World renowned yacht, Gipsy Moth IV, in which Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the globe in 1966 is
making an appearance at the 2016 Barclays Jersey Boat Show.
The 53 foot vessel, which was restored by the UK Sailing Academy in 2005, is now privately owned and run by a
charitable trust, created to preserve her in sailing condition and to promote charitable activities.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester’s epic journey, which at the time set a series of records,
including the fastest round the world voyage by a small vessel, the longest non-stop passage by a small vessel and
the longest single-handed passage. In commemoration, Gipsy Moth IV will be appearing at a number of maritime
events throughout Europe this year.
While she is in the Island, visitors will have the opportunity to step aboard and experience what life was like for
sailors half a century ago. The vessel will also be available for private charter and there will be crewing opportunities
available for anyone with an interest in sailing (previous experience not required.)
On behalf of Ports of Jersey, organisers of the annual Barclays Jersey Boat Show, Myra Shacklady says: “We are
proud to welcome Gipsy Moth IV to our island waters during its special anniversary year and delighted that her
visit has been arranged to coincide with this year’s Boat Show. By allowing visitors to step on board I have no
doubt she will be one of our star attractions”.