Francis Chichester

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Date of Birth September 17, 1901
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Aug 26, 1972 (70)
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Sir Francis Charles Chichester KBE was a British pioneering aviator and solo sailor. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for becoming the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route and the fastest circumnavigator, in nine months and one day overall in 1966–67.

About Francis Chichester

British adventurer who sailed around the world in Gipsy Moth IV, a fifty-five-foot yacht.

Before Fame

He learned how to navigate planes by sextant, and in World War II served as a navigational expert for Britain.


His nautical circumnavigation of the globe took nine months, with only one stop in Australia.

Family Life

His father was an Anglican clergyman.


Mark Knopfler and his band, Dire Straits, recorded a song in Chichester's honor on the 1979 album, "Communique."

Information related to Francis Chichester

  • Chichester family
  • People connected with Plymouth
  • Single-handed circumnavigating sailors
  • Maritime writers
  • Circumnavigators of the globe
  • People educated at Marlborough College
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Latest information about Francis Chichester updated on October 30, 2020.

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