East Sound Spring Regatta: A New Tradition Rounds Into Form

When Orcas Island Yacht Club's East Sound Spring Regatta was created back in 2018, there were no guarantees it would become the perennial favorite that it is today. 2021 brought another resounding success... even rain and…

PNW Hero: Dick Rose – Part 2

From the April 2021 48° North Issue. Around the Pacific Northwest, heroes come in many forms, and 48° North is excited to honor some of them in this series. Here is part two of an interview with Dick Rose, a man many think…

Racing for a Great Cause, STYC’s Blakely Rock Benefit Race Doesn’t Disappoint

Since 1981, the wily bunch at the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club has been running what has turned into a Puget Sound classic — the Blakely Rock Benefit Race. Impressively, 94 boats registered in 2021 and competed in what was…

Race Ready Rigging Checklist

As the presenting sponsor of the SARC, PTR Rigging and Spars is committed to serving the racing community, helping increase knowledge and understanding, and improving every sailor’s experience on the water. This article from…

PNW Hero: Dick Rose – Part 1

Around the Pacific Northwest, heroes come in many forms, and 48° North is excited to honor some of them in this series. Here is part one of an interview with Dick Rose, a man many think of as “The Rules Guy” but whose…

Red Light, Green Light — Islands Race 2021

Convergence zones, varied conditions, and numerous lead changes in this Southern Sound Series finale. If you missed out on the 2021 Islands Race, you missed a doozy! Tom Davis, who was out racing on the J-35 Flicka, put it…

The Dash to Shorthanded Racing

From the March, 2021 issue of 48° North. In 20/20 hindsight (or is that 2020?), one bright spot in the local sailing scene last year was the explosive growth of interest in shorthanded racing. To keep races going during the…

A Most Fabulous Day For Sailing – Girts Rekeviks Memorial Race

Anacortes Yacht Club's racing season kicked off with their annual point-to-point event that honors beloved community member, Girts Rekeviks. Racers take to the waters of Fidalgo Bay for an unexpected breezy and sunny day.…

All Hail!

From the March issue of 48° North. Racing Rules about Hailing Another Boat There are many misconceptions regarding the requirements for hailing another boat during a sailboat race. Let’s try to simplify things a bit and…

Go Big! Maybe.

From the March 2021 issue of 48° North. The key to winning the Shaw Island Winter Classic is often to hoist first and douse last — go big! Racing around an island means there usually isn’t a turning mark, someone just…