Perie Banou

Launched 9th November 1973 (date of construction contract
Owner Western Australian Museum
Purchased 1988
Colour White Hull
Berthed Museum Storage
Sail Number KA R4
Australian Registration  
State Registration  
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Builder Swarbrick Brothers
Hull Number 15
Fit Out  
Previous Owners Jon & Colin Sanders at RPYC
Previous Names Nil

The Yacht’s Story

The original Perie Banou was built by the Swarbrick brothers for Jon and Colin Sanders and launched on 9th November 1973 at Royal Perth Yacht Club. We sold her to the Western Australian Museum in 1988 and Colin delivered her to the Museum in early 1989 in racing condition (Colin came 3rd in a RPYC river race the day before he drove her to Fremantle to be lifted out for Museum display). Initially she was on show outside A-shed with Parry Endeavour.

Perie Banou Double Circumnavigation – 6 Sept 1981-31 Oct 1982

On the 2 February 1982 the fust full circuit was completed in the Southern Ocean south of Albany. Then after 5 months at sea Perle Banou was reprovisioned with stores at the mouth of the Derwent River Tasmania while continuing underway. The stores were delivered by hand from a launch and no person was allowed to board the yacht.

In 1983 the Guinness Book of Records ratified 12 records set or broken by Jon Sanders during his 48,510 nautical mile continuous voyage. Principally:

First single-handed continuously at sea twice around the world
First single-handed to round the southern-most capes twice in one voyage
Longest distance continuously sailed by any yacht: 48510 nm
Longest period alone at sea during a continuous voyage: 419 days 22hours 10 min

About the Owners

Unfortunately, Perie Banou is not now on display but is held in a storage shed at Fremantle. The Maritime Museum indicates that there is insufficient display room available to put her on public show. However, Jon and Colin have had discussions with the Museum CEO from time to time about having her made available as a floating exhibit – as at Darling Harbour in Sydney. In that regard, the Museum has had an active strategy to develop a marina at Fremantle to have ships and yachts on floating display. However, all the money so far has gone into the brilliant new Maritime Museum which features all kinds of static boating displays including Australia II and Parry Endeavour, but no funds for a marina.



Perie Banou racing under spinnaker and blooper on the Swan river sometime in the early 1980s

One thought on “Perie Banou

  1. Dear John
    My boyfriend Gary John Marshall who was one of your crew members whom sadly passed away in 1984 you published a book Lone Sailor I was going out with gary at the time and I was a part of the crew on Reliance Mr forbes 44ft wooden mast Richard Knight his grandson John I would like to ask you if you had any photographs taken of your crew would i be able to purchase a photograph of Perie Banou and a autographed book of Lone Sailor I miss my twin flame Gary John Marshall I have never got over the heartbreak of his loss.

    I would love a photograph and willing to pay for it pkease advise I am now living in Mackay
    4a Canberra St
    North Mackay

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