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Adventurer and record-breaking sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston discusses his extraordinary life with Steve Ancsell. The first man ever to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world, Knox-Johnston shares stories of his early life and how he came to love the sea.
After leaving school, he immediately joined the Royal Naval Reserve before serving in the merchant navy and travelling the world. During that time, he spied for the British government in the Gulf, worked in the South African dockyards, and built his boat Suhaili in Bombay, before sailing home to England. In June 1968, he set sail in Suhaili in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Knox-Johnston was the only person to finish the race, completing his journey on 22 April 1969 and thus entering the record books. Once back home, he set up a hugely successful business, Clipper Ventures. He continued his sailing adventures, completing a second solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2007 – at 68, he became the oldest to complete this feat.
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