VIDEO: Grey power, stout skipper

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who became the first man to sail alone and non-stop around the world nearly half a century ago, has set off on a solo trans-Atlantic race at the age of 75.

The sailing legend and grandfather of five told the British press that he is “not ready for the slippers, pipe and television.”

Knox-Johnston has returned to the sea and solo racing roots by entering the Route du Rhum, which started Sunday from St. Malo, France.

His boat is aptly named Grey Power.

Click play for a video tour of Knox-Johnston’s sailboat, courtesy of BBC News.

“There are bound to be questions about my age,” he told The Telegraph newspaper. “They ask what I think of doing this at 75, and I say I am still 45. That is how I feel. I think I am 45, and that is where I stay. I feel no different to when I last raced. I am pretty fit. I lead an active life. I think of myself as young, and that is it.”