Gypsy Moth 1V - Rounding Cape Horn in a gale...

Rob Beilby

San Clemente, United States

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WATERCOLOR: 30"X22" Arches 140lb rag paper. wet on wet technique.
Grumbacher premium w/c paints, Russian Sable brushes.

This painting was executed in the spirit of the great marine artist Carl Evers who was a master in the meticulous execution of of wave action and ships at sea in all weather conditions.

Sir Francis Chichester KBE, rounding Cape Horn alone on his epic voyage around the world.
On 27 August 1966 he sailed his ketch Gipsy Moth IV from Plymouth in the United Kingdom and returned there after 226 days of sailing on 28 May 1967, having circumnavigated the globe, with one stop (in Sydney, Australia). By doing so, he became the first person to achieve a true circumnavigation of the world solo from West to East via the great capes. The voyage was also a race against the clock as Sir Francis wanted to better the typical times achieved by the fastest fully crewed clipper ships during the heyday of commercial sail in the 19th century, (the first recorded solo circumnavigation of the globe was achieved by Joshua Slocum in 1898 but it took him three years with numerous stops – Slocum also took up the harder challenge of sailing east to west, against the prevailing wind).
Honours and later life:
Chichester was knighted a few weeks later in July 1967 for individual achievement and sustained endeavour in the navigation and seamanship of small craft.
For the ceremony, the Queen used the sword used by a predecessor of hers, Queen Elizabeth I, to knight the adventurer Sir Francis Drake (the first Englishman with his crew to complete a circumnavigation). Gipsy Moth IV was preserved alongside the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. He was 65 years old.

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