A World of My Own

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On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour with a solitary figure at her helm; the modest, likeable, 29-year old merchant navy officer, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili, paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and brown, sailed triumphantly back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception for the laughing young Englishman who had become the first man to sail round the world non-stop ...

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Overview

On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour with a solitary figure at her helm; the modest, likeable, 29-year old merchant navy officer, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili, paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and brown, sailed triumphantly back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception for the laughing young Englishman who had become the first man to sail round the world non-stop single-handed.

It was an incredible adventure, and every temptation to abandon the voyage came Robin's way; his water tanks were polluted, a storm put his radio out of action, his self-steering gear disintegrated, his main boom collapsed, his tiller sheered off, but he refused to give up. A World of My Own is Robin Knox-Johnston's enthralling and inspiring account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393331325
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,041,435
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Knox-Johnston entered the Merchant Navy at the age of 17,
obtaining his Master's Certificate 8 years later. Of the 9 competitors he was the only one to complete the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in
1968 after 312 days alone at sea and win the trophy for the first solo non-stop circumnavigation. Since then Robin has participated in many ocean races including the Whitbread, and in 1994 co-skippered Enza with Sir Peter Blake to set a new world record for a circumnavigation. He has been UK Yachtsman of the Year twice, International Yachtsman of the Year in 1995, and was knighted in 1995. He still owns and sails Suhaili.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     iv
Acknowledgements     ix
Suhaili     1
Make Do and Mend     13
Falmouth to the Forties: June 14th, 1968-September 10th, 1968 (Day 88)     33
The Roaring Forties: September 11th, 1968-November 8th, 1968 (Day 89-147)     62
Melbourne to Otago: November 10th, 1968-November 20th, 1968 (Day 148-159)     96
Otago to the Horn: November 21st, 1968-January 8th, 1969 (Day 160-209)     125
Cape Horn: January 9th, 1969-January 17th, 1969 (Day 210-218)     153
Dog Watch     163
Cape Horn to the Equator: January 18th, 1969-March 6th, 1969 (Day 219-266)     174
The Equator to Falmouth: March 7th, 1969-April 22nd, 1969 (Day 267-313)     192
Pilot's Notes     219
Epilogue     230
Appendices
Stores lists     233
Navigational stores and equipment     237
Book list     239
Index     241
Map: Suhaili's route round the world     vi
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