Sir William Robert Patrick Knox-Johnston CBE RD (born 17 March 1939) is a British sailor. In 1969, he became the first person to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.
Sir William Robert Patrick Knox-Johnston CBE RD (born 17 March 1939) is a British sailor. Along with Sir Peter Blake, he won the second Jules Verne Trophy, for which they were also named the ISAF Yachtsman of the Year award. In 2007, at the age of 67, he set a record as the oldest yachtsman to complete a round the world solo voyage in the Velux 5 Oceans Race.
He arrived back in Falmouth after 312 days at sea, on 22 April 1969, securing his place in the history books.
More than 40 years have gone by since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made history by becoming the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the globe in 1968-69. One of nine sailors to compete in the Times Golden Globe Race, Sir Robin set off from Falmouth, with no sponsorship, on 14 June 1968. He arrived back in Falmouth after 312 days at sea, on 22 April 1969, securing his place in the history books. Sir Robin wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience the challenge and sheer exhilaration of ocean racing because there are far more flags of success on the top of Mount Everest than on the high seas.
Knox-Johnston On Sailing is a selection of his most provoking, insightful and perceptive writing from the pages of Yachting World magazine. Robin has been a columnist for this leading racing and cruising magazine for more almost two decades. His writing ranges from the latest developments in sailing to reflections on his long and accomplished sailing career. Robin tells it like it is, and this selection will serve to educate and entertain in equal measure.
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Knox-Johnston made sailing history in 1968
Knox-Johnston made sailing history in 1968. Solo non-stop around the world race returns this year. CNN) Of the nine entrants in the first ever solo non-stop around-the-world sailing race, one finished, six retired, one was rescued and one disappeared - believed to have committed suicide. British merchant seaman Robin Knox-Johnston, the only man to finish the grueling, mad-cap Golden Globe race in April 1969, wrote his name into sailing's history book as the first person to sail non-stop solo around the world.
An Interview with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Publish date: Sep 13, 2017. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston ‘s eyes tell the tale of his many voyages. Winner of the first-ever round-the-world yacht race, the 1968-69 Golden Globe, on his 32ft teak sloop Suhaili, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is one of the greatest living sailors. In the years following that solo epic, Knox-Johnston and fellow legend Sir Peter Blake set a Jules Verne Trophy record for the fastest ever crewed circumnavigation, Knox-Johnston started the successful Clipper Round the World Race for amateur sailors, and he crossed.
Knox-Johnston was one of nine sailors who enlisted for this venture and later won the race. He sets sail in Falmouth, a small town at the south-eastern tip of England.
Knox-Johnston, his brother Chris and radio officer colleague Heinz Fingerhut, sailed Suhaili – the name given by Arab seafarers in the Persian Gulf to the south-east wind – for home, completing the final Cape Town to Gravesend leg non-stop in 74 days, averaging 112 miles a day. Suhaili, h. . Suhaili, he wrote had proved herself a seaworthy boat, able when close-hauled to sail herself for long spells without attention because of her remarkable balance.
KNOX-JOHNSTON ON SEAMANSHIP & SEAFARING by Robin Knox-Johnston – record-breaking sailing legend. Visit ww. ernhurstbooks. com to see our full range of Christmas gift books.