Bid for Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum shorts

22 December 2014

When Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, finished on the podium of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe race last month, it wasn’t just his big grin that attracted a lot of attention as he sailed into the Caribbean port.

After 20 days at sea solo, the Clipper Race founder accepted his highly celebrated third place Rhum prize in a pair of funky Hawaiian shorts.

Photos of Sir Robin, the oldest competitor in the race, in the bright attire appeared in press reports around the world, and now you can bid to win the famous shorts which have been framed and signed by Sir Robin. All the money will be donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Sir Robin says: “I bought these shorts when the Clipper Race stopped in Hawaii years ago and they’ve been a well-loved part of my summer wardrobe ever since. I wore them almost daily during the Route du Rhum once the temperature increased as they are lightweight, comfortable and dry very easily, though I assure you that they did get a good wash before they were framed!

“I will actually miss wearing my shorts as we have many happy years and some great memories together, but I will be very happy to see them go for a good cause. The RNLI supports our mariners and our coastlines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and I’m very thankful for the great service they provide so I do hope they find a good home whilst raising vital funds for an excellent cause."

The shorts were a sharp contrast from the bright yellow foulies Sir Robin wore at the much colder start of the transatlantic Route du Rhum race which left Saint Malo, France, on 1 November.

The framed shorts can be given as a unique Christmas gift, though please note actual delivery will take place in the New Year.

Click here to bid on Sir Robin’s shorts and raise money for the RNLI.

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