Category Archives: Opinion

Is Ocean Rowing an Exercise in Futility?

 A Short History and Opinion on Ocean Rowing by P.Marsh (Work in Progress) In 1910, Bess Evinrude invited the boating public to “Throw Away the Oars” and buy an outboard motor. The future of boating changed–not for the better some … 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 – Is “Graveyard of the Pacific” Good for Tourism?

How Do Place Names Effect People?  by Peter 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 … 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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2001–Our Pal Greg LeMond

Up Close with Greg Lemond at Portand Bike Shop – copyright Peter Marsh Wow! Greg LeMond was coming to Portland (Oregon). LeMond–the greatest American cyclist ever, the man who won the closest Tour de France in history. And yet, I … Continue reading

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High Performance, High Style or Just Hyperbole?

A Letter to Professional Boatbuilder Magazine   by Peter Marsh I am writing to you about the confusing use of the term “high performance” in your Dec/Jan 2013issue.  I enjoyed the excellent article by Russell Bowker, especially the way that he … Continue reading

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2009 – Where’s the Tea on The Tea Route?

If  You Are Racing the “Tea Route” – Take Some Tea! –  copyright Peter Marsh About that new Tea Route record: like many sailing fans, I have followed Lionel Lemonchois and the crew of Gitana 13 on their stop-and-go voyage … Continue reading

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1996 – Everest and Me

An Armchair Guide to Everest and the Media – copyright Peter Marsh I slid back into my sleeping bag and closed my eyes, trying to remember how it used to be, when Everest really was the ultimate goal. “Mount Everest … Continue reading

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Everest ’96 Produces an Avalanche of Books

Climbing Everest – Myth and Reality     by Peter Marsh So you think Everest is getting crowded? You should have seen the book-signing line when David Breashears came to Portland! The man who shot the IMAX Everest film was … Continue reading

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