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The Gypsy Moth IV

Address Cutty Sark Gardens by Greenwich Pier.
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Of the many “firsts” and records established by the English yachtsman and aviator Sir Francis Charles (1901--1972), the best known was his single-handed voyage round the world at the age of 65 in the 53 ft [16m] Gypsy Moth IV--on display near the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. On board, you can see the accommodation, charts and equipment used by Sir Francis Chichester.

His epic journey from Sydney, Australia via the dreaded Cape Horn to Plymouth, England--covering over 15,500 miles [nearly 25,000 km] in 119 days--was the longest non-stop voyage ever made in a small sailing ship. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for this feat in 1967 with Sir Francis Drake’s sword.

In 1929, Chichester made a solo flight from England to Australia in a Gypsy Moth biplane and in 1960 he won the first solo transatlantic sailing competition--breaking his own speed records several times in subsequent races.

He wrote three books about his adventures: Rider on the Wind (1937--reprinted 1979); The Lonely Sea and the Sky (1964); and The Gypsy Moth Circles the World (1967).

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