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Sanders’ first return 29 January 1987

By Curtin Library 30 January 2017 Library Services JCPML News & events 2 Comments »

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.

See here for further information.

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  1. Matthew Kelly January 30, 2017 5:15pm

    This is very interesting but the context is missing.
    Is this the first Western Australian to circumnavigate the globe or? It’s not clear at all why this person’s achievement is being discussed.

    • Curtin Library January 31, 2017 9:04am

      Thanks for your interest Matthew. Western Australian Jon Sanders became the first person to single-handedly triple circumnavigate the world, non-stop and unassisted in 1988. The historically significant Project Endeavour Collection was donated to Curtin University Library in 2007 by Emeritus Professor John Penrose from Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology. The Centre played an important role in supporting Sanders’ journey.

      Deanne Barrett
      Manager