Historic yacht Gipsy Moth IV and maritime figurehead carver set to visit Waterfest Weymouth!
Gipsy Moth IV, in which Sir Francis Chichester completed his circumnavigation in 1967, will be visiting Weymouth between 5th and 10th of September and will be moored at Weymouth Old Harbour on the 6th and 7th. She will serve as a main attraction of the ‘Sailing and Angling’ section of the festival, when it is hoped that as many members of the public as is practicable will have the chance to see her close up as well as go aboard. Gipsy Moth IV will stay on for three days, in which the public will get the opportunity to charter her for a half day or full day sailing experience. Taster sailing sessions, street theatre and gig racing are among other activities that will also be found at the festival, which aims to celebrate Dorset’s maritime heritage.
Eileen Skinner, Founder Trustee of the Gipsy Moth Trust, said:
“We are very excited to be taking part in Waterfest Weymouth. Gipsy Moth IV is part of Britain’s national maritime heritage and responsible for a milestone in the history of world sailing. For many young people she has provided the opportunity to learn new skills, value their own self-worth and grow as individuals. We are confident the festival, and her presence there, and the extraordinary achievements of Sir Francis Chichester will help to inspire future generations. We are very hopeful that the public will take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit her.”
As well as the Gipsy Moth IV, Andy Peters from Maritima Woodcarving will be demonstrating the specialised art of maritime figurehead carving. Andy, the founder of Maritima Woodcarving, set up the business in 1990 in an effort to keep the art of the ships carver alive. Andy has even created the figurehead for our own TS Pelican!