Our Commodore Bruce Hoch and Vice Commodore Jim Chambers had the opportunity to meet legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox Johnston and present him with the Liberty Yacht Club Burgee.
Sir Robin’s sailing career spans more than 50 illustrious years. He was the first person to sail non-stop and single-handed (alone) around the world in 1969 as part of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. In 1994, Sir Robin along with Peter Blake won the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation, just 74 days and 22 hours. At age 68 he again sailed single-handed around the world in the VELUX 5 Ocean Race. In 2014 Sir Robin, at age 75, competed in a single-handed Transatlantic ocean race, the Route du Rhum, finishing third in the Rhum class.
Sir Robin, who is the founder and Chairman of the Clipper Round the World Race, was visiting the area during the U.S. East Coast stop-over where we had the pleasure of meeting with him. The Clipper Race is the longest ocean race, a 40,000 mile race that takes amateur sailors around the globe with stops in many countries including in the U.S. at Liberty Landing Marina.
We look forward to seeing Sir Robin and the rest of the Clipper Race again when they return as part of the next race in 2017-18.