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A World of My Own: The first ever non-stop solo round the world voyage

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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 Fal
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 5th 2008 by Adlard Coles (first published October 1st 1969)
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Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sailors, particularly those interested in the Golden Globe Race.
Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from Falmouth, England, on June 14, 1968, intending to circle the world non-stop, and alone, before anyone else did. The Golden Globe 'Round the World Race had just started, and he was one of nine brave competitors taking on the challenge.
In a thrilling tale of courage, resourcefulness, and adventure, Knox-Johnston elaborates on the voyage of a lifetime. If you're not familiar with sailing lingo, however, you probably won't understand a word. It's essential to grasp
Joseph Andrew
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My dad bought this book for me, because I liked the sound of it when he told me about RKJ swimming along next to the boat for exercise.
I love this book. I often felt depth and focus when reading it, like I was out there with RKJ watching birds and steering and burning my hand on soup.
Really grateful to have read it.
JwW White
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sailing
An interesting read about Sir Robin Knox Johnston's solo circumnavigation (the first non-stop solo). Typically British attitude and story of being the first around. At times dull and throughout far less inspiring than competitor Bernard Moitessier's "The Long Way."
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books-of-2020
Probably more people have been in to the space by now than ever sailed solo round the world non-stop. Even now this task is among the toughest any human can undertake, survive and complete. Such accomplishment till 1968 was only a dream. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston went for this dream when on Friday 14 June 1968 in Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbor. What followed were long months of solitude and fight with the toughest challenges Mother Nature can throw a sailor. ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first person to sail around the world without stopping anywhere along the way. In the mid 1960s a contest was announced about being the first to sail solo around the world. The author began the preparation both of his boat and his supplies needed to complete such an adventure. The race started in 1968 and ended in 1968During the book the author used lots of sailing terms like mizzen, jibe, forecastle and other words which I had to look up so I could understand. It was a difficult journey th ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, biography
One of the best books on sailing I've read, definitely on par with classics such as Dana's and Slocum's. Hard to imagine what it reads like to a non-sailor, but to somebody who's experienced even a bit of it, it's amazing. The way his boat keeps virtually falling apart, and he finds it in himself to fix, improvise, work around the various problems, leaks, breakages, the spoiled food, the lack of communication, all this while doing something, that nobody has ever done before: if you think Vendee ...more
Simon S
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and uplifting account of the author’s single-handed non-stop voyage around the world. I know nothing about sailing but this book is so well written and engaging that this is not a handicap. Knox-Johnston tells a tale of outstanding courage, physical stamina and mental strength, with gale-force storms that shred his sails and threaten to dismantle his cabin. Yet his matter-of-fact style makes all this sound like a slightly annoying day at the office.
Emi Caro
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stile molto inglese, ovvero abbastanza pragmatico e didascalico, ricco di informazioni e probabilmente meno ricco di emozioni.
Comunque un must to read per gli appassionati di vela, racconta una delle più grandi imprese di sempre
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice reading of someone else's experience out in sea and his goal of making a solo voyage around the world.
Mike Patton
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure, well told.

I loved reading this book! It's full of colour, warmth and genuine love of the sea. Anyone with a fondness for the sea should give it a read.
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow they don't make'em like this any more
Dr John H R Brook
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very readable

Amazing story of persistence and determination. I am pleased to have read the book although not a sailor it was a good read
Tom Storebø
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story of epic journey

I enjoyed every minute of this book. Really captivating. Amazing hardship which is hard to even imagine. It's in my bookshelf for a re read
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another classic sailing book. Full of action and wonderful descriptions of being alone at sea. Reading this you realise what was achieved by Knox-Johnston. He made the boat in India, it started leaking off the Azores (so he caulked a seam underwater) and continued all the way around. In today's world of plastic boats, GPS, EPIRBS, satphones etc it is quite hard to associate with exactly what the author is telling you - however the descriptions do the journey justice and I came away with a feelin ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Read this for an interview. It's a guy's story of the 1968 Round the Globe race, which is a fascinating story. It was sweet to see how a person my age handled being alone for so long. The new circumnavigators are criticized for watching so many dvds, but RKJ read a ton of books (the Bible, War and Peace, etc). Impressive, interesting.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Fascinating read
Probably Andrew
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Great story

The very last of the great true adventurers in the very last of the great true wilderness. The Vendee globe today can only pay homage to the original few.
Cian Clarke
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Far better than Montissier & co's accts of this race ...more
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