“We want to restart people caring for the environment as it must be cared for. And at the same time we want to do this through adventure, through participation, through education and through enjoyment. To win, you have to believe you can do it. You have to be passionate about it. You have to really ‘want’ the result – even if this means years of work. The hardest part of any big project is to begin. We have begun – we are underway – we have a passion. We want to make a difference.”
Sir Peter Blake, final ship’s log onboard Seamaster, 4 December 2001
Sir Peter called his expeditionary boat Seamaster, describing it as an “extraordinary vessel, built to go anywhere there is 1.5 to 2 meters of water”. He and the crew were at the start of a five-year journey when he was killed in 2001.
Now named Tara, the boat is owned by the French non-profit organisation Tara Expeditions Foundation which is continuing the work blakexpeditions began. Tara has been on the move for 13 years, travelling more than 300,000 kms across the world’s oceans, investigating the impacts of climate and ecological changes.
Tara’s visit shines a spotlight on the health of our oceans, locally and globally, as well as Sir Peter’s legacy and mission.
The boat’s visit happily coincides with Red Socks Day (Friday, July 7). The story behind this annual event goes back to 1995 when Sir Peter pulled on a humble pair of red socks and took on the most powerful teams in the world to win one of the oldest and most coveted sporting trophies – the America’s Cup.
Today, Sir Peter Blake’s Red Socks have become a reminder of the importance of dreaming big, and a celebration of the indomitable Kiwi spirit that makes those dreams happen. Every pair sold helps the Sir Peter Blake Trust continue his legacy of inspiring young Kiwis to achieve their dreams.
Read more about Sir Peter’s ocean legacy here.