The Old Berkhamstedians







At 13:45 on 14th June 1968 Old Berkhamstedian, Sir Robin Knox – Johnston left Falmouth on his 32ft yacht ‘Suhaili,’ to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. The route would cover over 30,000 nautical miles and take him and the other competitors through the most treacherous seas with waves of up to 25 metres high.


Of the nine competitors that started the race, four retired before leaving the Atlantic Ocean, one retired after sailing past the Cape of Good Hope, one sank with only 2,000km to go, one, who in desperation, attempted to fake a round the world voyage to avoid financial ruin, committed suicide,  and Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race.


Robin Knox – Johnston was the only entrant to complete the race, which took 312 days, to become the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world. He donated his £5,000 prize money to the Crowhurst family.


Sir Robin donated his Golden Globe to the School, which has pride of place in the Knox – Johnston Sports Centre. The only one in the world!


To this day, only around 200 people have ever sailed non-stop single handed around the globe, while over 500 have been into space.


The BBC showed a documentary on Sunday 17th June - please click on the link to view the programme.










The Old Berkhamstedians

As the alumni organisation of Berkhamsted School, we have a history of over 100 years, although The Old Berkhamstedians in its current form was established in 1998 by the amalgmation of The Old Berkhamstedians' Association and the Old Girls' Guild.

Our purpose is two-fold : to encourage and facilitate contact between former pupils and to support Berkhamsted School and its activities through our Charitable Trust.

We invite you to participate in this vibrant and growing community of nearly 6,000 Old Berkhamstedians and to have a look at the work and activity that takes place.






2018 Old Berkhamstedians Magazine


We are once again able to produce a copy of the OB Magazine on line.


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We hope you enjoy this edition.


If you have any reports or news to include for next year, please get in touch with Lynne Oppenheimer at