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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is competing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS round the world yacht race

23rd October 2006

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is competing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS round the world yacht race. He will set sail in his yacht ‘Saga Insurance’ from Bilbao, Spain on 22 October.

At 67, Sir Robin is the oldest – and the most experienced - competitor in the race and completing this, the ultimate solo challenge, proves that age is no barrier to achieving your goals.

In 1969 Sir Robin became the first person to sail non-stop around the planet when he won the Sunday Times Golden Globe. Back then this took a monumental 312 days, almost 40 years on his target for this year’s race is some 200 days shorter at 112 days.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “I am looking forward to taking on this challenge, demonstrating once again that age and experience can win out.”

The VELUX 5 OCEANS was established as the first single-handed around the world race in 1982, and is run every four years. It begins on October 22 and covers 3 gruelling legs from Bilbao (Spain) to Fremantle (Australia) to Norfolk (USA), and then back to Bilbao. Along the way sailors may face huge storms, waves of up to 25 metres, sleep deprivation and extreme isolation. Fewer people have achieved this goal than have climbed Mount Everest.

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