KNOX-JOHN­STON ON SEAMANSHIP & SEA­FAR­ING

Yachting Monthly - - BOOK CLUB -

Robin Knox-john­ston, Fern­hurst

This is a com­pi­la­tion of ar­ti­cles orig­i­nally pub­lished in our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Yacht­ing World. Ev­ery one is valu­able in its own right, whether of­fer­ing prac­ti­cal ad­vice on throw­ing a heav­ing line or shar­ing rem­i­nis­cences of sail­ing Seabird dinghies in Bom­bay. Cover-to-cover read­ing, how­ever, is a bitty ex­pe­ri­ence as lit­tle has been done to set the ar­ti­cles in con­text. I would have liked pub­li­ca­tion dates, for in­stance. It’s a pity, as these are in­sights into 50 years of in­con­ceiv­able change dur­ing which, as Sir Robin points out, the time for solo sail­ing around the world has re­duced from 312 days to just 42 and, as the Arc­tic wa­ters open, even the con­cept of a cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion is be­ing re­de­fined.

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