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GOSS VOYAGE CAPTURED ON CANVAS
Sunday 3rd November 2013

The renowned marine artist Gordon Frickers has produced a painting that captures the epic voyage made by Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE in 2008-2009 in the 37-foot long wooden boat Spirit of Mystery.

Pete Goss built and sailed the 37’ Mounts Bay Lugger to Australia to commemorate the incredible voyage made by seven Cornishmen in 1854 aboard the original Mystery, the smallest migrant vessel ever to make the perilous journey to Australia.

Gordon Frickers, who is probably most famous for his painting ‘Roaring Forties’ depicting Robin Knox-Johnston aboard Suhaili in 1968 as he became the first man to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe non-stop, was captivated by the project and asked Pete if he could commit the voyage to canvas.

As a fan of ‘Roaring Forties’, Pete was intrigued and keen to follow the creative process, so he commissioned Gordon to produce the painting. After meeting Gordon and talking about the voyage and especially the Southern Ocean, Gordon set to work.

The result is a picture of Spirit of Mystery revealed in a way no camera could offer, labouring in huge waves with a vicious cross sea, truly reminiscent of Pete’s voyage and that of the original crew, whose Captain Richard Nicholls wrote in their log on 6th March 1855: “A terrific gale of wind – heaviest so far experienced. Our gallant little boat rides the mountains of sea remarkably well.”

Gordon said: “I have endeavoured to give our painting the qualities cameras and Photoshop don't have. Much of the scene is as abstract as possible, light, physical texture, because that is how it is in bad weather. I pursued feeling and emotion rather than detail. The colours and the white water are influenced by the ragged sky, the sort of patchy sunlight and flying spray Pete had described.”

Pete said he got exactly the painting he had hoped for: “I particularly like the vast underlying swell rolling off into the infinite space of the Southern Ocean coupled with the immediacy of the nasty cross sea that threatens to overwhelm the boat. Gordon has a rare talent and has captured what is so hard to describe. When I first got the painting I put it on the kitchen table, made myself a cup of tea and lost myself in it for half an hour.”

Gordon said he knew intuitively that painting for Pete Goss would be a rare and special experience to savour, adding: “I can think of few greater compliments for an artist than to have people who have been there, done it and got the T shirt to endorse my art work.”

The oil on canvas painting measures 30” by 48” and will be framed in the same oak used to build Spirit of Mystery.
“Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean” is now available as a signed numbered print, with a limited number signed by Pete Goss; to see the print visit http://gordonfrickers.wix.com/petegossprint or to make an order visit www.frickers.co.uk/art, payment page.

About Gordon Frickers:
Gordon Frickers is one of the few artists to be invited, and the first and only marine artist to exhibit at, the European Parliament, Brussels (May 2011).

Gordon Frickers has been the choice of many diverse & renowned organizations including Yamaha, British Telecom, the Ministry of Defence, Corum, Calmac and Deloitte & Touché.

Distinguished individuals have examples of the art of Gordon Frickers, people as varied as varied as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, The Princess Royal, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sir Richard Branson, and now Pete Goss.

   
GOSS VOYAGE CAPTURED ON CANVAS
Sun 03 Nov 13

The renowned marine artist Gordon Frickers has produced a painting that captures the epic voyage made by Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE in 2008-2009 in the 37-foot long wooden boat Spirit of Mystery.

Pete Goss built and sailed the 37’ Mounts Bay Lugger to Australia to commemorate the incredible voyage made by seven Cornishmen in 1854 aboard the original Mystery, the smallest migrant vessel ever to make the perilous journey to Australia.

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PETE GOSS AND ANDY WARRENDER TAKE ON THE NORTH SEA ... BY KAYAK
Thu 02 May 13

Attempt to cross from Scotland to Norway by kayak unveiled – the GORE-TEX® Guillemot Challenge

Two men have announced plans to attempt a crossing from Scotland to Norway by sea kayak this summer.

Pete Goss MBE and Andy Warrender will voyage non-stop for up to four [...] more...

 
GOSS COMPLETES KAYAK QUEST
Sun 17 Feb 13

Pete Goss and Andy Warrender have completed their epic 1500 km circumnavigation of Tasmania by sea kayak after 50 days of adventure, and a bit of sailing, in a trip which saw a variety of weather and a wealth of wildlife.

The paddling pair battled the big swell of the Southern Ocean, were capsized by breakers as they came ashore and camped out in some remote and wild places. But the adventure also took in some amazing sights, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, brought them [...] more...

 
GOSS GOES OVERBOARD
Wed 23 Jan 13

GOSS GOES OVERBOARD - But reaches half way point in paddling challenge

Pete Goss and Andy Warrender have rounded the Southern Capes of Tasmania that mark the halfway point in their 1500 km circumnavigation of the Australian island state by sea kayak. Despite tough conditions that could have ended their voyage early, the paddling pair are continuing their voyage.

Pete said he was elated to round the southernmost point of the island: “We could not [...] more...

 
GOSS GETS UNDER WAY
Sun 30 Dec 12

It has been a bumpy start for Pete Goss and Andy Warrender as they set off yesterday (Saturday 29th December) to complete their circumnavigation of Tasmania by sea kayak.

Strong headwinds, heavy kayaks and a broken rudder combined with jet lag to make especially tough paddling for the pair as they made their way along the coast from their starting point at Devonport, Tasmania.

Day one involved a delayed start as Pete’s kayak came out of the shipping container with a brok [...] more...

 
PETE PADDLES DOWN UNDER
Wed 19 Dec 12

Pete Goss has today announced his latest adventure – to paddle a sea kayak around Tasmania. He will be joined by his friend and fellow adventurer Andy Warrender. Setting off on or after the 29th December, the intrepid pair will paddle anticlockwise approximately 1500 kilometres around the island.

Starting from Devonport in Tasmania, the circumnavigation should take up to two months. Although Pete is a relative newcomer to kayaking, Andy has been undertaking kayaking adventures [...] more...

 
SAIL OF THE CENTURY?
Tue 21 Aug 12

SAIL OF THE CENTURY?

A unique opportunity has arisen for someone to buy a piece of living history.

West Country sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE is selling Spirit of Mystery, the little wooden boat that took him and three family members to Australia in a recreation of the voyage made by seven Cornishman in the smallest migrant vessel ever to make it ‘down under’ more than a century and a half ago.

The 37-foot long Mounts Bay lug [...] more...

 
SPIRIT FEATURES ON COAST
Fri 25 May 12

Hi All,

We just thought you would want to know that Pete has received a call from the BBC saying that Spirit of Mystery will be featured on the Coast program this Sunday 27th May at 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD:

"At the Cornish fishing harbour of Newlyn, Nick Crane re-lives an astonishing, unsung feat of heroic British seamanship. In 1854, a tiny fishing boat, The Mystery, set sail from Newlyn to make the 12,000 mile voyage to Melbourne. She was the smallest b [...] more...

 
GORE-TEX ARCTIC CHALLENGE
Fri 13 May 11

Pete Goss and team to take on first ever GORE-TEX® Arctic Challenge in tiny RIBS

SAILOR Pete Goss MBE is making a foray into the world of offshore powerboating this summer as he takes part in a major RIB expedition.

The sailing hero will undertake his first major offshore RIB challenge as he takes part in the first ever GORE-TEX® Arctic Challenge.

He will travel from Scotland to the Arctic Circle in a tiny, six metre, Suzu [...] more...

 
WORLD-FAMOUS HULL GOES ON SALE FOR CHARITY
Fri 25 Feb 11

ONE of the few remaining sections of the world-famous Team Philips catamaran – a piece of living history – goes on sale today (Friday, February 25) to raise cash for charity.

A&P Falmouth, which has been home to the section of hull for the past four years, has decided to auction it on eBay in aid of ShelterBox.

The giant catamaran, built to take yachtsman Pete Goss on a non-stop dash around the world, was abandoned during a freak mid-Atlantic stor [...] more...

 
GOSS COMPLETES 2010 ROUTE DU RHUM
Sun 21 Nov 10

Pete Goss completed the 2010 Route du Rhum single-handed Trans-Atlantic race at 16:58 UTC yesterday (20/11/10) after nearly three weeks at sea. Arriving in Pointe-a-Pitre in an elapsed time of 20 days 4 hours 56 minutes and 10 seconds gave Goss 14th place out of the 44 Class 40 boats that took part.

After being out of single-handed competitive sailing for 14 years Pete said that he was delighted with the result and the boat: “It was always our aim to finish in the top third and [...] more...

