Sir Peter Blake was a New Zealand hero -- sailor, adventurer, leader and environmentalist. Competing in ocean races, he clocked up as many sea miles as any seafarer in history, with some epic victories. Then he led his small country to win the Americas Cup (twice!), and gave his last years to helping the environment. Award-winning author Tessa Duder tells the gripping story of Sir Peters life for teenage readers, revealing what made him an inspirational leader. The book features boxes backgrounding sailing skills, the Americas Cup and other key points, and is richly illustrated with photos from his life (including 8 pages of colour).
A story of Sir Peter Blake's construction of the keel boat, Bandit, when he was just nineteen. The second half of the book traces Bandit's scattered history from owner to owner, until finally she was restored and installed at Auckland Maritime Museum.
Written with the cooperation of Blake s widow and family, and with access to his private papers. Sefton tells the story of a yachting legend, America s Cup winner and round-the-world record holder, and his untimely death at the hands of Amazonian pirates.
The late Sir Peter Blake is known to all New Zealanders as the world's most celebrated and honoured yachtsmen/adventurer, the man who seized the America's Cup. In recent years, of course, Blake turned away from international yachting to embark on a plan with the yacht Seamaster to draw attention to threats to the world's environment. Tragically, as we know, in late 2001 Blake was murdered by pirates aboard Seamaster at the mouth of the Amazon. In this first-ever biography, Alan Sefton, a close friend and colleague, traces Blake's extraordinary life, from the small boy crazy about the sea, to the rigours of ocean racing and the America's Cup triumphs, to the decision to devote his life to saving the world's oceans, and to Blake's sad end on the Amazon. Among many details never before revealed will be the true story of what happened behind the scenes at Team New Zealand as the crew broke up and Coutts and Butterworth jumped ship. The biography is written with the full backing of Pippa, Lady Blake, who has made Sir Peter's files and papers available to Sefton.
Sir Peter Blake was an inspirational figure, a symbol of adventure and excitement for people from all walks of life and of all ages. This book, an abridged edition of Sir Peter Blake: An Amazing Life, is for young readers aged ten and up. It cuts to the core of Blake's story, focusing on the sailing, racing and exploring aspects of his life. The text has been cut by three-quarters and the chapters shortened. Blake's early childhood and the politics and personalities have been taken out, leaving the focus on Blake's skills as a sailor and leader. The emphasis is on thrilling narrative. Some element of boat design and equipment will be included. Technical nautical and yachting terms will be explained in the text.
'This book describes how a live-in learning centre evolved as an answer to" "the unforgivable statistic (1983) stating thet 20%-50% of school children in Auckland City of Sails, did not have the opportunity to learn about the sea around us and how to enjoy or care for it." A small group of teachers, yachtsmen and volunteers struggled over twelve years to finally welcome children aboard in 1990" -- Cover.
Walter Potter (1835-1918), a country taxidermist of no great expertise, became famous as an icon of Victorian whimsy. His tiny museum in Bramber, Sussex, was crammed full of multi-legged kittens, two-headed lambs and a bewildering assortment of curios. Closed in the '70s, the museum was variously re-established before being auctioned off in 2003. It was reported that a �1M bid by Damien Hirst to keep the collection intact was refused, but in 2010 many of Potter's key pieces were exhibited by the artist Sir Peter Blake at London's 'Museum of Everything', attracting over 30,000 visitors in 6 weeks. The subsequent dispersal of Potter's works has meant the loss of a truly unique Victorian legacy. Here, perhaps for the last time, the collection is preserved and celebrated with new photographs of Potter's best-loved works.
On 5 December 2001 New Zealand sporting and adventure hero Sir Peter Blake was killed by bandits at the mouth of the Amazon River. In this intimate account, Sir Peter's wife Pippa offers an intensely personal account of their life together. Unpublished photographs from her personal albums, behind-the-scenes stories of Sir Peter's sailing adventures, and Pippa's own journal entries and artworks provide a moving insight into a life shared with one of this country's greatest sporting legends.
In January 1969, aboard his home-built wooden boat Suhaili, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person every to sail solo, non-stop around the world. 25 years later, Sir Robin again completed a record-breaking circumnavigation, co-skippering Enza with Kiwi yachting legend Sir Peter Blake. His place in sailing's pantheon of greats was assured. Then, after the tragic death of his wife Sue, Sir Robin decided he would try again. in October 2006, at the age of 67 - when most people are settling in to a well-earned retirement - Sir Robin embarked on another gruelling single-handed race around the world. Compared to his rivals he lacked recent experience and a large shore-based support team. There were some who believed that this time he might have bitten off more than he could chew. Then early on, it looked like their worst fears might be realised. Within days of setting off, near-Hurricane-strength storms in the Bay of Biscay capsized his 60' yacht Saga Insurance. But it wasn't just Sir Robin who suffered. Three-quarters of the entire fleet had to run for shelter. When they re-emerged, all faced months of hardship and intensity ahead. Force of Nature is Sir Robin's first-hand account his extraordinary return to the ultra-competitive, punishing world of single-handed offshore racing. It turned out to be a very different journey to the one he undertook about Suhaili, yet his experience aboard her remains a touchstone throughout this story. It's a story of courage, ingenuity and resilience played out against the World's oceans. But most of all it's a powerful reminder that age is nothing but a number; no barrier to realizing one's dreams.
Author: Mark Orams
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
How to lead winning teams: an insider's insight into the leadership of yachting legend Sir Peter Blake. New Zealand lost one of its favourite sons when Sir Peter Blake was shot and killed in the Amazon in late 2001. Blake had become a icon after leading New Zealand to victory in the 1995 and 2000 America's Cups, following earlier successes in the Whitbread Round the World Race and Jules Verne Challenge. His accomplishments demonstrate his skill at assembling, managing and leading winning teams. Blake: Leader is written by sailor and marine scientist Dr Mark Orams, who sailed around the world with Blake and worked with him at Team New Zealand and Blakexpeditions. In this book he looks at Blake's successful style of leadership from a personal viewpoint. It mixes reminiscences and anecdotes from Orams and other sporting and business figures who worked closely with Blake with practical observations of how he chose and led teams. Break-out boxes and chapter summaries highlight key points and techniques that can be used by leaders and team members in a wide range of sports and business situations. Chapters include building a great team, being a great leader, encouraging a great work ethic and having a winning attitude. It also examines the unique New Zealand style of leadership demonstrated by other great Kiwi leaders and how Blake's legacy can be taken into the future.