When I was seven I remember going down to Plymouth Hoe to watch Sir Francis Chichester come in on Gypsy Moth IV after becoming the first person to circumnavigate the world solo from West to East via the Great Capes.
It was a wonderful day, made all the more remarkable by the fact that Sir Francis was 65 and in remission from lung cancer.
I am currently cleansing myself from elections, so watching a substantial segment about Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on South Today on BBC1 earlier this evening, was a real tonic. At the age of 68, somewhat older than Sir Francis, he has completed another circumnavigation, having been the first man to circumnavigate the world alone nonstop in 1969.
What a guy!