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…

J/Podders at J/70 Worlds

The Rookie Experience FRAM-96 lit up…

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…

Winter Vashon Win on the Cal 33 Cherokee

Here's a fun report from a great edition of December's Winter Vashon Race, told by the skipper of the boat that won overall. Each year, on the first Saturday of December, the Tacoma Yacht Club’s Vashon Race puts an…

A Big Event for Small Boats:
CYC Seattle’s Turkey Bowl

Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle’s traditional pre-Thanksiving event, Turkey Bowl, has been running a long time, but it hasn’t always been so well attended as it was in 2023. This year boasted a fabulous turnout, with racing…