I don’t particularly like the ocean – or sailing. I grew up in the Midwest about as far from a wave as you could possibly get.
The closest I ever came to sailing was paddling a canoe across a serene lake at 4-H camp.
I am a person, however, who has an adventurous spirit. And that is why I feel like Zac & Abby Sunderland are kindred souls because they both set out to sail around the world – in their teens.
Sailing around the world
Just as we were about to pack up our household and set out flying half-way across the world to live in a new country, we received these DVD’s in the mail. I thought they would be a perfect encouragement to my kids.
For those that have not heard of Zac & Abby, they are a brother and sister who both attempted to circumnavigate the globe and beat the record for the youngest person to do so. Zac was the first to try, and he succeeded at the age of 17. Abby later tried to break her brother’s record on her own, and her adventure ended in one of the biggest rescue missions ever.
Their parents were often ridiculed and judged for letting two teens set out on their own into the wild blue yonder. But after conversing with Marianne Sunderland online and watching these movies I could tell that these young people were well loved, well prepared for their journeys, and both of them were changed for the better through their experiences.
Zac and Abby are great examples of what happens when you give kids the freedom to pursue their passions and the guidance to help them see their dreams become reality. Their faith in God and their knowledge of sailing were both evident.
They set out not knowing what would come their way.
And so sitting on the floor and in camping chairs, amongst moving boxes, we watched these inspiring documentaries together. It set the tone for what our attitude would be during our move to Korea – that of trusting in God for the unknown and doing the best you can with what you have.
Intrepid – Zac’s story
Zac’s trip is split up into 2 DVD’s. Both parts are entertaining, but we especially liked the second which included his run-in with pirates and our favorite part of the entire journey – going through the Panama Canal. It was fascinating to watch not only Zac’s experience on the high seas, but also the exotic stops he made along the way.
13 months alone on a boat might have dampened anyone’s heart but Zac remains steadfast and courageous through multiple malfunctions, frightening situations, and ultimately triumph.
He is an amazing young man with an incredible story – and it was funny to hear him in an interview right after stepping of his boat say that his next adventure might be Mt. Everest.
Wild Eyes – Abby’s story
It’s funny how God works sometimes. The same week we watched Abby’s documentary the girls bought some old Clubhouse magazines from the thrift store (to read on our drive up to Wisconsin). One of the magazines just happened to have a full cover story of Abby and her adventure.
The girls and I knew that Abby’s movie was going to be very different. Whereas with Zac’s we were thrilled with how he overcame every obstacle in his path – we didn’t do so with Abby. We found ourselves much more serious because Abby’s ultimate end was “failure”.
But Abby only failed in that she didn’t make it around the world in her sailboat. Her story is about how you deal with those moments in life when your proverbial boat tips over and you are in dangerous waters.
I won’t spoil the whole story – just know that it really spoke to us as an unschooling family who loves adventures.
Where To Buy and Giveaway!
You can purchase Zac and Abby’s documentaries directly from WorldWind Productions.
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Disclaimer: I was given the DVD’s for free in exchange for a review. That doesn’t change the way I write so all the opinions expressed in this post are my own.