Josh Clark from Panama, Zac Sunderland of Southern California, and
Michael Perham from England all shared the same dream when they set sail in 2008 for the open
That dream was to be the
youngest person to solo circumnavigate the globe. These boys have
all sailed the seas for as long as they can remember and have set out on
the same mission. To complete such an
adventure without setting any records would be an amazing
accomplishment all by itself! It takes a person with
sailing experience, knowledge of their equipment as well as the sea, and a huge
amount of self-confidence -- which each of these young people seem to have
Let me introduce them to you in the order of their
The Elusive at
Home Port: Panama Bay, Panama
Departure Date: May 31, 2008
"I left Panama on my adventure , heading only a few
short miles to Isla Taboga. but still a great moment, one I have been
waiting for, for years. The feeling of sailing away, not turning back...
maybe one day joining the circle of the circumnavigators."
has been around boats for as long as he can remember and was home
schooled until age eight. In his younger childhood he enjoyed frequent
sailing trips to local lakes, rivers, and the ocean with his family. He
has been working toward his goal for a very long time.
been learning boat maintenance and other skills since third
grade and has built a good 95% of his boat. He found her as a wreck in a
shipyard and spent three years re-building her. With no need of
sponsors, he set sail from Panama in May on the Elusive. Itís a
The Intrepid at sea
Zac Sunderland: age 17
Home Port: Marina Del Rey, California
Departure Date: June 14, 2008
"...the point is to have a dream, pursue it and don't give up. It helps
to have your parents behind you like I do. If you really believe in what
you are doing, you just accept that people will criticize you. Answer
your critics but then keep going."
Sunderland was born in California. He is a straight A student who has
been home schooled all his life. His first home was the lower bunk bed
on a 55í sailboat in Marina Del Rey, California. He has joined his
family on adventures to New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and most
been preparing himself for his dream by sailing with his father on his
own vessel and crewing for marina yachts and delivery captains. He has
also been working hard to make sure that he is in top physical condition
for his journey. Zach bought a 36í Islander with his life savings and
the help of sponsors. In June he set out on the Intrepid from
The Totally Money at sea
Michael Perham: age 16
Home Port: Portsmouth, England
Departure Date: November 15, 2008
"Just me and 24,000 miles of ocean.... Iím sure
going to have plenty of adventures!"
has already become the youngest person to sail
solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and he did it
the age of 14. He was born in
Hertfordshire, England and has been sailing since he was six. His
interests are anything that moves on water, music, drumming, and skiing.
He has a very positive attitude and is naturally determined. With the
help of sponsors, Michael was able to launch a
chartered 50' Open racing yacht in November.
The Totally Money (named after one of his major sponsors) is ready to go!
Mike's goal is a bit different than
the others, in that he is also out to break the world's record
for a non-stop, unassisted (under sail, with wind and muscle power
alone) circumnavigation that is currently held by Australian,
That means he must cross the equator and every single line of
longitude on the earthís surface without stopping. He will be at sea
for four and a half months. Since Mike will spend over half his journey
in the Southern Ocean, he will have to face freezing conditions along
with some of the strongest winds on the face of the earth.
Where are they now?
Josh is in Costa Rica, getting ready for his long Pacific
Crossing. Zac is nearing his halfway point, and just
docked in Mauritius (an island country in the
Indian Ocean). Mike is sailing south on the Atlantic Ocean,
having just left Portsmouth, England, this week. Big challenges
all, so weíll keep you posted with our next installment of this
on the High Seas.
Until then, you can visit their blogs to follow along with them. Just
click on the pictures of their boats to go there.
you next time, and remember,...
ďLive your dream!Ē-Josh Clark