Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the first person to sail around the world single handed, winning the Sunday Times Golden Globe race, and leading him to be alone at sea for a staggering 312 days.
On June 14th 1968, Robin Knox-Johnston set off from Falmouth in a tiny 32ft boat to circumnavigate the world on his own. 312 days later, after much speculation as to whether he was even alive or not, Robin returned as the winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe race, beating his closest competitor Bernard Moitessier by 20 days.
He was knighted in 1995, after completing the fasted solo circumnavigation the year earlier. Robin also won the UK Yachtsman of the year in 1994 for a second time. Uniquely, Knox-Johnston has been voted UK Yachtsman of the Year 4 times, the most recent in January 2015. In 2006/7 and at the age of 68, he set out on yet another solo circumnavigation and finished a highly credited 4th in the Velux 5 Oceans race.
He was named ISAF Sailor of the Year in 1994, and in 2007 was one of the first inductees into the ISAF Hall of Fame. He is the author of a number of books, as well as Chairman of Clipper Ventures plc, helping others to race around the world in a fleet of identical yachts.
A charming and witty speaker, Robin’s story is both amazing and humorous, leaving audiences inspired to achieve more in their personal and professional lives. He is perfect for corporate events and after dinner engagements.
I could listen to him talk for hours. He has that unique ability to make just about everyone in the room feel good about themselves.
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