The skipper of the New Zealand yachting team that won the America’s Cup in 1995 received a surprise fax recently: He was picked to succeed the late Jacques Cousteau at the helm of marine research vessel Calypso 2. “It is an absolute dream job. I was wondering what I was going to do after this next America’s Cup,” said Sir Peter Blake, 50, in a radio interview Monday. “To be asked to step into his shoes - nobody can step into those shoes at all, they’re too big.” Blake will head Team New Zealand’s defense of the cup in Auckland in 2000.
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