Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Recent Travels & DVD

The last couple of weeks have been really crazy. We have been working late into the night on the final edits of my documentary Intrepid: The Zac Sunderland Story which has just come out.


Then I flew out to South Carolina to help out with the delivery of a Benteteau 46 down to Key West in Florda. It was a good trip - we managed to stay out of the Gulf Stream for the most part. The Gulf Stream rushes down the coast in the opposite direction to where we were going so we were about half of a mile off the beach where the current is less powerful all the way down the coast of Florida.


After a few days at sea, I steered Vama Nos into Key West dodging my way through all the reefs and sand bars that litter the coast line. We spent a day in Key West which was awesome during spring break, but then it was off to Chicago.


My good friend Will is going to a college called Wheaton up there so after a few hours in a plane I caught a train out there to visit. It was good times up there. I got to live some college life but the reason I was in Chicago was to speak at the Adventure and Travel show. So after a couple of days in the dorms I moved back to the hotel downtown and got ready for my speech.





























Will and I freezing at Wheaton College


The show was good - they had some awesome speakers including Capt. Keith Colburn from the show Deadliest Catch. It was great to get a chance to hang out with him and talk about adventures on the sea.


On Sunday I did my speech and slideshow presentation. It went well with a packed out audience. I had to run straight to the airport to catch my flight home. I got home last night and am working hard on sending out these DVDs.


For those of you who may not know about my little sister Abby, she just entered the Furious 50s on her way to Cape Horn and is doing an amazing job. To follow her solo circumnavigation attempt, check out her web site at http://www.abbysunderland.com/.


Well I've gotta get back to it here but check out my DVD for sale in my store at http://www.zacsunderland.com/. It really shows you what it is like to single hand across oceans.


Cheers,

Zac

43 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi zac are you getting paid this? and do you have a girlfriend

March 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Sounds like you are getting into the swing of the speakers circuit, which is good.

Also happy that you enjoyed hanging out in the dorms with you friend and perhaps getting some insight into college life. I'm secretly hoping it rubbed off on you ;)

I am enjoying Abby's journey very much. Are you going to be able to sneak down to the Cape with your Dad? That would be special!

March 24, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Kodiak Mike said...

Zacster-
Just ordered the DVD. Stay cool.
Kodiak Mike

March 24, 2010 at 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to buy a copy of the documentary but was wondering who made?

March 24, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Zac,
Nice to see you still posting on your blog...i follow you and Abby on fb too.
Can't wait to have a DVD viewing party..i think i was the first one to pre order it hahaha.
Laura
Bermuda Dunes CA

March 24, 2010 at 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Ryan Briggs said...

hey congrats dude you did what ive always wanted to do! I have a website that is for teens check it out and maybe post something on the forum. www.teensailing.weebly.com

March 25, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous dave said...

hey zac
i followed your circumnavigation and like to keep up with what you are doing now. Stay true to God's Word and He will make your paths straight. Keep praying for Abby, what an amazing sister you have.
from one who has sailed across the ocean in a small{32} boat,
dave

March 25, 2010 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Kay Wuske said...

Hi Zac,

I continue to read your blog and am following your sister now. What an inspirational family!

I pre-ordered your DVD, just wondering when it would get here? Didn't know if they mailed out the preorders yet - just checking!

Take care, and God Bless!
Kay - Ohio

March 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Rusty said...

Zac---Glad that you had a good trip and that the video is finally out. I am watching Abby's progress but am very worried about her. You adventure and hers are vastly different.

Rusty

March 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Hi There Zac....

I'm checking the old mailbox everyday hoping to see your dvd in it soon. Sounds like life is still pretty busy for you. Brandon is making plans to travel to Nepal, he will be there 2 years. I'll tell you more if you are ever interested. Sure proud of Abby, she seems to be doing real good. I check here blog and location every day. With her big following I haven't gotten as closely involved, but pray daily for her as it was with you. Tell your precious Mom and Dad hello for me.
Blessings,
Bob in OKC

March 29, 2010 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Tray (The Expert) said...

Just wondering when the DVD might be delivered. I ordered it when it first came out...

Tray M.

March 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Calisto Brian said...

Hey Zac, I followed your whole trip and loved every post. I hope I have a chance to see your presentation some time. I never comented because frankly I didn't know how or have the inclination to try it. I didn't know what to do anymore at lunch until your sister put up her sight. Then I started following Jessica when she left and now I'm a blogging fool. Abby just rounded the horn, awesome, and it made me think to check out your sight. You sound busy and I'm really glad your still getting deliveries in. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't get out sailing at least every couple of weeks. Anyway take care and when you get the chance to mail out the DVD's I can't wait to get my copy.
Be good.
Brian
Santa Cruz, CA

April 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Tom Henderson said...

Hi Zac,

Just wondering if you've had a chance to mail out the DVD's yet?

