Princess Anne to re-dedicate GMIV at Greenwich
Princess Anne will re-dedicate Sir Francis Chichester’s famous vessel Gipsy Moth IV when she returns to Greenwich on 7 September: the first time since she left the capital aboard a lorry last November.
For nearly 40 years, Gipsy Moth IV sat in concrete dry dock at Greenwich, but on 17th November last year, after a campaign by Yachting Monthly editor Paul Gelder, she was sold by The Maritime Trust, for a £1 and a Gin & Tonic, to the United Kingdom Sailing Academy who have helped raise the money for the restoration by her original builders Camper & Nicholsons.
Gipsy Moth IV will sail up the Thames and berth alongside the Cutty Sark pontoon at 12 noon. Skipper Richard Baggett of UKSA will be joined by an impressive crew including Olympic gold medallist and London 2012 campaigner, Shirley Robertson, together with a member of Sir Francis Chichester’s family and some young people who have won competitions connected with the history of the Gipsy Moth IV project.
At 1.00pm, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, will visit Gipsy Moth IV and meet young people who will sail on a leg of the vessel’s second global circumnavigation which departs from Plymouth on 25th September. The Princess will re-dedicate Gipsy Moth IV before the yacht is blessed by The Dean of Chichester.
Her Royal Highness, who re-commissioned Gipsy Moth IV for active service at the Festival of the Sea in June, will view the satellite communications equipment installed for coverage of the voyage. A sextant will be donated by The Maritime Trust and chronograph for the voyage provided by Corum Swiss Timepieces, the project’s official timekeeper, both crucial for the navigation of the vessel using traditional techniques.
A Gipsy Moth bi-plane representing Sir Francis Chichester’s aviation history, will be situated in front of The Cutty Sark. Members of the public will be able to view the very plane that flew out to meet Chichester as he completed his record breaking circumnavigation in 1967.