Gipsy Moth to sail out of Milford
12:30pm Friday 10th August 2012 in County News
The world-famous yacht Gipsy Moth IV will sail out of Milford Haven tomorrow (Saturday) after a ten-day stay in the town.
Crowds turned out to meet the vessel as she berthed at Milford Marina last week.
Gipsy Moth is currently touring the country andhas been in Milford Haven on a ten-day trip offering people the chance to sail on her in aid of the Gipsy Moth Trust, which preserves her history and promotes charitable activities.
Mayor Guy Woodham and Alec Don, chief executive at Milford Haven Port, were among the first passengers from the county to sail aboard the classic yacht, under the expert guidance of Skipper Simon Bradley.
Gipsy Moth IV set a series of records during Sir Francis Chichester’s circumnavigation of the globe in 1967 including; the fastest round the- world voyage by a small vessel, the longest non-stop passage by a small vessel and the then longest single-handed passage.
Eileen Skinner, Founder Trustee of the Gipsy Moth Trust, said: “We hope her visit will help inspire young people with the same sense of adventure and determination to achieve as Sir Francis Chichester.”
The Gipsy Moth will depart on Saturday, August 11th , sailing to Swansea for the next leg of her tour.
For more information on the Gipsy Moth Trust visit www.gipsymoth.org.