Category Archives: Ocean Racing & Records

Opinion: Ocean Rowing–an Exercise in Futility

In 1910, Bess and Ole Evinrude invited the boating public to “Throw Away the Oars” and buy one of their new outboard motors. Of course, rowing didn’t disappear, it continued to be popular as a competitive sport on sheltered water, … Continue reading

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Ray DeFir–Portland Water Ski Racer and Boat Builder (1930-2011)

Ray Was First Man to Water Ski 1,000 Miles Non-Stop! Ray DeFir, an active and well-known figure in the Portland, Oregon boating scene for over 50 years, died in 2011 at the age of 81. Ray had a lifetime love … Continue reading

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WWII Merlin Engine Set US Speedboat Records

 Loss of the Quicksilver and its driver in 1951 at Seafair In the years after World War II, as the US economy prospered, veterans settled down and soon began to look around for new forms of leisure. Many took to … Continue reading

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2015: Florence Arthaud Dies in Helicopter Collision

She Held Both Solo Trans-Atlantic Records Copyright P.Marsh French yachting star Florence Arthaud, who broke into solo ocean racing in the 1980’s and became a sailing legend by winning the 1990 Route dy Rhum, died recently in a collision between … Continue reading

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2013: Meeting My Vendee Globe Heroes

In March 2012, after riding along the Canal du Midi from the Med to Bordeaux, I rewarded myself with a train ride north to Brittany. But i was soon back on the bike and searching for the sailing center of … Continue reading

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Seattle Hydroplane Speeds Across Lake Coniston, UK

US Hydro Races at 175 mph on English Lake The Unlimited Hydroplanes are an iconic part of NW boating, but did you know they are now racing on the other side of the world? Since 2009, their season has ended … Continue reading

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2013 – Ten Clipper 68’s for sale–High Mileage!

Round-the-world Race Yachts For Sale–Only 200,000 Miles  Copyright Peter Marsh When you see title “Round-the-world Race” what is the first image that comes into your mind? I’m betting it’s a bright blue Volvo Race yacht high and dry on an … Continue reading

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2013 – Triumph and Tribulation in the MIni Transat

Mini Yachts with Maxi  Rigs!            copyright  Peter Marsh Early in October, 2013 I took the train from London to Portsmouth, ferry to St Malo,  and cycled across Brittany via back roads and canal towpaths to … Continue reading

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1969-70 – The Golden Globe Race- the Winners and Losers

Nigel Tetley, Beaten by a Phantom – copyright Peter J.Marsh (Continuation of the  Donald Crowhurst story with review of  the film “Deep Water.”) Nigel Tetley arrived back in England with nothing more than a small bag containing his valuables and … Continue reading

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2007 – Film “Deep Water” Reveals Tragedy of Donald Crowhurst

Documentary of  Crowhurst’s “Voyage to Oblivion” – copyright Peter J. Marsh Boating has certainly changed since the 1960s; this was brought home to me when I watched “Deep Water,” an award-winning documentary that arrived in the northwest at the end … Continue reading

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