Don Sandstrom

Don Sandstrom

Don Sandstrom (August 20, 1937 - September 5, 2013) Inspired, he said, by National Geographic and wanting to return to the Bay Area from Southern California, where he was a corporate personnel manager, Don convinced Joanne that they should build a boat and sail around the world. They and their sons, Donald and Erik, spent five years doing just that in the days of sextant and paper charts--the first UC Berkeley family, it appears, to complete a sailing circumnavigation. Upon their return, they built a home in Montclair. Don always said that the most important thing he learned at UC Berkeley was how to learn. 

Inspired, he said, by National Geographic and wanting to return to the Bay Area from Southern California, where he was a corporate personnel manager, Don convinced Joanne that they should build a boat and sail around the world. They and their sons, Donald and Erik, spent five years doing just that in the days of sextant and paper charts--the first UC Berkeley family, it appears, to complete a sailing circumnavigation. Upon their return, they built a home in Montclair. Don always said that the most important thing he learned at UC Berkeley was how to learn.

At Asilomar 2005, Don and Joanne made a wonderful presentation about their 5-year circumnavigation in their 40-foot, self-built trimaran Anduril.

photo: At Asilomar, February 2005

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