Gipsy Moth Circles The World

Gipsy Moth Circles The World

Among the handful of such tales to emerge in the twentieth century, one of the most enduring surely must be Sir Francis Chichester's account of his solitary, nine-month journey around the world in his 53-foot ketch Gipsy Moth IV. The story ...

Author: Francis Chichester

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447234203

Category: Sports & Recreation

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From time immemorial, few narrative genres have had the power to so stir the emotions or captivate the imagination as the true account of a lone adventurer's triumph over the titanic forces of nature. Among the handful of such tales to emerge in the twentieth century, one of the most enduring surely must be Sir Francis Chichester's account of his solitary, nine-month journey around the world in his 53-foot ketch Gipsy Moth IV. The story of how the sixty-five-year-old navigator singlehandedly circumnavigated the globe, the whole way battling hostile seas as well as his boat's numerous design flaws, is a tale of superhuman tenacity and endurance to be read and reread by sailors and armchair adventurers alike. First published in 1967, just months after the completion of Chichester's historic journey, Gipsy Moth Circles the World was an instant international best-seller. It inspired the first solo around-the-world race and remains a timeless testament to the spirit of adventure. Francis Chichester's 1967 singlehanded circumnavigation set a blazing record for speed. He completed the voyage with just one stop and 226 days at sea. It was an amazing performance; that he was sixty-five years old made it the more so. Chichester then sat down to write one of the great narratives of modern voyaging.
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Gipsy Moth Circles the World

Gipsy Moth Circles the World

Author: Sir Francis Chichester

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ISBN: OCLC:1033641812

Category: Voyages around the world

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Categories: Voyages around the world

Gipsy Moth Circles the World

Gipsy Moth Circles the World

Author: Francis Chichester

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ISBN: OCLC:463059381

Category: Voyages around the world

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Categories: Voyages around the world

Gipsy Moth Circles the World

Gipsy Moth Circles the World

Sir Francis Chichester, at age 65, captured everyone's imagination as he set out in his 53 foot ketch, (Gipsy Moth IV) from Plymouth in September 1966 for Sydney and thence eastwards via Cape Horn back to Plymouth.

Author: Francis B. Chichester

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 0340406674

Category: Voyages around the world

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Sir Francis Chichester, at age 65, captured everyone's imagination as he set out in his 53 foot ketch, (Gipsy Moth IV) from Plymouth in September 1966 for Sydney and thence eastwards via Cape Horn back to Plymouth. In this --voyage he was beset by trouble and danger, nearly demasted, with self-steering gear destroyed, as well as capsized. However, Sir Francis never lost his hope or humour, determined to continue his voyage off the West Australian Coast, showing great courage to continue.
Categories: Voyages around the world

Gipsy Moth IV

Gipsy Moth IV

The dramatic story of Gipsy Moth IV from her epic first circumnavigation to her restoration, wreck and triumphant return.

Author: Paul Gelder

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 0470724439

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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The dramatic story of Gipsy Moth IV from her epic first circumnavigation to her restoration, wreck and triumphant return. In this beautifully illustrated book, Yachting Monthly’s Paul Gelder tells the remarkable story of Gipsy Moth’s rise, fall and triumphant rise again. It is the definitive history of this sailing icon, illustrated throughout with never before published photographs of the boat, the restoration project and dramatic images from both of her epic voyages. The author has had unprecedented access to both the Chichester family archives and to the skippers’ and crews’ logs for the second circumnavigation, he even sailed aboard her on the first leg from Plymouth to Gibraltar. Having championed the restoration of this iconic yacht from the start, Paul Gelder has finally written a worthy successor the Chichester’s original bestseller Gipsy Moth Circles The World.
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Alone Across The Atlantic

Alone Across The Atlantic

A brave man in a small boat alone on a big sea . . . Sir Francis Chichester was a courageous explorer and gifted navigator.

