Category: Race Reports

35th America’s Cup – Bermuda

Remember the last America’s Cup and how thrilling it was to watch ORACLE TEAM USA snatch victory from Emirates Team New Zealand in the final down to the wire, winner takes all race in San Francisco Bay? Well that was over three years ago – how time flies, and...

48°N R2AK Preview: Team Willpower

We are less than a month from the start of the 2017 edition of Race to Alaska (R2AK). This year promises to be different than either of the previous years, both in competition and in conditions. It’s unlikely that we’ll see the never-ending gale of 2015, nor should we expect...

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...