National Geographic Supports Yellow Boat Road

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Tasmanian Rob Pennicott is currently circumnavigating Australia raising funds for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. He and his crew have been steering their two expedition dinghies more than two months. Having reached South Australia, after a mammoth crossing of the Great Australian Bight, Rob isn’t too far from his home waters in Tasmania.

This is an inspired journey. The esteemed National Geographic magazine certainly thinks so. Staff from the magazine have been tracking Rob’s journey since he started in Sydney. And now they’ve just published an online article about Rob, his crew and the Follow the Yellow Boat Road journey.

“There is no doubt that this journey is huge – over 8,000 nautical miles. That’s about the same as a flight halfway around the world, from Sydney to New York,” Rob says in the interview. “We’re doing that distance in an 18-foot boat, up against whatever Mother Nature throws at us.”

Mother Nature has thrown plenty at Rob and the Yellow Boat crew including memorable encounters with whales and flying fish. The flying fish, which hit Rob and the crew in the head, mostly left bruises. But the whales may have inspired smiles from the circumnavigators similar to the $145,000 in donations that have so far been received.

Bids to cruise with Rob on some of the remaining legs of his journey, including taking passage with him on the home waters of Tasmania, are still being accepted.

Bid to travel with Rob, learn more about the End Polio Now cause and donate to it at

(Update for Sat 13 August – The Yellow Boats are arriving in Adelaide  – come down to the Glenelg Marina at 5pm to wave them in).

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