This in from Mayar Raouf on behalf of Gipsy Moth Trust. Ed
Historic yacht Gipsy Moth IV, in which Sir Francis Chichester circumnavigated the globe in 1967, is to take part in Panerai British Classic Week as part of a summer programme, intended to make the iconic vessel available to the public, raise funds for its upkeep through private charters and promote charitable activities, with an emphasis on introducing a new generation of young people to maritime challenge.
Restored by UKSA
Gipsy Moth IV set a series of records during Sir Francis Chichester’s voyage, including the fastest round-the-world voyage by a small vessel, the longest non-stop passage by a small vessel, and the then longest single-handed passage.
The vessel was restored by the UK Sailing Academy in 2005 and was bought by business partners Eileen Skinner and Rob Thompson in 2010 to keep it in the UK. Gipsy Moth IV is now owned by a charitable trust created to preserve its history and promote charitable activities.
Visit to Cowes
Gipsy Moth IV will be moored at Cowes from 6th to 13th July during which it will be available for private charters, public viewing, and for use free of charge by local organisations supporting young people.
Gipsy Moth IV’s programme will be supported by communications specialists The Whitehouse Consultancy, which has put in place a sponsorship package for the historic vessel.
Hope to inspire future generations
Eileen Skinner, Founder Trustee of the Gipsy Moth Trust, said:
“Gipsy Moth IV is a key part of Britain’s national maritime heritage and represents a significant milestone in the history of world sailing. For many young people in the past she has provided an opportunity to learn new skills, value their own self-worth and grow as individuals.
“We are thrilled by the prospect of using this year’s summer programme to inspire future generations through the extraordinary achievements of Sir Francis Chichester. We are very hopeful that the public will take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit her.”
Bookings of Gipsy Moth IV can be made by contacting Ian Clarke on Ic.firstname.lastname@example.org.