Looking for Francis Chichester

On August 27 Francis Chichester set out on the longest and loneliest of his lonely adventures. He was attempting to become the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route. "Nothing brings out the competitive instinct more than sailing." he said.

During the first phase of rounding the Cape of Good Hope and entering the roaring forties of the great southern ocean he encountered difficulties with his yacht and would have to put into Sydney for repairs.
105 days after his departure from Plymouth in the U.K. Channel 9's Marine Unit crew were organised to telecast live the arrival of Chichester aboard the stricken Gypsy Moth IV into Sydney.
Within the placid waters of Sydney Harbour we set up the equipment.

 And we waited for his arrival.

...and we waited.

He didn't arrive. So on the second day we decided to go look for him - somewhere out there.

He still wasn't to be found. Although a radio report from him said he would arrive on the 13th December. For somebody who had found his way from the United Kingdom we thought it a little beyond the pale that he may have trouble finding Sydney.
So day 3 we put to sea again in search of the lone yatchsman.
With the herculean Vince Florentine preventing the cameraman, Brian Morelli from being pitched overboard we found Francis Chichester quite some nautical miles out to sea.

 Dramatic headlines greeted his arrival. It was another feather in the cap of the Channel 9 outside broadcast capabilities to spend three days at sea and to finally locate the lone mariner. That story is quite amusing in itself. The highlight being when we did eventually sight him, between mountainous waves, and navigated our way toward him our decks awash with water, Tony Charlton the sports reporter with us had the following conversation with him.
"Can we speak to you please Mr. Chichester ? " As we had to stay some distance from him due to the seas and by the time the sentence was completed either he or us had gone down into another trough between waves. Tony would then repeat the question adding " We have spoken to your wife in Sydney and she has given permission for you to speak with us." They were under an exclusive contract with the Daily Mirror but were prepared for him to answer a couple of news-worthy questions. However the rough seas and distance between us were making it difficult. Finally he did answer. We couldn't quite define what he said. Tony yelled back "We couldn't hear that, would you mind repeating it please? "
Francis in his most eloquent British voice said " Would you please move I would like to tack !"   

Because we had been engaged for three days looking for Chichester our ocean going tug the MV Proceed had to be released for other work. Although the Proceed gave us an advantage of height it did toss us around a lot from our cabin roof position. We made a dash for home to exchange tugs. Our replacement gave a more stable coverage for the cavalcade of greeting boats within the placid waters of Sydney Harbour.