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Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring

by Robin Knox-Johnston

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  • 9781912177141
  • Hardback
  • 224
  • 235 x 159 mm
  • June 2018
  • 1st
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On 14th June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from Falmouth to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race – the first, non-stop, single-handed sailing race around the world. He was an unknown 29-year old Merchant Navy Officer. Ten and a half months later he sailed back into Falmouth, the only finisher in the race and the first man to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation.

Since then he has had an illustrious sailing career, with 3 further circumnavigations, including the fastest circumnavigation and last racing solo round the world in 2007, aged 68. Few people have sailed as many miles as Robin.

Now, 50 years since setting out in the Golden Globe Race, you can benefit from Robin’s wealth of experience as he shares  his thoughts on seamanship and seafaring in this new book, selected from his most provoking, insightful and perceptive writing from the pages of Yachting Worldmagazine. 

The first half of the book concentrates on seamanship and looks at the skills and gear required. The second half allows Robin to reminisce on memorable boats, races and places he has experienced in his last 50 years of seafaring.

The book starts with an original piece by Robin reflecting on the last 50 years.

“Now leisure sailors can benefit from Robin’s wealth of experience.” Yachting Life

“Hints, tips, advice and yarns from Britain’s most famous sailor; this is a great book to dip into when you’ve just come off watch or are waiting for someone to get back from the showers… Robin covers a huge range of subjects with seamanlike directness and a master mariner’s authority.” Classic Sailor

“This book is a delight to read. The chapter headings alone are worth the cover price. His advice is as useful for sailing round the Isle of Wight as for sailing round the world. Every word is helpful. An engaging and well written book.” Little Ship Club

“A very readable and wide-ranging collection of short essays… The brevity of these essays makes this an ideal book to pick up and browse, even when there is not much time for reading. Knox-Johnston writes very well, and all of the essays can be read and re-read, profitably and with enjoyment.” Royal Cruising Club

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