On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour, steered by the solitary figure at her helm, Robin Knox-Johnston. This is Robin's uninhibited account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time.
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.
BOOK OF THE WEEK: In an age short of heroes, make no mistake: Robin
Knox-Johnston is a hero for all time. His dramatically epic account
is a glorious antidote to our navel-gazing age. This is courage in
the raw, day by day and as it happens. Wonderfully inspiring. *
Daily Mail *
A gripping tale of human achievement, A World of My Own also provides an honest, personal insight. * Devon Life *
A very readable story of adventure. * The Little Ship *