Video: Team American Magic AC75 “Patriot” Capsizes While Racing in New Zealand

Watch as American Magic's AC75 Patriot capsizes in a strong gust of wind while leading around the final mark of the race during the PRADA Cup Round Robins in Auckland, New Zealand. Here's a full report of the incident from…

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…

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…

Racing Rules Changes for 2021

From the December, 2020 issue of 48° North. In addition to saying “good riddance” to 2020, on January 1, 2021 we get to say “hello” to a new version of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). The RRS are updated every four years…

America’s Cup World Series Takes Flight

For the first time, the foiling monohull AC 75s lined up against one another in Auckland, NZ, kicking off a four-month run of races leading the the America's Cup Final match race in March 2021. Whether it’s racing on Puget…

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…

Port Townsend Thunderbirds

A History, and Review of the 2020 Sailing Season From the December 2020 issue of 48° North. A successful season of racing on Port Townsend Bay has come to an end. At the center of the planning and implementation, as every…

Southern Sound Series Kicking Off with Vashon Island Race Dec. 5

The annual Southern Sound Series kicks off with the winter Vashon Island Race on December 5, 2020. The Southern Sound Series is a series of four sailing races, hosted over consecutive months by different yacht clubs. This…

Vendee Intrigue: Fleet Tries to Skirt Tropical Storm Theta

I've got a serious case of Vendee Globe Fever! Man, I may be a little late to the party here ... but I've never been so interested in the Vendee Globe Race. There are so many layers to it, and literally scores of articles…

Governor’s Office Provides Clarity About Sailboat Racing Crew Restrictions in Washington

Governor Jay Inslee's Senior Policy Advisor for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development, Jon Snyder, recently offered a clarifying quote about crew restrictions for sailboat racing. Big kudos to a local boat racer, David…