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From the time in 1971 when Peter Blake won the line honours in the inaugural Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro race, a year hardly went by without him adding to his sailing honours board.
Chris Bouzaid was one of the yachtsmen who set the course for New Zealand to gain such international renown in ocean racing.
Bruce Farr is New Zealand’s best-known yacht designer and could also lay claim to being the world’s best-known – or even the best.
Naomi James suffered from seasickness but she went to sea. She was a private person and disliked crowds, but she became a world celebrity, feted wherever she went.
Bruce Kendall not only achieved personal success at the pinnacle of his sport, he also showed and inspired others to follow in his wake
Barbara Kendall began international competition when she was still a teenager and for the next 20 or so years, there was no one to compare. She won a full set of Olympic medals – gold in 1992, silver in 1996 and bronze in 2000 – but that told only some of the tale of Barbara Kendall, superior windsurfer and extraordinary athlete.
The first time New Zealand sent yachtsmen to an Olympic Games they came home with a gold medal.
When Earle Wells sought a skipper in 1961 for his Flying Dutchman class yacht, Pandora, and settled on a Danish émigré, Helmer Pedersen, an Olympic champion combination was born.