Peter Blake, the perfect marriage of racer and sailor

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We are introducing you to the 30 legends of sailing. Now it is your turn to choose the greatest sailor of all time.

30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1Born in Auckland in 1948, his name is legend, and his death (he was killed by pirates in the northern Amazon in 2001) reveals a continuing desire to put himself out there. In the 1989/90 edition of the Whitbread he won all the stages; in ’94 he won the Jules Verne Trophy. He also distinguished himself in the America’s Cup, where his name has towered in the Hall of Fame since ’95: in that year he won the Cup with the New Zealanders by thrashing Dennis Conner 5-0.

09_PETERBlake later moved away from the racing world. He set up his own business, Blakexpeditions, and continued to travel the world aboard his Seamaster, making documentaries. He met his death during a global warming monitoring mission.

Because: Peter Blake won both the America’s Cup and the round-the-world stage race, then became a champion of marine conservation. His death at the hands of pirates makes him even more of a mythical figure.

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DISCOVER ALL THE STORIES OF THE 30 SAILING LEGENDS HERE

Ben Ainslie
Peter Blake
Dee Caffari
Franck Cammas
Paul Cayard
Francis Chichester
Dennis Conner
Russell Coutts
Laura Dekker
Michel Desjoyeaux
Alexander Di Benedetto
Vito Dumas
Paul Elvstrom
Ambrose Fogar
François Gabart
Torben Grael
Francis Joyon
Robin Knox-Johnston
Ellen MacArthur
Bernard Moitessier
Mauro Pelaschier
Loick Peyron
Cino Ricci
Alessandra Sensini
Ernest Shackleton
Joshua Slocum
John Soldini
Agostino Straulino
Eric Tabarly
Vasco Vascotto

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