Thanks,
Tom

April 1, 2010 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger JimNearAtlanta said...

Have the DVDs been shipped yet? Mine has not arrived yet here in Georgia
Jim

April 2, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Zac and team, for the DVD! Our mail carrier brought it today - priority mail. Thank you for all the hard work that went into your round-the-world trip and this DVD.

Kim, Simi Valley, CA

April 6, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Karyn in Simi said...

I got my DVD today and watched it all! It says there will be a second one - will there?? And how do I order it??

Keeping up with Abby too, but her trip so far has been pretty tame compared to yours, which has its upside too.

I miss the daily check in and traveling vicariously thru your blog daily. Trip of a lifetime!

April 6, 2010 at 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DUDE! You've gone underground on us! Speak up boy! What's your role in Abby's trip? Any plans on the next adventure? Have you decided to take a break from your heroics and get some more education? Whassup? Had a great time following your trip. Hope things are well with you.

April 8, 2010 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Laffing Dawg said...

I received your DVD in yesterday's mail and Wow is it ever amazing!!!!! I will write a proper review soon but Hey everyone you have to get this DVD. It brings back all of the excitement of Zac's amazing adventure.

Can hardly wait for part II, Zac.

Have fun,
Kathy in Bend OR

April 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Hi There Zac,,

Well the pony express rider came by today and dropped off your dvd and never slowed his pony. As he rode off in the dust, I quickly ran inside and fired it up. Wow, I'm impressed. You have done an amazing job putting it all together. Worth the long wait.
Top job everyone!

Many thanks for the special memories and sharing a slice of your life with us.

Guess you already have a core group for prayer support for Abby, but let us know if you ever need any extra. We pray for her daily..

Blessings,
Bob in OKC

April 10, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Mouse on a Motorcycle said...

Got my DVD yesterday!

Watched it while frying up loco moco and it made me forget about my sore throat!

I'm looking forward to sharing it with my synagogue's youth group, as well as eagerly anticipating part 2.

April 14, 2010 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger nichenet said...

Hey Zac - Our whole family loved the DVD. Can't wait for Part 2. Best to you and Abby.

Dave

April 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always had something Laurence said in an interview about Zac undertaking his trip.

That was he took something away from Zac as punishment for something (that part irrelavent), and it was a result of taking away that somethng of Zac's that he reflected on his life (well maybe his actions), that motivated him to do this voyage.

Ever since then I've been curious to know what exactly it was that Laurence took away from Zac (I think Laurence said something to the effect something important or something Zac loved or something he cherished or something like that :-) ).

I'd love to know what it was that Laurence took away. Is it in the video or will it be in the book, or maybe Mom or even Zac can let us know.

My only guesses would be:

a. his surfboard
b. his skateboard
c. his xbox

Can it have been something as simple as that?

I can't think of anything a 16 yo or younger SoCal boy would find more horrifying to have been taken away.

It's certainly not his collection of Harry Potter books. Or is it :-))

BTW- for non NA people who know this voyage and Abby's voyage inside out, is there any way to incorporate the sale of Zac's DVD(s) through shoecity.com online? Or even setup shop on Amazon.com where purchase/payment/delivery is undertaken by them. Outsourced as in this case locally is a bit daunting for the security minded of us (nothing to do with the Sunderlands) but int'l recourse with a third party unknown outsourced cc taker is a no no.

April 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymous: The thing that Laurence took away from Zac was his playing football at the local highschool. It is covered in the DVD.
:) Mom

April 20, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I preordered your DVD a LONG time ago and have yet to receive it.Please respond with my shipping date.
o4_pete_sake@yahoo.com

April 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Hula Girl said...

Hi Zac,
I think it's cool how a homeschooler can do such AWESOME things.
2 years ago I took a class called Current Events. We used a magazine called God's World News and you were in it! I am not going to ask any questions 'cause I know you won't answer. But I just want you to know that I think it is pretty cool what you are doing.


p.s I am only 10 years old :)

April 22, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac,
Still waiting for my DVD.
Mike Sproull
9473 Huron
Pinckney,MI 48169

April 27, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zac
Have you guys been able to ship the DVD's to Canada yet?
I notice some have already gone out and I'm looking forward to receiving my pre-order!!!
Pam
Langley, B.C. Canada

April 27, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Hula Girl said...

Oh ya I forgot to tell you, I am homeschooled!!!!!!!
And......I met you before. And..........I took a picture of you. And..........actually that's it.

KaTiA

May 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude give us the low down while you're there. Good to be back, see your buddy again, what's Abby think about the place, what you doing, etc. etc.

