Student gets sponsorship for leg of Gipsy voyage

To mark the formal re-opening of Cowes Power Station’s number 2 generating unit, RWE npower has donated £5,000 towards student Sam Stone, 18, from Shanklin, Isle of Wight’s passage on a leg of Gipsy Moth IV’s round the world voyage.

Like the number 2 generating unit at Cowes Power Station, Gipsy Moth IV has undergone a full restoration. In November 2004 the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA) paid ‘£1 and a Gin & Tonic’ for the maritime treasure. Thanks to a campaign by Yachting Monthly the yacht was rescued from a concrete dry-dock in Greenwich, restored and is now on an epic voyage around the world to mark the magazine’s centenary.

Power Station employee Tony Blacker, a fan of Sir Francis Chichester, brought the voyage to the attention of his employees. A further £300,000 is required to finance the rest of the voyage, enabling in total over 90 young people to take part in the Gipsy Moth Experience.

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring a young person or a leg of the voyage, please contact David Green at the UK Sailing Academy on 01983 294941 or visit the project’s website: