Bernard Moitessier's JOSHUA is protected as an HISTORIC MONUMENT under French law. NOT so for SUHAILI.
The refusal by Britain’s Historic Ships Society to recognise Suhaili as an important historic vessel is CRAZY!. Barry Pickthall has been campaigneing to get this changed for the past 4 years to no avail. RKJ’s yacht is 7in (18cm) too short to fit their criteria. Sometimes you have to wonder about the British system?
So the headline in the Times newspaper.... 50 years on, first solo round the world sailor fears historic boat will go abroad
THE boat that survived a round-the-world voyage and sailed the intrepid adventurer Sir Robin Knox-Johnston into the history books could be sold abroad.
Sir Robin fears bureaucracy may be more than a match for his beloved Suhaili, in which he became the first person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed.
Sir Robin has said the boat is too small to qualify for grants and protection from the National Register of Historic Vessels and could be sold abroad once he can no longer keep her shipshape.
Speaking to The Times, Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Suhaili is a piece of our maritime history but you should never underestimate the bureaucrats. I will not be parting with Suhaili for a long time, but at some point I will need to find a home for her. I would prefer that to be somewhere in Britain in the hope she might inspire young people here to think they can do things in life. " #GGR2018 ...
The 2018 Golden Globe race will now start from Les Sables d’Olonne, France on July 1 and take the fleet around the five great Capes in the Southern Ocean.
Robin Knox-Johnston waving aboard
Circa 22nd April 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston waving aboard his 32ft yacht SUHAILI off Falmouth, England after becoming the first man to sail solo non-stop around the globe. Knox-Johnston was the sole finisher in the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo round the world race, having set out from Falmouth, England on 14th June 1968 aboard his tiny 32ft ketch Suhaili. It was a time when the Flat Earth Society was still in existence, and even seasoned yachtsman thought it to be an impossible feat. For everyone else it was; Robin was the sole finisher among 9 starters to complete this 30,000 mile supreme endurance race, organised by the Sunday Times newspaper.
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Original sign and logo advertising
Circa 1968. the original sign and logo advertising the 1968/9 Sunday Times Round the World Race. The race was won by Robin Knox-Johnston with his 32ft ketch rigged yacht SUHAILI with a time of 312 days. Knox-Johnston was the sole finisher in the race and the first to sail solo non-stop around the world.
***Historic. Circa 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world aboard his 32ft ketch SUHAILI. Knox-Johnston returned on 22nd of April 1969 completing the 30,123 mile voyage in 313 days, averaging 4.04 knots.
***Historic. Circa 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the World, aboard his 32ft 5in yacht SUHAILI. Pictured here celebrating with a pint of beer after returning to Falmouth, England on 22nd April 1969, completing the 30,123 mile voyage in 312 days – an average of 4.02knots