Chance to board Gipsy Moth IV at open weekend

Gipsy Moth IV at Buckler's Hard


THERE will be the chance to board Gipsy Moth IV, the yacht in which Sir Francis Chichester became the first sailor to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe 50 years ago, at Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour in Hampshire on Saturday.

A new chandlery for Beaulieu River customers will be officially be opened by Lord Montagu at Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour on Friday, March 31.

And to celebrate its new chandlery business, family-owned BHG Service will hold an open weekend for visitors on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2.

On Saturday visitors will be invited to join tours of Gipsy Moth IV.

At the open weekend, rescue boats from the RNLI and Hampshire Marine Police will also be on show.

The RNLI will also offer free lifejacket servicing, HM Coastguard will be available to answer safety questions and Ocean Safety of Southampton will collect and dispose of out-of-date flares which are handed in at the event when purchasing replacements.

There will be a barbecue and refreshments from noon to 3pm on both days.

BHG Service is part of the award-winning BHG Marine group, which this year marks its 70th anniversary and offers three generations of experience from its new chandlery, a workshop at Buckler’s Hard and showroom at Lymington.

Lord Montagu said: “I am delighted that BHG have agreed to take on the running of the chandlery; they have an excellent track record and I have no doubt the services they provide from the boatyard building will be of great use to our mooring holders and visitors to the river.”

Paul Martin, Managing Director of BHG Service, said: “Three generations of my family have offered a first-class service to Beaulieu River customers and our 70th anniversary year is a special time to launch our new chandlery.”

The new chandlery for Beaulieu River mooring holders and visitors will be open seven days a week selling a good range of rope, hardware, Calor and Camping Gas, provisions, outboards, dinghies and canoes.

For more information call BHG Service on 01590 616479 or email info@bhgservice.co.uk.

Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour was recently named as ‘one of the most desired locations’ on ‘one of the most picturesque rivers in the UK’ by the assessor for its top-rating 5 Gold Anchors award. Harbour Master Wendy Stowe was also praised for her management since taking over her role last year.

The Beaulieu River is one of only a few privately-owned rivers in the world and has remained unspoilt, is rich in wildlife and history in the heart of the New Forest National Park.

The Beaulieu River is near the sailing centres of Cowes, Lymington and Hamble and has 115 marina berths, over 300 moorings and a boat park with slipway and range of facilities. For more information and offers visit www.beaulieuriver.co.uk

  • Chandlery opening times for the open weekend will be 9am-5pm on Saturday, April 1 and 10am-4pm on Sunday, April 2.

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