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Re: Sailing, safety, & size

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
Regarding Joe Sanders accomplishment with the small and old S&S 34 Bob Williams, the Chairman of Antarctica Cup Management and the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race, says:

"What Jon achieved during his double circumnavigation in 1981/82 was truly remarkable, given the technology available at the time and size of his yacht.

During that double circumnavigation with the S&S 34 he suffered a 180-degree knockdown and has very lucky in not breaking the mast, a thing that occur most of the times when a sailboat is rolled.

The three times non stop circumnavigation was made on a 47ft boat (not a 40ft boat) a bigger more modern, safer and faster fin keel boat that he could perfectly manage alone during three years. Here it is his 47fter:

PS: After all Sanders broke the mast of the S&S 34 when he was rolled. He managed to jury rig the boat with a mast with half the height and complete that way is second circumnavigation.


As far as I know, Jon Sanders has never broken a mast on any boat he has ever stepped foot on- this includes many boats he has raced and delivered over the last 50 years. He did not break a mast on any boat he has circummnavigated on. Your are right he has done many 180 degree knock downs- but never broke a mast doing so. An example of the safety of the boats he sails.

Please correct your self. Jon Sanders never had to jury rig the S&S 34 he did his double non stop circummnavigation.

Please get a copy and read this book before you comment on his double RTW record breaking trip:
Now let's talk about his triple RTW non stop on the 47 footer. You will need this book to fully discuss:
Now if you go to page #135, you will read Jon had problems with the 47 footer. He states when ever going to windward in strong winds, somthing like 40 to 50 knots, the boat would nose dive. He ended up having to hove to in those conditions. Jon attributed the nose diving to having the mast and keel to far forward and also having water tanks forward on the boat. This made the boat have a heavy bow. So this boat is not the perfect boat as you make it out to be. Maybe that is why it is in a museum and one of a kind. It did make the trip however, so we do need to credit it.

Jon Sanders route on the S&S 34 took him below all the 5 great capes and all the way to England (2 times).

From Wikipedia:

"Jon Sanders was the first man to circumnavigate Antarctica, circling the continent twice in 1981 – 1982. For this accomplishment, Gate 17 of the new Antarctica Cup Racetrack has been named after him, with sector 17 named after the S&S 34 monohull Perie Banou, the yacht he had used during the circumnavigation.[2] Sanders Gate is positioned mid-way round the Indian Ocean zone; the gate is close to where Sanders suffered a 180-degree knockdown. During the voyage, he passed south of the three great capes: Horn, Good Hope and Leeuwin, before rounding Cape Horn a second time. He turned north to Plymouth, UK and returning south around Good Hope and returning to Fremantle.[3]

This voyage was recognised in the Guinness Book of Records through the following records:

The first single-handed sailor to remain continuously at sea twice around the world
First single-handed sailor to round the five southern most Capes twice on one voyage
First single-handed sailor to round the five southern most Capes twice
Longest distance continuously sailed by any yacht: 48,510 miles (78,070 km).
Longest period alone at sea during a continuous voyage: 419 days: 22 hours: 10 minutes"

Paulo, please do some reading before posting more false information.

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