Go North to Go South

48° North columnist Bruce Bateau has been sharing the story of his small boat voyage south from Port McNeil, BC to Anacortes. This story appeared in the February issue of the magazine, and you can see his next web exclusive…

One Tack & Two Jibes

One Tack & Two Jibes 1,300 Miles from Alaska to San Francisco Wedged between the lee cloth and cushions on Yahtzee’s starboard settee, I stare aloft through the dark of the cabin and the main hatch, listening intently to the…

Whales to Port! A Flotilla Cruise Through the Inside Passage

Shortly after 9 a.m., the mist over Ketchikan Marina lifted. The crews of our six Grand Banks cruisers fired the twin diesel engines, loosened mooring lines and coordinated radios as anticipation was building. One by one, we…

Heavy Air in Hecate Strait: Wild Wind & Waves in the Teeth of a Gale

Writing about our rough crossing of Hecate Strait isn’t something that comes easily—it’s actually a memory I’d rather not relive. Learning from your mistakes is an important trait of successful sailors, though, and the…

Highlights from San Francisco Bay

Sitting on the side of the dinghy, I take a long pull from a cold beer and look out at Yahtzee bobbing just off the beach at Angel Island. White sails dot the San Francisco city front and the Bay Bridge looms over it all…

Sea Stories: Romping 1,300-miles from Alaska to San Francisco

Gather around your glowing screen, dear reader, it's time for some sea stories. For the Yahtzee crew, this particular yarn starts in the small fishing town of Craig, Alaska and ends some 1,300-miles and 10-days later in the…

A sublime farewell tour of The Great Land

When we sailed through Southeast Alaska for two months in the spring and summer of 2017, one of the places we wished we’d gone was south through Chatham Strait making stops in Kuiu Island and then east to Prince of Wales…

Endless Alaska summer rolls along

Anchored to the west of a tall mountain peak rising vertically from sea level, the sun is up and filling the bay, but not quite touching Yahtzee. Rowing towards a sun-splashed beach, we soon feel the warm sun rays and scurry…

Close to Home Adventures on the Willamette

Like many Pacific Northwest boaters, come summer, I dream of sailing north, to places familiar or unknown, but always far away. The allure of the local is left to the neighborhood farmer’s market or the nearby park. But…

Soaking in the experience of Sitka Sound

When the anchor was set, I scrambled to get the dinghy off the foredeck and Yahtzee switched from offshore mode back to cruising mode. We’d just made landfall after four days crossing the Gulf of Alaska and Goddard Hot…