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Teenager Becomes Youngest to Sail Around the World

Posted: July 16, 2009, 5:30 PM ; Updated: July 16, 2009, 5:42 PM

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Southern Californian has become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

Zac Sunderland docked Thursday in Marina del Ray, completing a 28,000-mile trip that began last year. His family, friends and hundreds of onlookers cheered as his 36-foot Intrepid boat entered the harbor.

But the shaggy-haired sailor from Thousand Oaks might not have the record for long. Britain's Mike Perham is a few months younger and is sailing a bigger, faster boat.

The record was held by an Australian who was over 18 when he completed the voyage in 1996. Sunderland was 16 when he left Marina del Ray on June 14, 2008.

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