Registration Now Open for 48° North’s 2023 Cruising Rally

The 48° North Cruising Rally is back for another great year, running from July 23-28, 2023. Registration recently opened, so sign up and join the fun! Some of the 2021 Rally crew. TL;DR: Sign up here!  The 48° North Cruising…

Furthering the Circle:
OWSA’s Group Charter Success in the Islands

Deb on the bow of the Beneteau 41, Ardent. Students and mentors affiliated with the Oregon Women's Sailing Association (OWSA) came together in September 2022 to charter boats and cruise to the Gulf Islands in British…

The Cruising Cure

With Jill at the helm and me working lines and placing fenders, we coaxed Yahtzee off the dock against the protests of a stiff cross-breeze at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes. It was one of those winter southeasterlies that…

Winter Cruising Anyone?

Yes, offseason sailing has its rewards on the Salish Sea Cruising in the offseason isn’t for everyone. But the great thing about the Pacific Northwest is that we can be on the water year-round. Winter adventurers just have…

Holiday Splendor Around the Salish Sea

It’s no secret that winter cruising in the Pacific Northwest can be difficult. But it’s also an incredible time of year to get out and discover unique holiday events and the beauty of empty anchorages around the Salish Sea.…

Three Sheets NW:
A Van Isle Cruiser’s Hat Trick

Sunrise over Vancouver Island on approach to their first post-passage anchorage. It was the porpoises that sealed the deal. When your summer cruising plans are to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, you have to be prepared to…

TBT: The Dreaded Christmas Cruise

From the December 2019 issue of 48° North. The grinchiest of pooches, Barfy the Boat Dog, might burst your yuletide bubble... or not. This twinkly, tinsel-draped, hull-decking holiday can jingle all the way to hell, as far…

Destinations: Verging on Cape Caution

Here's our latest destinations installment courtesy of SalishSeaPilot.com's Jim Burgoyne detailing four anchorages south of Cape Caution good for waiting for a weather window to round. An aerial view looking south into the…

Beacon Background:
Patos Island Lighthouse

Patos Island Lighthouse, 1915. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard. Boaters venturing north beyond the bustle of Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, Deer Harbor, and other popular destinations in the San Juan archipelago will find a…

Thanksgiving Aboard

Rewarding No Matter Where You Go or What You Eat The sweet smell of pumpkin pie wafted through the cabin and out of the companionway as Jill hoisted the tasty dessert up to me. Admiring it, I gently placed it under Yahtzee’s…