NEWS

  • LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES – JANUARY 2021

    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
  • CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) – UPDATE

    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 must be the health and safety of everyone who sails on her in an environment where ‘social distancing’ is virtually impossible. As you will understand, Gipsy Moth’s sailing season was programmed some months ago and many of you had booked places to sail on board. However, following the cancellation of many of the events she would be attending and in line with government advice, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all sailing trips and events this season. As I am sure you can also understand, this is devastating financially to our small charity. We have instantly lost approximately 95% of our income for the year with ongoing uncertainty as to when this situation will be resolved. This income is used to fund unavoidable overheads – moorings, insurance and maintenance. Processing refunds also costs the Gipsy Moth Trust significant amounts of money because we incur financial transaction charges levied on us by banks and credit card companies when selling and refunding places on board. Everyone who has booked...
  • 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 let you know that our ten-year adventure with Gipsy Moth IV is coming to an end. The Charity and its commercial arm will cease trading from the date of this letter. 2020 initially looked to be one of our busiest years, with trips planned to France, the Channel Islands, and an invitation to participate in the 300th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Many more events were scheduled along the South Coast and confirmed bookings for most of the trips were higher than expectations. Then, in March, as we all know, came the lockdown. Neither the venues nor the boat could be made COVID secure. The venues all relied on hundreds if not thousands of visitors and were either postponed or cancelled. During the winter of 2019/20 Gipsy Moth IV had undergone a significant and costly overhaul of the mast fittings, chainplates and standing rigging as well as normal annual maintenance, to ensure that she was in tip top condition for the coming season. It is virtually impossible to make a 53’ wooden yacht COVID clean and secure and in a vessel built specifically for single...
  • TAKE ON THE FASTNET CHALLENGE 2019

    In 2019 Gipsy Moth IV will take up the challenge and compete in the world famous Rolex Fastnet race. Is the Fastnet race on your 'Bucket List' and you want to take up the challenge and be part of the crew on one of the world's most famous yachts?The race package will include the following; Two RORC qualifying races, ISAF Sea Survival course, Crew shirt and the Rolex Fastnet race.  Places are very limited and demand is expected to be high so book your place early. £3,995 per person or email info@gipsymoth.uk for more details  (Fully Booked)
  • Gipsy Moth IV celebrates 50 year anniversary of historic circumnavigation at Jersey Boat Show 2017

    The historic yacht, Gipsy Moth IV, in which Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the world in 1966, will be attending this year’s Barclays International Jersey Boat Show 29th April to 4th May. Visitors to the boat show will be invited on board the restored vessel and will also be offered charter trips and crewing opportunities for the crossing over to the Island from the UK and also on the return leg. All proceeds from the charter trip will go towards her vital maintenance and upkeep. Eileen Skinner, founder trustee of the Gipsy Moth Trust, said: “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester’s epic circumnavigation than by visiting the Jersey Boat Show and inviting the public to experience his legacy first-hand.” “Just stepping on board the boat really brings home what life was like for Chichester as he sailed, single-handedly, around the world all those years ago.” 2nd to 4th May 2017. Charter trips will also be available, including full day, half day and sunset champagne cruises on 2nd, 3rd and 4th May. For sailors looking for a more challenging experience, the yacht will also be available to crew for the passage from Jersey to Cowes/Southampton....