Category Archives: Ocean Racing & Records

Opinion: Clipper Race a “Sporting Cult?”

The Clipper Race changes lives–but at what cost? Joining the Clipper Race is a serious step that leads a novice or wanna-be sailor on a long, very expensive path away from family and friends into an isolated world full of … Continue reading

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The Cutty Sark Sails into the 21st Century

In 2008, the world’s only surviving clipper ship, the Cutty Sark, suffered a disastrous fire that came close to destroying the entire hull in its permanent drydock beside the River Thames in Greenwich. This news was especially shocking for me … Continue reading

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2016: 25 Years Since Gerard d’Aboville’s Trans-Pacific Row

How Astoria Made the National News–in France! It was 25 years ago at the end of November 1991 that a French adventurer arrived off the Columbia River after an incredible voyage from Japan. He was 46-year old Gerard d’Aboville and … Continue reading

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2016: Every Sailor is a Winner in the Vendée Globe

An Introduction to the 2016 Vendee Globe This Sunday, a one of sailing’s greatest challenges begins in Les Sables d’Olonne, France: the Vendée Globe. The Vendée is a solo, non-stop, unsupported race around the world. Pacific Northwest writer and photographer, Peter Marsh, is a … Continue reading

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2008: No Tea on the “Tea Route” Record Breaker!

Published in Scuttlebutt Euope, 28 Sept. 2008 About this latest so-called “Tea Route” Record: like many sailing fans, I have followed the progress of Lionel Lemonchois and the crew of the 110′ catamaran Gitana 13 on their stop-and-go voyage around … Continue reading

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2010: Multihulls from the Stone Age to the New Age

For many years they were a nautical oddity, their owners dismissed by the traditional yachting world as cranks and dreamers, but no longer! Today cruising catamarans and trimarans (collectively referred to as “multihulls”) can’t be ignored. They can be found … Continue reading

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2010: Duelling French Tri’s Demolish Trans-Atlantic Records

130’ Banque Populaire Covers 907 Nautical Miles in One Day! When two of the fastest offshore multihulls in the world, 105’ Groupama III and 130’ Banque Populaire V, arrived in New York in early June and went on stand-by for … Continue reading

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2010: Woody Brown (1912-2008) — father of the modern catamaran

Although cruising catamarans have really taken off in the last 10 years, Hawaiians have always known about the benefits of the “double canoe.” Legendary surfer and former glider pilot Woody Brown was. inspired by outrigger canoes he saw in the … Continue reading

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First Jules Verne Record of 79 Days

Around the World of Cam Lewis The record for sailing around the world non-stop has now been reduced to a stunning 45 days in 2012, and it’s getting hard to remember that just 20 years ago, a multihull voyage to … Continue reading

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Opinion: Ocean Rowing — an Exercise in Futility

In 1910, Bess Evinrude invited the boating public to “Throw Away the Oars” and buy one of the new outboard motors built by her husband Ole. The future of boating changed dramatically. (Not for the better some traditional sailors would … Continue reading

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