Zac Sunderland sailing speedily along as parents sink deeper into debt
Where in the world is Zac Sunderland?
Outposts' radar detects the 17-year-old adventurer breezing briskly across the Atlantic, making remarkable progress while covering as many as 170 miles a day, approaching Grenada in the southeastern Caribbean. He should reach the island nation by Wednesday of next week.
"It feels like I should be seeing land by now I've been out here so long," Zac reports on his blog.
Overall, Zac has been at sea or in far-flung ports since last June, when he set out to become the youngest person to solo-sail around the world. After Grenada he'll sail to Colon, Panama, then travel nearly 3,000 miles to his Marina del Rey starting point.
But this has not been easy on Zac's parents. Laurence Sunderland, a shipwright whose business has suffered because of the recession, reluctantly conceded in an interview that the odyssey has cost about $140,000, and that the family is sinking hopelessly into debt and now must pay for Zac's passage through the Panama Canal.
Laurence probably has not shared this information with Zac, and said he'd never ask his son's many followers for financial assistance. But I noted long ago that there's a "Help support Zac's World Adventure" link on the left column of his website. Maybe there are fans willing to help out?
Regardless, Zac has performed admirably for all these months and probably will return in late May or June a hero and an inspiration. But then he'd better go and land a job.
-- Pete Thomas
Photo: Thousand Oaks teen Zac Sunderland making slow time earlier in his journey off Darwin, Australia. Credit: Jen Edney