English sailor famous for becoming the first man to successfully perform a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the Earth. He is the author of several books about his adventures, including A World of My Own and A Voyage for Madmen.
He served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve for nine years.
He completed another solo voyage around the globe in the VELUX 5 Oceans Race at age 67, becoming the oldest sailor ever to do so.
He was married to his wife Suzanne from 1962 to 1967. They remarried in 1972 and remained married until her death in 2003.
He and Ben Ainslie are both winners of ISAF World Sailor of the Year award.