VIDEO PSA: Coast Guard Urges Paddlers to Label their Watercraft

SEATTLE, WA - The Coast Guard and its Washington and Oregon boating safety agency partners urge the labeling of paddle craft and owner responsibility on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Reports of unmanned and adrift…

Sail On: Catalina Yachts Announces Passing of CEO and Designer Frank Butler

The crew at 48° North was saddened to learn that the founder and CEO of Catalina Yachts, Frank Butler, passed away on November 15. In 1969 Frank Butler built the first Catalina sailboat, the Catalina 22, in North Hollywood,…

Neither Round Nor Rogue the County: Just Some Great Late Fall Sailing

Young Parents Take Their Fast Boat Out For a Fall Cruise With Their 10 Week Old As much as we wanted to, we didn't do Rogue the County. When Round the County was canceled, a number of racers decided to go…

Vendee Intrigue: Fleet Tries to Skirt Tropical Storm Theta

I've got a serious case of Vendee Globe Fever! Man, I may be a little late to the party here ... but I've never been so interested in the Vendee Globe Race. There are so many layers to it, and literally scores of articles…

Governor’s Office Provides Clarity About Sailboat Racing Crew Restrictions in Washington

Governor Jay Inslee's Senior Policy Advisor for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development, Jon Snyder, recently offered a clarifying quote about crew restrictions for sailboat racing. Big kudos to a local boat racer, David…

Seattle Boat Show Cancels In-Person Event, Debuts New Approach to Virtual Show

The 2021 Seattle Boat Show is not happening in person, but a new digital experience — Seattle Boat Show Connected — provides an intriguing alternative. In many ways, the writing was on the wall. Fifty-thousand person events…

A Century Old Boat Design Comes to Life on Lake Union

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) recently launched its first traditionally built sailing vessel in over 15 years to the shores of Lake Union. The Kitten Class Gaff-Rigged Cat Boat, designed by John Winslow in 1920, is the…

MY SAIL Work Party Makes Big Strides in Updating their Multihull Fleet

Multihull Youth SAIL Foundation (MY SAIL) put the exclamation point on a breakout year at an October work party.  Huge demand for its programs coupled with growth in its fleet of boats left the non-profit with a daunting…

Race Week Announces Change of Venue from Point Roberts to Anacortes

What PNW sailboat racer didn't feel Race Week's absence this year? The summer's pinnacle sailboat racing event will now take place in Anacortes in June 2021. Planning anything in the age of Covid is like racing in the…

New Bellingham Dockside Market Brings Fresh Catch Straight to You

Bellingham SeaFeast is joining forces with local fishermen, the Port of Bellingham, and the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County to launch the Bellingham Dockside Market. Bellingham Dockside Market will serve as…