B and G is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Australian yachtsman Jon Sanders on his 2016-2017 “Swang-Song” voyage, which will see the experienced sailor attempt his tenth circumnavigation of the globe.
Accomplished record-setter Jon is no stranger to circling the globe. The veteran sailor completed his first solo non-stop double-circumnavigation of the planet in 1982, followed by a triple- circumnavigation in 1988. He still holds the record for that 71,023-mile, 658-day journey: the longest distance sailed continuously unassisted and solo.
Jon’s swan-song voyage will be sailed over eight legs, five solo and three with crew. To support the ambitious endeavour, Jon’s Perie Banou II has been outfitted with a full B and G electronics system including a Zeus2 12 sailing chartplotter, Triton wind/speed/depth, system, VHF, AIS, and Tiller Pilot. This ensures the Sparkman & Stephens 39 SV is equipped with the latest in navigation and communication technology. Having the best navigation and communication equipment available is crucial to the safety and success of Jon’s latest circumnavigation attempt, while reliability is key given the intercontinental nature of the voyage and its long solo sections.
“I am thrilled by the support I have received from B&G for my tenth circumnavigation around the globe,” writes Jon. “B and G is renowned for excellence in maritime electronics and it’s comforting to know that I can count 100% on my equipment to get me safely around the world and back home again. Even at my age it’s simple to use, intuitive, and amazes me with its capabilities.”
Jon began his “Swan-Song” voyage this October by completing the Fremantle to Geraldton leg of the Dirk Hartog 2016. Following the subsequent Geraldton to Denham leg of the race, Jon will sail North to Carnarvon where he will begin his solo crossing to Cape Town in November. In January 2017 he plans to sail the Cape2Rio race with crew, then continue solo to the British Virgin Islands, on to the Panama Canal, onwards to Sydney, and finally back to Western Australia finishing in Perth.
To learn more about Jon’s voyage and to follow his progress online, visit his website www.jonsanders.com.au and Facebook page www.facebook.com/jonsanders10th/.