Sir Robin Knox-Johnston burst to fame when he became the first man ever to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Now, 50 years on from that famous voyage, he joins the how to: Academy where, in conversation with Hannah MacInnes, he will reveal the extraordinary story of his life.
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, and Running Free vividly brings to life that remarkable voyage, where he 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 and continued his naval adventures, completing a second solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2007 – at 68, he became the oldest to complete this feat.
In this talk, Sir Robin will share his insatiable appetite for life and adventure, making the event a must for all sailing enthusiasts, fans of Ranulph Fiennes and Ellen MacArthur, or for anyone who has felt that the time for putting up your feet can always be put back to another day.