Editor’s Letter: Continuing Excitement for Shorthanded Racing

I am frequently asked, “What is cool or noteworthy in the world of sailing? What’s the next big thing?” and variations on that theme. The answer is usually murky — foiling technology for America’s Cup boats and many other…

The Fast Lane on Golden Shores — Round the County 2022

Two days, 120 boats, 700 sailors, 65 miles... Another wonderful November circumnavigation of the San Juans. Round the County has my heart. The two-day trip around the San Juans hosted by Orcas Island Yacht Club and Friday…

November Ed Letter:
Thankful for Sailing Mentors and Friends

Since I first got my hands on a tiller and sheet, I’ve known every nook and cranny along the winding spectrum of sailorly self-perception. While sailing vastly different boats, in venues local and exotic, engaging in wide…

FOR YOUR BOAT’S SAKE

As we move into another blustery Pacific Northwest rainy season, it felt like a good time to revisit this encouraging editorial from the October 2020 issue.  When my younger sister and I were kids, our parents took us on a…

Thank You, Andrew Nelson

48° North contributor, Andrew Nelson, is stepping away from his role as the Youth Sailing Director for The Sailing Foundation. Andrew has given the sailing community — youth and all of us — so much in his tenure. Andrew…

#TBT: Discovering South Sound Treasures

In our latest installment of Throwback Thursday, Jo Bailey and Carl Nyberg share some of their favorite South Sound treasures. Originally published in the July 2006 issue of 48° North. In 1792, Captain Vancouver turned up in…

In Defense of Imperfect Races

To hear some of us racing sailors, you might think that anytime we aren’t sailing our boats in 80-degree sunshine and trade-wind breezes with our dearest pals, it’s hardly worth it. You’d think that we all sail in huge,…

The First Things to Know About Sailing

The following is Joe's Editor's note from the February 2022 issue of 48° North. 

Frigid Digit 2022: Chilly Dinghy Fun

In addition to boasting some top-flight dinghy racing, Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle’s Frigid Digit 2022 lived up to its name — it was cold! The late January stalwart saw two days of racing in varying conditions, and…

TBT: A Thanksgiving Rip

In honor of turkey day, here's a little sail tale for you to gobble gobble. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! This was my editor's letter all the way back in the November 2014 issue.  Happy November, friends! I’ll be…