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Reports from the wild – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Almost forty years ago, London’s Sunday Times challenged mariners to sail non-stop around the world, which was believed to be impossible. Nine men responded, including Robin Knox-Johnston, a merchant mariner, who had known since he was a boy that he loved to sail. In 1969 he became the first man to sail non-stop around the world, a feat of survival that took 313 days. He sailed a 32-foot wooden ketch he had built in Bombay.

Today he is racing around the world at 15 to 30 knots with stops (some of them unplanned), sleeping for 90 minutes at a time, and, alone among the Velux 5 Oceans Race competitors, enjoying a cocktail between 5 and 6 pm when he can.

The WSJ’s rather romantic article also reported that his motivation for the race is rooted in his wife, Suzanne, and their divorce and subsequent "storybook marriage".

After weathering the Doldrums and mechanical breakdowns, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston hopes to retrieve a third-place finish on the race’s last leg which began yesterday.