Nineteen days and three thousand miles after leaving Plymouth, England, on December the 18th (1970) round-the-world sailor Sir Francis Chichester sailed into Portuguese Guinea last week (Thursday 7 January 1971).
AERIAL VIEW Caio Island
LV Gypsy Moth V with sails furled
SCU Sir Francis Chichester working on deck
SV&CU Bent stanchions
CU Broken fixed movie camera
GV PAN Harbour with traffic in foreground
SV&CU Weaver makes scarf - presented to Sir Francis (2 shots)
GV Governors lodge
SV&CU INT Sir Francis with Governor (3 shots)
TGV Gypsy Moth anchored off-shores
SV&CU Portuguese Navy Commodore Luciano Bastos and chief engineer greeted by Sir Francis on board (2 shots)
TV Sir Francis inspects damage
SV&CU Portuguese navy mechanics repair damaged guard rails
SV&CU Sir Francis
GV ZOOM OUT Gypsy Moth at anchor
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Background: Nineteen days and three thousand miles after leaving Plymouth, England, on December the 18th (1970) round-the-world sailor Sir Francis Chichester sailed into Portuguese Guinea last week (Thursday 7 January 1971). But the journey wasn't over for the 69-year-old yachtsman who was knighted after his sole record-time voyage around the world in 1966-67. From Guinea, he plans to break the Atlantic crossing time by sailing 4,000 miles to Nicaragua, South America, in 20 days.
He sailed into Portuguese Guinea with his latest boat, Gypsy Moth V, damaged by a storm. A Portuguese navy gun-boat picked him up on its radar at night off Caio Island, and escorted him to anchor at the Island. Caio, at the mouth of the River Geba, is 46 miles from Bissau, and this is where shipping to Bissau picks up pilots for the tricky voyage up the crocodile and shark-infested river. While on shore to collect a pilot, Sir Francis was presented with a giant-size scarf by a local weaver.
A day after arriving in Caio, he was anchored off Bissau and inspecting the damage to a hand-rail, camera, pulpit, and spinnaker-boom -- causes during the storm when a two-ton wave crashed onto the deck. Later he met the Governor of Portuguese Guinea, General Antonio Spinola, and Commodore Luciano Bastos, chief of the naval forces in the colony, and was presented with an award for navigation. Following the presentation, the Commodore visited Gypsy Moth to inspect the damage, and within an hour had several navy engineers at work to repair it. While waiting for the work to be completed Sir Francis, besides resting and preparing for his Atlantic dash, attended a sports rally and tennis tournament held in his honour. (Today (Tuesday 12th January) he set sail for Nicaragua -- and another record in a life-time of sailing and flying records.