The Joys in the Boat: How an Iconic Sport Helped Define the Region

My “gateway boat” was a rowing scull with double oars and a sliding seat. I nearly fell in the water at Green Lake the first time I attempted to board this 18-foot wherry from the dock, and once I managed to climb in, I…

Experiential Exploration: 9th Grade at Maritime High School

Hear from current students about the experiences in their first year at MHS. The application window for new students is open until January 31, 2024. Think back to the start of high school. Did you have options? Many students…

Close to the Water: Cruising With My Mate

Sailing Luna westward through the San Juan Islands on…

Paul Bieker Named Winner of the Cruising Club of America’s Diana Russell Award

The CCA award for innovation goes to Pacific Northwesterner, Paul Bieker — leading-edge developer of hydrofoils and carbon-fiber structures for boats performing at the highest levels. The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has…

Vancouver International Boat Show Starts January 31

Prepare to set sail as the Vancouver International Boat Show makes its return from January 31 to February 4, 2024. Recognized as Western Canada's premier showcase and sale of boats, accessories, and more, this event promises…

Reflecting on Five Decades of Southern Straits Races

When 48° North asked new Southern Straits Regatta Chair, Peter Salusbury, if he could think of an interesting story to share about the classic event, he said, "Hmm, hard to say... I've done 48 of them." That'll do, Peter,…

Port of Bremerton Receives WPPA Port of the Year Honor

Each year, the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) selects one port to honor as the Washington ‘Port of the Year’. This award is given to the Port which shows the greatest success in the industry as a way to motivate…

Editor’s Letter: Small Events Are Good? Indeed.

I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about increasing participation in sailing and boating. From my years running a sailing club and school, to a long tenure as a member and chair or the Northwest Marine Trade…

Youth Sailing Beat: Observations and Opportunities for the PNW

In June, I came to the Pacific Northwest to be the new Youth Sailing Director at The Sailing Foundation, which has the mission to raise the level of sailing in the region. With previous experience on the US Sailing Team as…