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Sir Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand’s most famous sailor, competed in the first 5 Whitbread Round the World races before finally winning in record time with his maxi ketch Steinlager 2.
His 6th circumnavigation via Cape Horn followed in 1994 when Peter and Robin Knox-Johnston co-skippered the 94ft (28.6m) catamaran ENZA New Zealand to win the Jules Verne Trophy  after setting a circumnavigation record of 74 days 22 hours 17 minutes and 22 seconds – the first foreign skippers to win the French award.

Both skippers were knighted for their achievement and services to the sport

Sir Peter Blake went on to lead the New Zealand America’s Cup challenge, winning the Cup from America in 1995 and successfully defending it in 2000.

In 2001 he bought Jacques Cousteau’s exploration yacht Antarctic Explorer, and led expeditions to Antarctica and the South America where he was murdered by pirates while monitoring environment change on the Amazon River. He was 53 years old.

The Scroll of Honour and glass award was presented to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on behalf of the Blake family

Youtub acceptance speech – Sir Peter Blake

wikipedia link – Peter Blake

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