Sir Peter Blake's first handmade yacht lovingly restored

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Bandit Peter Blake By Tom Carnegie.

A small boat that played a big role in New Zealand's maritime history has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

In 1966, at the age of 17, New Zealand yachting legend Sir Peter Blake started to build his first keel yacht in the backyard of his family home in Bayswater on Auckland's North Shore.

With help from his brother Tony and good friend Crawford Duncan, the yacht, named Bandit, was built and modified over the next three years.

Sir Peter Blake was one of the world's most celebrated yachtsman. In his 30-year career, Blake won every significant bluewater race on the planet and also won and successfully defended the America's Cup.

The sailor, adventurer and environmentalist was shot and killed by pirates in South America in 2001.

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