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Old 31-10-2010, 12:04   #1
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Gypsy Moth to Remain in UK

Gipsy Moth IV to remain in UK after new owners found



There were fears the vessel would be sold to overseas investors
A historic yacht which circumnavigated the world more than four decades ago will remain based on the Isle of Wight after it was sold to British owners.


Gipsy Moth IV was used by Sir Francis Chichester when he completed his record-breaking 1967 solo world trip.


There were fears the yacht would be sold to overseas owners after its charity owners had to sell it.



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Maybe I'm missing the point but, would it really matter if it was no longer in the UK? So long as the new owners preserve her, who cares where she is berthed? Boats are by design supposed to travel...

A country's Naval vessels I get, but privately owned yachts? I guess I just don't see what the fuss is all about.
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Maybe I'm missing the point but, would it really matter if it was no longer in the UK? So long as the new owners preserve her, who cares where she is berthed? Boats are by design supposed to travel...

A country's Naval vessels I get, but privately owned yachts? I guess I just don't see what the fuss is all about.
It is a treasure of the sailing world but I would think Chichester is also a national hero and I think it's good it's in England. Effort to keep the original Bluenose in Canada failed and it would make me sad if Canada and Lunenberg lost the Blue Nose II. Pure sentimentality I guess but things like that can be reminders of a nations character.
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I don't understand how the boat came to be on the open market in the first place. In 2004 the Maritime Trust sold her to the United Kingdom Sailing Academy for one pound sterling and a gin & tonic, which was Chichester's preferred drink whenever aboard. The UK Sailing Academy undertook her restoration at that point, which was done at cost by Camper & Nicholson, the original builder.
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The UK Sailing Academy undertook her restoration at that point, which was done at cost by Camper & Nicholson, the original builder.
Err.. cost price.... £300,000 a.k.a. $500,000 or so.

It also did not help that after being patched up she was banged into a reef in the south seas.

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I believe she hit the rocks at Gabo Island on the South East Australian coast after her skipper fell asleep.
In 1967 I was a teenager on Norfolk Island and one of my amusements was playing with a short wave reciever. One very stormy night when our house was shaking from the gale, I managed to hit on Chichester's radio transmission. He was somewhere near New Zealand and was absolutely miserable - couldn't use his heater, was freezing and wet.
The absolute depression and suffering in his voice really gave me an insight into the pain behind the glory.
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Didn't Chitchester mention the boat was a pile of poop in his book (about 47 times)?
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He did but they redid a bunch of things at one stop. Also after it rolled over, came back up and kept going he liked it a whole lot better, if I remember correctly.
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Also after it rolled over, came back up and kept going he liked it a whole lot better, if I remember correctly.
Oh. Is it a bad thing for boats to roll over?

This stuff gets so complicated.
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Oh. Is it a bad thing for boats to roll over?

This stuff gets so complicated.
I understand that if you're in a cat it's safer after you role over. Me, I still use little rhymes to remind myself which is port and which is starboard and I don't have one that works when the boat's upside down, so yes I think it complicates the sailing of said vessel
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I understand that if you're in a cat it's safer after you role over.
Indeed - look how stable this one is after rolling....



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Lets not start this one again. Mono's that roll over have to have the doors shut, otherwise they land soon after the roll, right way up. Fine if you've already run aground.
Cruising Cats with a competent skipper do NOT roll over.
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Lets not start this one again.
Sorry - I couldn't resist it. Look at the bright side, it wasn't an anchor or gun comment....
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