The NZ Sailing Trust was inspired by the adventures of Sir Peter Blake and his racing teams. We exist to ensure that key yachts from that history are preserved and programmes are run on board to help inspire the next generation. Preserving the past in order to help shape the future.
A sailing adventure awaits on one of New Zealand’s most significant yachts.
4th Whitbread Yacht Race – 1985
Click on the video for footage of Lion New Zealand during the 1985/86 Whitbread Around the World Race, Sir Peter Blake’s fourth attempt. After winning the Sydney to Hobart race in 1984 she went on to come second in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. Restored by the Trust in 2008, Lion New Zealand is the main vessel used for the Trusts youth journeys.
The Whitbread : Clean Sweep – Blake v Dalton
Click on the video for footage of Steinlager 2 during the 1989/90 Whitbread Around the World Race, Sir Peter Blake’s fifth attempt. Blake skippered Steinlager 2 to an unprecedented clean sweep, winning the handicap and overall honours on each of the race’s six legs. Steinlager was restored by the Trust in 2013.