Around The World In 397 Days

I suppose that there was a time when sailors had rock star status – after all, we still remember the names of legendary navigators like Columbus and Magellan even if we’ve never set foot on a boat.

But you just don’t expect to encounter a nautical superstar in 2009.  Of course, you also don’t expect a 17-year-old kid from Southern California to sail around the world on a solo expedition. 

So, with today’s news of the arrival of Zac Sunderland in Marina del Rey after his 13-month journey around the world (making him the youngest person to do so alone), it probably does warrant the inherent attention that is accompanying the feat.

If you haven’t heard Zac’s story, click here for an ABC News feature from last June as he commenced his voyage.  Zac’s blog has become legendary in certain circles and provides a window into his adventures on the open sea over the last year.

Zac Sunderland

Zac Sunderland

Personally, I think the whole story is amazing.  Yes, a little crazy (and already in danger of being surpassed by younger worldwide sailors), but worth honoring nonetheless.  I don’t know what Zac can do to top this, but my guess is that we’re likely to hear from young Mr. Sunderland again in the near future.

And, I have been properly motivated by this story as well – in fact, just today I completed a solo expedition to the store for milk and eggs.  Threat of pirates not included.

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~ by acm213 on July 16, 2009.

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