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Legendary sailor back in competition

MAY 11 — The first man to ever sail single-handed and non-stop around the world is planning to participate in the VELUX 5 Oceans. Knox-Johnston sailed his 32-foot Bermudan Ketch, Suhaili, on a 312-day solo non-stop circumnavigation in 1969.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 67, says he hopes to complete the 30,000-mile three-leg race in only 112 days, news reports say. “With such a high quality fleet of entrants, this is the race for anyone with a competitive spirit,” Knox-Johnston says in a report. “My target is to take at least 200 days off Suhaili’s time and aim for a podium position, but let’s see how the competition develops out on the oceans. That’s where we do the talking.”

Knox-Johnston is chairman of Clipper Ventures, the company that manages the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the VELUX 5 Oceans (formerly the Around Alone race). The race is scheduled to kick off Oct. 22 from Bilbao, Spain, and make stops in Australia and the United States before wrapping up six months later in the Basque region (the northern coast between Spain and France). Noted sailors such Bernard Stamm, Mike Golding and Alex Thompson have also signed on for the race.

Jason Fell