Robin Knox-Johnston, the living legend of modern ocean sailing

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We are introducing you to the 30 legends of sailing. Now it is your turn to choose the greatest sailor of all time.

30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1After 313 days of sailing, in 1968, Robin Knox-Johnston won the insane race, the Golden Globe Trophy, and at only 28 years old, he made history: he was the first man to circumnavigate the globe solo and nonstop. The boat that led him to success, Suhaili, he had built himself completely out of wood. To orient himself at sea he used only the sextant.

new last page robinAmong Sir Knox-Johnston’s accomplishments is the record, set in 1994, for circumnavigating the globe aboard the catamaran Enza (74-day crossing) paired with Peter Blake at the Jules Verne Trophy. With Suahili he participated in the ’88 Ostar and in ’90 he reached the North Pole. In 2007 he set his latest record: at 68, he was the oldest man to circle the planet solo. In 2014, at age 75, he finished third in the Route du Rhum!

Because: Robin Knox-Johnston won the first major round-the-world race solo and nonstop.

IS HE THE GREATEST IN YOUR OPINION? VOTE IT HERE!

DISCOVER ALL THE STORIES OF THE 30 SAILING LEGENDS HERE

Ben Ainslie
Peter Blake
Dee Caffari
Franck Cammas
Paul Cayard
Francis Chichester
Dennis Conner
Russell Coutts
Laura Dekker
Michel Desjoyeaux
Alexander Di Benedetto
Vito Dumas
Paul Elvstrom
Ambrose Fogar
François Gabart
Torben Grael
Francis Joyon
Robin Knox-Johnston
Ellen MacArthur
Bernard Moitessier
Mauro Pelaschier
Loick Peyron
Cino Ricci
Alessandra Sensini
Ernest Shackleton
Joshua Slocum
John Soldini
Agostino Straulino
Eric Tabarly
Vasco Vascotto

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