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Back in the Day: alone, non-stop around the world

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Back in the Day: alone, non-stop around the world


April 22, 1969. Englishman Robin Knox Johnston becomes the first person to sail single-handedly around the world without stopping. He arrived in Falmouth, Cornwall, 312 days after leaving the same port as one of nine entrants in the Sunday Times Golden Globe race. Another British sailor, Sir Francis Chichester had completed a similar journey two years earlier but had stopped off once, in Sydney. Knox Johnston, who was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, saw the non-stop challenge as “about all there is left to do now” in sailing. He donated the £5,000 (5,600 euro) prize for being the fastest to complete the journey – in fact he was the only sailor to complete the journey - to the family of another competitor who committed suicide during the race. He sailed in the 32-foot (9.8 metre) wooden ketch, Suhaili (see picture).
Also on April 22: the first ‘Earth Day’ is launched (1970); launch of Version 1.0 of the Mosaic web browser (1993)
Born on April 22: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Jack Nicholson (1937), Donald Tusk (1957)

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