The Story of Bandit

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The Story of Bandit

Sir Peter Blake’s First Keelboat

Shirley-Ann McCrystal

 

The story of Bandit starts at the Blake home in Bayswater Auckland where Sir Peter then 17, his brother Tony 15 and friend and crew member Crawford Duncan constructed a shed to build Sir Peter’s dream, his own keel boat. The boys sailed Z class yachts and Bandit the next step up in Sir Peter Blake’s stellar career.
When Bandit is sold the story follows her fortunes which are many and varied till she is found in a farm shed, restored and is now on display beside Sir Peter’s NZL32 America’s Cup Challenge yacht, Black Magic. This is the yacht in which he won the America’s Cup for New Zealand from The New York Yacht Club in America.

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