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Renovation for pioneering yacht
Gipsy Moth IV
The Gipsy Moth is being taken to its original shipbuilder in Hampshire
One of the first yachts to complete a solo circumnavigation of the globe is being restored to her former glory.

Adventurer Sir Francis Chichester famously completed the one-stop feat aboard the Gipsy Moth IV in the 1960s.

The UK Sailing Academy bought the Greenwich-based boat for 1 and a gin and tonic, and are set to renovate it.

The charity, which gives disadvantaged children a chance to experience life on the open seas, plans to base the Gipsy Moth at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

The yacht has been lying idle in Greenwich, London, for over 30 years.

Spirit of adventure

The Gypsy Moth IV is being transported to her original builders, Camper & Nicholsons, in Gosport, Hampshire.

Chief Executive of the UK Sailing Academy David Green said: "To become custodian of such a piece of British maritime history is a momentous occasion for us.

"Sir Francis Chichester is one of the great heroes of British sailing. The Gipsy Moth IV is in need of tender loving care and it will be great to see her back at sea.

"The UKSA will provide the opportunity for young people to sail Gipsy Moth and perhaps gain some of the spirit of adventure exemplified by Sir Francis and give them an insight into the challenges he faced on his voyage."

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