Yamaha “First Challenge – First Victory”

Yamaha could have chosen any artist.
For marine art they chose Gordon Frickers.

A ‘full on’ marine painting 6 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″), oils, the original, commissioned.

The painting

We last heard of this fine marine painting as in the boardroom of Yamaha, Japan.

Original Commissioned by Mitsui Machinery (Yamaha GB) (Presented to the president of Yamaha (Japan) for the board room by Yamaha GB in appreciation of the support Yamaha gave their team.
Also used for their Christmas Card that year.)

This picture of a very high profile yacht was commissioned by Mitsui-Yamaha (GB), sponsors of the yacht, immediately the race finished. Gordon Frickers had to rush to Southampton to interview the crew and see the yacht, then complete the painting in 4 weeks.

He produced 2 and gave them a choice! Of the entire voyage, the crew felt the best and most representational part was the final dash under storm spinnaker, past the Needles and Alum Bay, up the Solent to the finish. The boat was going at her best pace overtaking most of the press launches and they knew they were going to win!

The painting was presented to the president of Yamaha (Japan) by Yamaha GB to commemorate their achievement in winning the Whitbread 60 Heineken Trophy (round the world race) – We were told it has been hung in the H.Q. boardroom in Japan.

The picture was also reproduced at the request of Mitsui-Yamaha as a Christmas card.


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