ScanCorner digitises photos of a sailing legend

Sailing legend Sir William Robin Knox-Johnston entrusted the digitisation of his world famous pictures to ScanCorner UK. This is another feather in ScanCorner’s cap, who have earlier digitised and restored rare, historic photos of the german pilot Manfred von Richthofen also known as “Red Baron”.

Robin Knox-Johnston became world famous in the year 1969. As a participant in the Sunday Times Global Race in June 1968 he left the port of Falmouth (Cornwall) in his boat called “Suhaili” and his biggest sailing adventure begun. One year later on 22th of April 1969 he returned to Falmouth and became the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. On his journey he has traveled a total of 30,123 nautical miles and spent 312 days at sea. In the year of his arrival he was conferred Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Robin Knox-Johnston consigned ScanCorner to digitise and restore his famous images in his boat. He was really impressed with the results of the digitisation. Here is what he has to say about ScanCorner in his own words: “I’m really impressed with the service. ScanCornerUK has done a marvelous job in scanning these old images then removing blemishes from the digital files that they are ready to print straight from the DVD.”

Historic. Circa 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the World, aboard his 32ft 5in yacht SUHAILI. Pictured here returning to Falmouth, England on 22nd April 1969, to complete the 30,123 mile voyage in 313 days - an averag
1969: Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world returns to Falmouth
(Photo Credit: Bill Rowntree / PPL)

In addition to his record of being the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, Robin Knox-Johnston and his friend Peter Blake won the Jules Verne Trophy in 1994. Both of them achieved the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by boat in 74 days, 22 hours, 17 minutes and 22 seconds. In 2008 the famous sailor was one of the first inductees ever into the ISAF Hall of Fame.

Although the sailing legend has participated in a variety of contests and received lots of honors, Robin Knox-Johnston, currently 75-years old still can’t get enough of sailing. In April 2014 he announced his entry to the Route de Rhum solo transatlantic challenge in his Open 60 yacht Grey Power. The tenth anniversary edition of the 3,500 mile Route de Rhum from St Malo in France to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe starts on 2 November 2014.

ScanCorner wishes him great success!

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