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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston


Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has recently returned from a 7-month sailing race around the world. At 68 years old he was the oldest ever competitor in the race but that is not the only sailing record he holds.

In this programme we hear from Sir Robin himself and find out how he's feeling, what he plans to do next and whether or not he thinks his age makes his achievement any more special.

Before you listen to the programme look at the following comprehension questions. You can hear the answers in the programme. Check your understanding by trying the quiz in the 'Extras' section below where you can also download the programme and a transcript.

1: What record did Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set in 1969?
2: How does he feel about his age and his achievement?
3: What activity would he like to learn to do?
4: What does he say he won't do again?


Vocabulary from the programme

by yourself, without help from anyone else

by yourself

Sailing solo around the world needs a lot of determination

to be no stranger to something
to have had a lot of experience of something

to get over (something)
to recover physically or emotionally from something

"It took me about a week to get over the operation but then I was straight back to work."
"My Dad never really got over his divorce, he found it very difficult to make new friends."

to recharge the batteries
an expression which means to recover from something and get your energy back

to take something up
to learn something new, start a new hobby

"When I retire I think I'll take up surfing, I don't have the time now."


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Try the comprehension questions
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Sir Robin Knox Johnston's website *

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