Gipsy Moth IV sets off around the world again
At 14.30 hrs on Sunday 25th September, Sir Francis Chichester’s famous
yacht Gipsy Moth IV slipped her lines at MDL’s Queens Anne Battery marina and embarked on a global voyage that
will send young adults on the adventure of a lifetime.
The same Gypsy Moth bi-plane that greeted Chichester back in 1967 flew overhead as the yacht departed.
The first leg of the yacht’s global tour from Plymouth to Gibraltar will be crewed by three young people led by UKSA skipper Richard Baggett.
Peter Heggie represents young people from Plymouth, a city with strong links to Chichester’s achievements.
Joining Peter is Elaine Caldwell from the Isle of Skye. Elaine is 23 years old and is representing Columba 1400, a charity based on the Scottish island.
Representing the Isle of Wight is Matthew Pakes.
Global Voyage Co-ordinator Dewi Thomas, and Project Founder and Yachting
Monthly Editor Paul Gelder complete the crew for the first leg of the
Gipsy Moth IV will circle the world, providing more than 90 young adults with the opportunity of a lifetime.
The yacht will return to Plymouth on the 28th May 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of Chichester’s record breaking voyage.
Regular updates of the yacht’s progress and cruising stories from around the world will be posted on this site.
The voyage will also be used to test products with reports appearing in Yachting Monthy.