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EIGHT BELLS - Marvin H. Green Jr.
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Jan 31, 2011, 5:35 AM

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Marvin H. Green Jr. has passed from these oceans to those beyond on January 27 in Florida. Marvin is most notable for his accomplishments on his 81 Foot, Pedrick designed Maxi Yacht Nirvana, which when launched from Palmer Johnson in April 1982 went out to the east coast to set a new record in the Newport to Bermuda race. Nirvana broke the old record by more than 5 1/2 hours and stood as the fastest elapsed time for 14 years.

Under Marvin’s command, Nirvana went on to set several more records including, breaking the Fastnet Race record in 1985 by more than 12 ½ hours. This record also remained unbroken for 14 years. Nirvana broke many more records in her brief tenure form 1982-1987 when Marvin sold her. She still participates in offshore races under new ownership.

Marvin Green was a remarkable man who exuded the qualities required of great men. He always had a clarity of purpose, the drive to achieve the purpose and the humility to accept that history would always better his achievements. When George Coumantaros’s Boomerang toppled Nirvana’s record in 1996, Marvin was the first to congratulate Mr. Coumantaros and his crew personally and publicly.

Marvin had wider aspirations for the ocean thoroughbred that he owned. During his ownership Nirvana would travel to places no other US flagged vessel would get permission to visit, including Mainland China and Cuba. Many notables including Kings, Princes, Princesses, Knights, Senators, Congressmen, actresses, actors, and on and on had the privilege of sailing on Nirvana. Marvin also had a large group of close friends who remained loyal to him in his time here.

He was generous with his friends but I know that he felt that it went both ways. Marvin was always a gracious host who was at ease with the elite and crew alike. His booming laughter could often be heard from boats near and far.

Marvin was one of the rare owners who could surround himself with capable and competent crew and be always able to bring out the best in his crew while also being able to relate to them on an equal level. Marvin supported a long list of professional and amateur crew who because of his generosity had great accomplishments in the world of yachting and the marine industries. The sport of sailing and world of yachting is much diminished with the passing of Marvin Green.

Submitted by Michael Keyworth

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Feb 1, 2011, 10:16 AM

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* From David Pedrick, President, Pedrick Yacht Designs: (re, Eight Bells)
Marvin Green set the tone for a boatload of competent people who enjoyed each other’s company. There was a spirit of camaraderie aboard Nirvana that started many friendships that continue today. This was in no small way through Marvin’s trust in Michael Keyworth as his captain from construction through the following years of racing and cruising.

When Marvin commissioned the design of Nirvana, coming from an older Swan 65, he said he wanted to race “occasionally.” Once we established that it meant against the likes of Kialoa and Boomerang, Pedrick Yacht Designs engineered a thoroughbred, cruiser/racer maxi that carried a full teak deck, teak interior, tiled galley, clothes washer/ dryer and bathtub successfully against her stripped-out competitors.

Marvin originally planned to race for three years; he had such a good time of it, though, that he stretched it to five, and then moved on to other things. Marvin set a high standard of amateur racing in the Grand Prix arena, and, wow, did he have fun with it! As did we who were his shipmates. Wherever you are, Marvin, keep on laughing.

* From Tyler Carder:
Those of us who grew up around Western Long Island Sound and in particular, Stamford Connecticut and the Stamford Yacht Club, remember Marvin Green and NIRVANA with great admiration, respect and pride. After all, NIRVANA was one of the most famous racing yachts to ever come out flying the SYC burgee (in addition to all the other yacht clubs of which Mr. Green was a member, he never forgot the good ol' SYC.)

And in the BN world, there were few more fun days on the docks at Yacht Haven West as when you had NIRVANA and BOOMERANG both in town and at their places of honor at the ends of adjoining piers....

It's a hard pick between those two, a couple of the most beautiful maxis ever built; but to a lot of eyes NIRVANA was always the prettiest- and a HELL of a lot more comfortable!. RIP Marvin Green.

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Feb 1, 2011, 11:06 AM

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Here are a couple of images of Nirvana which I took in 1983 during Miami to Nassau Race of SORC.
Sorry to hear of Mr. Green's passing. Fair winds, good sir.
- Larry Moran, Chicago IL


Feb 2, 2011, 3:08 PM

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Nothing great was ever created without passion. Marvin created not just a Yacht but a platform that brought many great people from all walks of life together. They used to call us "Marvin and the Dogs". We sailed and played pretty hard together. We learnt to win as well as lose whilst Marvin humbled us with his heart felt passion.

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