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How may parents would let their teen son try this?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by pressboxer, May 26, 2009.

  1. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    Just saw this story on the wire about a 17-year-old kid from California hitting the home stretch in his bid to become the youngest to sail around the world solo. Sounds like he's had one helluva year, from an encounter with pirates to surfing in the Indian Ocean while waiting for repairs on his 36-foot boat. He just passed through the Panama Canal and has about 3,000 miles left before returning to Marina Del Rey.

    Being a confirmed landlubber, I doubt such an idea would have ever found its way into my head, especially not when I was a junior in high school.


    The AP story is slugged SAI--Sunderland's Adventure
  2. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    holy crap. mrs. shockey won't let our three teenaged boys walk home alone from a friend's house after 10 p.m. and we don't exactly live in the 'hood. this is as quiet a suburban town as you'll find. :eek: :eek: :eek:
  3. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    His BLOG! is pretty interesting. A good account of what it takes to get through the Panama Canal.

  4. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    The kid made it home today, one year, one month and two days after leaving. He covered something in the neighborhood of 28,000 miles.
  5. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    In-between then and now, he was on the cover of ESPN the Magazine.


    I got to hear part of the homecoming party today on NPR, just pretty damned amazing, and seems like a fantastic kid.
  6. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    There is the occasional 17-year-old who is mature enough to handle something like this. I doubt my son will be one of them.
  7. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    My mom wouldn't let me ride my bicycle past the telephone pole on our street until I was about 12 years old. Yeah, trip around the world at 16 ... not happening.
  8. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    My closest friend and her husband moved onto their sailboat full-time last year. They spent most of the year in the Caribbean, may go further afield (further asea?) this year.

    They're home-schooling the kids (12-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter). If either of the kids wanted to do this in a few years, I'm sure their parents would be cheering them on. Yes, the daughter, too.
  9. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Wonder how this kid's conversation with the folks started out ... "Hey, Mom, Dad ... I was thinking of taking my boat out ... around the world ... be back in a year."
  10. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I think it would be "farther."

    But, as with everything, I'm sure it's open to debate.

  11. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Anything further, father?
  12. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    This kid and his family live next-door to my brother.

    That, unfortunately, is probably about as close as I will ever get to an adventure like Zac's round-the-world trip.
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