Sir Robin Knox-Johnston given a standing ovation at Route du Rhum ceremony

LEGEND Sir Robin Knox-Johnston                                                                        Picture: Christophe Breschi
LEGEND Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Picture: Christophe Breschi

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BRITISH adventurer and Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been presented with his Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe prize at a ceremony in Paris.

Sir Robin, 75, from Gosport, came third in the Rhum class of the solo Transatlantic race two weeks ago.

He was welcomed with a standing ovation by his fellow skippers at the prizegiving at the Salon Nautique in Paris on Saturday afternoon.

Sir Robin, who in 1969 became the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, said: ‘It was wonderful to get back to sea again and participate in one of the classic ocean races.

‘I might even do it again in four years’ time, but I think I would like a less heavy boat to handle by that time. The prizegiving was a great occasion, and it was very touching to receive a standing ovation.’

Sir Robin, the oldest entrant in the 3,542 mile Route du Rhum, finished third in his Rhum class into Pointe À Pitre, Guadeloupe on November 22. It took him 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea.