1. Funeral cortege arrives at church
2. Blake’s widow Lady Pippa Blake and children arrive at church
3. New Zealand prime minister Helen Clarke outside church
4. Yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur outside church
5. Wide of crowds outside church
6. Lady Pippa Blake and children walk into church
7. Vicar outside church
8. Coffin hoisted onto pallbearers’ shoulders, draped in New Zealand flag
9. Canon Douglas Caiger, minister in charge of conducting the funeral service
10. Various of coffin taken into church
11. Various of mourners outside church listening to service
12. Wide shot inside church
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Helen Clarke, New Zealand prime minister:
“Had Peter’s death occurred in heavy seas, we would all have understood it better. This violent death, at the hands of a fellow human being has been distressing beyond belief for his family, his country, and his friends and admirers around the world.”
14. Close of coffin
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) James Blake, son of Son Peter Blake (reading entry from Peter Blake’s ship’s log)
“We want to show people that we need to take better care of the environment. To win, you have to believe it. You have to be passionate. You have to really want the result. We want to make a difference.”
16. Various of coffin leaving church
17. Mourners enter cemetery
18. Various of sunset over Warblington
Sailing legend Sir Peter Blake was laid to rest in a tiny English churchyard on Friday, a week after he was murdered by river pirates in Brazil.
Hundreds of mourners from across the world, including New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, attended the service.
Among those who spoke at the service was Blake’s 14 year old son James, who read a passage from his father’s last log, talking about the need to protect the environment.
Blake, a New Zealander had twice won the America’s Cup.
He was buried at the parish church of St Thomas-a-Becket in Warblington, Hampshire.
Knighted in 1995, Blake had made his home in Warblington, near Portsmouth.
About 300 people squeezed into the parish church and about 1,000 stood in the graveyard outside on a clear, frosty morning, listening to the service on loudspeakers.
He was eulogized on Friday as a “living legend” whose murder on the Amazon river had stunned New Zealand.
Blake’s wife Pippa, daughter Sarah-Jane, 18, and son James, 14, issued a statement saying they intended to personally answer each of the thousands of messages of condolence and support they had received.
Blake, 53, was shot to death on December 5 during a holdup aboard his 36-meter (119-foot) yacht, the Seamaster, anchored on the Amazon in the northern jungle state of Amapa, some 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) north of Sao Paulo.
Blake captained the America’s Cup winning yacht in 1995, sweeping his U.S. rival Dennis Conner 5-0.
Last year, he became the first non-American entry to retain the America’s Cup in 149 years with another 5-0 sweep, this time against the Italian challengers Prada.
Blake was appointed in July as a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Last year, Blake embarked on a three-month study of wildlife in the South Pole region. He then traveled to the Amazon.
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