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 !"