Jon Sanders is preparing for his 11th solo circumnavigation

Jon Sanders is preparing for his 11th solo circumnavigation

Honorary OCC Member, Jon Sanders, to circumnavigate the earth in his yacht for the 11th time at the age of 79.

By Daria Blackwell - 19/06/2019

Jon Sanders, who was elected Honorary Member of the OCC in 2015, has been called Australia's greatest living sailor. Jon's first solo circumnavigation was from 1975 to 1977 in the first Perie Banou, an S&S 34. In 1981-82 Jon completed a double circumnavigation west to east via the Southern Ocean. This voyage was recognised in the Guinness Book of Records and in 1983 he was awarded an OBE and the Chichester Award amongst many other accolades.

In 1986 Jon set off again in the Parry Endeavour, a 14m sloop, completing a triple solo circumnavigation of the world in just under two years, spending 658 days at sea and covering 71,022 nautical miles for which he holds the world record for the longest distance sailed by any person or vessel. Jon's only contact with the outside world was via electronic communication and a couple of parcels of mail thrown to him from another vessel. In 1988 he acquired his current yacht Perie Banou II, an S&S 39 built in 1971, extensively refurbished to handle severe conditions and has since completed a further four circumnavigations, finishing his tenth in 2017.

Bon voyage, Jon. We'll be following.


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