Jon Sanders Leaves
on Historic 11th Circumnavigation
Jon is sailing to help stop plastic
pollution of the oceans (noplasticoceans.org), supported by the OCC Challenge
Grant and Mindaroo Foundation
Honorary OCC member Jon Sanders left
Fremantle on Sunday 3 November 2019 after having been farewelled by family and
friends at Fremantle Sailing Club and then escorted out of the harbour by a
sizable fleet of boats.
Australian sailing icon Jon Sanders AO OBE will attempt to circumnavigate the
earth for the 11th time to raise awareness about the amount of plastic ending
up in the world’s oceans and the devastating impact it is having on marine life
and ocean lovers, like Jon himself.
At age 80 as of October, Jon's voyage will take him between 9 and 12 months,
sailing over 27000 nautical miles and stopping at 11 ports. The voyage is an
initiative of No Plastic Oceans, managed by Dr Stephen Davis in conjunction
with Curtin University, Fremantle Sailing Club and Royal Perth Yacht Club. Jon
will be measuring the quantity of microplastics in Southern Hemisphere oceans.
Professor Kliti Grice and her team from Curtin University will be overseeing
the microplastics research and will publish a report after the voyage detailing
their findings. #NOPLASTICWASTE of the Mindaroo Foundation has joined forces
with the team to support the research and awareness campaign.
The Directors and members of the Ocean Cruising Club wish Jon a safe and productive
journey. We are proud to be on board in a small way with the first OCC
Challenge Grant for a voyage of environmental significance. Jon is expected to
arrive in Mauritius by the end of November. Several events to highlight plastic
pollution are planned for his stopovers. Stay tuned for more details.
Jon is having some difficulty with AIS so we are unable to track him on the OCC
Fleet Map at this time. Follow the voyage in real-time at www.jonsanders.com or
make a donation at www.gofundme.com/jonsanders. To learn more about the No
Plastic Oceans Project, follow the links below. You can also find more photos
in the OCC Photo Gallery, which we will be updating throughout his voyage.
Related Links and Downloads:
· OCC Challenge Grant
· No Plastic Oceans Project
· No Plastic Oceans Overview