Worth the Wait — PNW Offshore 2022

The event's first-ever day-long postponement for weather didn't derail the hardy crews headed up the Washington coast for the Pacific Northwest Offshore Race. The postponement flag standing tall in big breeze. Photo by Dan…

In Defense of Imperfect Races

To hear some of us racing sailors, you might think that anytime we aren’t sailing our boats in 80-degree sunshine and trade-wind breezes with our dearest pals, it’s hardly worth it. You’d think that we all sail in huge,…

The Rewarding Return of Southern Straits

The accomplished double-handed crew aboard J/111 Raku shares their story of Southern Straits,. They were the overall winners on the medium course. After a two-year hiatus, one of the Salish Sea’s classic overnight distance…

Vic-Maui Racers Prepare for July 2022 Start

Follow the fleet of Vic-Maui participants as they gear up and then head for Hawaii starting July 4, 2022. Aloha! Fifteen boats have registered for this July’s Vic-Maui International Yacht Race to paradise and throughout this…

After Two-Year Delay, Clipper Race Sends Teams Across Pacific Towards Seattle

The sailing team representing the city of Seattle, along with the ten other teams competing in the international Clipper Race, began their journey across the North Pacific Ocean towards its namesake destination, with a drive…

Unexpected Course, Unexpectedly Pleasant: CSS #2

Adding a new twist in 2022, CYC Seattle's second event of their season-starting Center Sound Series didn't have a set course. Things started slowly and picked up from there for what turned into a great day of sailboat…

Pacific Northwest Offshore Race Changes Finish Venue for 2022

The late-spring classic that brings its fleet north up the Washington Coast will forego its traditional finish in Victoria, BC, and once again heads to Port Angeles. As we put together the SARC for 2022, we were excited to…

Goes to 11’s Awesome Toliva Shoal 2022

This enthusiastic crew on an Antrim 27 had a blast getting around the race course for this year's breezy Toliva Shoal Race. Olympia Yacht Club’s annual Toliva Shoal Race is, to some skippers, a curse word. To others, it’s a…

Epic or Irresponsible: The 2021 Deception Pass Challenge

This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue of 48° North. After nearly a year of planning, the time had come for the 15th running of the annual Deception Pass Challenge. In the past, the race has had as…

2022 RS Aero Worlds Coming to the Columbia River Gorge

The World Championship for the RS Aero dinghy will take place in Cascade Locks from June 24 - July 1, 2022. The event and the boat are generating a lot of excitement.  The RS Aero fleet is deep and talented, but also varied…