Mission Impossible? A Motley Armada Tackles the Inside Passage in 1968

Radio personality organizes a motley armada of 125 powerboats, hoping they can make it from Puget Sound to Alaska — What could go wrong? This article was originally published in the February 2022 issue of 48° North. The year…

Pacific Northwest Sailing Couple Awarded 2021 Blue Water Medal

Honoring extraordinary endurance, the Cruising Club of America recently awarded double circumnavigators Ginger and Peter Niemann the 2021 Blue Water Medal. The Niemanns exemplify the spirit of adventure and determination…

Cruising in Closed Waters

This article was originally published in the January 2022 issue of 48° North. The following is a story about cruising... more specifically, how COVID-19 completely and unexpectedly changed our cruising plans for the better.……

Home for the Holidays

Over the years, 48° North has decked the hulls with a variety of boating related yuletide joy. Since it's that season again, we're digging into the vault with some stories of holiday's past to help get you in the spirit.  As…

Winter Shakedown: A Year-End Cruise in Icy Alaska Offers Family Warmth

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North. Snow and ice crunched under my sea boots while walking down D-dock towards Yahtzee’s slip in Seward Harbor. The boys were ahead of me and I could…

Happily Home on the Sea

Last week I wrote a sailing story for the blog, but it felt a bit rushed to jump back in after so many months off and I didn't hit publish. We'd recently returned home to Yahtzee in southern Mexico, cleaned her up, gotten…

Three Sheets Northwest: Sailing Home to British Columbia

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North Sitting in our cockpit off Jones Island at sundown, I looked to the northeast and watched as shifting tones of pink, peach, and slate enveloped…

Close to the Water: A Bunk on the Water

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of 48° North It happens whenever I row up to an anchorage or dock around dusk; heads turn, as sailors of cabin boats scrutinize Row Bird and me. Of course, I…

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…

An Unusual Encounter of the Moth Kind

When a midnight moth party erupts aboard, a sailor joins the festivities and bails them out the best he can. This summer’s two week cruise was scheduled to begin June 26 aboard our 34-foot Jeffcat catamaran, which happened…