Category Archives: Sailors & Yachts

Colin Archer and the Viking Tradition

How the 150-Year Old Norway Pilot Boat Became the World’s #1 Offshore Design Pride in the Norse seafaring tradition is kept alive in the Pacific Northwest by immigrants from the Nordic countries and is visible in many forms. In Seattle … Continue reading

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Scandinavian Canoe Stern Revived in the 20th Century

Colin Archer, the Westsail and More By the 1920s, the sport of yachting had seen several theories of design come and go. There was the narrow beam/long overhang style demanded by the International handicap rule, or the wildly contrasting types … Continue reading

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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 Speed Skier and Boat Builder (1930-2011)

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 of water … 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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2015: Win 18′ Sailboat in Oregon Coffee Shop Raffle

Longbottom Coffee Raffles Boat for Charity     Copyright Peter Marsh Michael Baccellieri, one of Portland, Oregon’s leading coffee merchants, is also an extremely prolific wooden boat builder. Among many small craft he has produced in recent years are the small rowing … 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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