 
GOSS & DMS ANNOUNCE TIME TO ‘PACK IT IN!’
Mon 27 Sep 10

Legendary British sailor Pete Goss MBE has joined forces with title sponsor DMS to tell the world it is time to PACK IT IN! But Pete is not retiring from sailing; far from it, he is launching his latest solo campaign with a serious environmental message. Using boat graphics the like of which have never been seen before in ocean racing, Pete and DMS have pledged to the world of plastic packaging that it is time to PACK IT IN!

On his first solo ocean race since his heroic compl [...] more...

 
Girlings invites tenants to ‘Discover the Freedom’
Mon 02 Aug 10

Girlings invites tenants to ‘Discover the Freedom’ - following Pete Goss’s adventures and getting young people on board

Girlings Retirement Options is launching a new initiative for its tenants ‘Discover the Freedom - bridging the generation gap,’ an international sailing project that will bring together the older and younger generation.

As part of the project Girlings is sponsoring Concise 2, a new Class 40 Yacht that will [...] more...

 
GOSS GOES SOLO
Thu 10 Jun 10

West Country sailor Pete Goss has answered the question most asked of him in recent years: “When are you returning to solo ocean racing?” He announced today that he is to compete in the gruelling Route du Rhum race later this year.

Pete has partnered with “Team Concise”, winners of last year’s Class 40 World Championship, to enter a brand new boat in the 3,500-mile race commencing on Sunday 31st October 2010.

The Route du Rhum is a [...] more...

 
SPIRIT SAILS HOME
Mon 01 Mar 10

Spirit of Mystery, the little wooden boat sailed by Pete Goss and his family crew to Australia last year in a re-enactment of a historic voyage 155 years ago, is to return home to Cornwall.

The 37-foot Mounts Bay lugger is currently in Port Kembla, Australia, being prepared for loading aboard a container ship bound for Holland. There she will be unloaded and finish the journey under sail to her spiritual home in Cornwall.

The tough little ship surviv [...] more...

 
SPIRIT OF MYSTERY PAINTING AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY
Thu 11 Jun 09

An original painting by renowned Cornish artist Glyn Macey, depicting the little wooden boat sailed by Pete Goss to Australia, is being auctioned to raise funds for a local charity.

Glyn Macey has captured on canvas the beautiful lines of Spirit of Mystery, the 37-foot long Mounts Bay lugger that adventurer Pete Goss and his intrepid crew sailed to Melbourne earlier this year. The exciting voyage shone a spotlight on the bravery of seven Cornishmen who made the same perilous jo [...] more...

 
FURTHER LECTURE DATE ADDED AT NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Tue 26 May 09

Due to the success and sell-out of his first lecture at National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Pete Goss is returning to run another lecture on Monday 29 June.

Following his epic adventure sailing 11,800 miles from Newlyn to Australia on a 37ft wooden lugger, Pete Goss is returning to the Maritime Museum in Falmouth to talk about his incredible journey.

Attempting to re-capture and live the history of the original Mystery, Pete and his crew designed and built a replica of t [...] more...

 
PETE GOSS SAILS INTO MARITIME MUSEUM FOR FIRST PUBLIC LECTURE AFTER EPIC ADVENTURE
Thu 30 Apr 09

Having only just returned to the UK following his epic adventure sailing 11,800 miles from Newlyn to Australia on a 37ft wooden lugger, Pete Goss is hot-footing it down to the Maritime Museum in Falmouth on the 28 May to give the first open lecture about his incredible journey.

Attempting to re-capture and live the history of the original Mystery, Pete and his crew designed and built a replica of the Mounts Bay lugger which seven Cornishmen sailed to Melbourne, chasing their dr [...] more...

 
SPIRIT OF MYSTERY ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA
Mon 09 Mar 09

SPIRIT OF MYSTERY ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

Pete Goss and the crew of Spirit of Mystery have arrived in Melbourne Australia after an epic five-month and 11,800-mile journey.

A flotilla of small boats and hundreds of onlookers welcomed the 37-foot wooden lugger into Williamstown, Melbourne at 1.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time today, Monday 9th March 2009 (0230 hours GMT).

The crew had an emotional reunion with Mark Maidment, the 44 year-old crew [...] more...

 
SPIRIT OF MYSTERY NEWS UPDATE – 1800 AEST - 08/03/09
Sun 08 Mar 09

SPIRIT OF MYSTERY NEWS UPDATE – 1800 AEST - 08/03/09

This is a news update concerning the Spirit of Mystery, the 11 metre wooden lugger that was knocked over in the Southern Ocean on Tuesday morning injuring crewman Mark Maidment.

