Yachting legend Jon Sanders world record for sailing around the world three times solo is still unbroken. His Perie Banou log book is on display now at State Library of Western Australia.
In 1988 Sanders changed global yachting history when he broke the Guinness World Record for the longest distance ever sailed continuously by a vessel after travelling 658 days, 21 hours and 18 minutes at sea.
Following his ninth circumnavigation of the world, the Perth born sailor has returned to Perth and recently visited Sailing on the Swan at the State Library.
The exhibition features original material including one of Sanders sailing log books from his double circumnavigation of the world aboard Perie Banou. The log records the ships position, current speeds, wind directions, and bearings. The page displayed shows notes from Perie Banou’s sail through the treacherous currents and hazardous winds in Southern Chile around Cape Horne.
Exhibition highlights include a 1988 photograph of Sanders on Parry Endevour. The photograph was taken two days before he broke the world record for triple circumnavigation of the world. Upon viewing the photo in the exhibition Sanders recalled that at the time strong winds forced a closure of Perth airport.
Interested in checking yacht log entries surrounding the Fauklands conflict in 1982, Sanders reacquainted himself with the remainder of his 1979-1982 Perie Banou logbooks, held in the State Library heritage collections (ACC3229A). He recalled an entry where BBC Argentina “warned shipping to stay out of the 200 mile maritime zone around Fauklands”. The ten week war in 1982 between Argentina and the United Kingdom was over two British territories in the South Atlantic.
- Listen to Jon Sanders interviewed by Amanda Prestney, 1992. Interview digitised as part of our 200 Voices from the Oral History Records Rescue Group Project
- View photographs and video footage of sailing in Western Australia, presented on the big screen outside the library: April 14-17th 10am daily, April 21-24th 2pm daily.