Chance to sail with San­ders

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

DIG­I­TAL ad­ven­tur­ers can sail with vet­eran yachts­man Jon San­ders (76), with an in­ter­net blog on his 10th and po­ten­tially fi­nal cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the world, start­ing in Oc­to­ber.

“We’ll be do­ing a blog daily, but it could be a bit spo­radic,” San­ders said.

He is best known for the triple solocir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the world in his yacht Parry En­deav­our be­tween 1985 and 1988.

Curtin Univer­sity re­cently re-cre­ated the 131,535km voy­age in a dig­i­tal log called Triple Solo Sailor.

San­ders’ lat­est voy­age, sup­ported by Royal Perth Yacht Club, is touted as his last in a life­time of long-dis­tance sail­ing that has in­cluded seven Syd­ney to Ho­barts, 14 In­dian Ocean cross­ings and 12 across the Pa­cific.

He said this cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion would take an “eas­ier route” that would use trade winds near the equa­tor and avoid cold and stormy lat­i­tudes in the South At­lantic and Antarc­tic, which he first sailed in a dou­ble-cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion 34 years ago.

“You ac­tu­ally see more whales now, but with the routes I will take I won't see more pol­lu­tion,” he said.

Yacht­ing cloth­ing has im­proved and he will have bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tions and equip­ment than be­fore, but his home com­forts will still be lim­ited on long legs of the voy­age on his 45year-old 39ft Perie Banou II.

“It’ll be pretty stan­dard, with a lot of canned and packet food, but what’s bet­ter than Nescafe 43 and Moc­cona made with hot, skimmed milk?” he said, when asked if a fresh cof­fee grinder would be aboard this time.

The voy­age’s first leg with a crew will take him to Carnar­von dur­ing the Fre­man­tle to Ger­ald­ton Yacht Race com­mem­o­rat­ing the 400th an­niver­sary of Dutch land­ings in WA.

San­ders will then sail solo to Cape Town, with a crew to Rio de Janeiro, be­fore solo to the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, through the Panama Canal, to Syd­ney and Perth.

Royal Perth Yacht Club mem­bers and marine equip­ment sup­pli­ers are sup­port­ing Perie Banou II’s $100,000 fit-out, in­clud­ing paint­ing and re­fur­bish­ing the mast and rig­ging.

Tick­ets for a July 8 fundrais­ing din­ner can be booked at 9423 5500. The Triple Solo Sailor blog is at­brary.

Perie Banou II.

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