May 9, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Skipper
You also have a fantastic story to tell
i've written on Abby's blog a few times you have done well for yourself hope you and Abby gets national geographic to tell your story I must say it took me a while but I thought I've heard of your father before Sun Yachts Your father should know hat I always wanted to work in a business such as his but I settled for E.O.F. office furniture In Van Nuys but i have been a salesman and manager for over 30 years I always say I can sell anything my heart is of the Sea my dream was as Abby's was but i was not born Into a well rounded family my hobbie Is nautical I build model sailing ships my favorite is the Cutty Sark well Sac I'm 57 years old and right now I'm on dry land I'd rather be out to Sea but that Is a dream still I have to win the Lotto so I'm still trying LOL well Zac you have done something that I wanted to do and still think and dream about doing It you our most Inspiring to this Guy sitting here writing of my thoughts I'm also second oldest In my family of ten kids I was born In germany and we setteled In Chicago In 1954 I don't know about sailing as you and your family do but I managed to Sail In auckland New Zealand In 1989 learned alot In 4 hours and Have been on motor craft through the years also Well Zac It was a pleasure to write to you today I know and have seen the 40 ft sailing yacht I want so badly but I have to win some big money to get hopefully with you and Abby's inspiration i might win some money and complete my life aboard my own Sailing Ship Your father and Mother Our The grandest People they should win an award

Thank You ZAC and Also Thank You
Mr. Mrs. Sunderland
For Such Great Kids

Your Sailing Friend
William K. Hass
mystic_seas92805@yahoo.com

July 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zac


hey Zac how about letting us here from you I have a great Idea for you you should do the IDITAROD IN ALASKA That will get you acustomed to the cold weather when you want to climb that mountain and the northwest passage I wish I can go with you

your friend William Hass
mystic_seas92805@yahoo.com

September 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damnit Zacboy where'd you go?!? I followed you daily for the entire trip and am going through American adventure withdrawal! Jump on a bike and ride down to cape horn. Then swim over to antarctica and grill up some penguin burgers or something! take your computer and give us the updates. Motorcycle around the globe? Live with the natives for a year? Don't leave me hanging man! I'm living through you from behind my work desk!

October 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi zac

We are students at a school and we are learning about some survival things and at the minute we are learning about you.

we thought you have a very good blog and snow boarding is one of my hobbies as well.hope your going on a new mission soon.
When u get this can u reply and give us some survival tips

Adam + Shi

April 6, 2011 at 3:23 AM  
Anonymous kenneth said...

HI Zack
i think that it was nice of you to help out youre nice

April 6, 2011 at 3:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Zac, Im a Year 6 Student
Cant wait till your DVD comes out And i had a QUESTION, Do you get Paid For this? im Such a Big Fan of you and Good Luck with your Next Mission or what ever ur Up to =] I Heard that ur Snowboarding, i Wish i Could Snow Board but dont get the time to , And did ur Sister Abbey Broke ur Record ?

Any Way Good Luck,

-Hassnain =]

April 6, 2011 at 3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Zac, Im a Year 6 Student
Cant wait till your DVD comes out And i had a QUESTION, Do you get Paid For this? im Such a Big Fan of you and Good Luck with your Next Mission or what ever ur Up to =] I Heard that ur Snowboarding, i Wish i Could Snow Board but dont get the time to , And did ur Sister Abbey Broke ur Record ?

Any Way Good Luck,

-Hassnain =]

April 6, 2011 at 3:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Zac,
I'm an 11 year old from a school in England. I am writing because my school's topic is for survival. So we are researching you and the things that you have done. Firstly, even though this was a long time ago, congratulations. It must have felt great to accomplish so much AND break two world records! So well done. I don't know if your sister has finished her thing but good luck, or well done. I don't know. How has she done? Or is doing? I don't know whether she has taken longer than you or anything but this blog was a little while ago. But I'm guessing I should say well done to her. If she is as skilled at boating as you, then she will have done well. Unless she wasn't even doing boating. I haven't checked. Good luck with your DVD and also well done on your speech! :D

Claudia L
Enland

April 6, 2011 at 3:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Zac Sunderland

I am a year six pupil and me and my classmates have been learning about survial.I have been watching a few videos of you on youtube.
Have you climbed mount everest yet?
What is your next mission going to be?! I wonder.
How is your snowboarding and sail? Hope everything is ok and your boat is fixed because I heard that it broke and your dad had to fix it.

From pO
Hope you can reply ASAP
xoxo
Ps the hugs and kisses was a dare from my friend!

April 6, 2011 at 3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zac i really like your blog it must have been real brave of you to go on an adventure. I go to long meadow school and we have been learning about you because we are learning about survival

April 6, 2011 at 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi hows life mine ausome

April 6, 2011 at 5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi zac,
i go to school in milton keynes and its really nice to see that your DVD is coming out! good luck with that and your an amazing traveller!

April 6, 2011 at 5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zac are you still going ahead with the mount everast?

April 6, 2011 at 6:00 AM  
Anonymous ruth said...

happy birthday zac,wow you are the big 20,now what?

November 29, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

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