SOLO SENSATION of course, his 15-year-old sister Abby gets her wish!
Vallarta's Paradise Village not long before another storm built offshore into a Category 1 hurricane. As elsewhere, Laurence flew in and Intrepid was soon good to go again. Minor tragedies aside, there were plenty of high times too. As word of Zac's bold endeavor preceded him to each of his many stopovers, he was almost always greeted as a hero by press and dignitaries, while local mariners bent over backwards to help him with repairs and resupplying. Perhaps the most ironic day of the trip was when he found himself in South Africa at the exact time that British singlehander Mike Perham was there aboard his chartered Open 50 TotalMoney.com. He, too, was circumnavigating, but in the opposite direction. As we go to press, the 17-year-old Brit, who is 3.5 months younger than Zac, is about to head across the Caribbean and
Members of the Zac Pack try to catch a glimpse of their young hero. Who knows? Perhaps one of them will follow in his wake someday.
on to his UK homeport in pursuit of the young American's new crown. Even if Perham is successful, we predict that it will be quite some time before anyone steals away Zac's status as the 'youngest American around' — unless,
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s Zac, the 'solo sensation', achieved his seemingly unlikely goal, thereby proving the skeptics wrong, he undoubtedly inspired many other kids to stretch their imaginations and reach beyond the norm. We hope he'll now take some time to relax and savor the limelight of his newfound notoriety. At the age of 17, he's become an overnight celebrity and has been lauded by politicians as a true American hero. Heck, even the Governator gave him a personal phone call! It's interesting to note that as news of Zac's homecoming filtered into living rooms all across America, he accomplished an extra, unanticipated feat: Finally, someone found a way to make sailing ready for prime time. — latitude/andy
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The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.