Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - Leaderboard

Jon Sanders AO OBE transits the Panama Canal

by Daria Blackwell / OCC 19 Jul 05:27 UTC

Jon, a recipient of the OCC Challenge Grant, has completed another major milestone of his 11th Solo Circumnavigation about Peri Banou II.

Jon's transit of the Panama Canal from the city of Colon in the Caribbean to Balboa, Panama City on the Pacific side was assisted by Liz Back, the Australian Consul in Panama who recruited her family members as safe line handlers for the canal transit.

Perie Banou II was rafted up alongside Wildcat, skippered by Jon's friend Paul Stratfold. Paul's assistance in St Maarten and during the lead-up to the canal transit has been greatly appreciated. Perie Banou II exited the last of the Cocoli Locks on the 15th of July.

Peri Banou II is now tied to a mooring ball outside Balboa while Jon readies for his approximately 38-day passage to Tahiti. Jon departs Balboa today, Friday 17th of July, after he has topped up his fuel and water supplies.

Jon's 11th Circumnavigation would not be possible without the sponsors, particularly the Minderoo Foundation! Now 80 years old, Jon has successfully sailed around the world 10 times. Why is he sailing around an 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. Supported partially by an OCC Challenge Grant, Jon is collecting water samples from all the world's oceans for analysis of plastic content.

For more information, visit www.jonsanders.com.

Quick Links:

This article has been provided by the courtesy of Ocean Cruising Club.

Related Articles

Announcing the OCC Challenge Grants for 2020
OCC General Committee announces extension of the grant programme to non-members In 2019, the Ocean Cruising Club began to support challenging ocean endeavours and is proud to stand behind the individuals and their projects which seek the betterment of the sailing community and maritime environment. Posted on 10 Aug
US vessel rejected at NW Passage
Covid-19 restrictions are being applied to vessels wishing to transit the Northwest Passage. Covid-19 restrictions are being applied to vessels wishing to transit the Northwest Passage. Posted on 1 Aug
Bert terHart completes solo circumnavigation
Making his mark in history around the five great capes, using only celestial navigation The 5 Capes, s/v Seaburban Around Alone is in Victoria, British Columbia, conducting 1-hour Meet and Greets. Posted on 31 Jul
Wondering which borders are open?
Many countries are re-opening their borders As of July, many countries are re-opening their borders, although this is a gradual process. Posted on 10 Jul
Garry Crothers returns home to Derry
After solo 3,500 miles across the Atlantic When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the Caribbean and borders closed virtually overnight, Garry was stuck on his boat in Sint Maarten without crew. Because all flights were cancelled, his crew could not reach him. Posted on 10 Jul
The Ocean Cruising Club NE USA SSB Net
Covering the area from Nova Scotia to Cape Cod This net normally operates from 1 July through mid-September and, subject to propagation, covers the area from Nova Scotia to Cape Cod. The net will start today and will operate daily Monday through Saturday at 0700 local time (EDT) or 1100 UTC. Posted on 9 Jul
Rescue within reach of Horta
Gabriele and Jonathan Lyne rescued a solo sailor Gabriele and Jonathan Lyne rescued a solo sailor whose yacht struck a whale near Horta. On June 24, OCC Members Gabriele and Jonathan Lyne were approaching their interim destination, Horta, after a 16-day crossing from Grenada aboard Aqualuna Posted on 3 Jul
A lightning strike at sea
Frileuse took a direct hit of lightning OCC Member Nicolas Charpy's steel yacht Frileuse took a direct hit of lightning while crossing the Atlantic to Europe, several days out from the Caribbean. Posted on 29 Jun
s/v Marcel skipper rescued, Marcel remains adrift
A remarkable story of how mariners connect and assist each other under challenging circumstances A marine warning, Facebook posts, emails, rescue, BOLO, SSB net, and sailors crossing oceans: a remarkable story of how mariners connect and assist each other under challenging circumstances at sea. Posted on 20 Jun
Jeanne Socrates reports on land cruising
Jeanne took to the road in a campervan to tour Australia by land After completing her record-making non-stop, solo circumnavigation, Jeanne took to the road in a campervan to tour Australia by land. That is until Covid-19 shut everything down. Posted on 14 Jun
Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - FooterCyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTERNorth Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - Footer