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Industry mourns West Coast boatbuilder

Bill Green, a San Francisco-born sailor, Navy jet jockey, Coast Guard member, shrimp-boat hand, One Ton Cup winner and the proprietor of Green Marine, died Oct. 13 in Lymington, England.

He was born in 1937 and built his first boat at the age of 11, according to an obituary in Sailing Scuttlebutt.

After spending some years in England, he teamed with friend and fellow Californian Doug Peterson, who needed help building a new boat to the then-new International Offshore Rule for the One Ton Cup. The boat was Ganbare. It won the North American One Ton championship of 1973 and then went to Sardinia for the One Ton Cup itself.

Ganbare, Peterson and Green caught the attention of British boatbuilder Jeremy Rogers, who asked Green to join his company as a consultant and help it build and campaign its own raceboats.

In the early ’80s, Green, Ian King and their wives, Elsa and Dianne, founded Green Marine, together building a company that quickly became a world leader in advanced composite construction.

Green Marine’s output included lifeboats, military craft, megayachts, America’s Cup boats and Whitbread and then Volvo round-the-world racers.

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