Dame Naomi JAMES DBE (1949-)

Naomi James
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Naomi James, yachtswoman, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London’s Earls Court Boat Show.


New Zealand born Naomi learned about sailing from her husband Rob James, who was skippering yachts for Chay Blyth, and she made the decision to sail single-handed around the world non-stop, during their honeymoon, having had only six-weeks sailing experience at the time.


Chay Blyth lent her the boat Spirit of Cutty Sark (later renamed Express Crusader), other people raised money for supplies, and the Daily Express raised sponsorship money.


Naomi became the first woman to sail single-handed around the world via Cape Horn. She departed Dartmouth, Devon on 9 September 1977 in the 53-foot (16 m) yacht Express Crusader, and finished her voyage around the globe on 8 June 1978 after 272 days, thus improving Sir Francis Chichester's solo round-the-world sailing record by two days.


“How extraordinary!”

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 506
  • Subject No: 503
  • Broadcast date: Wed 10 Jan 1979
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 10 Jan 1979
  • Venue: New London Theatre
  • Series: 19
  • Edition: 2
  • Code name: Lionheart

on the guest list...

  • Rob James - husband
  • Bob Power - father
  • Joan Power - mother
  • Juliet - sister
  • brother-in-law
  • Brendan - brother
  • Fiona - sister
  • Paul Millett
  • Jane Millett
  • Martha Masse
  • Georgette James – mother-in-law
  • John James – father-in-law
  • Chay Blyth
  • Maureen Blyth
  • Quentin Waller
  • Gerry Whitehead – via telephone
  • Bern Cuthbertson – via telephone
  • Les Halladay
  • Sir Alec Rose

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production team...

  • Researcher: Debbie Gaunt
  • Writer: John Sandilands
  • Directors: Royston Mayoh, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 19 subjects: Alice Goldberger > Michael Parkinson > Mary O'Hara > Barbara Kelly > Terry Scott > Jimmy Shand > Eric Newby > Patricia Neal > David Bellamy > Muhammad Ali > Vera Lynn > Naomi James > Leslie Thomas > James Galway > Elaine Paige > Lord Lovat > Kevin Keegan > Stephane Grappelli > Robert Powell > Shirley Crabtree > Peter Barkworth > Robert Law > Dinah Sheridan > JPR Williams > Joyce Pearce > Ian Ogilvy > Margaret Kelly