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…

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…

Taz Basin: Sunshine At Hole-in-the-Wall

From my vantage point atop a large, round granite boulder, sweeping views of the Gulf of Alaska and rugged Kenai Peninsula coast seemingly stretch on forever. Turning the opposite direction to the east, my view is quite…

Homeward Bound, Part 2: Singapore to Japan

  Irene’s route from Singapore to Japan. “Sorry to wake you, but we need all hands on deck right now.” Somehow these words penetrated my deep sleep and I rolled off the bunk and struggled toward the companionway. I felt…

San Juan Islands Home Spot

From the June 2022 issue of 48° North. Years ago my daughter, Dagny, did a report for school about the marine mollusk species called Limpets. She learned that Limpets have a ‘home spot.’ Their shells are worn to fit a…

A Sailor’s Sourdough Comes to Life on a Honeymoon Cruise

A several month cruise through British Columbia gives a couple a chance to celebrate their recent marriage, experience their new home waters, and grow a shipboard sourdough starter. The following article originally appeared…