Face of the Day

It was a bittersweet return as Sir Peter Blake’s former schooner sailed into Auckland early [yesterday] afternoon.

Among the 100 hardy souls who braved strong northerlies and showers to welcome the Tara was Sir Peter’s daughter, Sarah-Jane.

Her husband, Alistair Moore, sailed with Sir Peter on the Tara before the yachting legend was murdered by pirates on the Tara, then named the Seamaster, in 2001. Moore skippered the Sir Peter’s former round the world racing yacht Steinlager 2 as it welcomed the Tara ashore today.

Sarah-Jane did not want to be interviewed, but Moore described the Tara’s return to New Zealand as emotional and bittersweet for both.

“SJ hasn’t seen the boat since dad passed. It’s opened a lot of wounds and brought home how much she misses him. It’s a massive hole in her life, in everybody’s life that had him as a friend or a family member. It’s a massive hole that’ll never be filled.”

We all invested in and owned a piece of Sir Peter’s public life, and his murder left a hole in this country’s psyche.   He would have achieved so much more.


– NZ Herald

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