Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first sailor to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation in 1969 aboard his 32ft yacht Suhaili, is Patron of the Cruising Association.
In a fitting curtain-raiser to the main event and in celebration of the recent re-launch of the CA’s South-West Section, there is a Golden Globe Rally taking place in Plymouth from 8 – 10 June. Organisers have scheduled in a welcoming Pontoon Party for around 30 participants at Plymouth Yacht Haven on 8 June and a dinner in Plymouth Yacht Haven which the guest of honour, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, is scheduled to attend on 9 June.
In addition, and in preparation for the start of the Golden Globe Race, Sir Robin will be sailing his boat Suhaili in company with the entrants to the Golden Globe Race from Falmouth to Les Sable d’Olonne for the start on 1 July. He is predicting his arrival in Les Sables to fall between 17 – 20 June and has suggested that a small number of Cruising Association boats should join him, providing a friendly Armada as Suhaili sails into Les Sables.
A suitable rallying point is being arranged for the CA boats for the final passage into Les Sables. Pierre Lambot, the CA’s Honorary Local Representative in Les Sables d’Olonne has been the CA’s liaison with the marina and, through his efforts, the CA has now received confirmation from the Mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne that the 10 or so CA boats escorting Suhaili to Les Sables are welcome. It is anticipated that the majority of the CA boats will be members of the CA’s Biscay Section and therefore their boats will already be in French waters.
The CA’s President Judith Grimwade said: “We are extremely proud to have Sir Robin as our Patron and this really is a golden opportunity for the CA and its members to be involved in a very special and historic occasion. We anticipate a good turn-out!”