Return to Alaska

With their beloved boat Yahtzee on the hard for hurricane season, the Cross family returns to their old haunts for the summer and finds their way onto the water. Rows of sailboats and fishing vessels of all shapes and sizes…

Close to the Water: The Portland Sail & Oar League

Back in my dinghy racing days, I was out on the river one day when it occurred to me that there was more to the Willamette than the familiar patch of water where our meets were held. “Wouldn’t it be fun if the fleet raced…

Sailing the Salish 100

This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of 48° North. Every year of my childhood, without fail, my parents tried to sign me up for a new sport or group activity — when I was far happier exploring…

Fun With Friends: 48° North Cruising Rally 2021

This article, co-written by Chuck Skewes and Joe Cline, originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of 48° North. Since 2018, 48° North has partnered with Ullman Sails to put on a cruising rally in the islands of the…

Desolation Sound Stern Ties Upgraded to be More Visible

Cruisers visiting Desolation Sound should now more easily be able to identify 140 permanent stern-tie locations. Our friends at the BC Parks Forever Society are constantly working for for the good of cruising boaters that…

Pacific Gale Sail: 24 Hours of Preparation, Endurance & Recovery

This article was originally published in the August 2021 issue of 48° North.  The triangles on the cold front symbol remind me of teeth — fangs, actually — while I stare at a weather map on my computer screen. Sailing…

Report: 48°N Columnists Share Experiences and Tips Crossing Newly Opened US-Canada Border

48° North columnists Marty McOmber and Deborah Bach recently crossed the newly opened U.S.-Canada border in Sidney, British Columbia. Here's how it went for them, along with some tips for other cruisers considering doing the…

Close to the Water: Dreaming of the Inside Passage

This article was originally published in the August 2021 issue of 48° North.  In some ways I never really returned from the Inside Passage. After my meandering, six-week solo journey from Port McNeil to Anacortes in 2019, I…

Weekend Warriors: Alaska Amazes Again

The surprise of a borrowed power-cruiser gets the Cross family back out on the water to one of their favorite anchorages in Alaska. Sitting in the cockpit of our friend's sailboat, I listen to conversation and laughter,…

Close to the Water: Secret Society of the Lower Columbia

With miles of backwater sloughs, scads of wildlife, and no competition for anchorages, I’ve often wondered why the Lower Columbia River is so empty of small cruising boats like mine. Row Bird is frequently the only one…