Robin Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties”

The first solo nonstop circumnavigation.

The Southern Ocean, “Suhaili” & Robin Knox-Johnston, 16 December 1968.

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The Iconic “Roaring Forties”, few paintings more clearly illustrate the power of the sea…and man“, Dick Durham, Editor, Yachting Monthly.

For paintings of enduring worth, solid investments, you should contact Gordon Frickers.

Marine art by Gordon Frickers 76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″), oils on canvas, commissioned by and in the collection of Sir R. Knox-Johnston, estimated current value of this iconic painting, £25,000.00 to £30,000.00.

Why didn’t you tell me you painted the iconic “Roaring Forties“? ~ Dick Durham when editor of Yachting Monthly.

Marine Art Commissions, Gordon Frickers is widely considered to be one of the very best marine artists, painters today, observant, meticulous, reliable. Thinking of commissioning something special that you love? Ask for a chat with Gordon Frickers ~ gordon at or call T:

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The painting

Robin Knox-Johnston wrote to me: “For a brief inglorious moment there was me & two masts in sight & nothing but ocean in any direction for 2,000 miles“, he added, it would have been impossible to photograph, could you make a painting?

I visited his home to interview Robin over lunch.
As he spoke I started to produce sketches, I’d already read up on the shape and size of giant Southern ocean waves which are ‘different’ from those of other oceans.

Based on Robins comments and reactions we refined my sketches until the first impression of the now celebrated “Roaring Forties” emerged.

I photographed a model Robin has of Suhali, researched photographs taken near the time.

Hence, Robin Knox-Johnston during the first solo nonstop circumnavigation with “Suhaili on the 16 December 1968.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is without doubt Britain’s most renowned living sailor.

Commissioned by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston the original is one of his most treasured possession.

You can sometimes glimpse this painting on TV.

Robin when being interviewed for TV in his lounge at his home likes to stand in front of “Roaring Forties”.

The Print

Created in cooperation with Alan Tooze of Adaptgraphics, Plymouth, this beautiful picture is reproduced to have the look and feel of the original painting.

Produced on finest cotton canvas using inks the manufacturer guarantees under normal circumstances for 70 years plus.

You can order a copy of this famous painting “Roaring Forties” signed by this living legend from this web site from our Marine Print Gallery.

The eminently collectible signed, limited number of  prints of “Roaring Forties” are rare pieces of yachting history, an historic moment caught in a famous painting, that continues  to appear in journals and magazines worldwide: even Reader’s Digest featured “Roaring Forties“!

Here are some examples of Robin’s comments:

Robin said, “I would love another Frickers painting“.

Our efforts with the painting were highly successful”~ Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Order your awesome numbered copy of this famous painting “Roaring Forties” signed by this living legend and the artist from this web site, visit our Marine Print Gallery, enjoy.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is a qualified Master Mariner, a specialist with ancient methods of navigation, runs The Clipper Challenge, has been a director of the National Maritime Museum, 3 times been Yachtsman of the Year, and generally had far more adventures than our space here can describe.
In 2008, a gripping autobiography was published, “Force of Nature“.

He asked, could Gordon Frickers make a painting of this particular moment showing his beloved Suhali in the Southern Ocean?
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who began his career as an officer cadet with the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd  has taken on numerous circumnavigations since his first great adventure, many solo.

One of Robin’s distinguishing qualities is he means what he says, over the years he commissioned 3 more paintings.


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