Commissioned and built by Camper & Nicholson's boatyard in Gosport, Gipsy Moth IV was designed by John Illingworth and Angus Primrose for the purpose of attempting an unimaginable feat of seamanship. Gipsy Moth IV is a key part of Britain’s national maritime heritage 🇬🇧🏴,and represents a significant milestone in the history of world sailing 🌎. Launched in March 1966, Gypsy Moth IV is 38 ft 6 in (11.73 m) on the waterline and 53 ft (16 m) overall, with a hull constructed of cold-moulded Honduras mahogany. Ketch rigged, she has a sail area of 854 sq ft (79.3 m2), extendable with a spinnaker to over 1,500 sq ft (140 m2). Gipsy Moth IV set out from Plymouth on 27 August 1966 with 64-year-old Sir Francis Chichester at the helm. On 28 May 1967 having logged 28,500 miles (45,900 km) in just 274 days (226 days actual sailing time), the voyage claimed the following records: -Fastest voyage around the world by any small vessel. -Longest non stop passage that had been made by a small sailing vessel (15,000 miles-24,000 km). -More than twice the distance of the previous longest passage by a singlehander. -Twice broke the record for a singlehander's week's run by more than 100 miles (160 km). -Established a record for singlehanded speed by sailing 1,400 miles (2,300 km) in 8 days.