Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Finishes Route Du Rhum in Third Place
After 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds of tough competition at sea, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston finished in third place of Rhum class in this year’s Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe.
Upon his arrival at the race finish line in Guadeloupe, the first man to non-stop circumnavigate the globe alone vowed that this would not be his last Route du Rhum as he plans on returning in 2018 when he will be 78 years old.
Since the 3,542-mile race began on the 2nd of November in San Malo France, Knox-Johnston battled closely in his Open 60, Grey Power with the Italian Andrea Mura, the course record holder for the class.
The Rhum class was won by the French sailor Anne Caseneuve, on her Multi 50 Trimaran Aneo, followed by Mura in second, Knox-Jonhston in third and 17 other competitors behind.
Before starting the race, Knox-Jonhston claimed he felt 48, but admitted at the end of the race that the experience may have added a few years on to how he feels now.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s achievement in this year’s Route du Rhum proves that age is no barrier, no doubt inspiring the older generation of sailing enthusiasts to continue to enjoy their passion despite their age.
Watch moment Sir Robin crossed the finish line below.
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Article by Jack Bartrop