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World's Youngest Circumnavigator Returns Home Safely Thanks to WDT Marine Weather

by Daphne Thompson, on Jul 16, 2009 3:25:04 AM

Marina Del Rey, CA - July 16, 2009 - After 397 days at sea, Zac Sunderland, 17, of Thousand Oaks, California, has become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world solo when he docks his sailboat Intrepid, today in Marina Del Rey. ClearPoint Weather, the marine weather services company, one of Zac's earliest sponsors, made Zac's amazing voyage safer with premium weather content updated via satellite. The service kept him vitally connected by voice to weather advisors and family, everywhere he sailed, for 13 continuous months.

Along the journey of almost 28,000 nautical miles, Sunderland faced many life-threatening crises, including unrelenting storms, walls of waves, equipment failures, and a near-run in with suspected pirates. An interactive map showing Zac's route, including blogs and photographs can be viewed at

Keeping him safe and providing comfort to his relatives during his voyage, Zac turned to an Iridium 9505A satellite phone provided by ClearPoint Weather, and a special high definition interactive service which gave Zac, family and fans "the Zac Pack" access to local weather conditions anywhere on high seas, across the world's oceans.

"We felt Zac's incredible journey required serious satellite wireless communications and weather tools to help keep him safe," said Linda Kruk, President, ClearPoint Weather. "ClearPoint Weather is the definitive all-in-one marine weather resource for the passage-making mariner. It's a must-have tool when safety counts."

Zac Sunderland benefited from using a critical "lifeline" of satellite connectivity, using ClearPoint Weather's Iridium satellite technology. ClearPoint Weather offers global mariners the following benefits:

All the weather mariners need - all in one place. Real-time data - everywhere in the world. Solid, accurate data powering user friendly graphics. Satellite connectivity bundled with ClearPoint Weather's Iridium services. Data tuning for high and low resolution display, depending on available bandwidth. Selectable weather data sets offering total user control. Accuracy endorsed by weather safety organizations such as the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN), and Det Norske Veritas AS (DNV).

About ClearPoint Weather

ClearPoint Weather is an all-in-one marine weather resource for the serious mariner. It is the most comprehensive, easy to use, ultra-high resolution global weather information service for racers, sailors, fishermen and weather trackers, worldwide. ClearPoint Weather offers real-time, accurate weather data for advanced weather decision-making. ClearPoint Weather, a Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. company, launched its global weather and satellite services in 2007. Additional information can be found on ClearPoint's website at:

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