Mark was taken off the boat at Portland yesterday and airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where he underwent an operation to his broken right leg. He is now resting comfortably in hospital after a rod and pins were atta [...] more...

 
SPIRIT OF MYSTERY NEWS UPDATE 0100 GMT 060309
Fri 06 Mar 09

SPIRIT OF MYSTERY NEWS UPDATE 0100 GMT 060309

This is a news update concerning the ongoing situation with the Spirit of Mystery, which was knocked over by a large wave at about 23.30 hours GMT on Tuesday 3rd March (0930 hours boat time Wednesday 4th March) about 300 Nautical Miles South South-West of Kangaroo Island off Adelaide, South Australia.

Spirit of Mystery is currently making her way towards Portland on the South Coast of Australia. It has been decided n [...] more...

 
SPIRIT OF MYSTERY NEWS UPDATE – 0600 GMT Thursday 5th March 2009
Thu 05 Mar 09

SPIRIT OF MYSTERY NEWS UPDATE – 0600 GMT Thursday 5th March 2009

This is a news update concerning the ongoing situation with the Spirit of Mystery, which was knocked over by a large wave at about 23.30 hours GMT on Tuesday 3rd March (0930 hours boat time Wednesday 4th March) about 300 Nautical Miles South South-West of Kangaroo Island off Adelaide, South Australia.

At about 2300 hours GMT on Wednesday 4th March the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMS [...] more...

 
SPIRIT OF MYSTERY NEWS UPDATE - 1930 Hours GMT 04/03/09
Wed 04 Mar 09

At about 23.30 hours GMT on Tuesday 3rd March (0930 hours boat time Wednesday 4th March), Spirit of Mystery was sailing in strong winds and high seas about 300 Nautical Miles South South-West of Kangaroo Island off Adelaide, South Australia, when she was struck by a large wave.

The vessel was knocked over and an injury sustained by one of the crew, Mark Maidment, who has broken his right leg between knee and ankle. Mark was taken below and treated by the crew who administered m [...] more...

 
LAST PUSH FOR PETE GOSS AND SPIRIT OF MYSTERY
Sun 01 Mar 09

LAST PUSH FOR PETE GOSS AND SPIRIT OF MYSTERY

Pete Goss and the intrepid family crew of Spirit of Mystery have less than 900 nautical miles to go as they make their way towards Melbourne from the UK, but another storm is brewing as they prepare for the last big push.

154 years ago, a small wooden Mounts Bay lugger called Mystery rounded the headland and passed almost unnoticed into Port Philip bay, Australia. A pilot came on board and was amazed at the story the [...] more...

 
STORM FAILS TO DAMPEN SPIRIT OF MYSTERY
Sat 14 Feb 09

Despite a ferocious storm and large breaking seas in the Southern Ocean, Pete Goss and the crew of Spirit of Mystery say they are elated to have reached the halfway point between South Africa and Melbourne. more...

 
GOSS TOASTS EQUATOR CROSSING
Sat 22 Nov 08

Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss and the intrepid crew of Spirit of Mystery have celebrated crossing the equator in style.

After just over a month at sea the little wooden lugger left the hard sailing of the unpredictable and fickle doldrums, entering the Southern Hemisphere at about 2330 hours on Friday 21 November. The crew of Spirit of Mystery toasted the crossing with a glass of 25 year old whisky donated by Talisker, a project sponsor.

Pete made [...] more...

 
ADVENTURE UNDER WAY FOR GOSS
Mon 20 Oct 08

Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss and the intrepid crew of Spirit of Mystery have begun their epic voyage to Australia.

Taking advantage of a change in the wind, they slipped lines this evening (Monday 20 October), waved goodbye to the gathered crowd and set sail from Newlyn for the long journey south. After the recent strong Westerly winds, grey skies and torrential rain, the wind finally swung around to the North West, giving the little wooden lugger enough of a pus [...] more...

 
GOSS GETS SET TO GO
Wed 15 Oct 08

After months of building, testing and training, the waiting is nearly over for Pete Goss and his crew as they prepare to set sail for Australia.

The 37 ft Mounts Bay lugger, Spirit of Mystery, is currently at the Falmouth Oyster Festival and will be sailed to Newlyn (from where the original Mystery set sail 154 years ago) on Sunday 19 October. As soon as the wind swings round from the North, the crew of four will slip their mooring and set sail on their epic 11,000-mile voyage, [...] more...

