Curtin Uni to have strong presence on Sanders’ 10th circumnavigation of the world


Jon Sanders on SV Perie Banou II with the Curtin teddy bear and flag attached.
Jon Sanders on SV Perie Banou II with the Curtin teddy bear and flag attached.

A TEDDY bear dressed in Curtin University graduation attire and a Curtin flag will be among the objects yachtsman Jon Sanders will take with him on his tenth circumnavigation of the world.

Leaving last Saturday, Sanders hopes to complete the journey in his 45-year-old SV Perie Banou II and will participate in the Dirk Hartog Yacht Race before setting off on the voyage.

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library at the University’s Bentley Campus holds the Project Endeavour Collection, which commemorates Sanders’ solo, non-stop, triple circumnavigation of the world from 25 May 1986 to 13 March 1988, where he covered 71,000 (131,492km) nautical miles in 658 days – the longest distance sailed continuously by any person or vessel.

University librarian Catherine Clark said the University was delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of Sanders’ next voyage.

“The University is privileged to hold the Project Endeavour Collection which commemorates Jon’s historic voyage, and on his return, if the teddy bear and flag survive, we will add these to the Collection as well,” Ms Clark said.

“We wish Jon well on his voyage and will follow his journey with much interest.”

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library is commemorating the 30th anniversary of Jon Sanders’ triple circumnavigation with the blog Triple Solo Sailor, triplesolo.library.curtin.edu.au.

For further information about the Project Endeavour Collection and JCPML, visit john.curtin.edu.au.