Author: Francis Chichester

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447234043

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 184

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A brave man in a small boat alone on a big sea . . . Sir Francis Chichester was a courageous explorer and gifted navigator. Six years before his epic solo voyage around the world in Gipsy Moth IV, so vividly captured in Gipsy Moth Circles the World, and at the age of 59, Chichester took part in the 1960 Singlehanded Transatlantic Race in Gipsy Moth III. During the forty days the voyage took, Chichester kept a diary in which he shared his fears and moments of exhilaration. The result is both a practical tale about Gipsy Moth III's sailing victory and a day-by-day sharing of adventure by her skipper.
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Mainsail to the Wind

Mainsail to the Wind

SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER from Gipsy Moth Circles the World The Horn was the big attraction in a voyage around the world . For years it had been in the back of my mind . It not only scared me , frightened me , but I think it would be fair ...

Author: William Galvani

Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.

ISBN: 1574090690

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 214

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Presents quotations about sailing from such writers as Homer, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Jack London.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Romantic Challenge

The Romantic Challenge

From the author of Gipsy Moth Circles The World

Author: Sir Francis Chichester

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1509834435

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Page: 218

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There was in Sir Francis Chichester a restless spirit never satisfied with his achievements. Throughout his adventurous life this quiet Englishman has sought to challenge odds that other, younger, stronger men declared insuperable. As a pilot, as a yachtsman, as a navigator, even as a man who broke the grip of cancer, Sir Francis was always a pioneer. Where he led, others followed: but when he triumphed, he at once sought a new and greater challenge. This is a book about such a challenge. With the feasibility of long-distance voyages proven beyond doubt - not least by his own remarkable circumnavigation in 1966 - Sir Francis turned at once to the next great barrier facing the single-hander, the 'speed barrier', setting himself the staggering target of sailing 4,000 miles between two fixed points on the earth's surface in 20 days - an average of 200 miles a day whatever the wind, whatever the weather. "The Romantic Challenge" tells of the planning, the calculations and the sheer hard work that in January 1971 led him and "Gipsy Moth V" to their 'starting line' for a race which is the single-hander's '4-Minute Mile' and Marathon, combined in one gruelling, non-stop, murderous ocean race.
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Round About the Earth

Round About the Earth

Francis chichester, Gipsy Moth Circles the World (new york, 1967), 1; John Rowland, Lone Adventurer: The Story of Sir Francis Chichester (Worcester, UK, 1968), 35–125. chichester, Gipsy Moth, 2, 3; Francis chichester, Along the Clipper ...

Author: Joyce E. Chaplin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439100066

Category: History

Page: 560

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In this first full history of around-the-world travel, Joyce E. Chaplin brilliantly tells the story of circumnavigation. Round About the Earth is a witty, erudite, and colorful account of the outrageous ambitions that have inspired men and women to circle the entire planet. For almost five hundred years, human beings have been finding ways to circle the Earth—by sail, steam, or liquid fuel; by cycling, driving, flying, going into orbit, even by using their own bodily power. The story begins with the first centuries of circumnavigation, when few survived the attempt: in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan left Spain with five ships and 270 men, but only one ship and thirty-five men returned, not including Magellan, who died in the Philippines. Starting with these dangerous voyages, Joyce Chaplin takes us on a trip of our own as we travel with Francis Drake, William Dampier, Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, and James Cook. Eventually sea travel grew much safer and passengers came on board. The most famous was Charles Darwin, but some intrepid women became circumnavigators too—a Lady Brassey, for example. Circumnavigation became a fad, as captured in Jules Verne’s classic novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Once continental railroads were built, circumnavigators could traverse sea and land. Newspapers sponsored racing contests, and people sought ways to distinguish themselves—by bicycling around the world, for instance, or by sailing solo. Steamships turned round-the-world travel into a luxurious experience, as with the tours of Thomas Cook & Son. Famous authors wrote up their adventures, including Mark Twain and Jack London and Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (better known as Nellie Bly). Finally humans took to the skies to circle the globe in airplanes. Not much later, Sputnik, Gagarin, and Glenn pioneered a new kind of circumnavigation— in orbit. Through it all, the desire to take on the planet has tested the courage and capacity of the bold men and women who took up the challenge. Their exploits show us why we think of the Earth as home. Round About the Earth is itself a thrilling adventure.
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Alone Through the Roaring Forties

Alone Through the Roaring Forties

But what sets this story apart is Dumas's powerful prose, relating elation and depression, hardship and relaxation, and, above all, his unrelenting determination in the face of adversity.

