Tips to Get Your Boat Out of its Winter Slumber

From the April 2021 issue of 48° North. One of the fortunate parts of being a boater in the Pacific Northwest is that the waters of the Salish Sea are open for year-round racing and cruising adventures. That said, most…

US Sailing Updates Safety at Sea Certificate Requirements Due to Pandemic

US Sailing has updated the Safety at Sea certificate requirements and expiration dates in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to continued restrictions for hosting in-person courses in 2021, US Sailing specifically…

How To: Smooth Reefing for Smooth Sailing

From the January 2021 issue of 48° North. Winter winds are here! It’s something to celebrate, but also something that requires special readiness. Being able to reduce sail to maintain better control of the boat is, of…

Andy Cross and Jamie Gifford Talk Cruising Sails on The Morning Muster Podcast

Recently, 48° North columnist Jamie Gifford and editor Andy Cross sat down with Ben Carey from The Morning Muster podcast to chat about cruising sail choices and setups. Their in depth discussion about choosing, maintaining…

Two New Virtual Boating Classes Aim to Help Boaters Gain Knowledge & Confidence

The Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron recently announced two new virtual boating courses starting in February 2021. The first is a FREE seminar called "Partners in Command", that teaches first mates and less…

Steve Callahan: Part Two

Voyaging and Survival Philosophy From the December 2020 issue of 48° North. Steve Callahan has spent his life around boats — sailing, voyaging, building, designing, and writing about it. He is best known for surviving 76…

Get Your Washington Boater Education Card with Two-Day Certification Course

Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron is offering an introductory boating class where attendees can earn the required Washington State Boater Education Card. Registration is now open for America’s Boating Course, a two-day…

REMINDER: Washington Sea Grant Hosting Virtual Marine Weather Workshop November 14

Learn to read the weather before you head out on the water. Washington Sea Grant and Jefferson County WSU Extension are co-sponsoring a Marine Weather Workshop this Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics to be…

Unicorns and Dragons: Confessions of an Amateur Weather Router

Lessons Learned Cruising: Jamie Gifford shares his experience helping east coast cruisers with weather routing On this day, I have two boats galloping north at 10 knots. The sailing is nice, boosted by 3 knots of Gulf Stream…

Learning to Fly

Stories of Going from Sailor to Foiler From the April 2019 48° North issue For many of us, sailing is about constant learning. We learn trim, navigation, systems, storm tactics, provisioning, and, above all, seamanship.…