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12 January 2008

THAMES AND GIPSY MOTH IV

John McCarthy returns to excess Baggage this week and looks at two very different aspects of boating. On the one hand there is the gentle lap of the river and the splash of oars of a rowing boat making its way along the Thames and on the other the pounding of the waves and the flapping of the sails of an ocean going racing yacht.

The yacht in question is Gipsy Moth IV which Sir Francis Chichester sailed on his record breaking solo voyage round the world in 1966. Forty years later the yacht was restored and John will hear the story of how it completed its second circumnavigation of the globe, despite running aground on a reef near Tahiti.

If that’s a little rough for your boating tastes John also looks at the River Thames through the eyes of a Victorian photographer and a couple of his modern counterparts who have chronicled the changes over the last 125 years and in particular the rise of boating for leisure and pleasure on England’s longest river.

That’s Excess Baggage at 10am on Saturday with John McCarthy.


Presented by John McCarthy

River Thames at Henley


Photo: River Thames at Henley
This week’s guests:

Paul Gelder
 is an avid sailor and the editor of Yachting Monthly. In 2006, Paul began planning an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the magazine, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester’s first solo circumnavigation of the world. He went on the first leg of the voyage to Gibralter and was present when Gypsy Moth had to be pulled off a reef in the Pacific

Gipsy Moth IV
Publisher: John Wiley
ISBN 13: 9780470724439
ISBN 10: 0470724439
 
Graham Diprose is Lead Tutor in Photography in the School of Graphic Design, at the London College of Communications. With a colleague Jeff Robins he photographed the Thames from its source to the Houses of Parliament from the same spots as the great Victorian photographer Henry Taunt who had chronicled the river in the second half of the 19th century.

The River Thames Revisited: In the Footsteps of Henry Taunt
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers
ISBN 10: 0711227659
ISBN 13: 978 0711227651

London`s Riverscape - Lost and Found
Publisher: Art Books International
ISBN 10: 1874044309
ISBN 10: 978 1874044307

Paul Mainds is Trustee and Chief executive of the River and Rowing Museum, an independent museum situated in Henley on Thames. It has three main focuses: Rowing as sport and leisure, the River Thames and the town of Henley which provides funding. They have a permanent exhibition based on the Wind in The Willows which conveys the sheer joy of the river.

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