Remembering Laurie Davidson: World Renowned Yacht Designer with PNW Ties

This article was originally published in the December 2021 issue of 48° North. Title image courtesy of The Designers Institute of New Zealand. The world has lost an important yacht designer with the recent passing of New…

Protocol and Class Rule Announced for 37th America’s Cup

Reduced crew numbers, a nationality rule, a women's America's Cup, and a youth America's Cup among other key details announced for the 37th America's Cup. After much speculation amongst America's Cup fans and the sailing…

Seattle Christmas Boat Parade Setting Sail on December 18

A Seattle holiday classic is back in 2021, as the Christmas Boat Parade will bring local boaters together to light up the night and celebrate the season. It's that time of year again to bust out your boat's Christmas lights…

West Coast Sailing Joins Zim and Dwyer to Create New Company, Starting Line Sailing

Starting Line Sailing, Inc. Acquires Zim Sailing and Dwyer Mast & Rigging; combining forces with West Coast Sailing. No doubt this is one of the cooler developments in the recreational sailing biz recently, and it…

Coast Guard Rescues Stranded Puppy in Kodiak, Alaska

When the crew of a grounded fishing vessel lost their beloved puppy, the Coast Guard jumped into action to rescue the pooch from Black Point in Kodiak Island. After a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew, aboard an MH-60…

Be Whale Wise as Seasonal Changes Bring Extra Challenges to Resident Killer Whales

The seasons are changing, and as the summer Chinook salmon runs wane in the Salish Sea, Southern Resident Killer Whales typically begin to travel further south in Puget Sound in search of prey. A study compiling 10 years’…

USCG Rescues Sailor in 30-foot Seas, 70-knot Winds

The US Coast Guard rescued a man from a disabled sailboat approximately 145 nautical miles west of Sitka, Alaska on October 11. Incredibly, the weather conditions were observed to be 70-knot winds and 30-foot seas with…

Two Pacific Northwest Legends Officially Inducted into National Sailing Hall of Fame

Everyone at 48° North extends a hearty congratulations to two legends in the PNW sailing community — Dick Rose and Carl Buchan — for their induction into the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) this week. Along with 9…

Two Important Washington State Park Updates for Boaters

MOORAGE DOCK AT SEQUIM BAY STATE PARK CLOSES PERMANENTLY, BOAT LAUNCH DOCK WILL REMAIN OPEN.  The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission permanently closed the moorage dock at Sequim Bay State Park on September 15,…

Vaccine Cards Required in British Columbia

Effective September 13, those born on or before 2009 must have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by October 24 in order to enter certain businesses and attend ticketed events in British…