Robin Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties”

Robin Knox-Johnston, the winner of the first Golden Globe Race, the first solo nonstop circumnavigation, Robin commissioned and named this iconic painting Roaring Forties”.

"Robin Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties”", 122 x 76 cm (48" x 30"), commissioned and owned by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson. Available as a print from our print page.

Suhaili” 16 December 1968, deep in “Roaring Forties”, The Great Southern Ocean.

Today “Roaring Forties” is one of Robin’s most treasured possessions.

“Our efforts with the painting were highly successful.”

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

“Roaring Forties” Print

Available co signed by Robin Knox-Johnson, on canvas for the look and feel of the real thing, as a signed limited edition print from £187 (about $240) inc postage.

Robin Knox-Johnson’s ” Roaring Forties” print is reproduced using inks the manufacturer guarantees under normal circumstances for 70 years plus, created with master printer Alan Tooze of Plymouth.

By Credit card via Paypal, order a copy of this famous painting “Roaring Forties” signed by this living legend.

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The standard (£187 (about $240)) is impressive, the large (£337 (about $430)) is awesome…

Robin wrote to me, “I would love another Frickers painting” and went on to order two more, “The Clipper Way” and one of his first ship, “Dumra departing Bombay“.


wrote Dick Durham when Editor of Yachting Monthly.
Roaring Forties, the original and as a fine art print.

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Robin Knox-Johnston’s letter

Sue and I have an idea, impossible to photograph, could you paint this? I saw this grey beard approaching. It wasn’t the biggest, it looked dangerous. I leapt into the rigging to avoid being swept away . For a brief inglorious moment there was me & two masts in sight & nothing but ocean in any direction for 2,000 miles.

there was me & two masts in sight & nothing but ocean in any direction for 2,000 miles

You can discover how this painting was conceived and created by following the ‘Further Reading’ link further down this page.

The original Roaring Forties was commissioned by  Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and his wife Sue for his 50th birthday. Marine Art by Gordon Frickers.

Many distinguished people and renowned companies have chosen Frickers paintings as you can discover by reading my illustrated résumée.

Gordon Frickers is one of the very few artists invited to created a one man show of (35) paintings (May 2011) at the European Parliament, Brussels.

A large framed print of “Roaring Forties” was among the paintings in the exhibit at the European Parliament.

Roaring Forties detail

On an average size computer screen this details appears several time life size which in a way makes it all the more interesting.

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

Want something special? You can find it here as the many endorsements in these texts prove.

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

Dick Durham, Editor, Yachting Monthly.

In similar vein:

“I did not know what I wanted.

For many years I’d admired “Roaring Forties” so when the chance came to work with you I grabbed it.

I got exactly the painting I’d hoped for.”

wrote Pete Goss MBE, Legion d’Honneur, after he commissioned “Spirit of Mystery”.

Today this non stop solo circumnavigation gruelling endurance test of man and boat is known as “The Golden Globe Race”.

The  [GGR NEWS] is about sailing using similar boats and equipment, and proving every bit as tough and dramatic as the original race.

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See Further reading about Robin Knox-Johnston, “Roaring Forties” for this story and more (to better understand this painting).

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