Robin Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties”

Suhaili” & Robin Knox-Johnston, 16 December 1968, deep in The Great Southern Ocean.

Available on canvas for the look and feel of the real thing, as a signed limited edition print from £147 inc postage.

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Detail from Robin Knox-Johnston, "Roaring Forties"Detail from Robin Knox-Johnston, "Roaring Forties"

The first solo nonstop circumnavigation.

The original Roaring Forties measures 76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″), oils on canvas, commissioned by  Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and his wife Sue for his 50th birthday, Marine Art by Gordon Frickers.

 ~ for a brief inglorious moment there was me & two masts in sight & nothing but ocean in any direction for 2,000 miles“.

Robin Knox-Johnston wrote that in a letter to me a few months after our first meeting.

We met at his request, after he had seem some of my original paintings, while he was preparing at Plymouth for a single handed Transatlantic race.

Soon after, we designed the painting he has named “Roaring Forties”, together over a lunch at his home beside the river Thames at Putney, London.

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

Today the race is know as “The Golden Globe Race“.

Right now in 2018/9 a 50th anniversary race [GGR18 NEWS] is sailing using similar boats and equipment, and proving every bit as tough as the original race.

As I write, November 2018,  10 have dropped out, 4 having been dismasted.


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

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Now one of Robin’s most treasured possessions, the estimated current value of this iconic painting today is £25 to 30,000.00.

For new works my prices start from a modest £750; an excellent investment for you.

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

You too could Commission a painting of this quality, you would be in safe competent hands, some considered me to be one of the very best marine artists, painters today, observant, meticulous, reliable. Thinking of commissioning something special that you love? 

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The painting, I was invited to visit his home to interview Robin over lunch.
As he spoke I started to produce ‘concept’ 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.

The Print, this beautiful picture is reproduced to have the look and feel of the original painting, on finest cotton canvas using inks the manufacturer guarantees under normal circumstances for 70 years plus, created with master printer Alan Tooze of Adaptgraphics, Plymouth. 

Order a copy of this famous painting “Roaring Forties” signed by this living legend, from my web site page Marine Print Gallery

or opt to purchase bank to bank.

The standard (£147) is impressive, the large (£227) is awesome…

Robin said, “I would love another Frickers painting” and went on to order two more, “The Clipper Way” and “Dumra departing Bombay“.


Further reading:  for a background history, images and the development of this painting.


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