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September 2007

Gipsy Moth IV Cheque Presentation

Dame Ellen MacArthur accepts a cheque on behalf of the Gipsy Moth IV Trust

Dame Ellen MacArthur accepts a cheque on behalf of the Gipsy Moth IV Trust

Dame Ellen MacArthur accepted a cheque on behalf of the Gipsy Moth IV trust from Nauticalia Managing Director Chris Murdoch at this year's Southampton Boat Show. 

The £3,500 donation will fund the yacht's ongoing maintenance and charity work, and represents the proceeds from sales of our specially-commissioned Gipsy Moth IV tribute model and additional donations from our customers. Part of a limited edition of only 500, each model is individually numbered and mounted on a section of her mahogany keel, which was replaced during her restoration. 

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When Sir Francis Chichester sailed Gipsy Moth IV into Plymouth on 28 May 1967 he had broken countless records to become an instant national hero. His achievements were all the more amazing considering that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer five years earlier, and given only six months to live.

Sir Francis Chichester and Gypsy Moth IV's record breaking acheivements included:
- Fastest voyage around the world by a small vessel (226 days sailing),
- Longest passage by a small sailing vessel without a port of call (15,500 miles),
- Longest ever non-stop passage by a single-hander,
- First true solo circumnavigation, making only one stop.

Gipsy Moth IV was put on display in dry dock at Greenwich in the expectation that she would never sail again. But over the next 35 years she suffered the ravages of acid rain, tourism and neglect, and by the turn of the century she was in such a sorry state, that something had to be done. The UK marine industry clubbed together to fund her restoration, and decided that the most appropriate option was to put her back in service as a sail training ship to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Chichester's voyage.

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