Light winds delay teen, terrify mother

Sailing around the world by himself, Zac Sunderland has reached St. Helena in the South Atlantic after departing Marina Del Rey, California, in June  Like many long-distance sailors, Zac Sunderland stays in touch with his family by satellite phone.  Unlike most, though, he’s 17-years-old. 


Imagine yourself as the mother of a 17-year-old who for the last eight months has been sailing alone around the world and facing all sorts of threats, including piracy and menacing seas.

You maintain your sanity only through your daily conversations via the satellite phone.

Zac Sunderland, a Thousand Oaks adventurer who left Marina del Rey at age 16 last June, has made it a point to phone his mother and/or father at a specified time each day, to help ease their minds.

Zac did not call the other day,  nor did he arrive at St. Helena, an island in the South Atlantic, on schedule. …

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By Ocean Navigator