I love stories about people who do amazing things, who challenge themselves in ways that I never could. Jon Sanders’ story is one of those. He is a Western Australian yachtsman who set many world records. I think his most amazing is the one shown on this map.
Yep, from 1986 to 1988 he sailed around the world three times, continuously!! Twice one way and then once back the other. He has set the record for the longest distance ever sailed continuously and unassisted by any vessel — 131, 535 kms. he also set the record for the longest period ever spent alone at sea. He sailed for 657 days, 21 hours and 18 minutes. The only things he was allowed to take on board were letters and other non-essentials. This was pre-emails and other sophisticated equipment sailors would have now.
I couldn’t get a very good photo of the things he took with him, but this crummy one gives you some idea.
Of course he had to take everything with him — two tonnes of supplies. Included in that tonnage were 7000 supermarket items, with necessities like 40 can openers and 50 jars of vegemite!
What an achievement! His yacht, Parry Endeavour, is proudly displayed in the Museum.
And just to round out yachting memorabilia, the yacht which won the America’s Cup, Australia II is also on display. Make sure you check out my photo of the very tacky jacket that our Prime Minister of the day, Bob Hawke wore to celebrate the victory!