Yamaha “First Challenge – First Victory”

Yamaha could have chosen any artist.
For marine art Yamaha, Mitsui Machinery (Yamaha GB), chose Gordon Frickers.
Produced after interviewing the crew at Southampton, a ‘full on’ marine painting 6 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″), oils, original, commissioned from

The painting

The last I heard of this fine marine painting it was 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.

I had to rush to Southampton to interview the crew and see the yacht, then complete the painting in 4 weeks.

I produced 2 paintings and gave the directors of Mitsui Machinery (Yamaha GB) 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, dashing up the Solent Water to the finish.

The boat was going at her best pace overtaking most of the press launches and the crew 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), now known as the Volvo Ocean race – I was told it has been hung in the H.Q. boardroom in Japan.

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


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