Category Archives: Opinion

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 Flettner Rotor Makes a Comeback!

The new hybrid ship designs were pioneered in Scandinavia where ecological hydro-power has long been the standard for utilities. The public demand for more clean power use has led to the introduction of hybrid propulsion in several new ferries and … 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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Is the Columbia Bar the Graveyard of the Pacific?

Whether you visit the mouth of the Columbia by boat or live here as I do, you can’t avoid the constant reminder that the Columbia Bar is the “Graveyard of the Pacific–the most treacherous stretch of water in the world,” … 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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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 most traditional sailors would say! … Continue reading

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Fake Orca No Subsitute for “Free Willy” in Astoria

Once upon a time, Hollywood made a movie starring a captive orca named Keiko, who magically leaped over the breakwater in Hammond, Oregon, and away to freedom at the mouth of the Columbia River. The movie was “Free Willy,” 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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2012 – “Graveyard of the Pacific” Good for Tourism? by P.Marsh

 The end of November, 2014 brought the first big storm of winter, the first bar closure–and the annual “Graveyard of the Pacific Shipwreck Weekend” at Cape Disappointment. The weekend is billed as a “family-friendly” outing, but personally, I have begun … Continue reading

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The Yellow Jersey–book review by Peter Marsh

A Saddlebag’s worth of  Cycling, Success and Sex Back at the height of summer, I re-told the story of Tommy Simpson, the Englishman who died trying to capture the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. Now I’ve met another … Continue reading

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