Category: Race Reports

Failing to Safety: Crossfire and the 2016 Vic-Maui

This article, by Cara Kuhlman, originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of 48° North.  In the early miles of the 2016 Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race, Crossfire, a 55-foot custom Reichel-Pugh race boat, flew like a rocket, reaching a record speed of 32.5 knots. Crossfire’s experienced 10-person...

Round the County 2016: The Glory Report

  I love Round the County. You love Round the County. We all love Round the County. The circumnavigation of San Juan county has become the “it” race in the Puget Sound region. I have already written about why I think that is.  The reasons that motivate people to show...

Every Sailor is a Winner in the Vendée Globe

This Sunday, a one of sailing’s greatest challenges begins in Les Sables d’Olonne, France: the Vendée Globe. The Vendée is a solo, non-stop, unsupported race around the world. Pacific Northwest writer and photographer, Peter Marsh, is a serious enthusiast and was was in Les Sables d’Olonne to welcome one of the boats home...

The Vendée Globe: Evolution – Revolution in the IMOCA Open 60 Class

Generally thought of as the toughest sailboat race in the world, the singlehanded Vendée Globe (VG) begins on November 6, 2016. This article comes to us from local writer, photographer, and VG enthusiast, Peter Marsh.  Here, Peter has edited a number of the VG’s press releases into a narrative highlighting the incredible design innovations...

Youth Sailing Fall Season Wrap-up

With 120 sailors, 100 boats rigged, and course set, the final regatta of the Northwest Youth Racing Circuit was ready to go. At the 10:00 skipper’s meeting, Executive Director Mary Anne Ward welcomed the crowd to Sail Sand Point for Octoberfest weekend, followed by the Sailing Foundation’s Andrew Nelson and...

Puget Sound Sailing Championship – Wild Fall Fun

Corinthian Yacht Club’s (CYC) Puget Sound Sailing Championship (PSSC) Big Boat regatta delivered, as it almost always does.  One day of very big breeze and another of light-to-moderate conditions offered a representative mix of fall sailing in the Pacific Northwest for ten fleets, who were racing either one-design or...

Team Madrona Update Days 4/5 – KETCHIKAN!

Once again, the Madrona crew wows us with sailing and engaging story telling.  They’re safely in Ketchikan with a 4th place finish, and strong contenders for the all-time highest leves of crew morale!  They offer this report from the last two days.  R2AK complete!  Well done, Madrona! Madrona Fans,...

48°N R2AK Update #3

48° North Race to Alaska Coverage is brought to you by Globalstar Satellite Phones. R2AK Update #3: June 30, 2016, 4:30pm We obviously have to start with this: we are over the moon for Team MAD Dog. What an incredible showing, what grit and spirit and focus and skill....

48°N R2AK Update #2

48° North Coverage of Race to Alaska is brought to you by Globalstar Satellite Phones Race to Alaska Update #2, June 29, 2016, 2:00pm Race to Alaska 2016 just passed the 72 hour mark since the running/rowing/pedaling start in Victoria. It’s hard to believe it’s only been three days....

R2AK Leg 2 Day 2 Report from Team Madrona

Our friends (and some of our region’s finest sailors) aboard Madrona report on the second 24 hours of Race to Alaska here.  They’ve been generous enough to share these reports for reposting, so this is direct and unchanged from the Madrona crew. Hi Madrona Fans, Can’t believe it’s only...