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Gipsy Moth IV

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Gipsy Moth IV: a world-famous vessel

Visit us on one of our special open days to see the yacht in which Sir Francis Chichester sailed single-handedly around the globe.

Gipsy Moth IV will be visiting Buckler's Hard on select dates this year. Visit us on an open day to see the famous vessel moored up at the bottom of the high street and even have a chance to climb aboard. See the full list of open days below.

Gipsy Moth IV leaving the Beaulieu River


A mooring holder on the Beaulieu River since the 1950s, Sir Francis Chichester set out from Buckler's Hard on 12 August 1966 for trials on the Solent before leaving Plymouth on 27 August to begin his famous journey around the globe.

After 226 days at sea, with only one stop in Sydney, the 65-year-old sailor and former aviator finally returned to Buckler’s Hard on 17 September the following year. He had travelled a staggering 29,630 miles in the 54ft ketch.

Gipsy Moth


On selected dates visitors to Buckler's Hard will be able to board Gipsy Moth IV and chat to crew about her amazing history. Gipsy Moth IV will be open to the public on the following dates:

Thursday 15 August (10am - 3pm)

Voluntary donations to the Gipsy Moth Trust will be gratefully received.

Sir Francis Chichester Gipsy Moth IV voyage souvenir magazine


Visit the Maritime Museum to discover the full facts of the dramatic Gipsy IV story - which included several floodings and a capsizing!

See a map plotting Sir Chichester's amazing journey, together with personal items from the voyage.

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