 
PAINTING CAPTURES SPIRIT OF MYSTERY
Mon 06 Oct 08

Renowned Cornish artist Glyn Macey has captured on canvas the beautiful lines of Spirit of Mystery, the latest project of Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss. In a generous gesture Glyn has agreed to sell the limited edition prints in aid of Cornwall Playing for Success – the charity of which Pete is a founding trustee.

The stunning painting of the 37’ wooden Mounts Bay lugger in full sail, entitled Spirit of Mystery, has been finished in acrylic on canvas a [...] more...

 
GOD BLESS THE SPIRIT OF MYSTERY
Tue 26 Aug 08

Renowned Cornish sailor Pete Goss held a naming ceremony this bank holiday Monday to officially name his newest boat, Spirit of Mystery. Named by Diana Berry, a direct descendent of six of the seven original crew members, the boat has received worldwide attention in recent months. The official naming ceremony took place at Newlyn Fish Festival - home to the original ‘Mystery’.

The 37ft wooden lugger is due to set sail this October, following in the w [...] more...

 
GOSS GIVES BOAT A BIG THUMBS UP
Wed 23 Jul 08

 

Sailor and adventurer Pete Goss has given a big thumbs up to his Cornish Lugger Spirit of Mystery after initial sea trials.

The first photos of the stunning 37-foot wooden vessel under sail were released today and Pete says that he is ecstatic.

The 46 year-old Westcountry sailor and adventurer was positively beaming after stepping ashore. He said: “She is a thing of beauty; an organic living object that is everything I dream [...] more...

 
SPIRIT OF MYSTERY JOINS SUTTON HARBOUR FESTIVAL
Wed 02 Jul 08

Yachtsman and adventurer Pete Goss MBE, has announced that his Cornish Lugger, the ‘Spirit of Mystery’, will be on show at one of Plymouth’s most eagerly anticipated events this August.

Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour Festival runs from 26 July to 3 August and encompasses the Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic Boat Rally, the Port of Plymouth Regatta, and will have a strong festival feel with stalls, food and a range of entertainment.
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SPIRIT OF MYSTERY HITS THE WAVES
Tue 17 Jun 08

After months of building, the waiting is nearly over for sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE, who will be launching the 37-foot Cornish lugger ‘Spirit of Mystery’ this Saturday (21st June) in Millbrook, near Torpoint, South East Cornwall.

The anticipation is building as the wooden boat, which has been made by local craftsmen under designer and shipwright Chris Rees, will be tested for the first time as it is gently lowered into the [...] more...
 
MILESTONE FOR GOSS AS HE BUILDS HISTORY INTO SPIRIT OF MYSTERY
Fri 14 Mar 08

Sailor and adventurer Pete Goss is celebrating a double milestone for his latest project this Friday (14th March), which is not only straight out of history – it incorporates it too.

On 14th March 153 years ago, a 37ft wooden Mounts Bay lugger called Mystery arrived in Australia after an epic voyage from Cornwall. Pete is building Spirit of Mystery to shine a light on the bravery of the seven Cornishmen who made the heroic journey to Melbourne to escape poverty and seek o [...] more...

 
GOSS TAKES THE MYSTERY OUT OF HISTORY
Mon 17 Dec 07

Sailor and adventurer Pete Goss has announced his latest exciting project and, while another boat-build and epic sailing voyage, it is a total departure from the fast and high-tech yachts he is used to.

Pete is building a wooden lugger and following in the wake of seven Cornishmen who made a heroic journey to Australia 153 years ago. Proud of his West country roots and an enthusiastic wood-worker, the project is something Pete has wanted to do since he heard about the inspirati [...] more...

 
FASTNET FOR FUN AND PLAYING FOR SUCCESS
Thu 09 Aug 07

Pete Goss has announced his entry into the Rolex Fastnet 2007 yacht race. The Westcountry sailor and adventurer is bringing together former Team Philips crew mates Paul Larsen and Andy Hindley to join him aboard the small lightweight SeaCart 30 trimaran Cornwall Playing for Success.

Considered one of the world’s classic offshore competitions, the 608-mile race will start on 12th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes. The fleet will then race out through the [...] more...

 
New website goes live
Wed 01 Aug 07

Pete Goss has announced the launch of his new website www.petegoss.com ahead of his latest project. Keep visiting the site for an announcement about his latest adventure coming here soon.

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