Unicorns and Dragons: Confessions of an Amateur Weather Router

Lessons Learned Cruising: Jamie Gifford shares his experience helping east coast cruisers with weather routing On this day, I have two boats galloping north at 10 knots. The sailing is nice, boosted by 3 knots of Gulf Stream…

PNW Hero: Sarah Hanavan

Growing a yacht club youth program from 4 participants to more than 60 in four years; coaching her high school racers to achieve the highest-ever finish for a Northwest team at a Mallory Cup Fleet Racing National…

Love Thy Diesel: Part 2

PART 2: REGULAR, LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST From the June 2019 issue of 48° North. Last month, we discussed how and why to go through a thorough checklist before starting up your boat’s diesel engine each day. This…

The Adventuress Cup – A Race for the Salish Sea Coming to Shilshole Bay in September

On September 20, 2020, scores of sailboats will gather in Shilshole Bay for the inaugural year of a new, inclusive, feel-good event— The Adventuress Cup - A Race for the Salish Sea. The race is a celebration of the marine…

Introduction to Vessel Running Lights (Navigation Lights)

Navigation lights help identify vessel type and its direction of motion.  The required lights are specified in the Navigation Rules, Part C, Rules 20 to 31.  Power vessels in Rule 23 and sailing vessels in Rule 25 are the…

Quaranteaming and hitting the pause button for hurricane season

Though I've been doing a lot of writing lately, it has been difficult to put words together for the blog. With all that has been going on in the world, writing about cruising in Mexico on a sailboat just hasn't seemed…

Video: Reliving R2AK 2019 with Team Sail Like a Girl

Even though the Race to Alaska is a no go this year, it has been fun to relive races of years past via the R2AK Time Machine. Here's a look at how Team Sail Like a Girl pedaled and sailed their way north in 2019.  

Learning to Fly

Stories of Going from Sailor to Foiler From the April 2019 48° North issue For many of us, sailing is about constant learning. We learn trim, navigation, systems, storm tactics, provisioning, and, above all, seamanship.…

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show Goes Online, Live & Interactive

NMTA Gets Innovative With Online, Interactive and Live Boat Show from Anacortes With in-person gatherings temporarily on hold, traditional boat shows are on hold too. But the boat show experience — the ability to shop, tour…

Test Sailing the RS 21

48° North Boat Test From the May 2019 issue In 2018, the British small boat specialists, RS Sailing, came to market with a new keelboat that has been generating a lot of excitement; and now it’s come to the Pacific…