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Knox-Johnston wins Yachtsman title

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the British sailing title of Raymarine/YJA Yachtsman of the Year.

Knox-Johnston, who completed the Velux 5 Oceans Race at the age of 68, thirty-eight years after his original — and the first — non-stop solo circumnavigation of the world, was presented with the award by Lady Pippa Blake, the widow of sailing adventurer and environmentalist Sir Peter Blake.

Knox-Johnston first made history in 1969 when he took 312 days to become the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in the Sunday Times Golden Globe, sailing Suhaili.

He said he entered the Velux 5 Oceans Race, which finished in May 2007, to prove that age is not a barrier to getting out and doing things in life. After finishing the race Sir Robin said he would not have missed it but vowed never to do another solo circumnavigation of the world.

Women’s Sailing Conference returns

The National Women’s Sailing Association and The Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, Mass., will host a day-long conference for women designed to introduce them to and/or enhance their skills in recreational sailing through seminars on water and on land.

Tentative topics at the June 7 event include introduction to navigation, sailing, racing, and spinnakers; cruise preparation; knots; crew overboard; diesel engine troubleshooting; boat systems; suddenly single-handed; going up the mast and electronic navigation.

A continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, raffles, and guest speaker complete the day. Every year has been a sell out, with more than 150 women attending.

The fee until May 15 is $115 for NWSA members / $150 non-NWSA members. After May 15, $15 will be added to both member and non-member fees. For information, contact Joan Thayer at joan_thayer@comcast.net.www.womensailing.org