Circumnavigation pit-stop

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After 4,500 nautical miles, encountering lightning and squalls along the way, Zac Sunderland arrived at the Marshall Islands Aug. 4, according to a report in Pacific Magazine.

Sunderland has been sailing unassisted aboard Intrepid, his restored 1972 Islander 36, since he departed June 14 from his home port of Marina Del Rey, Calif., with hopes of becoming the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator. He arrived July 11 in Honolulu, where his family and friends greeted him, according to his online blog (www.zacsunderland.com). After repairing the battery pack on his solar panels and restocking his food supply, he was on the open Pacific again as of July 17, where he was greeted with two heavy squalls with pouring rain and winds reaching 25 to 30 knots. After a few days they tapered off, and the boat has been faring well despite some continued charging issues with the solar panels.

Sunderland’s father, Laurence, greeted him in the Marshall Islands and had the opportunity to see his son power through the main pass of the Majuro Atoll about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 on the boat they outfitted together, according to the magazine report. Sunderland will stay in the islands for about a week and then continue onto the Solomon Islands.

— Elizabeth Ellis

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