Note from Captain Harvey Chichester
A number of years ago, however, I combined my
abiding interest in boating and boat racing with the development of a
superior coating for boat bottoms. We call this product line "Smooth
Sailing" because of its effectiveness in preventing buildup of growth, in
providing a smooth, low drag surface, and forming a longlasting protective
My dedication to incorporating
the best technologies and components into the development of our Smooth
Sailing products is reflective of a long history of family devotion to
world class sailing.
mid-1960s, Francis Chichester caught the imagination of the world by
sailing around the globe aboard the Gypsy Moth IV. Later knighted, Sir
Francis Chichester was just the culmination of a long family history of
Chichester sailors going back well before 449 AD.
Sir Francis Chichester was an expert at
navigation in an age before GPS. He cofounded the transatlantic
single-handed racing program. He was the first to fly from Australia to
England. He even made a valiant attempt at navigating the streets of
London with his guide.
had an uncle, Admiral Edward Chichester, who was made the Superintendent
of the British Navy at a time when that Navy was as big as the next two
navies combined. Edward was also aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria. Edward
helped train Admiral Dewey while aboard the Orlando Class armored cruiser
that fought in the Egyption war.
Francis was the step grandson of Rosalie Amelia Chichester, a female
yachtsmen flourishing in the Victorian Age. Before she was 18 years old,
she had made three world tours with her father Bruce Chichester second
Baronet of Arlington’s 98 ft. 275-ton racing schooner, the Irminia. The
Irmina was present at the first America’s Cup race in 1851. Bruce's
father, John Chichester, made a fortune in the privateer business and
captured a ship with 1200 lb. of gold off the coast of Ghana.
The Chichesters were known as a famous pirate
family in Ireland after John Chichester the First Baronet of Raleigh was
made Earl of Belfast and Lord of Ireland. The Oxford-educated Admiral John
Chichester had been give the Ireland post after helping to defeat the
Spanish Armada in 1588 aboard the HMS Larkey. The HMS Larkey led a
squadron consisting of two other ships believed to be the Margaret and the
But let's go way back to 449 AD
when Cica De Cester, "in 1360 shortened to Chichester," third son of Ellea
Ruler of Britain followed Cica’s grandfather, a Norse mercenary named
Hangest, to England. Those Norse seamen sailed their famous Dragon ships
from the Weser River Valley to the shores of Devon England, just as the
same family had sailed to Denmark and ruled it for three generations
before being driven out and forced to sail back to the Weser River Valley
in what is now northern Germany.
you decide to purchase our products, you can be assured that you are using
the finest boat bottom coating available today. If only the Chichesters of
old could have been so fortunate.