Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! Now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.
~ Ariel’s song from The Tempest
On May 28, 1967, Francis Chichester finished his solo circumnavigation of the globe aboard his yacht Gypsy Moth IV. He made only one stop in more than 30,000 miles and nearly 300 days at sea.
This singular feat inspired nine other sailors to attempt the first solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. In the end, only one of these completed the trip. This is the story of that race, the men who sailed it, and the one who threw it into chaos.