The yacht ‘Yamaha’, first past the Needles

Yamaha yacht racing

Yamaha yacht racing

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By Gordon Frickers, measuring  76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″), oils, available.

As the yacht Yamaha passed the Needles her professional crew knew for certain they had won the Whitbread round the world race and Heineken Trophy. The race still exists today billed as The Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s premier offshore race.

Mitsui-Yamaha (GB), sponsors of this Whitbread 60 class yacht wanted a commemorative painting.
At a meeting in London they chose Gordon Frickers partly because of his “Ice Maiden” painting (see Print Gallery).
As the yacht approached England Gordon Frickers had to rush to Southampton to interview the crew and see the yacht.

The elated crew of Yamaha who had docked only an hour before unhesitatingly loved the idea of the painting and made Gordon Frickers welcome on board, simultaneously apologizing for the ‘mess’ and boasting they’d not had time to change since Rio so had chest hairs growing through their T shirts…

Gordon Frickers produced two paintings 30″ x 48″  in 4 weeks.

The client chose Yamaha “First Challenge – First Victory” saying it was a more traditionally ‘British’ scene so would look excellent hung in the Yamaha boardroom in Japan.

This picture has remained in the artists collection and was for many years loaned to the Mountbatten Watersport Centre, Plymouth and is now offered for sale, your chance to buy a piece of yachting history.

Credit where it is due: Special thanks to the directors of Mitsui-Yamaha (GB) for the inspiration and the command.


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