MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) - On a weekend when most his age are
settling into summer break, a Southern California teen has set sail solo on what he hopes is a voyage around the world.
Sixteen-year-old Zac Sunderland of Thousand Oaks took off from
Marina Del Rey at 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon in his 36-foot sailboat known as "Intrepid."
A crowd of about 200 and a Coast Guard helicopter saw him off.
If he completes the trip in time Sunderland would become the youngest to circumnavigate the globe solo.
Sunderland's hopes to make the trip in 11 months and return to California in April of 2009 when he's 17.
Sunderland is a lifelong sailor from a long line of yachtsmen - his Web site says his first home was a 55-foot sailboat.
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