Monday 6th October 2008


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 and a limited run of 500 prints (34cm by 39cm), signed by the artist and Pete Goss, will be sold to help improve the lives and education of children in Cornwall.

Many of Glyn’s paintings are of the sea and he can often be found roaming the harbours, moorland and coast of his native West Cornwall, sketchbook in hand recording the details of daily Cornish life and history.

It is particularly fitting that Glyn was born in Newlyn, the birthplace of the original Mystery, which set sail from the Cornish port 154 years ago carrying seven brave Cornishmen who were seeking out a new life in the Australian gold rush.

So when Glyn heard about Pete’s latest project he jumped at the chance to record the epic voyage. Glyn said that he was inspired by the voyage and the story of heroism of the original crew.

Glyn Macey said: “Cornwall not only has inspirational land and seascapes, it also has a history of inspirational people whose influence has spread around the world. The original voyage of the Mystery has inspired people through the generations and now Pete Goss is inspiring a new generation by following in their wake. It was a pleasure and privilege to paint the Spirit of Mystery before she begins her adventure.”

Pete Goss said: “The picture is absolutely fantastic. I think few artists can truly capture the spirit of the sea but Glyn has. He has it in his hands as that is how he paints – with his hands. It is great that a Cornish Artist has put himself out for Cornish schoolchildren who will benefit through his generosity.”

Cornwall Playing for Success is an out Playing for Success (PfS) is a national out-of-school-hours initiative set up to raise literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in children who have unrealised potential, using the motivation of sport to improve young people’s attitudes to learning and motivation in school. They often don’t quite connect with school, leaving them feeling disaffected and demoralised.

PfS uses sport to bridge that gap with dramatic results, as Pete explains: “On a ten week out-of-school-hours programme, the students improve their literacy and numeracy scores by 17 and 24 months in primary and secondary schools respectively. However, the real ‘fairy dust’ is self-esteem, which is carried back to school with long-term results.”
The limited edition prints are available through Pete’s website – – priced at £45 each.


Dated 06/10/08

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A high resolution image of the painting suitable for the print media is available to download at


Pete Goss: via Formedia on 01752 764222.

Glyn Macey: 01736 741193 or email