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Milestone voyage marks 40 years

Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the start of Sir Chay Blyth's non-stop solo circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents. Sailing his 59-foot ketch, British Steel, Chay set out Oct. 18, 1970 from Southampton. And 292 days later, having steered by hand for more than 20,000 miles after the yacht lost its self steering off Cape Horn, he returned to a hero's welcome.

The headlines ran 'Boat of Steel - Man of Iron' and The Times described the voyage as 'The most outstanding passage ever made by one man alone.'

Thousands came to welcome him home, including the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prime Minister Edward Heath.