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

    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...

    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 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....
  • Gipsy Moth IV to be on British passport

    Gispy Moth IV has had her usual winter program of maintenance and TLC and she is now almost ready for her re-launch on 27th March at Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu. She is looking better than ever and many thanks must be given to our supporters, Bucklers Hard marina, Crusader Sails and International Paints. Gipsy Moth IV will be open to the public 1st April and over the Easter weekend at Bucklers Hard Many thanks and looking forward to a very busy season during this, her 50th anniversary year.