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14th June marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant small boat sailing achievements during the last Century. It was the day that Robin Knox-Johnston set out from Falmouth at the start of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in an attempt to become the first man to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation. Sir Robin was the sole finisher, leaving behind him a trail of broken boats and spirits. The 30,000 mile voyage in his sturdy 32ft yacht Suhaili took 312 days, and Sir Robin returned to Falmouth on April 22 1969 to be feted as a modern hero of our times.
We are pleased to be hosting a 'behind the Scenes' talk and Film; watch some old film footage and meet 3 people who were involved in the stories behind the achievement
Barry Pickthall - Former yachting correspondent for The Sunday Times and Times newspapers
Chris Eakin - Author of ‘A Race Too Far’ the most authoritative account of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race
Bill Rowntree - The Sunday Mirror photographer who covered Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure and return to Falmouth in 1968/9