Would You Let Your Teen Sail Around the World Alone?

Suzanne Murray
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Coral Reef Wooden Sailboat, $16

Last week, Zac Sunderland, 17, became the youngest person to sail around the world alone. The trip took over a year.

Sunderland, who kept a blog and posted videos of his voyage, was just 16 when he left California thirteen months ago on June 14, 2008. His grueling trip included encounters with pirates and wild storms.

Sunderland's dad met him at various places around the world and helped him repair damage to the boat.

The record was previously held by an Australian who was over 18 when he sailed around the world in 1996.

Would you let your teenager sail around the world or travel the world alone?

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