The day – after 50 years

April 22, 1969, the man immortalized his name in the history of sailing around the world’s first nonstop solo the globe. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of this event, sir Robin Knox-Johnston 20 APR 2019 arrived in Falmouth in his yacht Suhaili.

The next morning, sir Robin visited the exhibition, which opened at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, which presents previously unreleased photographs depicting his world (the exhibition will run until September 1).

And on the same day on the North quay of the city was inaugurated a symbolic sign – a bronze footprint Knox-Johnston to celebrate his first steps on land after 312 days at sea.

22 April in the port of Falmouth held a parade in honor of Suhaili and her captain. It was like 50 years ago, a yacht was met by a sailing flotilla, a brave sailor saluted warships on the shore was crowded from occurring…. And sailboats appeared out of the mist that covered the sea and land. The legendary kop, the tiller which was, of course, Sam Knox-Johnston crossed the finish line at approximately 15:25 – it was at this time 50 years ago Suhaili returned home from a world tour.

On the same day a meeting was held with the audience (among which, incidentally, was seen by the mayor of Falmouth), for which Knox-Johnston was assisted by Michael Golding.

In his address sir Robin paid special attention to the role of sailing in the formation of the younger generation, because, according to him, it opens up new horizons and opportunities, gives immense joy and pleasure.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who founded in 1996, round the world race Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, said on this occasion: “I love sailing, there is so much joy. And I really want everyone to have the opportunity to try it. Go to sea, find out what it is. Feel the wind on the boat, fresh air, sun, and sea, and the sea in particular, it is always changing, it never looks like it did a moment ago.”

Celebrations in Falmouth ended the autograph session, where sea Robin signed his recently released book, Running free.

Finally, on 22 APR started shooting polnometrazhnogo Russian documentary film “People of the big water”, support for the production which has a team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

This film tells of those who dedicated their lives to the ocean, including, of course, about Robin Knox-Johnston. The film acts as Alexander Panov, behind which the transitions on the barge “Sedov” and others swimming. He is the author of numerous films, including the documentary about the transition of the Russian frigate “Shtandart” from the Canary Islands to the shores of Europe – “Eighteen men on a dead man’s chest”. Details of the new film were not disclosed, but the idea in it will be affected by various aspects of the topic “man and the ocean”, including, of course, sailing and the world of ocean racing.

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