Bruce Arms Solo Around Australia Challenge


Creating awareness of the damage that plastics are doing to our oceans was the reason behind solo sailor Ian Thomson setting off around Australia last year in an attempt to set a new world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation.  He now has a challenger for this record, yet finds himself working with that challenger to continue raising awareness of this issue.

‘Today, we are please to announce that joining the Save Our Seas Ocean Racing team is Bruce Arms, the winner of the last two solo Trans Tasman yacht races.  Bruce was also the project/voyage manager for Australia’s most famous solo sailor Jessica Watson.’ Ian stated.  ‘I’m so pleased to be able to work with Bruce on this project and whilst he is out to break my own world record, if the message continues to get out to the masses, then I will support him 100%’

Bruce Arms will be setting off in early July from Mooloolaba onboard his 14m Catamaran ‘Big Wave Rider’  His record will be the first attempt to circumnavigate Australia on a multihull and he endeavours to get around the country within 35 days. 

Bruce said he was pleased to be able to join forces with SOS Ocean Racing to help raise awareness of the organisation and the message they are promoting to ensure our oceans remain safe for all marine and wildlife. 

“On Jessica’s voyage she too noted the amount of rubbish in the ocean and was disgusted by it.  Most people don’t know the scale of this issue and I am happy to play my part in raising awareness and educating people as I try and break Ian’s record and set a solo non-stop unassisted multihull record,’ Bruce said. 

Save Our Seas Ocean Racing is a division of Save Our Seas International.  Their mission is to create awareness, promote alternatives and take action against plastic pollution in our oceans.  They have developed an education program which has just finished its trial run in 28 primary schools across the nation with a fantastic response from teachers and students.  This program is available for anyone to download direct from the SOS International website. 

The message from these solo sailors is clear, ‘Plastics ain’t so Fantastic.’