Sailing Legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to Grace Trieste with Maritime Tales

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston onboard his Open 60 yacht, Grey Power ahead of the start of the Route du Rhum. This image is copyright the onEdition 2014©.
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by InTrieste

In a gathering poised to ignite the hearts of sailing enthusiasts, the venerable Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, renowned across the globe for his seafaring prowess, is set to dock in Trieste. His presence promises to regale attendees with riveting narratives from the high seas, embodying the essence of maritime adventure.

Organized by Cristina Giussani, esteemed proprietor of the internationally acclaimed nautical bookstore Mare di Carta in Venice, in collaboration with the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano, this event bears the endorsement of esteemed maritime institutions, including the Yacht Club Adriaco and the Società Triestina della Vela, under the auspices of the Municipality of Trieste.

Scheduled for Saturday, February 24th, at the storied Luttazzi Hall within Warehouse 26, the rendezvous will commence at 4:00 PM and extend until 6:30 PM. Guiding the discourse alongside Ms. Giussani will be Alessandro Mulas, Vice President of SVBG, adding his insights to the captivating dialogue.

Reflecting on the anticipation surrounding Sir Robin’s visit, Mr. Mulas remarked, “Meeting Sir Robin evokes a sentiment akin to a football aficionado in the presence of Pelé or Gigi Riva — a momentous occasion to cherish. He epitomizes the pinnacle of maritime achievement, charting the course for modern oceanic exploration. His remarkable seamanship and profound humanity resonate deeply, leaving an indelible mark on all who encounter his legacy.”

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, a trailblazing figure in maritime history, etched his name in the annals of sailing lore as the first individual to circumnavigate the globe solo and non-stop. Over four decades, he conquered the world’s most treacherous waters, cementing his reputation as a paragon of maritime excellence. His exploits, chronicled in literary masterpieces such as “A World on my own” and “Running Free,” offer a glimpse into the extraordinary odyssey of a true seafaring legend.

The forthcoming gathering will not only celebrate Sir Robin’s literary contributions but also provide a platform to revisit his storied adventures, offering a captivating voyage through the highlights of his illustrious career.

Expressing his delight at hosting Sir Robin in Trieste, Mitja Gialuz, President of SVBG, remarked, “Sir Robin’s visit transcends mere admiration for the sea; it embodies the enduring spirit of resilience and the timeless allure of sailing. His innovative training initiatives, such as the Clipper Race, exemplify his commitment to sharing the thrill of sailing with enthusiasts of all ages. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Giussani, Vice President Mulas, and our esteemed collaborators for facilitating this momentous occasion, underscoring the unifying power of maritime heritage.”

Admission to the event is open to all, with simultaneous translation services available for seamless engagement. Following the discussion, Sir Robin will graciously autograph copies of his literary works, ensuring a memorable conclusion to this maritime extravaganza. Preceding his appearance in Trieste, Sir Robin will grace the headquarters of the Compagnia della Vela in Venice on Friday, February 23rd, for an engaging discussion moderated by Ms. Giussani and Giuseppe Duca.

For enthusiasts and aficionados alike, Sir Robin’s visit promises an unforgettable journey through the captivating realm of maritime exploration and adventure.

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  1. I am delighted to have recently found your publication relating to all things “Trieste”, having first visited this fascinating and beautiful city in 1952. I must add, that I was only two years old at the time and accompanied by my parents… father having secured a three week holiday in order to introduce my mother to his parents, up the hill beyond Roiano, in the village of Sottemonte (Pischianz). Needless to say, I have visited TS through out the decades and so have a deep love for the area.(I think Jan Morris with “Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere” helped me to understand my passion)
    Keep up the good work
    Philip Gropazzi


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