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Chichester's round-the-world voyage - archive film

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Gipsy Moth IV, the yacht on which Devon yachtsman Francis Chichester sailed around the world, has been put up for sale.

The boat, which recently underwent a complete refurbishment, is for sale via Lymington-based Berthon.

Gipsy Moth IV is currently owned by the maritime charity, UKSA. The asking price is £250,000.

The craft is among the most historic in the world.

On 28 May 1967 crowds of 250,000 turned out in Plymouth to welcome home Devon yachtsman Francis Chichester. This archive footage shows the huge flotilla of boats that came out to greet him.

Chichester had just sailed his yacht, Gypsy Moth IV, around the world in what was the first true circumnavigation via the three Capes of Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, making only one stop. The historic voyage took him 274 days.

The black and white film shows the flotilla of boats sailing alongside to welcome Sir Francis' yacht as he passes the finishing line. His achievement is discussed as Gypsy Moth IV sailed into port as the sun sets on Plymouth Sound. Crowds cheer and flares are set off as Sir Francis steps onto dry land once more.

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