July 16, 2009

zac sunderland

How exciting today when Zac Sunderland sailed into Marina Del Ray! He became the youngest person to circumnavigate the world alone by yacht. He left when he was 16 and it took him 13 months to go 28,000 miles. I watched him speak at the news conference when he returned and he was so inspirational. He talked about people he met on his journey and how so many of them live with hardly anything and what an impression it made on him. Zach has a blog too and you can read all about his adventures there. I love this story because when I was 12 years old another 16 year old sailed around the world. His name was Robin Lee Graham and there was a book and a movie about him called Dove. It was romance along with his extraordinary story of sailing the world. He met a girl, fell in love and she traveled from port to port to see him. They got married during the trip and are still together today. I must have read the book and watched the movie at least a dozen times. As for Zac it looks like we will be seeing more of him in the future. He's hoping to set off on his next adventure soon to Mount Everest or down to the Arctic Circle. What an amazing life he has lived in just a few short years!
images: Los Angeles Times

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