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KNOX-JOHNSTON: Iconic round-the-world yachtsman returns to Berkhamsted to discuss his experiences

 Published on: 26th February 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Intrepid round-the-world yachtsman and former Berkhamsted resident, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE, is giving a talk at Berkhamsted School’s Centenary Theatre in Kings Road to mark 50 years since he first travelled the globe.

The Inaugural ‘David Pearce Lecture’ will see Sir Robin, who was the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world during 1968 and 1969 in the Sunday Times Golden Globe race, talk about his experiences. 

Mr Johnston, now aged 80, will recall the challenges he faced and his memories from being alone at sea in both the 1960s in his yacht Sunhaili and also when he repeated his circumnavigation in 2007 in the Velux 5 Oceans Race at the age of  68.

David Pearce, was, for 33 years, one of Berkhamsted school’s most popular teachers and a lecture series has been started in his memory. 

The first event is a partnership between The Friends of St Peter’s and the Berkhamsted Society and will see tickets priced at £15 (Children under 18 at £5). 

Funds raised will go towards The Friends of St Peter’s which cares for the historic buildings and places in Berkhamsted connected to the church, including the Rectory Lane Cemetery. 

Tickets are available from and complimentary drinks will be available before the lecture that starts at 7pm on the night.

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