Category: Sea Stories

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...

When Whales Meet Sails

This article comes to us from 48° North interviewee, Damian Foxall. When Damian is not sailing some of the world’s fastest boats offshore, he works as the Recreation Education Manager for the Canadian Wildlife federation. Damian sent the article our way, but it is written by Tyson Bottenus, of Sailors for the Sea. Though...

The 27 Month Plan

We’re here, and we’re not talking about a physical destination. We’re cruising! The route wasn’t easy, but we did it and you can too. Many people dream about sailing off into the sunset someday. My wife, Michele, and I shared this dream. During a winter cruise in the San...

48° North Interview: Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker started her circumnavigation at age 14 and completed her record-breaking voyage in the Caribbean at age 16, making her the youngest person to ever solo circumnavigate the globe with stops. Before ever leaving land, her dream captured the world’s attention when the Dutch government objected to her...

From Racing to Cruising

Alex Kimball, Gypsy Wind
Enjoyment, Satisfaction, and Skills Transfer By Alex Kimball from the October 2016 issue. Five years ago, when it was time to start cruising on Gypsy Wind, our 36’ Nonsuch, I thought I would really miss racing. In fact, the first year I held onto the Wednesday night Thistle racing...

The First Days Away

This article from cruiser, Becca Guillote, was published in the September 2016 48° North. Whether for a weekend, a week, or even a month, the first few days of any trip involves something of a mental/emotional reset. What does it feel like when it is the first few days...