A World of My Own : The First Ever Non-stop Solo Round the World Voyage, Paperback Book

A World of My Own : The First Ever Non-stop Solo Round the World Voyage Paperback

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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.

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 uncomputerised 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, b/w maps, photos
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Sailing
  • ISBN: 9780713668995

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Since watching Deep Water, the fantastic documentary of the Sunday Times Golden Globe race, I've been intrigued by the various personalities that entered. Personalities such as Crowhurst (fueled by wreckless ambition and self doubt); Moitessier (driven by adventure and personal development); and Knox-Johnston (motivated by patriotism and a sense of duty and service).Knox-Johnston's book appears to be a reflection of his personality. The description of his record-breaking non-stop circumnavigation of the world is not overtly philosophical or noteworthy. It reads in the main as a sailor's log of the various technical challenges and problems he faced along the way. His account is written for fellow sailors and anyone else setting out to attempt a similar adventure. It's written with humility, but the book rarely explores his personal drivers for entering the race. He strikes me as someone who prefers his actions to speak for themselves.

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