Monday, September 26, 2005

My Kingdom for One Pound and a G&T

The BBC has news of the 53 foot ketch Gipsy Moth IV – the boat used by Sir Francis Chichester on his record-breaking journey around the globe. After a nearly $600,000 refit the boat is getting ready to repeat the 29,630 mile passage courtesy of the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA). According to the article the UKSA bought the vessel, which has been in dry dock since the completion of Chichester’s voyage in 1967, for one pound sterling and a gin & tonic. Sir Francis stopped only once, in Sydney, Australia to refurbish the yacht and replenish supplies, but this time his yacht will stop at 25 countries and take 22 months to complete the voyage covering more than 30,000 miles in the process. Tally ho lads!

1 comment:

hold fast said...

i'll be interested to hear how they make out, and how the current crew feels sailing the boat; Chichester himself seemed to have quite a few complaints in his book...