Category Archives: Sailors & Yachts

The Life and Designs of Bill Tripp

William Tripp was born in 1920 on Long Island where he was soon exposed to the world of boats by his father, a civil engineer. He sailed the family Star boat and everything else from frostbite dinghies to ocean racers. … Continue reading

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Around the Americas Voyage Sails the Northwest Passage

Around the Americas Crew Enjoy Portland Welcome When skipper Mark Schrader set in motion his plan to make a voyage “Around the Americas,” he knew he’d need a strong, versatile vessel built to withstand the rigors of the Arctic Circle, … 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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1996: Sailing Back In Time by Maria Coffey

Cruising the B.C. Coast with the Farrells on China Cloud  by P.M. In a literary market awash with regional memoirs and local biographies, Maria Coffey has produced a work so unique it overflows these categories. Ostensibly, it is about “yachting,” … Continue reading

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2011: The Nomadic Nautical Life of Allen and Sharie Farrell

Introduction: Allen Farrell spent 69 years building over 40 wooden boats on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. With his wife Sharie, he lived for almost 50 years aboard many of their handmade vessels or homesteading on the coast, continually … Continue reading

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2013: Portland Women Row in St Ayles Skiff Worlds

How Novice Crew Built Their Own Boat     Copyright P. Marsh When I first visited the Wind & Oar Boat School early in 2012 at the ADX workshop in SE Portland, a team of women aged ages 23 to 60 was … Continue reading

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2013: Meeting My Vendee Globe Heroes

Hero Worship on the Docks in France   Copyright Peter Marsh In March 2012, I was sufficiently curious about Port La Foret in Brittany, the training center for the top Open 60 sailors, to interrupt my train ride from Spain back … 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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1967 Maxi Yacht Atalanta Sails On

74′ Atalanta: a NW Favorite Since 1990 – copyright Peter Marsh With its unmistakable flush deck and transom rudder, the 74′ ketch-rigged Atalanta has been a familiar site on Puget Sound since it arrived her in 1990 under the ownership … Continue reading

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