Taking Refuge in Canada

When an emergency stop is required inbound from Hawaii, an American couple finds shelter across a closed border From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North. Five hundred lonely miles west of Cape Flattery, the sickening sound…

Artist’s View for October – Stubby Rose Anemone

A Flower of the Salish Sea Anemones are predatory sea animals named after land-based flowering plants of the buttercup family. They really do look like flowers! Some can move around, most remain anchored in one place,…

How have we never been here before?

Rediscovering a sense of surprise and wonder while cruising close to home From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North. I’m a little embarrassed to admit we’d never really heard about Watmough Bay near the southeast tip of…

Take it Slow Around Vancouver Island

If you have never cruised outside of the Salish Sea’s fairly protected waters, a certain amount of anxiety about sailing the west coast of Vancouver Island is natural. The waters on the Inside Passage are not without their…

Walsh Cove, a BC Marine Park Jewel

For mariners heading north each year, Walsh Cove is a favorite destination. This year, with the border closed, British Columbia boaters have had this pristine cove nestled in the middle of Desolation Sound all to themselves.…

Savor the Season

Fall means new sailing adventures await With Yahtzee in a full sprint southward down Padilla Bay, I sat to leeward, looked up at the jib, and gave a few cranks on the winch. Leaning back against the rail, I was glad that…

A Year to Remember

Almost year ago today, I had just come back from the Inside Passage. I learned a lot about myself and life. Staring at the strange scenes of masked humans in front of my house today, I can’t help but feel lucky to have been…

The Smaller the Marina, the Bigger the Personality: Lund Harbour

Lund Harbour is a must-stop destination on the way to Desolation Sound Editor's Note: Before we begin, we continue to hear some reports of American cruisers illegally crossing the closed border between the U.S. and Canada to…

Mobile App “Pumpout Nav” Expands to Washington State

“Pumpout Nav” is a simple, free tool to help boaters locate pumpout services throughout Washington State In order to comply with the Puget Sound No Discharge Zone (NDZ) rule — which went into effect May 10, 2018 — it's…

Family Time Stateside & FAQs on Leaving Yahtzee

This post was originally published on SailingYahtzee.com... Plans are a funny thing when cruising. We've learned over the years not to make them too far in advance, and when we do, to take them as if they're written in the…