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 ...