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, on-board Perie Banou II, was like a kid at Christmas learning to use all the equipment
Jon was just like a kid at Christmas learning how to use all the equipment that B & G supplied for his circumnavigation. The support from B & G has been amazing. The equipment if certainly going to make Jon’s trip so much easier.
Only 3 more sleeps to go before Jon and Perie Banou II head off
Jon and Perie Banou II are soon to depart on their first leg of the record-breaking 10th circumnavigation of the globe. For those of you who would like to farewell Jon – there are two options.
Join us at the RPYC Fremantle Annexe on Saturday 15th October from 7:30am. Jon and his crew will be departing the Annexe at 8:30 sharp.
Why not take your boat out for the start of the 48th Geraldton Classic and the Dirk Hartog Ocean Classic and wish Jon well on his way. Boats will be assembling between North Mole and Hallbank Buoy.
The race starts at 9:30am.
Hope to see you there!