Jon Sanders is the recipient of an OCC Challenge Conservation Grant

Jon Sanders is the recipient of an OCC Challenge Conservation Grant

Two recipients have been selected to receive the first OCC Challenge Grants which help facilitate voyages of adventure or environmental concern.

By Daria Blackwell - 17/10/2019

Jon Sanders. Jon is sailing from Fremantle, WA this month, west-about, on his 11th circumnavigation. Jon is looking to bring attention to ocean plastic and to collect data and samples of micro plastics in less trafficked areas. He anticipates between 10 and 11 stops which he intends to educate people and drop off samples that have been collected. Jon’s is a relatively large, well-organized project. The Review Committee was impressed with the environmental nature of the project and proposed that the OCC award an OCC Challenge Conservation Grant for documentation, outreach, communication and education. The website for No Plastic Oceans has full details of Jon’s project.

Jon Sanders responded, “This is not just another voyage for me even though it is my 11th circumnavigation of the world. This voyage is for everyone now and in the future. We enjoy our oceans; we get a large portion of the world’s food from our oceans. So, we must make every effort to care for our oceans. I am just one person, but I hope I can make a difference. If one old sailor can make a difference, then you can too. I hope the video record of the voyage will encourage lots of young sailors to sail over the horizon as members of the Ocean Cruising Club. Don’t be satisfied with being ordinary. Make a difference to our world. We can’t afford plastic oceans.”

Commodore Simon Currin offered, “We are so pleased to offer these grants to two very worthy recipients. We hope to help bring attention to their endeavours and will follow their exploits with great interest.”

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