Port Townsend Sailing Association to Resume Limited Racing

Limited Racing to Resume Good news! Since Jefferson County has gone to Phase Two of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan we believe there is an opportunity to restart limited racing. Phase 2 allows for groups of up to…

Internet Aboard: Testing New Routers and Antennas

48° North columnist Steve Mitchell gives the latest on staying better connected aboard There has been a lot going on lately, and I wanted to provide an update on what I am working on and testing. My primary focus has been on…

Secret Behind Portland’s Marine Graffiti

Graffiti found at Portland's loading docks is more than it appears The Lower Willamette River is known for its Superfund site and industrial loading docks. There is no natural shoreline, just huge vertical piers. It’s an…

Life at Anchor: Coronavirus Thoughts and Categories of Cruisers

We’ve been mostly at anchor for over a month now, and social distancing for over 2 months. Washington State is starting its 3rd month of modified social behaviors (the Stay-At-Home order was mid-to-late March, but we started…

Social Distancing and the Navigation Rules

These sad times have introduced a new terminology to the public called "social distancing," but this is not a new concept to mariners familiar with the Navigation Rules. We call it "close-quarters." Its goal is precisely the…

The Mariner’s Sky: Northern Sky

We have a new Regiment of the North Star that can be used for finding latitude from Polaris without the official USNO annual nautical almanac. It can be used anytime you see Polaris, on any date or year. The method relies on…

Galley Delights: ‘Roccan Tomato Soup

A simple blend of peanut butter and tomatoes creates a surprisingly exotic soup with a Middle Eastern flair. This recipe combines super easy with super delicious, and it’s made with ingredients you probably have on hard.…

Safety Equipment Requirements for Sailing and Racing the Salish Sea

By Roland Nikles Thunderbird 1177 “Falcon” More than seven million people live in the Salish Sea basin, which contains two of North America’s most vibrant and growing cities. We spend most of our time in a built world, in…

Getting real-time weather from the boat

I’ve always dreamt of having real-time weather from the boat while I am away, and for analyzing trends after a day of being on the water. Most of the attempts I’ve made in the past have used stations and instruments that…

What’s going on with Yahtzee and crew?

First and foremost, I'm hoping that all the Rolling with Yahtzee readers out there are healthy and trying to remain positive in light of COVID-19 and its ripple affects across the world. Our thoughts are with you all while…