Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Gipsy Moth IV

Last week I was fortunate enough to meet the owner of Gipsy Moth IV, the yacht that Sir Francis Chichester sailed single handed round the world in 1966/7. He apparently had no attachment to the boat and declared he was glad to be rid of her after his voyage, so the poor girl stayed in Greenwich, alongside the Cutty Sark, for nearly 40 years before she was saved from rotting by a campaign led by Yachting Monthly.

She was advertised for sale on the front of the Sunday Times in September 2010 and saved from being sent abroad, meaning that she will stay in this country and sailed in British waters, as a reminder of the incredible challenges that Chichester overcame, and an inspiration to generations past and present.

It was a fascinating interview (and a very good lunch, too) and of course Moll came with me – as chaperone. Pip was one of many inspired by Chichester’s voyage – he was 64 when he set off from Plymouth – which serves as a good reminder to us all that It’s Never Too Late, if that’s what you want to do.

Not that I want to sail round the world, but we are going out for a sail on Gipsy Moth IV tomorrow and I will write about it in my next column. Can’t wait!


12 comments:

Sally said...

How very exciting! :)

Chris Stovell said...

Ooh, that'll be interesting! I'll look forwards to it!

Akelamalu said...

How exciting!

Flowerpot said...

Isn't it?! (The owner is a Jack Russell lover too so Moll won him over pronto!)

Flowerpot said...

Chris - I suspect you're glad it's me not you!!

Flowerpot said...

Sally - yes, so I won't be at singing tomorrow but I did tell Claire!

Chris Stovell said...

You can be sure of that, Sue!!

Rena George said...

WOW! Rx

ADDY said...

Gosh, you experenced a bit of history there.

Flowerpot said...

Addy - we certainly did!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

It's so good to hear she will stay in British waters. So many of our treasures are taken abroad never to be seen again.

CJ x

Flowerpot said...

CJ - that's exactly why they bought it.