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Watch: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston | Sailing Legend

by Ingrid Hale
Sir Robin Knox Johnston

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is world renowned for being the first person to race single-handed, non-stop around the world – and win! This is one of the best documentaries we have seen on Sir Robin – it’s a thorough look at the man in full.

In his own words, Sir Robin explains the story behind his epic achievement over 50 years ago. Hear from Sir Ben Ainslie, Alex Thomson , Sir Chris Bonington and Dee Caffari on how Sir Robin continues to inspire others to push themselves to their limits and be adventurous.

Find out what it was like to be in isolation with no communications, and then train ordinary people to become ocean racers. From battling through monster waves, to being ‘lost at sea’ after losing his radio, and fighting off a shark, Sir Robin relives the journey and shares never-before-seen photographs and diary entries.

The documentary looks back on his remarkable life, career, legacy and his astonishing influence on the sport.

“To me, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is an iconic figure and one of the greatest sailors to have ever set foot in a boat” – Sir Ben Ainslie

“The thing that made Robin stand out so much was that he wasn’t well known, and he wasn’t famous. He was an ordinary chap who built his own boat and did something nobody on earth had ever done before. Through sheer drive, guts and determination.” – John Simpson, BBC Correspondent

Listen to this podcast to find out more about what makes him tick.

Read: The Top 5 Sailors Living Today

 

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