🇬🇧️ : An historical day ! 49 years ago, on that day (22nd of april 1969), Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was finishing the first non stop solo circumnavigation on his little ketch Suhaili ! 50 years after, Abhilash Tomy is about to try to achieve the same journey on a replica built in India. #GGR2018
🇫🇷️ :Une journée historique ! Il y a 49 ans, le 22 avril 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston bouclait en vainqueur le Golden Globe, première course en solitaire autour du monde sans escale ni assistance à bord de son solide Suhaili ! 50 ans après, Abhilash Tommy s'apprête à tenter de réitérer l'exploit, à bord d'une réplique du petit ketch, construite en Inde. ...
On this day 49 years ago, Sir Robin sailed around the world single-handed and non-stop to become the first person to do so. Few know that his famous Suhaili was built in India.
Almost half a century later, a Suhaili replica, again built in India, will attempt to replicate his achievement.
The Golden Globe Race starts in 69 days. Follow the race here
Hard to believe there is no title sponsor, but 10 weeks out is a good time to say THANKS to the three ONLY organisations who are bold enough to support the #GGR2018. My passion is supporting Adventure and without Les Sables d'Olonne Agglomération the spectical and inspiration to millions would not be the same. You are all great friends! Thanks to RALF TECH Watches the perfect OFFICIAL TIMER and Hydrovane International Marine will be the ones to watch! If you or your company would like to be part of History and Global media..the front door is open..Thanks.. Don McIntyre, Founder and Race Chairman. ...
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