Save the Children BT Global Challenge yacht

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The Global Challenge was an international yacht race to raise money for the charity Save The Children. It was held every four years (1997, 2001 and 2004) and took a fleet of 12 identical yachts crewed by amateur sailors ‘the wrong way’ around the world, sailing against prevailing winds and currents. The event claimed the motto ‘The World’s Toughest Yacht Race’ and often included stories of broken masts, collisions and medical evacuations.

While in New Zealand the competitors were based at the Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Oriental Bay and were given an official civic welcome. Wellington hosted all three race years; however 2004 was to be the final occasion. The company which owned the yachts and organised the event was unsuccessful in securing a head sponsor for the next race. The yachts were sold individually to private buyers.

Jacky Pearson is a watercolour artist and tutor who immigrated to New Zealand in 1991 from the UK. Images of her work have been published in art magazines and art books and she has won awards from numerous competitions.
Image: hxw 600 x 810mm
Frame: hxwxd 980 x 1150 x 33mm
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