January 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of Jon Sanders’ 1986 – 1988 non stop voyage.
To qualify as a ‘true’ circumnavigation according to the Guinness Book of Records, the sailor must go above the Equator for at least 24 hours. Originally, the voyage was scheduled to turn at Cape Verde located 570 kilometres off the coast of West Africa. However Sanders’ radio mentor Jack Seabrook suggested the turning point be the islands of St Peter and St Paul in the Atlantic Ocean as this would save 10,000 nautical miles.
To complete the circumnavigation Sanders had promised his sponsor Kevin Parry that he would sail past the America’s Cup course off the coast of Fremantle on Thursday 29 January 1987, two days before the final match. Sanders arrived in Fremantle at approximately 8:30am with two chase boats alongside. A crowd of more than 3,000 had assembled to wish Sanders well on the next leg of his voyage.
Objects from the Project Endeavour Collection are currently on display in Robertson Library (January – February) to commemorate the first circumnavigation.
Curtin University Library has created the Triple Solo Sailor blog, charting Sanders’ voyage thirty years after he first set sail. Follow the blog and Twitter account for day by day updates on Sanders’ voyage.
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