The Story of Sir Peter Blake
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The Story of Sir Peter Blake

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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 America s Cup (twice!), and gave his last years to helping the environment. Award-winning author Tessa Duder tells the gripping story of Sir Peter s life for younger readers, revealing what made him an inspirational leader. The book features boxes backgrounding sailing skills, the America s Cup and other key points, and is richly illustrated with photos from his life (including 8 pages of color).REVIEWS "This is a fascinating book with riveting black and white photos of the hero from New Zealand. He was a noted sailor, adventurer and excellent captain and sailing racer, who won the America Cup for his country. He built boats, learned navigation, studied the history of famous navigators. He clocked the most miles of any sailor in history navigating and often racing in the world's most dangerous waters. When he reached his fifties he decided to cast his career in a different sailing direction, away from racing and into saving the environment, using his fame and fortune to spur the goal. His career was his dedication and passion, often taking him far away from his beloved wife and children, but they encouraged him and were proud of his accomplishment. He was to team up with Jacques Cousteau in their efforts for the environment with shows to be broadcast worldwide, but Cousteau died and the Peter proceeded to do the noble work on his own with his carefully selected ship and crew. The crew loved him because he never assigned a job he didn't do himself, rotating through even the toilet and bilge cleaning onboard. He congratulated them on each job well done and at the end of every day had a humorous review of each person's work. But tragedy struck when he was only 53 when a group of armed bandits boarded his ship in Macaba port in Rio Negro and as he tried valiantly to protect his crew, the pirates shot and killed Blake just before he was to meet his family for Christmas. His wife bravely met with crowds who wanted to honor the seaman posthumously, and his environmental impact continues today. Excellent and fascinating read!"Bonnie Neely, Amazon top reviewer, Real Travel Adventures, 2014/09/21"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 10mm | 294g
  • Libro International
  • Auckland, N.Z., New Zealand
  • English
  • colour & b/w photos
  • 187751442X
  • 9781877514425
  • 874,710

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This is a fascinating book with riveting black and white photos of the hero from New Zealand. He was a noted sailor, adventurer and excellent captain and sailing racer, who won the America Cup for his country. He built boats, learned navigation, studied the history of famous navigators. He clocked the most miles of any sailor in history navigating and often racing in the world's most dangerous waters. When he reached his fifties he decided to cast his career in a different sailing direction, away from racing and into saving the environment, using his fame and fortune to spur the goal. His career was his dedication and passion, often taking him far away from his beloved wife and children, but they encouraged him and were proud of his accomplishment. He was to team up with Jacques Cousteau in their efforts for the environment with shows to be broadcast worldwide, but Cousteau died and the Peter proceeded to do the noble work on his own with his carefully selected ship and crew. The crew loved him because he never assigned a job he didn't do himself, rotating through even the toilet and bilge cleaning onboard. He congratulated them on each job well done and at the end of every day had a humorous review of each person's work. But tragedy struck when he was only 53 when a group of armed bandits boarded his ship in Macaba port in Rio Negro and as he tried valiantly to protect his crew, the pirates shot and killed Blake just before he was to meet his family for Christmas. His wife bravely met with crowds who wanted to honor the seaman posthumously, and his environmental impact continues today. Excellent and fascinating read!
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