Fantastic footage of Chichester's arrival 50 years ago this weekend. This sets the scene and time line for the first 1968 Golden Globe Race. Sir Robin, Moitessier and many others were thinking..NON-STOP is the last great challenge???...will I do it?? and so the first real Race was forming... ...
The Golden Globe Race will be the first time I race with the use of a sextant. Knowing how to correctly master the sextant has been one of the harder challenges I've faced in preparing for the race. Bringing traditional and retro racing back in style.
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