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

Robin Knox-Johnston
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30 Jan 2004
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.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical (30 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713668997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713668995
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A gripping tale of human achievement, 'A World of My Own' also provides an honest, personal insight..." Devon Life (December 2007) 'a very readable story of adventure' The Little Ship (Spring 2010)

About the Author

Robin Knox-Johnston entered the Merchant Navy at the age of 17, obtaining his Master's Certificate 8 years later. Of the 9 competitors he was the only one to complete the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968 after 312 days alone at sea and win the trophy for the first solo non-stop circumnavigation. Since then Robin has participated in many ocean races including the Whitbread, and in 1994 co-skippered Enza with Sir Peter Blake to set a new world record for a circumnavigation. He has been UK Yachtsman of the Year twice, International Yachtsman of the Year in 1995, and was knighted in 1995. He still owns and sails Suhaili.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I guarantee this will inspire you 27 April 2004
By Shelagh
I love this book. It is an amazing story. Anyone interested remotely insailing should love it. If you haven't read it, I strongly recomend it.The idea of sailing from Falmouth single handed and alone non-stop aroundthe world in a 32 foot wooden yacht, back into Falmouth again - is simple- yet an awesome challenge for 1968 and before the days of GPS, computersand modern boat materials. An amazing tale, I treasure this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite an adventure 1 Nov 2006
I really enjoyed this book.

It gives an insight into the mind of one of the greatest adventurers of our time.

1968 seems a long time ago (I was only a 1yo baby!) but this guy was out there doing his stuff.

He conveys a sense of freedom we can only dream of these days.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic 20 Jun 2007
Extremely well written by a truly great Englishman. What comes across in this book is his sheer down-to-earth, common-sense approach to a formidable enterprise. If you want the poetic appreciation of the sea, read Bernard Moitessier. If, however, you want a rattling good yarn, told exactly like it was, read this book - the first of several by this master mariner, whose adventures have continued to the present day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book - and not only for sailors 10 Mar 2009
By sok
I enjoyed this book immensely and I have very little knowledge of the sea or sailing. It is just a superb book about an astonishing achievement and it is written in a very humble, honest and humorous style. RKJ writes of the highs and lows of his 313 days at sea and about the challenges he has to face in a time when communication, navigation and even food and clothing were far more primitive than they are today. He has many obstacles to overcome and often has to think of ingenious ways around things. He also tells of his inner thoughts as he spends nearly a year of his life alone on Suhaili and I particularly liked the way at one point he analyzes his faith in God.
I am writing this nearly 40 years to the day since he completed his voyage and I'd love to belatedly congratulate him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 6 Feb 2009
By RobF
In the mid 1960s, sailing alone, non-stop around the world was known to be possible, but had yet to be accomplished. This excellently written book is the story of how it was accomplished. The pictures and excerpts of Knox-Johnstons log enhance a gripping read.

I would recommend this book to anyone keen on sailing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic. 9 Dec 2010
One of the greatest adventure stories of our time, who needs fiction when fact is so compelling. An extrodinary tale of determination, courage, skill, bravery, and sheer bloody mindedness. Out of nine sailors to attempt the first ever solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe that year only one was successful - Robin Knox-Johnston, then in his late twenties, now a living legend and an inspiration.
Having failed to raise the money to have a bespoke craft built for the record attempt (and no one knew if it was actually possible) it was either use what he had or forget the whole thing, so he set off from Falmouth in a 32ft wooden yacht, he'd had built with a friend years earlier, with a sextant and horrific amounts of tinned food - and why? Because he was dammed if a Frenchman was going to be the first to do it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 1 Oct 2010
By Glynis
Great to read a book that makes you proud to be British. What an amazing story and what an inspiration this man is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, highly recommend for sailing types 15 April 2011
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I bought this for my husband. He really enjoyed the read. Recommended for readers who enjoy man against the elements and against the odds and sailing afficiandos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I need to get my self a yacht....
Published 1 month ago by Ellis Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
True British grit and determination. If you are interested in this race you must watch the documentary film Deep Water.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
You don't need to be a sailor to enjoy this book, although you might be tempted to become one after you've read it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Apionid
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read on a moment in sailing history!
As a landlubber taking first steps into sailing via the calmness of The Med, RKJ gives a real sailors first hand experience of single handed sailing without the benefit of today's... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Veseyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
How did these guys get these inappropriate vessels around the world? All the competitors must have been mad! No electronic navigation aids and basic vhf for contact. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. W. Estridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all of us with an interest in the sea.
Really excellent read. Fascinating account of a fantastic voyage and the many physical and mental challenges. It is of its time which adds to the charm.
Published 6 months ago by Thebrassinator
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Inspiring
The easy reading style of this tale of the very first solo run around the world makes for fantastic reading. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. M. McNaughton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Adventure
I first read this book 35 years ago and still it fires the imagination! The narrative transports you into a lonely world of British spirit and resolve where Sir Robin Knox-Johnson... Read more
Published 7 months ago by bealine
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read by a sailing legend
What can I say, a superb read by an undisputed hero. Sir Knox-Jhonston is a sailing legend and a very understated gentleman. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Toby Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
i found the book a delight to read both insightfull and intriguing in how he coped with the situation at the time,
Published 9 months ago by kenny
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