To remember Sir Peter Blake (1948-2001) the New Zealand Post issued in 2009 a set of stamps, the $1 stamp depicts Sir Peter on board a yacht with sail number KZ 2, which is the yacht STEINLAGER 2.
By the stamp is given: Yachting was in Blake’s blood and as you can see in the images on the stamps and other collectibles a constant in his life and his work.
The sea was his childhood playground and it wasn’t long before he graduated from _-Class yacht to Z-Class dinghy and beyond. He was to sail in – and win – the world’s most prestigious yacht races, demonstrating time and again his skills as an outstanding ocean race competitor.
The STEINLAGER 2 was built by Southern Pacific in, Auckland, New Zealand as a maxi ketch after a design made by Farr Yacht Design U.S.A.
Hull made of carbon composite with aluminum masts.
Displacement 35.177 kg, dim. 25.5 x 5.76 x 3.99m. (draught), length on waterline 20.29 metre.
Building cost almost $10 million.
After completing shipped to the U.K..
After a few shorter races she took part in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
Sailed from Southampton on 02 September 1989
Leg Start Finish Leg winner Skipper
1 Southampton, England Punta del Este, Uruguay Steinlager 2 Peter Blake(NZ)
2 Punta del Este, Uruguay Fremantle, Australia Steinlager 2 Peter Blake (NZ)
3 Fremantle, Australia Auckland, New Zealand Steinlager 2 Peter Blake (NZ)
4 Auckland, New Zealand Punta del Este, Uruguay Steinlager 2 Peter Blake (NZ)
5 Punta del Este, Uruguay Fort Lauderdale, USA Steinlager 2 Peter Blake (NZ)
6 Fort Lauderdale, USA Southampton, England Steinlager 2 Peter Blake (NZ)
STEINLAGER 2 skippered by Peter Blake won the race easily. For the first time since 1981 to 1982 (when the race comprised just four legs), the victor won every leg (albeit closely chased by both Grant Dalton's FISHER & PAYKEL NZ and Pierre Fehlmann's MERIT entries). The vast difference in speed and capability of the many different boats involved in the 1989 to 1990 race lead to the creation of a committee to examine the commission of a Whitbread class boat for use in future races. Many of the Maxi yachts in this year’s race were nearly twice the size (LOA) of the smallest and carried well over twice the sail area. The net result of this was that many of the smaller boats finished the longer legs more than ten days after the leg winner. In the overall results, the last finisher was some 52 days behind Blake's STEINLAGER 2 128 days aggregate time. In addition, the expense of the big yachts was getting to be too much - even for the well-funded teams like Steinlager, Rothmans, and Merit. Eventually, the new class would be called the W60 - but its gestation would not be quick or lack controversy.
Thereafter sold to Georigio Falck, Italy, and renamed SAFILO
She is now fitted out with a Volvo-Penta 150 diesel of 150hp.
2010 Was she owned by Big Red Challence Ltd, homeport Southampton, U.K., again under the name STEINLAGER 2. Skippered by Attillio Miccich, and sailing for Yacht Club del Mare, Lugano, Italy.
Took part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race that year.
Source: Wikipedia. Sir Peter Blake an amazing life by Alan Sefton.
New Zealand 2009 $1.00 sg?, scott? 2021 $2.70 sg?, Scott?
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