setting sail at 16

Sixteen-year-old Zac Sunderland set sail two weeks ago, by himself, in hopes of becoming the youngest solo circumnavigator around the world. Don’t worry, he’s calling his mom about twice a day so he’s fine even if he is climbing all the way up the mast during crazy swells and letting the boat sail itself while he sleeps at night

He’s basically been raised deeply immersed in the sailing culture, having been brought ‘home’ from the hospital to his parent’s boat then spent many days underway with his family sailing to port after exotic port. 

Zac’s documenting his (hopefully) historic trip on his blog at

Here’s a video from a Ventura County Star photographer covering Zac’s story.

Teen Chases Dream from jen edney on Vimeo.


If you have a question for Zac, you can e-mail it to He’s answering questions in just about every post. 

2 Responses so far.

  1. jen says:

    Hey there, i am glad that you are interested in Zac’s journey. I was wanting to correct some information that you posted on your blog so that I don’t get into trouble. I am not a staff photographer at the Star, I was an intern and I did this piece as a personal piece for school at Brooks Institute. Also, how were you able to embed my video on your blog?

  2. jen says:

    nevermind, i know how you were able to imbed it….dumb question!

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