Sir Francis Chichester is one of the most iconic figures in British history

“Gipsy Moth Circles the World”

Commissioned and built by Camper & Nicholson's boatyard in Gosport, GMIV was designed by John Illingworth and Angus Primrose for the purpose of attempting an unimaginable feat of seamanship. Chichester had dreamed of challenging the passage times of the wool Clipper ships to Sydney, boats that by comparison represented 5 times the waterline length of his proposed ketch.

The challenge itself was unprecedented, compounded by the fact the Chichester was 65 years old at the time of his circumnavigation and had been fettered by illness. Nonetheless the resolve of this remarkable man held strong and whilst he never accomplished his goal of 100 days on passage, he did achieve a number of world firsts and records through his attempt.

Eileen Skinner & Rob Thompson

Founders of the Gipsy Moth Trust

Sir Francis Chichester is one of the most iconic figures in British history. Already an acclaimed aviator and navigator it was his 1966-1967 circumnavigation on his yacht Gipsy Moth IV for which he is best remembered. Since then his remarkable boat has forged a special place as part of our maritime heritage and half a century on, her journey is very much alive still. Now owned by a charitable trust, it is our aim to continue to support and maintain her and to keep the legacy of Chichester very much alive for future generations.

You can play your part in this by sailing her yourself, and by
becoming a Friend of Gipsy Moth

2021 Sailing Season and events

In view of the current COVID lockdown restrictions the 2021 season is very uncertain and further details will be published as and when they become available ...
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Gipsy Moth IV will be alongside at Bucklers Hard on the beautiful Beaulieu river and open to the public from 10.00 until 15.00. Step aboard and see how it was for Francis Chichester to sail in 1966-67 (no booking required) Dates to be confirmed ...
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VARIOUS HALF OR FULL DAY SAILS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON – 2.5 hours £60 per person, Full day £160 per person

There are many days during the season when Gipsy Moth IV will be operating half day and full days trips from various ports. These can be booked as individuals or groups. If you have a particular date or occasion in mind please email.(6 Places available on each trip) ...
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2021 Programme of Events

Bookings for trips on board Gipsy Moth IV

All trips on board Gipsy Moth IV can be booked as individual places or groups (up to the number of passengers shown on the event below), or you can book the entire boat for yourself and your friends or colleagues for a truly memorable day.

You can be involved with the sailing as much or as little as you like and experience the true adrenalin of sailing as it was 50 years ago in what can only be described as one of the world's most famous yachts. As events tend to book up quite early and spaces are limited we would advise that you book as early as possible.

If you have a specific event or date in mind that is not listed below please contact us on as we may well be able to arrange a bespoke day to meet your requirements.



Dear All The Gipsy Moth Trust – like most charities, businesses and other organisations – has had its world turned upside down by Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Trust’s priority and responsibility ...
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Gipsy Moth IV – Latest newsletter January 2021

January 2021 We hope that you and your family are well and that you are keeping safe through these troublesome times. It is with heavy hearts that we have to ...
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Why become a ‘Friend of Gipsy Moth IV’?

Becoming a ‘Friend’ will cost less than 50p a week

Despite a sound survey at the end of 2010, and a splendid re-furbishment by UKSA student apprentices early in 2011 to bring her back to life as part of their training, she is, after all, a fifty year old cold-moulded classic yacht. Making her available for more people to see and sail, and attending events around the coast, inevitably leads to wear and tear, the occasional breakage, and unexpected one-off costs.

It is the responsibility of the Gipsy Moth Trust to ensure that funds are available to meet these costs whenever they are needed in the future. So, although individual donations – however small! – are welcome, we invite you to become a ‘Friend of Gipsy Moth IV’.

By making a small annual donation (£25) by Standing Order to The Gipsy Moth Trust you will be contributing directly to her continued existence in sailing condition as part of a UK and global maritime heritage – a heritage which recognises the extraordinary achievements of Sir Francis Chichester and which can inspire future generations to achieve their dreams.

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