FLOTSAM & JETSAM: Round And Round He Goes

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Australia native Jon Sanders completed a record 10th circumnavigation on Dec. 21, 2017, aboard his 39-foot Sparkman & Stephens Perie Banou II. The 78-year-old arrived in Carnarvon, Western Australia, 14 months after departing Fremantle.

Sanders completed his first solo circumnavigation in 1970, cruising east to west, mostly through the tropics. He finished a double nonstop solo circumnavigation west to east through the Southern Ocean between 1981 and ’82. An honorary member of the Ocean Cruising Club, Sanders took his sailing to a new extreme in 1988, when he spent 358 days, 21 hours and 18 minutes at sea, completing three solo circumnavigations. Guinness World Records recorded the journey as the longest distance, at 71,023 nautical miles, ever sailed continuously by any vessel.


Lighthouse On The Half Shell

Cockspur Island Lighthouse stands atop an oyster bar off the southeastern tip of its namesake islet in Georgia. Lighted in 1855, the 46-foot tower has a masonry base that’s shaped like the prow of a ship to help the structure contend with the Savannah River’s swift tidal currents. In August 1881, a 20-foot storm surge submerged much of the lighthouse. The Coast Guard abandoned it in 1949 and in 1958 turned over ownership to the National Park Service. The middle and upper portions of the structure were restored between 1995 and 2000, and in 2007, Cockspur Island Lighthouse was relit. You can get a closer look at the structure by hiking a trail down from Fort Pulaski National Monument.

"Loss of oxygen in many ways is the destruction of an ecosystem. If we were creating vast areas on land that were uninhabitable by most animals, we’d notice. But we don’t always see things like this when they are happening in the water." — Denise Breitburg, author of a new study published in Science that examined the major research on ocean oxygen loss


Desk-Based Dead Reckoning 

For those who navigate using paper charts, with ends that frustratingly curl, or folks who have an organized, ahem, “system” of papers on their desk, Weems & Plath has a brass chart weight that will smartly dress up just about any nav or work station. Inside the heavy brass enclosure — also available in a nickel finish — is a working, liquid-filled compass with a 3-inch-diameter, black-and-white card. The manufacturer will engrave each compass for an additional charge. $55. weems-plath.com


The number of books Hands Across the Sea has distributed to Eastern Caribbean classrooms since 2007. The organization’s goal is to boost child literacy in the poorest of these island nations. handsacrossthesea.net


We Love New York

Masquerade is a New York 32 with original lines drawn in 1936 by Sparkman & Stephens. Twenty of these stately and graceful sailboats were built back in the day at the Nevins yard on City Island, New York. Masquerade is hull No. 21, built in 2010 using cold-molded wood and epoxy. She measures 32 feet on the waterline and 45 feet, 4 inches overall. A true modern classic, she has a 39-hp Yanmar 3JH4 auxiliary diesel and is ready to race or cruise. Masquerade is available through Brooklin Boat Yard’s brokerage for $295,000. brooklinboatyard.com

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue.