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Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring


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Table of Contents

Foreword; Introduction; PART ONE: SEAMANSHIP: Skills; Gear; PART TWO: SEAFARING: Boats; Races; Places.

About the Author

Robin Knox-Johnston rose to fame in 1969 when he became the first person to sail non-stop and solo around the world. In an illustrious sailing career he has also set records for the fastest circumnavigation and last raced solo round the world in 2007, aged 68. He was knighted in 1995.


"What makes this book so exciting is that it contains many of the things that Robin has learned over the years since he set of from Falmouth in 1968. Anyone who ventures to sea would be wise to take advantage of the seamanship lessons that Robin has learned. However, anyone who has met Robin also knows that he is not just a wise old seaman - he is also great fun and lives life to the full. This shows in the pieces on seafaring in this book where he tells of some of his favourite boats, races and places he has visited - always with a twinkle in his eye! They are a joy to read and remind us that sailing is primarily a fun activity, to be enjoyed!" (Alex Thomson, June 2018) "Now leisure sailors can benefit from Robin's wealth of experience." (Yachting Life, July 2018) "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, June 2018) "well crafted and highly authoritative" (Sailing Today, Aug 2018) "One of the world's greatest yachtsmen shares his thoughts on seamanship and seafaring." (Julian Stockwin, June 2018) "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, Summer 2018) "Every one is valuable" (Yachting Monthly, Aug 2018) "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, Nov 2018)

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