Gipsy Moth IV an­niver­sary tour

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Sailors will have the chance to sail on Sir Fran­cis Chich­ester’s fa­mous yacht Gipsy Moth IV this sum­mer while she cruises around the UK. The tour is to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of Chich­ester’s re­turn from his record-break­ing cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion in 1967.

Fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan with a pa­rade of sail and a fly past of Gipsy Moth and Tiger Moth aero­planes in Ply­mouth at the end of May. Gipsy Moth IV will go on to call at ports in­clud­ing Mil­ford Haven, Liver­pool, Dou­glas, Isle of Man, Oban, Stor­n­away, Aberdeen, New­cas­tle, Hull, Lon­don, Portsmouth, Cowes and Dart­mouth, be­fore re­turn­ing to Ply­mouth and fi­nally to her home at Buck­ler’s Hard on the Beaulieu River on 25 July.

Berths on the legs of her voy­age are now fully booked, but sailors sail her for a morn­ing, af­ter­noon or evening for a £50 fee through the Gipsy Moth Trust.

Gipsy Moth IV, a 53ft Illing­worth and Prim­rose ketch built by Camper and Ni­chol­sons, was sailed sin­gle­handed around the world by Sir Fran­cis Chich­ester. With only one stop in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, he com­pleted the voy­age in 1967, re­turn­ing to Ply­mouth af­ter 226 days at sea. In the process he set a num­ber of records in­clud­ing fastest voy­age around the world by any small ves­sel, long­est non-stop pas­sage that made by a small sail­ing ves­sel, and twice broke the record for a sin­gle­han­der’s weekly run by more than 100 miles.

The yacht was kept in dry dock at Green­wich Mar­itime Mu­seum un­til she was ren­o­vated af­ter a cam­paign by

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Gipsy Moth IV is cir­cling the UK 50 years af­ter Chich­ester sailed her around the world. She will be open to the pub­lic

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