Huge crowds welcome silver surfer home

Solo sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sailed into Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, on Saturday 12 May to a glorious welcome. Spectator boats crowded the water and crowds filled the docks as Sir Robin was escorted from the Needles by the Clipper Round the World Race Fleet, the Royal Navy, the Queens Harbour Master and a large flotilla of spectator boats.

The scenes were reminiscent of when Sir Robin arrived in Falmouth in 1969 after becoming a household name by being the first person to sail non-stop around the world in the 1968-69 Sunday Times Golden Globe. Almost 40 years later, the inspirational yachtsman made history again last week as he completed his second solo circumnavigation of the planet at the young age of 68. The crowds joined him on the Solent to celebrate his monumental achievement. He was also given an 11 gun salute from the Royal Yacht Squadron and greeted on the dock by hundreds of supports, his daughter, five grandchildren and many other members of friends and family.