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Sitting at the waterfront and watching some of the Velux 5 Ocean Yachts arriving in Wellington reminded me of one our current loans. NZL 32 or Black Magic, the famous America’s Cup boat is on loan at Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum for the next few years. The yacht was designed by a group of people and built in 1993 in Auckland. One of her most notable victories was the America’s cup 1995.

Team NZ was sailing Black Magic under the lead of Sir Peter Blake, who was killed in 2001 in Brazil. To honour his life Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum and Te Papa created the exhibition Blue Water Black Magic A Tribute to Sir Peter Blake. NZL 32 is the centrepiece of this exhibition. Next time you are in Auckland and don’t know what to do or you are looking for something new and exciting, go for a sail on one of the other America’s Cup yachts and check out the exhibition at Voyager. I did it and it’ s really cool if you have sailed on one and then see the legendary Black Magic.

NZL 32, 1993 - 1995, Davidson, Laurie (1926– ), Peterson, Doug (1945– ), McMullen & Wing Ltd, Southern Spars, Auckland. Gift of Team New Zealand Limited, 2003. Te Papa

NZL 32, 1993 - 1995, Davidson, Laurie (1926– ), Peterson, Doug (1945– ), McMullen & Wing Ltd, Southern Spars, Auckland. Gift of Team New Zealand Limited, 2003. Te Papa

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  1. adele

    gosh would love to be able to sail on a yacht again.. dream on down here in the Wairarapa! I have a letter and photograph from Sir Peter Blake, will always treasure it, his wife comes from a place I know so well in England.. happy memories..

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