Offers of assistance have been flooding in to support the rescue mission of Gipsy Moth IV, grounded off Tahiti
Offers of assistance have been flooding in to support the rescue mission of grounded Gipsy Moth IV. The recently restored ketch, used by Sir Francis Chichester on his circumnavigation 40 years ago, hit a reef near Tahiti on Saturday, while on a two-year round-the-world voyage.
The vessel sustained damage to her starboard side, amidships. The 32-year-old woman skipper, a male first mate, 24, and female helper, 48, called for help, and were evacuated, along with the three teenage crew.
Gipsy Moth IV remains stable and secure aground, lying to starboard a short distance from deep water. A team of recovery specialists are now on scene assessing the situation, and many of those involved in the original restoration have offered their services and are prepared to fly out to assist with repairs.
David Green, chairman of the UK Sailing Academy, which organised the trip, said: ‘We have had a number of messages of support from the Chichester family reminding us of the challenges that faced Sir Francis and how he was able to overcome them with his determination, courage, tenacity and resolve. He was never deterred and the Gipsy Moth team are determined that this setback will not become a show-stopper for this wonderful voyage for the young people involved.’