On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almostunnoticed out of Falmouth harbour steered by the solitary figure at herhelm, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili,paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered andbrown, her self-steering gone, her tiller arm jury rigged to the rudderhead, came romping joyously back to Falmouth to a fantastic receptionfor Robin, who had become the first man to sail round the worldnon-stop single-handed.
By every standard it was an incredible adventure, perhaps the lastgreat uncomputerised journey left to man. Every hazard, everytemptation to abandon the astounding voyage came Robin's way, frompolluted water tanks, smashed cabin top and collapsed boom to lostself-steering gear and sheered off tiller, and all before the tinyketch had fought her way to Cape Horn, the point of no return, thefearsome test of any seaman's nerve and determination.
A World of My Own is Robin's gripping, uninhibited, movingaccount of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time. An instantbestseller, it is now reissued for a new generation of readers to beenthralled and inspired.