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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.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) - After more than a year at sea, Southern California teenager Zac Sunderland is closing in on a world record to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

The 17-year-old's family and friends are planning to celebrate his return from the 28,000-mile trip after his boat docks Thursday morning in Marina Del Rey.

During the trip, Sunderland braved encounters with pirates and storms aboard his 36-foot boat Intrepid.

But the shaggy-haired Thousand Oaks, Calif., native might not have the record for long. British sailor Mike Perham is a few months younger than Sunderland, and is sailing a bigger, faster boat.

The record is currently held by an Australian who was over 18 when he completed the voyage in 1996.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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