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…

Transformation and Therapy for Veterans on the Sea

The author, relaxed at the helm of his Cooper 416 while cruising in British Columbia in early 2022. I find peace on the sea. As a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, this is a special thing for me and something…

Alone on a SUP in the Arctic

Karl Krüger's 420-mile Arctic SUP route in 2022. She was surrounded by women. They all sat on the bench at the front of the community hall in the center of Paulatuk in the Inuvik region of Canada’s Northwest Territories. She…

#TBT: Ode to Autumn on the Salish Sea

In this Throwback Thursday from the September 2017 issue of 48° North, former columnist Becca Guillote revels in what makes fall so great in the PNW. It’s my favorite time of year in the Pacific Northwest. The days are…

Sea Change: Becoming the Captain of My Boat

The author settled in behind Kagán’s helm. As first mate of our Island Packet 350, Kagán, there were times when I thought I could capably skipper the boat I’d cruised around the Pacific Northwest for years. It usually…

Baby On Board

The first time we took Vela to our J/40 Velella, she was just two-and-a-half weeks old. We pulled up to the Point Roberts border crossing. “Just the two of you?” the border officer asked. “And our daughter,” Ches said,…

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…

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…