On April 22, 1969, Robin Knox-Johnston completed the Sunday Times Golden Globe race and became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world. To set the record he sailed aboard ‘Suhaili’, his 31-foot ketch, from June 14, 1968, and April 22, 1969.
“It is hard to believe 45 years have passed since the day I completed that first historic circumnavigation. I’m still incredibly proud of the achievement, which was the start of many memorable moments that I am proud of throughout my years at sea,” said Sir Robin.
Knighted in 1995, Sir Robin is one of Britain’s most celebrated mariners. He was the UK's Yachtsman of the Year 3 times, the ISAF sailor of the Year with Peter Blake in 1994 and in 2007 one of the first 6 inductees into the ISAF Hall of Fame.
This autumn Sir Robin will compete in a solo transatlantic race, the classic Route du Rhum.
“From time to time I just like being on my own at sea. You know, I just like to be there—just me, the sea and the boat. I’m very relaxed with it. I just wanted to go back and do another race while I still can. I’ve got the boat. I’m still reasonably fit and I thought, ‘Well, better go do this race now,’” said the 75-year-old Sir Robin.