Costa Rica Recap: The Pura Vida Experience

If you're planning to cruise Central America, don't skip Costa Rica. The good life is for real. Prior to November 2021, our family had never visited Costa Rica before. From friends and acquaintances who have come to Costa…

Worth the Wait — PNW Offshore 2022

The event's first-ever day-long postponement for weather didn't derail the hardy crews headed up the Washington coast for the Pacific Northwest Offshore Race. The postponement flag standing tall in big breeze. Photo by Dan…

Which Anchor to Choose?

Experienced cruisers work with a local resource who analyzes anchor performance to consider anchor options for their new boat. This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of 48° North. Choosing the right anchor is…

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show Featuring Trawlerfest Starts Thursday

The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) and Anacortes Chamber of Commerce are teaming up with Trawlerfest for the 2022 Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show featuring Trawlerfest, May 19 - 21 in Anacortes, Washington. The…

A Sailor’s Sourdough Comes to Life on a Honeymoon Cruise

A several month cruise through British Columbia gives a couple a chance to celebrate their recent marriage, experience their new home waters, and grow a shipboard sourdough starter. The following article originally appeared…

CYC Tacoma Cruising Day Sail Rally, June 11

A unique approach to a fun and welcoming on-the-water event has taken shape in Tacoma. The next opportunity to get involved is coming in early June. Do you need motivation to get your boat out on the water? Are you looking…

Beacon Background: Alki Point Lighthouse

Explore the history of the iconic lighthouse that has been guiding mariners through Puget Sound for more than 100 years. The following article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of 48° North. Seattle is a city best…

Close to the Water: A Sailor Makes Peace with Engines

A small boat, engineless sailor reminisces on his experiences with motors and makes peace with their useful purpose aboard. My first experiences on the water were all about velocity. Riding in the fiberglass ski boat my…

Homeward Bound: Part 1, Turkey to Singapore

Last month, we were introduced to Peter and Ginger Niemann — award-winning Seattle-based circumnavigators whose journey home through the pandemic-closed world found them boat-bound for more than 300 days. They were in Turkey…

West Coast Sailing and Zim Sailing Named Official Suppliers of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association

West Coast Sailing joins its affiliate Zim Sailing in a new sponsorship agreement for college sailing across the United States. A few months ago, we helped get the word about about a new holding company making waves in the…