Young American aims for the record books

Californian sailor Zac Sunderland will set off from California next month with the aim of becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe singlehanded.

Zac, 16, who already has 15, 000 miles under his belt, has recently purchased an Islander 36 which he is currently fitting out. He has so far replaced the running and standing rigging, chainplates, stanchions and lifelines, and has fitted new keel bolts and a custom fiberglass hard dodger.

The US website Latitude 38 is reporting that another 16 year old, Josh Clark from Panama, is planning a similar trip – meaning that Sunderland may have a race on his hands!

Keep up with his progress at