Author: Vito Dumas

Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press

ISBN: 0071376119

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 171

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He called her his "shipmate" and "faithful companion," "an ideal floating house of extraordinary strength and endurance," and had complete faith in her abilities and performance."--BOOK JACKET.
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Yachting

Yachting

Soul of the Adventurer think it fair to say it terrified me,” Chichester wrote of the challenge in his best-selling book, Gipsy Moth Circles the World. “I told myself for a long time that anyone who tried to round the Horn in a small ...

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Devonshire s Own

Devonshire s Own

He recorded his exploits in the autobiographical Alone Across the Atlantic (1961), The Lonely Sea and the Sky (1964), and Gipsy Moth Circles the World (1967). A subsequent attempt in 1970 in Gipsy Moth V to sail 4,000 miles in twenty ...

Author: John Van der Kiste

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752493664

Category: History

Page: 192

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The Elizabethan explorers Sir Francis Drake, Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh were all Devonians, as were party leaders Michael Foot and David Owen. Devonshire's Own, by renowned local author John Van der Kiste, features mini-biographies of all these and many more.
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A Race Too Far

A Race Too Far

He wanted to use Chichester's boat, Gip$y Moth I V. Plans were well afoot for displaying the yacht on the Thames ... Despite Chichester's success, he hated the yacht and spent much of his book, Gipsy Moth Circles the World, saying so.

Author: Chris Eakin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781407027135

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The true story of the tragic round-the-world yacht race - now the subject of The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race–an incredible test of endurance never before attempted–a round the world yacht race that must be completed single-handed and non-stop. This remarkable challenge inspired those daring to enter–with or without sailing experience. A Race Too Far is the story of how the race unfolded, and how it became a tragedy for many involved. Of the nine sailors who started the race, four realised the madness of the undertaking and pulled out within weeks. The remaining five each have their own remarkable story. Chay Blyth, fresh from rowing the Atlantic with John Ridgway, had no sailing experience but managed to sail round the Cape of Good Hope before retiring. Nigel Tetley sank while in the lead with 1,100 nautical miles to go, surviving but dying in tragic circumstances two years later. Donald Crowhurst began showing signs of mental illness and tried to fake a round the world voyage. His boat was discovered adrift in an apparent suicide, but his body was never found. Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race and carried on to Tahiti, where he settled and fathered a child despite having a wife and family in Paris. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only one to complete the race. Chris Eakin recreates the drama of the epic race, talking to all those touched by the Golden Globe: the survivors, the widows and the children of those who died. It is a book that both evokes the primary wonder of the adventure itself and reflects on what it has come to mean to both those involved and the rest of us in the forty years since.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Desperate Voyage

Desperate Voyage

Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron Edward Renehan. the budget relied on his cousin, ... All of this he chronicled in his 1967 book Gipsy Moth Circles the World.

