Gipsy Moth IV – Latest newsletter

September 2019
This year has been an incredibly busy season for Gipsy Moth IV, visiting the Channel Islands, France, many south
coast ports as well as attending numerous events. During the sailing season Gipsy Moth has seen over 130 people
join the crew to sail on board and approximately another 3000+ stepping on board for a tour during one of her stopovers.
Gipsy’s 2019 started with her annual season opener at the Jersey boat show, where she was greeted by some stunning early season
weather and crowds aplenty. This was followed by the long build up to the Fastnet Race by completing the RORC qualifying races.
There is more detail about those and the Fastnet race itself below. The season finale will be the ASTO small ships race where Gipsy will
take a group of five Sea Cadets sailing for two days in early October. The first day will be a practice day with the second taking part in the fiercely competitive Small Ships race around the Solent. As always none of this would be possible without your continued support and although our beautiful old lady is in good sailing condition, as with any classic, she is always in need of some TLC and general maintenance and as we head towards the winter maintenance period we are looking for willing volunteers to assist with jobs list. Whether you have specialist skills or are willing to learn, please get in contact with Pete, our operations manager at if you have a few hours or a few days to spare over the winter and are willing to get your hands dirty and help keep this beautiful and world famous yacht in tip top condition while continuing to achieve the Trust’s aims:
Keeping Gipsy Moth IV in sailing condition
Keeping her visible to the public
Inspiring a future generation through
Chichester’s legacy of ‘challenge’
Thank you to all of you and our corporate supporters who have provided much needed equipment for Gipsy.

Gipsy Moth IV – Fastnet Campaign 2019
Gipsy Moth IV started her 2019 Fastnet campaign with the RORC Myth of Mallam race from Cowes, around the Eddystone light and back to the Solent. Unfortunately, the light winds were not kind to Gipsy and despite competing against a large number of modern, lighter and faster vessels, she finished 39th in her class. The second qualifier was the RORC Cowes to St Malo race during which we were again dogged by light winds and achieved 47th in class. The final qualifier before the Fastnet was the RORC Channel race where Gipsy finished a respectable 16th in her class. The crew were now all ready for the main event, the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race which was scheduled to start from Cowes on 3rd August. In a packed marina on start day, Gipsy Moth IV developed an intermittent engine fault that meant the engine may or may not start if required in an emergency situation. Clearly this was incredibly disappointing for the crew but everyone rallied round and got stuck in to sourcing the fault. Many hours and two engineers later, the skipper declared that Gipsy Moth IV was ready to race and despite being late across the start line, was determined to do her best to catch the fleet heading west. Unfortunately, despite a great initial sail from Cowes, the light winds returned and with a foul tide, Gipsy was struggling not to travel backwards. The skipper and crew took the very tough decision to retire from the race, start the engine and catch up with the fleet so that everyone could still be part of the spectacle and finish celebrations in Plymouth. A superb week’s sailing was had by all and a few light beverages consumed at the Fastnet finish party. For the full detailed story of the week, have a look at the October issue of Yachting Monthly and Theo Stocker’s article “Gipsy Moth IV: Sailing A Legend

Gipsy Moth delivers her first RYA Competent Crew courses
As we reported in our last newsletter, Gipsy Moth IV has become a recognised RYA training centre to enable her to train the next
generation of sailors and continue Chichester’s legacy of ‘challenge’. The first course was completed in perfect learning conditions with light winds building as the week and ability progressed together with glorious sunshine. The crew was pretty diverse ranging from
aged 13 to 53 and all successfully completed their RYA Competent Crew course and were awarded certificates. There is another course
Scheduled for October 2019 and plenty more in 2020. If you know anyone that would like to learn to sail on a world famous yacht and have a truly unique stamp in their log book to start their sailing career, please contact

Exciting 2020 Sailing Programme planned
I know the 2019 season hasn’t quite finished, however, at Gipsy Moth we need to plan ahead and there is already an exciting 2020 programme of events lined up including the 60th anniversary of the OSTAR race, 80th anniversary of Jersey’s ‘Operation Aerial’ evacuation of allied troops from St Malo, 300th anniversary of Royal Cork Yacht Club, Round the Island race, Brest & Douarnenez festival (one not to be missed), Dartmouth Royal regatta, Weymouth Regatta and ASTO Small ships races. As I am sure you are aware, these trips book up quickly so please get in contact as early as you can to secure your place on board for 2020.

Solent to Jersey 30 Apr – 1 May
Jersey Boat Show (2.5 hour sailing trips available 5 & 6 May) 2 – 4 May
Jersey to Plymouth 7 – 8 May
OSTAR 60th anniversary start 9 – 10 May
Plymouth to Solent 11 – 12 May
RYA Competent Crew course 23 – 27 May
Round the Island Race 29 – 30 May
Solent to Jersey to St Malo to Jersey (80th anniversary Op Aerial) 10 – 14 Jun
Jersey to Solent 15 – 16 Jun
RYA Competent Crew course 20 – 24 Jun
RYA Competent Crew course 1 – 5 Jul
Brest & Douarnenez Festival 7 – 19 Jul
Solent to Cork (300th anniversary of Royal Cork YC) 21 – 23 Jul
Cork to Solent 27 – 29 Jul
Cowes Week Fireworks 7 Aug
RYA Competent Crew course 21 – 25 Aug
Solent to Dartmouth 27 – 28 Aug
Dartmouth Royal Regatta 29 Aug – 4 Sep
Dartmouth to Weymouth 4 – 5 Sep
Weymouth Regatta 5 – 6 Sep
Weymouth to Solent 7 Sep
RYA Competent Crew course 19 – 23 Sep
Many half day or full day sailing trips available in various locations throughout the season.

Theo Stocker joins Gipsy Moth as a trustee
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, sadly our trustee Paul Gelder passed away after a battle with cancer. I am delighted to announce
that at Paul’s request, Theo Stocker has taken the vacant position of trustee. Theo brings a wealth of sailing knowledge to the trust
and as the current editor of Yachting Monthly, continues a long association between Gipsy and the magazine and I hope you will
see a lot more of Gipsy Moth gracing the pages of the yachting press.

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