Monday, 31st October 2016

Rare Pieces of Sporting History to Raise Funds For Charity

A day out on the water and a chance to own rare pieces of sporting history are on offer with the annual ‘Great Blake Race’ on Thursday November 3, raising money for the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron.

The Blake family has generously donated Sir Peter Blake’s Steinlager 2 jersey that he wore when he successfully skippered the yacht to victory in 1989-90 in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

A period ice axe (60-70 years old) signed by Sir Edmund Hillary will be auctioned live on the night and phone bids will be accepted.

The charity regatta is pitched as a fun day on the water and over 35 boats will sail in a Mark Foy Regatta, which is a handicapped race designed to have the boats cross the finish line around the same time.

Friends and family of Sir Peter will compete including Sarah-Jane Blake and husband Alastair Moore, Tony Rae and Glen Sowry.

Sowry will skipper Steinlager 2 for the race. He was onboard ‘Big Red’ in 1989-90 when Sir Peter and his crew won all six legs of the Round the World Race.

Shelley Campbell CEO of the Sir Peter Blake Trust says, “Sir Peter knew the importance of creating young people who are fired up, and who have the skills to lead and make change.

“He also knew that the best way to connect them with the environment was to get them to experience it. Our programmes inspire and mobilise the next generation of Kiwi leaders, environmentalists and adventurers” says Campbell.

Online auction items

* An ultimate Rescue Helicopter experience,

* A Lisa Carrington signed singlet and Ritchie McCaw signed jersey

* Dining experiences donated by Meat Fish Wine

Live auction items

* There is also an online auction, which goes live on Thursday, which includes: Sir Peter’s own Steinlager jersey, donated by the Blake family

* A period ice axe signed by Sir Edmund Hillary

* Lunch on board HMNZS Te Mana

A host of other items will be auctioned online and LIVE on the night that will benefit the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron. Online items can be viewed here. They are live until 10pm on November 3.

ENDS

For more information please contact Sally Paterson, Sir Peter Blake Trust, sally@sirpeterblaketrust.org or 021 446 708