6 Aug 2009

Black Magic installed in Sir Peter Blake tribute

3:12 pm on 6 August 2009

The yacht that won New Zealand the 1995 Americas Cup under the leadership of Sir Peter Blake has been moved into the place where it will be displayed for the next 100 years.

NZL32 is now in an Auckland Maritime Museum extension, which serves as a tribute to Sir Peter, who was killed by pirates in 2001.

The 24 metre hull was eased into the museum from the harbour in a delicate operation on Thursday morning. It is four metres high and was moved through an opening with 20 centimetres to spare.

The yacht, known as Black Magic, has been named one of New Zealand's 100 icons by Te Papa. It will be the centrepiece of a Sir Peter Blake tribute due to open in December.

Sir Peter's daughter, Sarah Blake, says her father would be delighted to see the boat displayed for the nation to enjoy.