- 78-year-old Western Australian completes 10th round-the-world sail, his sixth solo
- Sanders arrived in Carnarvon today, 14 months after departing Fremantle
Record-breaking Western Australian yachting legend Jon Sanders AO OBE CitWA today completed his 10th circumnavigation of the world.
Mr Sanders arrived in Carnarvon today, having set sail aboard his trusted 26-year-old yacht, the SV Perie Banou II, from Fremantle in October 2016. It was his sixth solo round-the-world voyage.
The Western Australian sailing legend made history in 1988 when he completed his first solo, non-stop triple navigation of the globe, travelling 71,000 nautical miles in 658 days.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray lauded the 78-year-old, who underwent open heart surgery in 2015, for this latest achievement in his extraordinary sailing career.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"Congratulations to WA yachting legend Jon Sanders on achieving yet another tremendous milestone in what has been an inspiring and highly decorated career.
"Many of our young sailors - and indeed all aspiring sportspeople - can look to Jon as a shining example of what can be achieved with passion and determination.
"Not only is this a significant feat for Jon, but a proud day for the town of Carnarvon - and I am sure all the locals will welcome him with some old-fashioned country hospitality after so many months at sea."
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