Author: Edward Renehan

Publisher: New Street Communications

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 112

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Ed Renehan's Desperate Voyage, the retelling of Donald Crowhurst's tragic voyage during the 1968/69 Golden Globe Race, is a finely honed account of what has become offshore sailing's most enduring story. Drawing on an array of sources, Renehan's Crowhurst is Shakespearean: narcissistic and reviled but also sympathetic, a flawed human consumed by ambition. Although I've known this story forever, Renehan's fresh, haunting narrative had me hoping for a new ending, a better outcome this time around. Alas, it's not to be, you just keep reading until it breaks your heart. - John Kretschmer, author of Sailing a Serious Ocean, At the Mercy of the Sea, Flirting with Mermaids, and Cape Horn to Starboard The first non-stop single-handed race around the world in 1968 was a cauldron of huge personalities and epic sea tales. Ironically, it was the complete failure of Donald Crowhurst that has garnered the most passion and interest. Few stories equal the modern Greek tragedy that is Crowhurst's, exposed like a raw nerve to those who loved and supported him when his Teignmouth Electronwas found abandoned in the Atlantic, along with dual logbooks that revealed Crowhurst's spectacular hoax and probable suicide. Edward Renehan's able and concise recounting of the story is not the first, nor will it be the last because the tale is the quintessential cautionary tale filled with characters, dreams, and dilemmas with which we are all familiar. Desperate Voyage provides readers precious insights through concentration on the backstory and how Crowhurst's basic personality drove him inexorably towards disaster, and like a dangerous vortex, dragged his family, friends, and supporters into his sphere. Throughout Renehan's clever telling, and because I have spent some time alone and tested at sea myself, I could not help but recognize the conditions that try sailors' souls, but also people I know from every walk of life and the troubles into which they have gotten themselves. For the first time, I even could see my relationship to Crowhurst, how I, too, have shaped and been shaped by the strains of life and thwarted goals. Simply fascinating. - Steven Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Adrift Edward Renehan’s Desperate Voyage is incisive, haunting, and absorbing. For those, like me, initially unfamiliar with this great sea drama, it is a perfect introduction to the story of Donald Crowhurst and the Golden Globe Race of 1968. Crowhurst is flawed and complicated, a tragic and captivating figure, and Renehan’s retelling, Shakespearean in scope, is wonderfully crafted and endlessly fascinating. - William Boyle, author of the critically-acclaimed Gravesend and Death Don’t Have No Mercy On a dismal day at the end of October, 1968, a weekend sailor by the name of Donald Crowhurst set out from England in a flimsy trimaran, hoping to win the LondonSunday Times "Golden Globe" race and become the first solo sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop. His was an exercise in over-arching ambition, delusion, and tragedy such as the world has seldom seen. Before it was over, the world media would be subject to a fraud of enormous proportions, and Crowhurst would die a madman in the middle of the Atlantic. What he left behind was a shattered boat, a shattered family, and this incredible story.
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The Riverside Dictionary of Biography

The Riverside Dictionary of Biography

He wrote The Lonely Sea and the Sky ( 1964 ) and Gipsy Moth Circles the World ( 1967 ) . The Chieftains • Irish folk group . Possibly the best - known folk group in the world , the original band met while members of Seán O Riada's ...

Author: Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618493379

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 867

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An authoritative resource offering concise profiles of more than ten thousand of the world's most important people features information on individuals from ancient times to the present day and representing a wide range of fields of endeavor, furnishing details on birth and death dates, full name, nationality, occupation, and accomplishments, as well as thousands of cross references and brief quotations.
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The Romantic Challenge

The Romantic Challenge

But I would like to retract something I wrote in my book Gipsy Moth Circles the World. Sailing up the Atlantic in May 1967, on passage toward Plymouth from Sydney, I said that after the Southern Ocean it was like entering an enchanting ...

Author: Francis Chichester

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447234241

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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There was in Sir Francis Chichester a restless spirit never satisfied with his achievements. Throughout his adventurous life this quiet Englishman has sought to challenge odds that other, younger, stronger men declared insuperable. As a pilot, as a yachtsman, as a navigator, even as a man who broke the grip of cancer, Sir Francis was always a pioneer. Where he led, others followed: but when he triumphed, he at once sought a new and greater challenge. This is a book about such a challenge. With the feasibility of long-distance voyages proven beyond doubt - not least by his own remarkable circumnavigation in 1966 - Sir Francis turned at once to the next great barrier facing the single-hander, the 'speed barrier', setting himself the staggering target of sailing 4,000 miles between two fixed points on the earth's surface in 20 days - an average of 200 miles a day whatever the wind, whatever the weather. The Romantic Challenge tells of the planning, the calculations and the sheer hard work that in January 1971 led him and Gipsy Moth V to their 'starting line' for a race which is the single-hander's '4-Minute Mile' and Marathon, combined in one gruelling, non-stop, murderous ocean race.
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MotorBoating

MotorBoating

These excerpts are from Gipsy Moth Circles the World: This is a fairy story for me. Long, long ago, as the best fairy stories begin, I wanted to fly around the world alone... As the years passed this urge to circle the world alone lay ...

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