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…

The Pacific Northwest Offshore Race is ON for 2021!

Organizers of Pacific Northwest Offshore (formerly the Oregon Offshore) have announced that the 2021 race is on and scheduled for June 10-13. 48° North was encouraged to hear the news that CYC Portland and Schooner Creek…

Seattle Boat Show Connected Coming January 28-31

The new virtual event does what the boat show always has — connect shoppers with 160-plus exhibitors, link learners with experts, and help the boatless find boats. "Start Online. End up on the water." The tagline for the new…

R2AK 2021 Canceled, But the News Isn’t All Bad…

There's no other way to break the news than to just say it: Race to Alaska (R2AK) 2021 has been canceled. Being a R2AK alumni and finisher in 2018, it's particularly disappointing to me because I know how amazing the race is…

U.S. Coast Guard Survey Offers Heaps of Data on Recreational Boating

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released their national survey on recreational boating, which helps shape national boating safety policy.  SPRINGFIELD, Va., Dec. 14, 2020 – An all-encompassing report on recreational boating…

There Is A Holiday Boat Parade After All

Seattle Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Union Scheduled For December 19, 2020. For Seattle area boaters, there's nothing as quintessentially cheery as a holiday boat parade on Lake Union. When the Christmas Ships pulled the…

2021 Swiftsure International Yacht Race Canceled

We certainly understand and respect the decision — but like the organizers, we're disappointed that the 2021 Swiftsure International Yacht Race has been canceled. The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is circled on most…

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…