The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake

The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake : Sir Peter Blake's Logbooks

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This captivating book follows the late Sir Peter Blake - legendary yachtsman and adventurer - on his final, ill-fated voyage. It tracks him and his dedicated team on the blakexpeditions exploration vessel Seamaster to the environmental pulse points of the planet as they look to generate greater awareness of the need to take better care of our world. Sir Peter's last adventure began in New Zealand in late 2000 when he set out to once again cross the Southern Ocean to Cape Horn. After exploring the breathtaking Beagle Channel at the foot of South America, he took Seamaster to 70 degrees south, among the icebergs of Antarctica, then headed north, up the coast of South America, to the rain forests of Amazonia where Seamaster navigated 1400 miles up the Amazon and Negro Rivers. As the world knows, Sir Peter was murdered by river pirates on the eve of Seamaster's departure from the Amazon in December 2001. Drawn from the logbooks kept by Sir Peter, and edited by his colleague and close friend Alan Sefton, this book relives that last, fateful voyage and at the same time celebrates both Sir Peter's passion and concern for the world in which we live.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 25mm | 300g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • colour illustrations
  • 0143008943
  • 9780143008941

Review quote

"This memorial volume contains a selection of entries from the logbooks kept during yachting legend Peter Blake's last voyage, which ended tragically when he was killed by pirates in the Amazon in December 2001." -- Reference and Research Book News "Reference and Research Book News, February 2005"show more

Author information

Alan Sefton had a long friendship and involvement with Sir Peter Blake dating back to the late 1970s. A journalist, Alan worked with Sir Peter on many of his ocean-racing campaigns, including the memorable Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981-82 and the successful 1994 attack on the record for sailing non-stop around the world.In 1992 the pair formed Team New Zealand to challenge for sailing's greatest prize - the America's Cup. Team New Zealand won the Cup in 1995, and then successfully defended it in 2000, with Sir Peter the syndicate head and Alan the executive director. Alan's Cup involvement goes back to 1980, when he covered the American defence in Newport, Rhode Island. He was closely involved in New Zealand challenges thereafter.In more recent years Alan, with his friend and colleague Scott Chapman, was Sir Peter's partner in blakeexpeditions, the organisation they established to journey to the most remote and eco-sensitive parts of the planet to generate greater global awareness of pressing environmental issues.show more
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