Join 48° North and fellow Pacific Northwest sailors for these group cruising events in 2022!

We’re excited to announce plans for the 2022 48° North Cruising Rally! It’s really a plan in two parts, with the hope to make our rally feel even more accessible to folks of all experience levels. However you participate, these are brilliant ways to be on the water in the magnificent Pacific Northwest with other great folks in the 48° North community! Here are the key ideas: 

48° North Pre-Season Practice Flotilla

May 13 – 15, 2022

Led by professional instructor and Adult Programs Manager at the Northwest Maritime Center, Captain Ace Spragg, this fun and informative event will help cruisers feel more familiar with and confident about an array of cruising skills that will come in handy on our cruising rally, and on their own adventures. The intent will be to spend three days traveling and to enjoy overnights in two different locations with unique characteristics for some great cruising practice with a safety-in-numbers vibe.

Like the 48° North Cruising Rally, this will be a BYOB (bring your own boat) event; but unlike the rally, this will have a distinctly educational focus. It will begin with a Zoom classroom session and proceed onto the waters of beautiful Puget Sound near Seattle. Captain Ace will lead the group, with specific instruction about things like anchoring, anchor location choice, and anchorage etiquette; basic navigation and weather tools and decisions; tides and currents; radio communication; provisioning and more. Skippers are in charge of their own boats, but plans will be beginner-friendly. 

Zoom Education Session: 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022

Cruising Flotilla in Central Sound locations: Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

Cost: $299

Space Limit: 15 Boats


48° North Cruising Rally 

July 31 – August 5, 2022

Our flagship event for summer fun is back! At its heart, the 48° North Cruising Rally is about engaging in the joys of PNW cruising in the company of some wonderful people. Out of it, you get happy memories, interpersonal connections, and often new cruising skills and more confidence. While it is not an expressly educational event, past participants will tell you that the simple act of cruising with others will help you learn and become more assured in your own cruising capabilities. Bring your own boat — sail or power, large or small! 

Exciting news for this year, the rally leader from 48° North will be super savvy full-time international cruiser and 48° North Editor, Andy Cross! Each year we’ve done our rally, we’ve been fortunate to have the partnership, support, and expertise of the Ullman Sails team as a part of our rally. Owner of the West Coast Ullman Sails lofts and Vashon Island native, Chuck Skewes, will once again co-lead this year’s rally. 

In order to visit the kind of perfect PNW gunkholes we love, we will be limiting the rally to 15 boats for 2022. It is our hope that border crossings will be easy this summer, but we will wait until the rally is a little closer to make a call about whether the itinerary will include the Gulf Islands or stay in the San Juans. There’s no bad option!

48° North Cruising Rally: Sunday July 31 – Friday August 5, 2022

Anacortes → Islands → Anacortes

Cost: $299

Space Limit: 15 Boats

For more details and to register (REGISTRATION OPENS at noon on February 1, 2022), visit