After 455 days at sea, Australian yachtsman Jon Sanders arrived home to Fremantle on Sunday 31st January to mark the end of his voyage crossing the fi nish line at precisely 2pm.
Out on the water, Jon was greeted with a fl otilla boats off all sizes, with family members, friends and colleagues who have supported his amazing voyage both in spirit and fi nancially to achieve his objective of collecting water samples to test for microplastics in the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere which will be analysed by Curtin University.
Aft er crossing the fi nish line anchored by vessels from Royal Perth Yacht Club and Fremantle Sailing Club, Jon was escorted by Fremantle Sea Rescue and Fremantle Water Police into Fremantle Port to perform a lap of honour, showered by cannons of water from the Fremantle Ports Response vessel with members of the public joining in the celebration of welcoming him home.
Jon returned to Fremantle Sailing Club, where he was met by many more friends including the Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Dr Andrew Forrest AO and his wife Nicola Forrest AO from the Minderoo Foundation as well as Professor Kliti Grice from Curtin University.
At 81 years of age, Jon will be the oldest person to have solo circumnavigated the world and have completed more circumnavigations that any other person in history. We are all delighted he has made it home safely, albeit to yet another COVID-19 Lockdown!
Jon’s regular blog entries can be read at http://www.jonsanders.com