Limited edition of 650 numbered & signed quality prints of the original watercolour,
each carrying the 1995 Team New Zealand logo.
Size framed: 730mm x 555mm / Unframed: 685mm x 510mm
Price framed: $450
Price unframed (shipped in a sturdy tube): $300
(Free delivery in New Zealand)
It was Mother's Day, in May 1995, when New Zealand won the America's Cup in San Diego by a staggering five:nil. Leading the team was Kiwi legend Peter Blake. Along with much of the country, we sat glued to the TV wearing our lucky red socks in support, and I'm sure a good deal of bubbly was broached to mark the momentous occasion.
Somehow I just "knew" we were going to win the America's Cup even before we had beaten all comers in the Louis Vuitton challenge. Knowing too that it was going to go down in history as one of New Zealand's greatest sporting moments, I was inspired to paint the Black Boat and so procured the exclusive licence to do an official portrait, as a limited edition commemorating the occasion.
Detail from the painting - Blake & the Team at work
Later in the year Judith and I booked a stall at the IMTEC Boat Show, down on the waterfront. As part of our art display, we continually played the newly released video showing all the key moments of the challenger series, racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the actual America's Cup finals.
Two particular moments on the video always attracted a crowd of viewers. Whenever they heard the well-known voice of commentator Peter Montgomery saying "The boat is turning into a banana," they stood in fascination to watch footage of "One Austalia" breaking up and sinking.
Of course the favourite moment was NZL 32, "Black Magic", crossing the line to beat Team Dennis Connor with an amazing score of "five-zip" to win the Auld Mug.
As a leader, Peter Blake was inspirational to many New Zealanders and I was very proud to present him with #1 of my limited edition, at an event hosted by Orewa Rotary Club in 1997.
A magic moment, presenting Sir Peter with my work
Originally this edition was available only for a limited time due to licencing restrictions and had to be withdrawn before it had sold out. Coincident with of the opening of the wonderful exhibit, "Blue Water Black Magic - A Tribute To Sir Peter Blake", at Voyager, the National Maritime Museum, I was granted permission by Emirates Team New Zealand to release the remaining prints. With limited numbers still available, here is a chance to grab a slice of yachting history.
"Whatever the area, fulfilling one's potential requires
worthwhile goals, ruthlessness in setting standards and the courage
to avoid the soft options that constantly present themselves."
- Sir Peter Blake