Sunday, May 28, 2017

50 years ago, Sir Francis Chichester arrives in Plymouth after round the world trip in his yacht

Francis Chichester, the Devon-born yachtsman began the first solo round-the-world, west-east voyage from Plymouth on August 27, 1966
He returned on May 28, 1967, to a heroic reception in the city having completed the voyage in 226 days in his ketch, Gipsy Moth IV, with one stop.

 courtesy of Sailingscuttlebutt

Those that were there will recall that it was quite grey when the Gipsy Moth did finally berth at the then HQ of the Royal Western Yacht Club over at West Hoe, had it not been for the glare of the media lights it would have been difficult to pick up on what was happening.

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