Homeward Bound, Part 3:
Naha, Japan to Port Townsend

Irene’s route through Japan and across the North Pacific. Here's part three detailing the Niemann's voyage across the COVID-closed world to reach their home waters of the PNW. Read Part One, Turkey to Singapore and Part Two,…

48° North-Ullman Sails Rally Recap

A typical day of sailing during this year’s rally. Beautiful weather and new friends create cruising success Working our way along the northwestern shore of Orcas Island, I counted five boats with full sails enjoying the…

Close to the Water: Feeling the Love

The author rows across a calm stretch of water. When I pulled up to the customs dock on San Juan Island on a sunny September afternoon, I was feeling good. Over the past six weeks, I had traveled some 200 miles down…

Destinations: Kenai Peninsula Discovered

In our latest Throwback Thursday, find adventure and solitude in this stunning cruiser's playground. Reaching south out of Resurrection Bay past the Rugged Islands, a large easterly swell rolls from our port side, and a…

Yahtzee’s Colombian Hurricane Home and Spa

It was about 8:15 a.m. when I climbed off Yahtzee's stern onto the dock in Cartagena. The sun had been up for a couple hours and the Caribbean heat was already blazing. As I slid into my flip-flops and shouldered my…

An Offshore Romp:
Memorable moments on passage from Orcas Island to Alaska

We left Orcas Island on a Tuesday in late May with our sights set on Alaska. After all the pre-departure complexities and preparation, we savored the reality of finally being on our way. It was spring 2021, and though…

Beacon Background:
Sentinels of San Juan Island

San Juan Island offers two distinctive beacons in two unique settings. Both reflect the ongoing story of mariners in the Salish Sea. When you are cruising in the area this summer, they are worth checking out by water and by…

Destinations: The Other Side of Hotham Sound

Here's our latest destinations installment courtesy of SalishSeaPilot.com's Jim Burgoyne about a splendid spot on the Sunshine Coast. Looking east from the west shore of Hotham Sound. The Harmony Islands, on the southern…

Never Say Easy

On a boat, some of the simplest days can turn into the hardest “It’s going to be a clear short trip tomorrow, we don’t have to rush in the morning. It will be easy.” I told my wife, Beth, the day before making a stop in…

Images from the 48° North-Ullman Sails Cruising Rally

Perfect weather, great sailing, new friends and orcas have punctuated this annual week of cruising in company! We're currently on the last full day of the 2022 48° North-Ullman Sails Cruising Rally in the gorgeous San Juan…