Age No Barrier to Global Adventure
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (75) was interviewed for the Senior Spotlight feature of the SCLT Senior Siren magazine in 2012, at that time he showed no signs of curtailing his life of adventure on the high seas. This week, Sir Robin has confirmed his legendary status as a yachtsman by announcing his entry in the French single-handed classic, the Route de Rhum on his Open 60 entry, Grey Power.
The founder of the Clipper Race and first ever man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968/69, will compete in the tenth anniversary edition of the 3,500 mile Transatlantic race from St Malo, France which starts on 2 November 2014.
Asked why he had chosen a solo Transatlantic Race at the age of 75, Sir Robin said:
“Participating in the 2013 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race reminded me how much I enjoy the excitement of an ocean race. Solo sailing is where I feel most at home – no one else can benefit you or let you down – it is all in my hands. The Route de Rhum is one of the classics – it is a very well-run race.”
All the volunteer staff at the Senior Citizen Liaison Team wish Sir Robin all the very best in his latest endeavour. He is certainly proving that older adulthood is a good time to fulfil one's dreams and show the younger generation the positives which come with later life, such as experience, confidence and strength of character.
Click of the link below to see Sir Robin's senior spotlight interview in edition 11: