Fun in the South Sound: Toliva Shoal 2024

The winding Toliva Shoal course. Green line is the outbound route, red is the return trip. Co-hosted annually in mid-February by the Olympia Yacht Club (OYC) and the South Sound Sailing Society as the third of four races in…

Better Than Expected, As Always — Shaw Island Winter Classic 2024

The first North Sound race of the year is a predictably great tradition, the good times always surpass questions about the forecast. Wylie 24, Tanuki, on their way to the overall win. Photo by Julia Soes. The Orcas Island…

48° North’s Top 25 Racing Sailboats for 2023

Wow, what a year 2023 was! Such great racing in every imaginable condition around the Salish Sea. And the 48° North Top 25 returns to honor the best performing racing keelboat teams in the region. Participating in many…

Red Ruby Project: Down to the Wire in the Rolex Middle Sea Race

There were 110 boats entered in this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race. Red Ruby, our Jeanneau SunFast 3300, was among the group of seven 33-footers that were the smallest boats in a fleet that also included eight boats over 70…

J/Podders at J/70 Worlds

The Rookie Experience FRAM-96 lit up after a windward mark rounding. Late in 2023, a group of J/Pod sailors from the Pacific Northwest traveled to Florida to race against 83 top teams for the J/70 World Championship. The PNW…

Duwamish Head: Kicking Off the 2024 Racing Season on Puget Sound

Kicking Off the 2024 Racing Season on Puget Sound The second race of the Southern Sound Series is the Duwamish Head Race, hosted the first Saturday in January by Three Tree Point Yacht Club. It’s a mid-distance race starting…

Reflecting on Five Decades of Southern Straits Races

When 48° North asked new Southern Straits Regatta Chair, Peter Salusbury, if he could think of an interesting story to share about the classic event, he said, "Hmm, hard to say... I've done 48 of them." That'll do, Peter,…

Youth Sailing Beat: Observations and Opportunities for the PNW

In June, I came to the Pacific Northwest to be the new Youth Sailing Director at The Sailing Foundation, which has the mission to raise the level of sailing in the region. With previous experience on the US Sailing Team as…

SARC 2024 is LIVE!

Highly anticipated each year, our Seattle Area Racing Calendar (SARC) comes out with the January issue of 48° North and is released online at the same time. We know you've been waiting... and today's the day for SARC 2024!…

Red Ruby Report:
ORC Doublehanded Worlds

To win a championship, you need to be firing on all cylinders, and you also need a lucky break or two. This was one of those weeks. Peter Isler and I won Class B on the Jeanneau SunFast 3300 Red Ruby — which I co-own with…