Category: Sea Stories

Ode to Autumn on the Salish Sea

This article, by Becca Guillote, originally appeared in the September 2017 edition of 48° North. It’s my favorite time of year in the Pacific Northwest. The days are getting shorter, but the weather is crisp and refreshing. The frenzy of summer is subsiding in the city, but the woods...

You Know More Than You Think You Do!

This article, by Irene Panke Hopkins, was originally published in the October 2017 issue of 48° North.   One Woman’s Discoveries about Equal Partnerships, Sailing Knowledge, and Self-Confidence On a recent sunny evening, a handful of women from my dock at Shilshole Bay Marina watched in awe as Cathy,...

Cruising the Galápagos Islands

This article, by Michele Rogalin Henderson, was originally published in the September 2017 issue of 48° North. When I was a child of eight years, I knew, in the earnest way that children do, that I was meant to be a marine herpetologist when I grew up. Jacques Cousteau...

It Takes Six Months

This article, by Becca Guillote, originally appeared in the April 2017 Issue of 48° North. Before we left Seattle, those that had cruised before all agreed it would take us six months before we truly slowed down. Of course, if we asked the same 12 people what type of oil...

The ABSURDITY of Boat Projects

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of 48° North.  Anyone who owns a boat will likely agree with me: boat projects are absurd. Various boat owners quantify this absurdity differently – some base it solely on price, others use their curse word count as a measure....

Cruising Barkley Sound

This article, by Conrad Wharton, is from the February 2017 issue of 48° North. It was mid April and still raining, even after two cups of coffee. It seemed miserable out, but we were motivated to make it to Ucluelet, most of the way to our spring cruising destination...

Dementia Adventure

Dementia Adventure Encouraging People with Dementia to Reap the Physical and Mental Benefits of Sailing As everyone who sails knows, a day out on the water has a huge impact on our physical and mental well being. But as we get older and lose our mobility, this becomes more...