The longest passage since Chichester's day

The 53ft ketch Gipsy Moth IV has arrived safely in the Marquesas 25 days out from the Galapagos. The 3,000 miles voyage is the longest the boat has made since Francis Chichester sailed her solo around the world in 1966-67.

The skipper, Ray Nicholson, of the UK Sailing Academy was assisted on passage by Yachting Monthly correspondent Alastair Buchan, who sailed as mate.

The famous yacht is making her second circumnavigation as part of the Blue Water Rally after a campaign by YM to save her from rotting away at Greenwich.