Thank you to the ABC for joining us to farewell Jon Sanders yesterday

Thank you to the ABC for joining us to farewell Jon Sanders yesterday.

WA yachting legend Jon Sanders sets sail on a final circumnavigation of the globe.

West Australian solo yachtsman Jon Sanders says he is now in good health, after having open heart surgery last year.

West Australian yachting legend Jon Sanders has set sail from Fremantle, south of Perth, on his 10th, and most likely final, circumnavigation of the world.

Despite undergoing open heart surgery last year, Mr Sanders said he felt in good health leading into his year-long journey at sea.

“I went in to see the surgeon the other day and he said my blood pressure was good and my heart’s beating OK so I’d better go somewhere,” he said.

“Right now it’s the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog bumping into WA so I’m doing that yacht race to celebrate that first.”

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Jon Sanders Voyage Farewell and the Start of the 48th Geraldton Classic

Start to Jon Sanders Voyage and the 48th Geraldton Classic

Great to see so many powerboats out on Fremantle waters to see Jon off and the start of the 48th Geraldton Classic.

It has begun in amazing conditions. Jon wasn’t holding back; he was right up at the start line. A great start the race with such a yachting legend.

See you all in Geraldton!


Jon Sanders’ Voyage Farewell @ Royal Perth Yacht Club Annexe

Jon Sanders’ Voyage Farewell – Sunday morning, 16 October 2016

The start of Jon Sanders’ record-breaking 10th circumnavigation on his Perie Banou II.

How happy and at home does Jon Sanders look heading back to sea!

It is fantastic to see people arriving early Sunday morning at the Royal Perth Yacht Club Fremantle Annexe to farewell Jon. Thank you ABC News and Channel 10 for coming down to film

Dirk Hartog Ocean Classic postponed until Sunday 0930

Dirk Hartog Ocean Classic starts Sunday 0930.

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Please note the race has now been postponed until Sunday. This also puts Jon’s departure for his circumnavigation back for 24 hours until 0930 on Sunday morning.


The Race Committee, with the best advice from weather authorities, has decided to delay the start of the Geraldton / Dirk Hartog Ocean Classic for 24 hours. The Skipper’s Briefing will still be held at South of Perth Yacht Club commencing at 1800 tonight (14/10/16)

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Jon Sanders adding the final touches for the trip tomorrow :)

Jon Sanders adding the final touches for the trip tomorrow

Jon Sanders with his S&S39, Perie Banou II. John Curnow

Jon Sanders with his S&S39, Perie Banou II. John Curnow.

I was not really intimidated, but certainly awestruck, and definitely very delighted. For there I was, sitting in the Bond Room of the Royal Perth Yacht Club with the great Jon Sanders AO, OBE, no less. As an Australian it does not get much bigger than that, and as a sailor it is almost akin to being a teenage girl at The Biebs purpose world tour with a back stage pass. Wow!

So it was a really, really distinct pleasure to meet with Jon on the eve of embarking on his tenth circumnavigation. In there is the triple, and double solo and non-stop records for a total of five, the haul around Antarctica, Cape Town to Rio, and oh my God, it all just adds up. See an earlier piece for a sample of the man’s sailing CV… READ MORE HERE

Jon Sanders with his S&S39, Perie Banou II John Curnow