Can England win the World Cup again? Can a Brit be the fastest around the world again?
Looking back on past glories is more than just a pastime for British sports supporters. It’s theonlypastime unless you’re a lucky dinghy racing fanatic or speed-cycling enthusiast.
But outside the Olympic disciplines, the heroes in Britain’s biggest sports – football, cricket, rugby, sailing, car racing and tennis – are thin on the ground. And, with the exception of Lewis Hamilton, their acheivements have begun to fade into the past.
So a celebration of RKJ’s amazing Golden Globe Race victory in 1968, is always welcome but let’s hope it inspires a few new ones to get serious about winning things again.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall have introduced a brand new online exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary on 22 April of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston achieving the first single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.
The online exhibition, available at www.nmmc.co.uk, is a first for the Museum and details Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s epic achievement. In 1968 the Golden Globe trophy was offered by the Sunday Times to the first person to sail alone and unassisted around the world. Of the nine sailors that started the race five retired, one sank, one committed suicide, one started on a second circumnavigation, but only one finished.
The race started from Falmouth on Friday 14 June 1968, despite an old sailors’ tradition that it was unlucky to start a voyage on a Friday, and on 22 April 1969, after 312 days at sea, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston returned to Falmouth in his boat, Suhaili, as the first person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe non-stop.
Maritime Museum Boat Collections Manager Andy Wyke says: “Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is a legend of British sailing and it is only fitting that we mark the 40th anniversary of his remarkable achievement. The Maritime Museum has close links with Sir Robin and Suhaili has spent some time on our pontoon in the past. We already offer a wonderful introduction to the story of the record breaking voyage, with Suhaili’s radio transmitter/receiver on display as well as the bible Sir Robin took with him, but this new online exhibition adds a whole other dimension.”
The Sir Robin Knox-Johnston online exhibition can be seen now at www.nmmc.co.uk.