Bless their cotton socks
Red socks were out in force at the Maritime Museum on Friday to pay tribute to one of the country’s greatest sailors.
Workers on the construction site of the Blue Water Black Magic exhibit hall, a tribute to Sir Peter Blake, donned their brightest pairs of toe-warmers to remember the sailor.
Work on the $9.5 million project began in October last year and is on schedule for completion in June, followed by the installation of exhibition pieces.
The finished building will house an exhibition of New Zealand’s boating history leading up to the America’s Cup and will be a tribute to Sir Peter Blake’s achievements.
In keeping with Sir Peter’s wish that it become part of a national collection, the seven-storey extension of the museum will also house the winning NZL32 Black Magic yacht.
Maritime Museum chairman Alistair Aitken says the exhibition will even feature a pair of Sir Peter’s own red socks, donated by Lady Pippa Blake.
He says it is amazing that something as simple as a pair of red socks galvanised the whole nation during the 1995 America’s Cup.
It started out as a basic item and turned into a global icon.
“I don’t know that this type of connection has been made with any other sporting event.”
He says the Blue Water Black Magic exhibition is not just about Sir Peter him-