College Match Racing: The Transition from Dinghies to Keelboats

While I can’t claim to know the exact origins of the sport of match racing, I’d be willing to guess that it began sometime immediately after construction of the second sailboat was complete. As humans, we seem to have a…

Seattle-based J/125 Hamachi wins Transpac Race!

Huge congratulations are in order for the crew of the Seattle-based J/125 Hamachi after winning the 2019 Transpac Race. The six-man crew won First J/125 to cross the line, First in Division 3 and First ORR Overall. With…

48° North's Top 25 Sailboats of 2018

#1 Here & Now Pat Denney J/29 CYC Seattle Score: 97.1% Fisheries Supply again joins 48° North in recognizing the high level of racing here in the Pacific Northwest. Tracking the racing results of selected series from…

Video: PNW stalwart "Poke & Destroy" takes on the Pac Cup

Watch as Alex Simanis from Ballard Sails and crew take his Evelyn 32-2 Poke & Destroy from a refit in Seattle to the start line of the Pac Cup in San Francisco, and then onto what would ultimately be a nearly 13-day race…

"Poke and Destroy" Moves into First Place in Pac Cup Class

As many of you know, we have been very excited about both Hawaii races this summer, Pac Cup and Vic Maui. In particular, we did a couple of articles about the pre-Pac-Cup refit and preparations of the "Poke and Destroy"…

R2AK 2018: Race recap for Team Wild Card

RACE RECAP, June 27: The Race to Alaska is over for Team Wild Card and many others, and I have to say, the experience was truly incredible. Actually, it's hard to even put it into words. I'm sitting at the nav desk on…

Turning the Tide on Plastics

The topic of plastic pollution is not a new one. We all know it’s a massive problem and social media abounds with articles and photos of beaches and sea creatures damaged by plastic waste. It’s overwhelming. Despite having…

United By Adventure – Friendships and Perspectives of Offshore Sailors and the Clipper Round the World Race

Local author, Wendy Hinman, shares the story of her friendship with a Clipper Round the World participant (Sandra), her personal experience of the last Seattle stopover, and the perspectives she and Sandra share as offshore…

48° North's Top 25 Sailboats of 2017

#1 Mor Jubilee Erik Kristen J/105 Corinthian YC Seattle Score: 100% This year, Erik Kristen's J/105, "Mor Jubilee," took the coveted #1 spot in our Top 25 list with a perfect score of 100%. Congratulations to Erik and his…

48° North's Top 25 Sailboats of 2016

#1 Different Drummer Charles Hill CYC Seattle Score: 98.2% Fisheries Supply again joins 48° North in recognizing the high level of racing here in the Pacific Northwest. Tracking the racing results of selected series from…