Video: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Route du Rhum finish

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SIR Robin Knox-Johnston has paid credit to the sailors that pipped him to the post in a transatlantic race.

(Video courtesy of France TV/FTV and Guadeloupe 1ere - the interview is in English and French)

The veteran sailor and grandfather-of-five claimed third place in his class as he crossed the finishing line of the Route du Rhum competition, which started in St Malo, France.

At the age of 75, he was the oldest participant in the race - which he took part in 45 years after he became the first man to sail alone non-stop around the world.

Sir Robin, of Portsmouth, speaking to France TV, said: ‘There is some really good competition in this class, and I was up against some really good guys these last few days.

‘We have been racing hard against each other, and I feel there is no shame when you are beaten by good people, and I have been beaten by two very good people.

‘I feel no shame and I congratulate them.’

Sir Robin, who founded the Gosport-based Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, last competed in the 3,542-mile race from St Malo, France, to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, in 1982.

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