Yacht ‘Yamaha’

Yachts making history, Yamaha, Volvo Circumnavigation Ocean Race.

Yamaha, making sailing history, winning the Volvo Round the World Race.

This fine marine painting is 76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″), available, £3,000.

Mitsui-Yamaha (GB), sponsors of this Whitbread 60 class yacht wanted a commemorative painting. to give them choice I produced two.

The other I last heard of as in the Yamaha Boardroom in Japan.


The yacht painting illustrated here has remained in the my collection as an excellent ‘exhibition piece and was one of the chosen 35 paintings selected for my European Parliament show.

This painting was for many years loaned to the Mountbatten Watersport Centre, Plymouth and is now offered for sale, your chance to buy a real piece of yachting history.



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Detail from The yacht 'Yamaha', first past the Needles

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 Detail from The yacht 'Yamaha', first past the Needles

First Yacht past the Needles :

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.
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 was asked to go express speed 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 making Gordon Frickers very welcome on board, simultaneously apologising for the ‘mess’ and boasting they’d not had time to change since Rio so had chest hairs growing through their T shirts …

I produced two paintings each 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.

Credit where it is due:

Special thanks to the directors of Mitsui-Yamaha (GB) for the inspiration and the command.


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