Directed by Louise Osmond and Jerry Roth
Produced by Pathe News 2006
Of the nine sailors who started the Golden Globe Non-Stop Round the World Race, four pulled out within weeks, two retired, one sank, one didn’t bother to finish but instead sailed into the arms of a waiting lover and Donald Crowhurst perished. Only Robin Knox-Johnston completed the challenge.
Those who could be tracked down were interviewed for this chilling and moving documentary which also includes footage of Crowhurst before the fatal voyage and during it.
I have interviewed many of those involved with this race, including Sir Chay Blyth, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, John Ridgway, and Bill King, but it is Simon Crowhurst, Donald’s eldest son, who I will never forget. He is still haunted by his father’s death and runs over it in his mind time and again.
If you only see one of these films, make it this one.