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Gipsy Moth Project August 27, 2007

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I’ve had an email from the United Kingdom Sailing Academy about their Gipsy Moth project. The yacht Gipsy Moth IV made history in 1967 when it completed the fastest circumnavigation of the globe. The GM project has restored the yacht and is providing young adults throughout the UK that have severe learning difficulties or are from disadvantaged backgrounds or are suffering / recovering from cancer to take part in a voyage of a lifetime. The Gipsy Moth will circumnavigate the world again, this time via the trade winds route, stopping at 25 countries.

The yacht is able to broadcast video footage and images from a variety of cameras onboard, and the project team is inviting schools across the UK to follow the adventure over the next 2 years.

On the projects website they are posting a large number of related lesson plans, which link with QMS and national curriculum objectives The material is primarily designed for Key stage 2. All schools taking part in the project will receive a world map, statistical data sheets for the countries visited, climate sheets and access to live video from the boat. They’ll also get access to all the electronic resources available through the website. Sounds great for covering not just geography but a whole selection of different national curriculum subject areas.

The yacht started her journey yesterday but there’s plenty of time left to get involved as the voyage will take over 22 months. Click here to sign up for project resources.