Sir Robin Knox-Johnston climbing the field in sailing race

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston onboard his Open 60 yacht, Grey Power. Picture: onEdition
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston onboard his Open 60 yacht, Grey Power. Picture: onEdition
Tristan Oliver, seven, with, far right, Simon Johnson, LTA head of region for the south west and Cllr Linda Symes

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AFTER a cautious start to the Route du Rhum race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has climbed eight places since leaving France.

He has managed to climb from 14th place to sixth since setting off from Saint-Malo last Sunday and lies just ten miles behind fifth place competitor Jean-Paul Froc.

Sir Robin, who is the oldest racer, said: ‘I have been enjoying the race immensely.

‘I am watching the other boats in front very carefully. I’m after them. I want to beat them.

‘The first 24 hours were very difficult bashing upwind into a very agitated sea.

‘Some boats didn’t make it. I had a conservative sail plan so I was slow, but I didn’t want to damage my boat or myself.

‘Since then, things have been more comfortable for the most part and we have been making good speeds.’