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A World of My Own (1969)

by Robin Knox-Johnston

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Since watching Deep Water, the fantastic documentary of the Sunday Times Golden Globe race, I've been intrigued by the various personalities that entered. Personalities such as Crowhurst (fueled by wreckless ambition and self doubt); Moitessier (driven by adventure and personal development); and Knox-Johnston (motivated by patriotism and a sense of duty and service).

Knox-Johnston's book appears to be a reflection of his personality. The description of his record-breaking non-stop circumnavigation of the world is not overtly philosophical or noteworthy. It reads in the main as a sailor's log of the various technical challenges and problems he faced along the way. His account is written for fellow sailors and anyone else setting out to attempt a similar adventure. It's written with humility, but the book rarely explores his personal drivers for entering the race. He strikes me as someone who prefers his actions to speak for themselves. ( )
  kenno82 | Aug 31, 2013 |
Forfatter: Robin Knox-Johnston

Boken beskriver en bragd av de helt store innenfor seilsporten. Vi er tilbake i 1968. Hvem kan bli den første til å seile jorden rundt uten en eneste stopp og ganske alene? Avisen Sunday Times utlyser regattaen - Golden Globe - og Robin Knox-Johnston bestemmer seg for at troféet skal hentes hjem til Storbritannia og det skal hentes hjem - ja nettopp - av ham selv.

Vi blir med på en utrolig ferd jorden rundt med land i sikte men aldri under føttene. Vi kjenner at barometeret synker og vi vet at det vil blåse opp... til storm? ... til orkan? Søvn blir det i perioder lite av og mat like så. Båten krever kontinuerlig stell og det meste må på et eller annet tidspunkt repareres. Vi lar oss rive med av Knox-Johnstons nokså nøkterne beskrivelser av en beinhard tilværelse både fysisk og psykisk. Vi forflytter oss til en tid ikke særlig langt tilbake, men med få og svært enkle hjelpemidler, noe som fascinerer en «moderne» seiler og gir rom for ettertanke.

Boken er oversatt av Jorunn Leite

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Robin Knox-Johnston ble født i 1939. Han gikk inn i marinen i 1957 og la avgårde på kanskje verdens mest kjente regatta i 1968. Han fortsatte med nok en jordomseiling, Whitbread og har i tillegg krysset Atlanteren minst femten ganger. I tillegg har han satt en rekke rekorder innenfor seilsporten. I en alder av nærmere 70 år er han fremdeles en ivrig seiler og deltok blant annet under 8m VM på Hankø i juli 2008.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0713668997, Paperback)

On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost
unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour steered by the solitary figure at her
helm, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili,
paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and
brown, her self-steering gone, her tiller arm jury rigged to the rudder
head, came romping joyously back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception
for Robin, who had become the first man to sail round the world
non-stop single-handed.


By every standard it was an incredible adventure, perhaps the last
great uncomputerised journey left to man. Every hazard, every
temptation to abandon the astounding voyage came Robin's way, from
polluted water tanks, smashed cabin top and collapsed boom to lost
self-steering gear and sheered off tiller, and all before the tiny
ketch had fought her way to Cape Horn, the point of no return, the
fearsome test of any seaman's nerve and determination.


A World of My Own is Robin's gripping, uninhibited, moving
account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time. An instant
bestseller, it is now reissued for a new generation of readers to be
enthralled and inspired.

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