GYPSY MOTH GOES ON SALE
Friday May 28th, 2010
Britain’s most famous yacht is up for sale. Francis Chichester’s Gipsy Moth IV, which took him around the world in 1966/77 is expected to fetch around £250,000. The 53ft Illingworth and Primrose ketch was the first ever to be specifically design for circumnavigation and on her successful returned turned skipper into a national hero and herself into a legend as they entered the history book and Chichester received a knighthood.
Following the historic voyage the Gypsy moth was kept in a concrete bunker in Greenwich until 2005 when the UKSA dragged her out and did a full restoration in a record-breaking 5months. There then followed a troubled ‘living-history’ circumnavigation crewed by disadvantaged youths, during which her future was once again threatened by a serious grounding. But today she is up for grabs by anyone with the passion and the spare cash to restore her to seaworthiness.
Anyone interested should contact Sue Grant at Berthon Yacht Brokerage. Tel: +44 (0)1590 679222 or visit their website at www.berthon.co.uk
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