The origin of Messing About In Sailboats

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March 04, 2010


O Docker

Nice post. I don't know if I'll ever be in charge of my own destiny, but, he's right, there's something about sailing that at least makes you feel that way for a while.


Did you tell him (or did he know) that you were the instigator of "Make April 22nd Robin Knox-Johnston Day On The Web"?

Adam Turinas

Nah. He probably would have thought I was some weird stalker.


Great that you got to meet him.

And that there still are people like him to inspire us in a increaingly crazy world.

Carol Anne Byrnes

In this increasingly crazy world, it's the people who do crazy things such as RKJ did that help us to keep our sanity.


I thought I read somewhere (maybe here) that RKJ was aware of the "Make April 22nd Robin Knox-Johnston Day On The Web" campaign and looked kindly on it?

Adam Turinas

Tman This is true. I heard that from the producer of his radio show. I get the impression that he is a pretty humble guy and low-key in a very British way. He's also not a technophile so it might have felt a little awkward to him.


What a great post. Thank you for sharing your evening with a giant of sailing.


very cool - thanks for sharing.


What a great opportunity. I am still working my way through "A Voyage for Madmen" and I am continually impressed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

sir robin finder

do u hav a pic of sir robin in the newspaper herald sun in a priest outfit

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