It is 50 years since Sir Francis Chichester sailed single-handedly
around the world in Gipsy Moth IV.
To celebrate, she is sailing around Britain stopping at 14
ports throughout the summer.
The public will be invited aboard for show rounds, and in
some ports, enjoy a full day and half day taster sail cruises sessions run by
RYA Yachtmaster Instructors.
All proceeds will go towards supporting the yacht's
maintenance as well as public viewings and free youth and charity involvement.
The historic yacht was first sailed in 1966 by Sir Francis
Chichester, who set a series of records at the time: the fastest sail around
the world by a small vessel, the longest non-stop passage by a small vessel and
the longest single-handed passage.
UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) restored her in 2005 and she is
now owned and run by the Gipsy Moth Trust, which was created to preserve her in
sailing condition and to promote charitable activities.
Eileen Skinner, Founder Trustee of the Gipsy Moth Trust,
said she hoped the excitement surrounding Gipsy Moth IV on her Round Britain
Anniversary Tour will inspire young people into boating: a sentiment fully
shared by the RYA.
She said: "Just stepping on board really brings home what
life was like for Chichester as he sailed, single-handedly, around the world
all those years ago."
Pete Rollason, operations manager at Gipsy Moth, said it was
a fantastic chance for everyone to get up close to the celebrated vessel and he
thanked the dedicated crew who are bringing the event to life.
He added: "All of the staff working on Gipsy
Moth have been through the RYA training schemes and now they are in the
privileged position to be a part of this fantastic journey. We hope that Gipsy
Moth's journey and Sir Francis Chichester's legacy will inspire future
generations to take to the water.
"Undertaking an RYA Training course is just
one way of doing that, giving you a sound basis for any challenges on the water
that you would like to set yourself."
Director of Training and Qualifications Richard Falk, added:
"Sir Francis Chichester is a fantastic example of human endeavour. It's inspiring
to see that kind of dedication and we hope that anyone who has ever wondered
about sailing, might take that first step to do so as a result of seeing the
magnificent Gipsy Moth IV first hand."
For more information about Gipsy Moth IV's history visit
https://www.gipsymoth.org/; Twitter @InfoIv and
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