest my friend!

August 27, 2009 at 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I wish I had known you were in town. You are only an hour south of Gloucester!! We could have used you last night on our boat. We race a J/29 and have a great time!!
Racing here on the Chesapeake Bay is WAY different than California.
Enjoy your stay!!
Gloucester, VA

August 27, 2009 at 5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were great on the 700 Club. Keep speaking about the Lord and how he was sailing with you. Well, maybe if said that you would not have sailed around the world alone. ;-))))))
Let us know the next step.


August 27, 2009 at 5:40 AM  
Anonymous Grant Fjermedal said...

From: http://www.totallymoney.com/sailmike/

BREAKING NEWS: Mike Perham has become the youngest person ever to sail round the world

Mike will be arriving at Gunwharf Quays at 11am on Saturday 29th August

On 18th November 2008, 16-year-old Mike Perham set out to become the youngest person to sail around the world single-handed in his yacht, TotallyMoney.com.

The story so far

Mike has battled on as TotallyMoney.com has been knocked over, battered and damaged.

Repeated autopilot failures put Mike’s record attempt at risk, forcing him to stop for repairs in Portugal, Gran Canaria and Cape Town. After finally overcoming those problems, Mike crossed the Southern Indian Ocean in March, celebrating his 17th birthday enroute, but was forced to stop again in Tasmania and then Aukland after serious rudder problems emerged.

Horrendous weather in the Southern Ocean saw Mike surfing down 50 foot waves in 50 knot winds at speeds up to 28 knots. TotallyMoney.com was knocked down and damaged forcing Mike to make emergency repairs up the mast and pushing him much farther North than he originally intended.

Opponents of the attempt have questioned whether anyone with so little experience, let alone a minor, should be allowed to make such an attempt. Much less, thanks to the delays, at a time of year when the weather is so inhospitable, but Mike has pushed on and is set to prove his critics wrong. Barring any further complications, Mike is expected to arrive at his final destination, Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth at the end of August 2009.

Mike has recorded the voyage in his blog and with video diaries which have become an inspiration to thousands – just a few of the many highlights are below:

(For the rest, you can go to the site. Mike has GREAT blogs, including video blogs. To read or add responses, just double click on the Blue Headlines above each blog entry.)

Mike posted a very nice congratulatory note on his blog to Zac when Zac finished his cruise.

August 27, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

Hey Zac,
Caught your interview on the 700 Club and really enjoyed it. I was glad to see that your interviewer actually let you talk and didn't keep interupting you like so many of them do.
Keep on enjoying your moment in the spotlight!
Tucson, AZ

August 27, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw that we were in Manhattan, possibly in the same museums on the very same days. I wish I kept up more with your blog since you've been back. It would have been great to have met you. My kids and I can't wait for the DVD.
Heather in the east.

August 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Grant Fjermedal said...

CNN Video of Mike Perham Crossing the Finish Line to Become Youngest Circumnavigator


Nice video of Mike crossing the finish line (an imaginary line across the English Channel). Includes a nice recap of his trip.

The big stories will come Saturday morning when he sails into his home port for the big celebration.

(He completed his voyage sooner than expected, so I suppose he'll cool his heels out in the English Channel before making the triumphant landing at Portsmouth. Rather than move up the celebration, they are apparently asking Mike to just delay his homecoming.)

Two days ago he got hit by the tailend of Hurricane Bill -- with 50-knot winds and 40-foot seas. So it was exciting to the end.

Big question now is: Will Jessica Watson set sail next month as planned to try to take the crown from Mike?

Jessica "plans" a nonstop, unassisted voyage. But such things are easier planned than accomplished, as weather and the unknowns (breaking your rudder, losing your mast or electronics, or . . . ) can re-set the agenda.

As some of you may have already read, there is now a 13 year-old in the Netherlands (Laura Dekker) who wants to try for the record now (but the Netherland's government is trying to bar her from doing so saying she is simply too young.)

Should be some interesting years ahead for anyone who wants to follow solo voyagers on the net.

August 27, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac; What you need is an guaranteed invite to MTV's "REAL WORLD".

August 27, 2009 at 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Glen ! So good to see your post. Is business still buzzing? ha ha!

Grant- Thanks for the update on Mike. We all know records are made to be broken and I'm happy to know that he continues to be safe in that crazy boat of his! I'll have to check into his blog in the coming days to offer my congrats.

I've got my eye on Abby now, as I'm sure we all will as she plans for her own incredible adventure!

Cheers to everyone!

August 27, 2009 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Enjoy yourself Zac!!!
Waterloo, NY
Captain SV "Wombat"

August 27, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
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August 27, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Ken and Karen - Windancer -blueskymemories.com said...

Zac...Ken and Karen Barber of Blue Sky Memories here....We have an Islander 36' - Windancer that we sail in the beautiful rivers and Chesapeake Bay that you saw from the plane. We have sponsored you and have followed you since day 1 and have an RSS feed on our website of your blog...We charter Windancer - she is such a great sailing boat. Take care and call or come to see us next time and we will take you out. www.blueskymemories.com

August 27, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger ChrisS said...

I've been following since the Pacific and it was great to see some live footage during the interview on the 700 club. That shot of you securing the main while rolling to the gunwales looked intense. Terrific interview! Thanks for keeping us posted and let us know as soon as the video is on sale.

August 28, 2009 at 4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been an amazing year for armchair adventurers!

I started following Zac before he departed from California, and then found Mike’s blog before he left England. Both of these young men allowed us the privilege of being part of their lives as we followed their incredible journeys.

That they met in Cape Town was utterly inconceivable until it happened. In a display of true sportsmanship and maturity, they have each complimented and congratulated the other in their blogs. We have been witness to the absolute best of humanity in these two solo sailors, and I feel honored to have been a witness to their achievements.

Following Zac, I really felt as if I was experiencing the world. With the stops and the descriptions of meeting people in far-flung places, there was a real sense of travel and adventure. As a lifelong sailor myself, I felt that I had just a little bit more appreciation for what Zac was experiencing. This was the journey many of us wished we could take ourselves.

Zac, thanks for permitting us to come along with you, and thank you for demonstrating to all what a person can do if they really want to make it happen. I think that time will show how many lives you’ve changed by your example. I’m looking forward to what’s going to happen next with you and your family.

John MacGregor

August 31, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
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