Certificate no 2646
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Beaulieu
Vessel type Ketch
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No
Web address www.gipsymoth.org


Builder Camper & Nicholsons Ltd, Southampton
Built in 1965
Hull material Wood
Rig Bermudan Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
53.00 feet (16.15 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.50 feet (3.20 m)
9.25 feet (2.82 m)
Air Draft
70.00 feet (21.34 m)
Tonnage: Gross


GIPSY MOTH IV is a yacht built in 1965 by Camper & Nicholsons in Cowes.  She created history in 1966/1967 by becoming the fastest small vessel to sail around the world gaining fame for Sir Francis Chichester.  She performed a second circumnavigation in 2005 crewed by disadvantaged youngsters.

GIPSY MOTH IV is now owned by a Trust which aims to preserve and maintain her in sailing condition, to enable access to visit and sail her and to promote charitable use and inspire future generations to fulfill potential. 

Update, February 2021: Vessel reported up for sale following the closure of the Gipsy Month Trust.

Key dates

  • 1965

    Built by Camper & Nicholsons, Southampton

  • 1966/1967

    Solo circumnavigation by Sir Francis Chichester

  • 1967/2001

    On display in Greenwich next to the Cutty Sark

  • 2001

    Sold to UK Sailing Academy

  • 2005

    Second circumnavigation with disadvantaged youngsters on board

  • 2011

    Transferrred to the Gipsy Moth Trust

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