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
2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as we may well be able to arrange a bespoke day to meet your requirements.
GIPSY MOTH TRACKING
2017 at a Glance
After her annual attendance at the Barclay’s Jersey International Boat show at the beginning of May which was unfortunately hit by some nasty weather and meant the final day of the show was cancelled, Gipsy Moth IV then started preparations for her 50th anniversary voyage, ‘Gipsy Moth Circles Britain’
Emotional Send off for ‘Gipsy Moth IV Circles Britain’ the 50th anniversary voyage.
A flotilla of over 80 vessels escorted Gipsy Moth IV (GMIV) during the re-enactment of her arrival into Plymouth 50 years ago. Francis Chichester’s son Giles helmed the yacht into the sound and was transferred ashore by the RNLI to be greeted by the Mayor, Royal Marine buglers and guests from the Royal Western Yacht club. It was an amazing event to be a part of and only goes to re-enforce the special place Gipsy Moth IV holds in the hearts of the nation.
She was then treated to a special display overhead by a lone Gipsy Moth aircraft and then a formation of 9 Tiger Moths.
Plymouth city and the Royal Western Yacht Club held a Chichester themed weekend throughout the city and also hosted the start of the OSTAR and TWOSTAR races.
From Plymouth Gipsy Moth headed west to Lands End and on to Milford Haven and then north to Liverpool.
The next stop was Douglas, during Isle of Man TT Week and although GMIV could not keep pace with the motorbikes she still proved a major attraction amongst the bikers. It was then on to Oban and Stornoway where GMIV and the crew were treated like royalty with a civic reception and the skipper Ricky being presented with a bottle of 'Harris Gin' after a tough passage. GMIV was also visited by the local coastguard officers. Then ‘over the top’ as they say, to Aberdeen and Newcastle, and some great shots of GMIV passing under Newcastle’s famous Millennium bridge. GMIV was open to the public at many ports where we had some very young visitors who hopefully we can inspire to take on their own adventures in the future.
It was then south to Hull and London with some fabulous receptions and sad farewells.
London was GMIVs home for many years and proved a very popular stopover with many people wanting to sail on her along the Thames. This was an amazing stopover with wonderful people.
After departing London. It was then around the corner and onto the home ward stretch with stops in Portsmouth, Cowes and Dartmouth before the final leg into Plymouth completing the 50th Anniversary circumnavigation of Britain.
A truly amazing event enabling lots of you to sail on board and many more to visit GMIV in the many stopovers. A trip like this would not be possible without the help and support of many people and the list is far too long to print here, however, we would like to say a big thanks to the various ports in which we stopped for providing GMIV with such a fabulous welcome and also your generosity.
Other highlights of Gipsy Moth Circles
Britain were a dinner hosted by the Royal Western yacht club in Plymouth including the raffle of a painting of Gipsy Moth IV that raised over £1000 for the Trust, many thanks RWYC.
Thank you and Happy 50th Birthday
Gipsy Moth IV
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.