Sir Peter Blake - A NZ HERO

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One of the last entries in Sir Peter Blakes Diary


1948 - Born in New Zealand.

1974 - First round-the-world yacht race as watch
officer on Burton Cutter.

1979 - Line honours and course record in Fastnet race
on Condor

1980 - Line and handicap honours Sydney-Hobart Race on Ceramo

1982 - Named New Zealand's Yachtsman of the Year.

1983 - Awarded MBE

1988 - Line honours in inaugural two-man round
Australia race aboard Steinlager 1.

1989/90 - Line, handicap and overall honours for round-
the-world race aboard Steinlager 2. Named New
Zealand's sports Personality of the Year in 1989.

1990 - Named New Zealand's Sportsman of the Year and
New Zealand's Yachtsman of the Year.

1991 - Awarded OBE

1992 - Brought in to New Zealand's unsuccessful
America's Cup challenge.

1994 - Wins Jules Verne Trophy for fastest non-stop
circumnavigation of world aboard Enza. Named World
Sailor of the Year and British Yachtsman of the Year.

1995 - Head of New Zealand's successful America's Cup
challenge. Knighted for services to yachting.
Awarded (with Robin Knox Johnston) the Royal Yacht
Squadron's Sir Francis Chichester Trophy.
Also received New Zealand's Outstanding Management
and Marketing Achievement Award.

1997 - Appointed captain of Cousteau Society,
combining his duties with planning for New
Zealand's America's Cup defence.

2000 - Team New Zealand becomes first non-American
team to successfully defend the Auld Mug. Resigns from
Cousteau Society and establishes "blakexpeditions"
to educate people about the world's ecosystems.

2001 - January-March inaugural blakexpeditions voyage
to the Antarctic Peninsula. Appointed a
Special Envoy of the United Nations Environment Programme.

2001 - December 5 - killed by pirates while on another
blakexpeditions voyage in Amazonia.