Robin Knox-Johnston was the first person to make a non-stop single-handed sailing journey around the world. This is his uninhibited account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time.
On Friday June 14, 1968, Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth Harbor steered by the solitary figure at her helm, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili, paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and brown, her self-steering gone, her tiller arm jury rigged to the rudder head, came romping joyously back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception for Robin, who had become the first man to sail round the world non-stop single-handed.
By every standard it was an incredible adventure, perhaps the last great uncomputerized journey left to man. Every hazard, every temptation to abandon the astounding voyage came Robin's way, from polluted water tanks, smashed cabin top and collapsed boom to lost self-steering gear and sheered off tiller, and all before the tiny ketch had fought her way to Cape Horn, the point of no return, the fearsome test of any seaman's nerve and determination.
A World of My Own is Robin's gripping, uninhibited, moving account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time. An instant bestseller, it is now reissued for a new generation of readers to be enthralled and inspired.
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About 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.
Table of Contents
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
Stores lists 233
Navigational stores and equipment 237
Book list 239
Map: Suhaili's route round the world vi
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Writen By Robin Knox-Johnston shortly after he won the first non stop round the world race. This book is very informitive and enteraining at the same time. Robin takes you along as he battles sharks and gales in the Southern Ocean while proving that a big and fast boat isn't needed to win, just determination, self confidance and being able to live in his own world.