Classic boat enters Round the Island
In 1969 Robin Knox-Johnston brought Suhaili back into Falmouth at the completion of her epic 312 day voyage to win the Sunday Times Golden Globe Trophy. Although unsponsored, smaller and less glamorous than other contenders in the challenge, Suhaili had doggedly soldiered on - the only boat to finish. Having been on display in Greenwich, she has recently undergone a re-fit in Falmouth before being based at the new National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.
The Round the Island Race should also see Sir Robin sailing with his brother Chris. They originally brought the boat back from India, where she was built by Sir Robin then an officer in the merchant navy, in 1965. The passage was a good test of things to come and proved Suhaili's rugged construction. Like his brother, Chris Knox-Johnston has also enjoyed a career in the marine industry. He is currently Marketing Manager for pleasure craft insurance specialists Haven Knox-Johnston, who are also Race Partners for the event.
For seven years, Suhaili lived on the River Hamble and sailing enthusiasts will be delighted to see her return to the Solent. She has never before competed in the Round the Island Race.