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Robin Knox-Johnston

Forty years ago Robin Knox Johnston sailed across the the Golden Globe finish line at Falmouth harbour completing his historic singlehanded non-stop sail around the world. The Golden Globe sailing race attracted nine entrants, but only Robin Knox-Johnston completed the entire trip, and made it into the record books.

Since his first incredible circumnavigation, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was knighted in 2008 has continued to amaze the sailing world.  He won the Jules Verne trophy for fastest circumnavigation in 1994 with Peter Blake, and in 2007, he placed 4th in the Velux 5 Oceans race, another solo circumnavigation.

Related Links:

Interview with Robin Knox Johnston
Video (BBC Report with Robin Knox-Johnston)
Tribute to RKJ (April 22 Robin Knox-Johnston Day)
Robin Knox-Johnston – 40 Years Sailing Around Solo (photos of Robin Knox-Johnston from his historic trip)


clipper raceThe sailing team representing Durban, South Africa, contacted the Race Office to report that they had been dismasted, at deck level, in approximately 20 knots of wind. The sailing crew of 16 is in the process of clearing the decks and cutting away the trailing rigging from the boat, to prevent damage to the 68′ yachts hull.

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clipper raceThe clipper race yachts are about halfway between China and Hawaii, and sailing into the wind.

They are near the island of Midway in the Pacific Ocean.

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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

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Devastating news came this morning from the sailboat as they reported rig failure and subsequent dismasting on the eleventh day of the around the world sailing race leg 7 from Qingdao to Hawaii. Noone was injured, and the rest of the clipper race sailboats continue on.

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yachts in China

Thousands of local residents have flocked to the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao China to see the Clipper yacht fleet. The Olympic Sailing Committee issued 80,000 tickets to the public to attend a number of open days, which have been organized to showcase their new facilities for Beijing 2008 and their entry in the Clipper 07-08 Round Yachts Race.

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