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Aug 10th
11:19 pm
Will Zac put his sailing skills to use again?  
I think I mentioned this kid, Zac Sunderland, somewhere awhile back because I thought it was a lovely coincidence that his name was Zac too and he'd just sailed around the world (ALONE at AGE 16-17!)... and our Zac had been practicing sailing so much. IDK, it was cute and good timing.

But according to this new article... there may actually be something more to come in this happy coincidence.

The important bit:

"[Zac Sunderland] said he was about to meet with actor Zac Efron about possibly turning his adventure into a movie."

This teen sailed the world solo

When he encountered pirates on the Indian Ocean he loaded his pistol and locked himself in his cabin.

Near the island of Grenada he survived a 20-foot rogue wave that nearly sent him sprawling overboard at 2 a.m.

There was also the four straight days without sleep while he repaired rigging in a storm, the 24 straight hours of plowing through 10-foot seas, and the 13 months of living on canned food and desalinated water.

Zac Sunderland is only 17 years old.

And when he reached Marina Del Rey, Calif., on July 16, he became the youngest person to circumnavigate the world alone by sailboat.

Can you imagine?

He crossed three oceans, five seas and went across the equator twice aboard a 36-foot Islander he bought with his savings for $6,000.

Most kids his age are lucky if their parents let them drive to Sea World.

"Someone's going to break the record," he said from his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. "It was more the adventure I had along the way."

To put this in perspective, the American Sailing Association estimates that fewer than 250 people in contemporary history have sailed around the world alone.

Three times that many have climbed to the top of Mount Everest.

Not only did Sunderland become the youngest, but he also became the first to do it under the age of 18.

He left Marina Del Rey on June 14, 2008 as a 16-year-old. He turned 17 on Nov. 29 while alone at sea.

Sunderland made limited stops along the way, and there were times his father flew to ports to help him fix the boat.

It wasn't always exciting, either. He endured long stretches without wind where he barely bobbed along. The average speed of such a boat is roughly 1-2 mph, or the speed of a person walking.

"I had a lot of time to think and I tried to keep myself as busy as possible," he said.

He studied charts, worked on his boat, even did homework. He e-mailed completed tests to his mother. He said the loneliness subsided after five days, and he never hallucinated.

"I didn't think of the whole trip when I was out there," he said. "It was, 'I can't wait to get to Africa, I can't wait to get to Australia, then a third of the trip is over.'

"It took over year, and that's a long time to be out there, but I never thought I wouldn't make it."

As for the pirates he encountered, they trailed him for awhile in a boat without a flag, lost interest for whatever reason and turned off and sped away. Gunfire wasn't needed.

And he survived the 20-foot rogue wave near the Caribbean by holding onto the mast with all the strength he could muster -- "I never thought I was going to die (at any point during the trip)," he said.

When he finally returned home one of the first things he did was go to a local fast-food place for a double cheeseburger. He lost 20 pounds while away.

And take a stab at what he missed the most. That's right, playing high school football.

He is now a sailing celebrity who has made appearances on several national news programs.

He said he was about to meet with actor Zac Efron about possibly turning his adventure into a movie.

And yet, how do you turn what really is someone's secret into a screenplay?

How could anyone possibly depict the brilliance of the rainbows he must have seen? Or what a million stars looked like on the darkest of nights? Or how awesome the black storm clouds appeared on the horizon?

"The power of the ocean is amazing," he said.

And it calls to him still.

"I want to get off on the next adventure as soon as I can," he said. "I can't explain it, but it's weird not to live on boat."

So this gets filed under may or may not... but it is an interesting idea (if it's true).
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butterflybee260butterflybee260 on August 11th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)

That would be really interesting, I'd love to see that.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on August 11th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
how random, how cool!
Troll St. Troll: GWIPglamour_addict on August 11th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
C, When I saw the Zac/Leighton video regarding 'Carl Laemke' that reminded me to ask you; Do you have "If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now"?

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 11th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
it's on youtube. or it has been before... i'd check there.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on August 11th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's the isolated Zac scenes. back in the day the full version used to be up, but no longer.
Ashley in the Sky with Diamonds: zefronchicken_queen on August 11th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
That would be fucking awesome to sail around the world. I'd never be able to do it alone, though. I'd want to share that with someone. And to make this relevant, we can let that someone be Zefron.
jessica3311jessica3311 on August 11th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)

And he gets to meet Zac! LOL

Edited at 2009-08-11 06:22 am (UTC)
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on August 11th, 2009 07:42 am (UTC)

just kidding!

germangirl89germangirl89 on August 11th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)
omg your killing me
jessica3311: richardwetjessica3311 on August 11th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
u totally got me even though u tagged it LMAO *dies* LOL
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on August 11th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
you're evil LOL

its very believable ..........i bet the stills will be amazing *thud
sasha.: zactca » lookin' mighty finesashanaa on August 11th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
lol I believed you :P
IceGoddessccmskatechick on August 11th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
This could be pretty cool.

And seeing the pic on the crackberry I'm like wow we got stills already - yeah couldn't see the j/k or the watermark lol

Also just for fun, EW's Style Hunter:


sasha.sashanaa on August 11th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, that kid is brave. I wouldn't last 3 hours out to sea lol. That would be awesome, though :)
Bee: Zac - GQ - Cover 1jeezbee on August 11th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
I don't want to be negative Nancy but I'm not sure if a movie like that would be good.

It's a great achievement and story but I don't know how that would look in a film.

First off, filming on water is extremely expensive and unpredictable (in CStC there are only a few scenes but even there I'm sure that's the most expensive part of the movie). You wouldn't be able to do a movie like that as an indie; it would have to be a studio project.

Add to that, that most sports movies aren't box office gold - they are a hard sell. And while the solo sailing is the specifically impressive part, that makes a bad movie. You would have long parts of the movie without any dialogue.

I just have my doubt that this would be commercially viable despite being a fantastic story. But what do I know...

Either way, them meeting to talk is certainly interesting for both of them. Sounds great.
jessica3311: 17jumpjessica3311 on August 11th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Bee!!! How are u?? We've missed u here :)
Beejeezbee on August 11th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm good. Real life is just busy. :D

I'm still catching up but I'm getting there.
jessica3311jessica3311 on August 11th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Poll on twitter: Zac's loosing to Rob right now.


Edited at 2009-08-11 08:55 pm (UTC)
superstar5622superstar5622 on August 11th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is incredible.