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Sir Peter Harrison obituary | Register

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When Peter Harrison first visited the base of the GBR Challenge in the 2002-03 America’s Cup in Auckland, he turned to his skipper Ian Walker and said at the top of his thunderously loud voice: “Well, where is it, Ian?”

Standing outside the boatshed that Harrison had funded, where his two yachts were being meticulously prepared for a competition that Britain has never won, Walker indicated the building with the Union Jack flying next to it, but Harrison persisted.

“Where is it?” he boomed.

“Where is what?” replied a perplexed Walker.

“Where is the giant hole that you are pouring all my money into?” he said, laughing uproariously at his own joke.

The exchange was typical of his style. Harrison was a great bear of

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