Robin Knox-Johnston

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (born March 17 1939) , was the first man to sail non-stop single-handed around the globe. Robin Knox-Johnston was also the second winner of the Jules Verne Trophy (together with Sir Peter Blake). He was born in Putney in London and grew up on The Wirral. From 1957 to 1965 he served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy. In 1965 he sailed his Colin-Archer-design sloop Suhaili from Bombay to England.

In June of 1968 the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race started at Falmouth, UK. Robin Knox-Johnston rounded Cape Horn in January, 20 days before his closest competitor Bernard Moitessier who was the favorite to do the fastest circumnavigation, but Moitessier abandoned the race. Thus, Knox-Johnston became the first man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed on April 22 1969, the day he returned to Falmouth. He donated his prize money to the family of Donald Crowhurst who died during the race.

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