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Blake Lottery Fund

The Blake Fund for Young Sailors was established by the Club in 2001 following the tragic death of Peter, the celebrated New Zealand yachtsman whose home had been in Emsworth for more than 30 years.

'One of the world's finest yachtsmen' was one of the many tributes to Peter when news of his murder by pirates in the Amazon reached Britain. He had competed successfully in six Whitbread Round the World races, sailed 600,000 miles over the world's oceans, and led Team New Zealand to two successive America's Cup victories. He was knighted in 1995.

He came to Emsworth after one of his first round the world races so his boat could be repaired, joined our Club, and met the then Commodore's daughter, Pippa Glanville.

They married, and their two children, Sarah-Jane and James - well known to many Club members - inherited their parents' love for the sea and are also keen sailors.

The objective of the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Fund, administered by Pippa and the Club's Flag Officers, is to provide grants to encourage young ESC members to improve their sailing skills.

Money is available to help to fund the cost of going on specialist courses, or of paying for specialist tuition. Contributions can also be made to help with the often substantial cost of entering major national or international racing events. The Trustees are always prepared to consider any request, providing the end result is an improvement in the applicant's competitive skills.

Applications are welcome from any young ESC members between 14 and 24 years of age. The application forms are normally available online or from the Club Secretaries in the Spring of each year. They have to be returned by the stated date, so the Trustees can allocate the awards for use during the summer.


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