Discovering The Gorge

The Birth of Small Boat Racing at Cascade Locks From the August 2020 issue of 48° North After a day of sailing or weekend of racing at the Columbia River Gorge, more than a few enthusiastic sailors have come off the water…

Women at the Helm Regatta: The Best Part of Seattle Summer Racing in 2020

The inaugural Women at the Helm Regatta was held on the waters of Shilshole Bay last weekend. It was special event, for all the reasons! From Women at the Helm Regatta mastermind and skipper of the Olson 25 "O", Jennifer…

Learning to Fly

Stories of Going from Sailor to Foiler From the April 2019 48° North issue For many of us, sailing is about constant learning. We learn trim, navigation, systems, storm tactics, provisioning, and, above all, seamanship.…

Happy Father’s Day to My Three Sailing Dads

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, including the Three Sailing Dads celebrated in this article Of all the likely phrases you may hear shouted at you over the loud music of a college party, “Your dad is so cool!”…

Video: PTSA Midsummer Racing Series Returns

The Port Townsend Sailing Association has begun their Midsummer Phase 2 Shorthanded Series and have been making videos from each race. Check them out here.  

Remembering PNW Legend, Doug Fryer

Doug Fryer was a giant of Pacific Northwest sailing. Sail on, Doug, you will be missed. In April 2020, the Pacific Northwest sailing community lost a legend. Much could be, and has been, written about Doug Fryer's prolific…

Sailors for the (Salish) Sea: Experiences Running Clean & Green Regattas

Tips and Ideas to Help Your Club Run Cleaner Regattas As sailors, we are naturally stewards of the seas. The ocean is our playground, training facility and race course, and the basis of all life on earth. It provides…

Crossing the Bar: Remembering Thunderbird Legend Sandy Pratt

The Seattle Sailing Scene and Thunderbird Fleet Loses a Legend in Sandy Pratt As the outbreak of COVID19 rages across our world, we are stunned by news reports of infection and death. The devastating statistics become…

What Makes For A Good First Offshore Experience?

In this interview with Chuck Skewes, we discuss specific criteria to create enjoyable first offshore experiences. The allure of the ocean is inescapable for many sailors. Yet for those considering their first foray offshore,…

Graduating Senior Sailor Shoutouts, Part 2

Sending Senior Sailors of NWISA Off To Exciting New Adventures As is true for student athletes in any high school sport, senior year is steeped in tradition for sailors around the Pacific Northwest. Each team has their own…