Paul Bieker Named Winner of the Cruising Club of America’s Diana Russell Award

The CCA award for innovation goes to Pacific Northwesterner, Paul Bieker — leading-edge developer of hydrofoils and carbon-fiber structures for boats performing at the highest levels. The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has…

Vancouver International Boat Show Starts January 31

Prepare to set sail as the Vancouver International Boat Show makes its return from January 31 to February 4, 2024. Recognized as Western Canada's premier showcase and sale of boats, accessories, and more, this event promises…

Reflecting on Five Decades of Southern Straits Races

When 48° North asked new Southern Straits Regatta Chair, Peter Salusbury, if he could think of an interesting story to share about the classic event, he said, "Hmm, hard to say... I've done 48 of them." That'll do, Peter,…

Port of Bremerton Receives WPPA Port of the Year Honor

Each year, the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) selects one port to honor as the Washington ‘Port of the Year’. This award is given to the Port which shows the greatest success in the industry as a way to motivate…

Editor’s Letter: Small Events Are Good? Indeed.

I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about increasing participation in sailing and boating. From my years running a sailing club and school, to a long tenure as a member and chair or the Northwest Marine Trade…

Youth Sailing Beat: Observations and Opportunities for the PNW

In June, I came to the Pacific Northwest to be the new Youth Sailing Director at The Sailing Foundation, which has the mission to raise the level of sailing in the region. With previous experience on the US Sailing Team as…

SARC 2024 is LIVE!

Highly anticipated each year, our Seattle Area Racing Calendar (SARC) comes out with the January issue of 48° North and is released online at the same time. We know you've been waiting... and today's the day for SARC 2024!…

Close to the Water: Finding Awe in the New Year

As boaters, we get to see the world from a unique perspective. We arrive in cities or towns by water, taking in the view of cliffs, trees, and mountains rising from the earth. Out on a bay, river, or lake, the glint of the…

‘Twas the Morning of High Tide

'Twas the morning of high tide, and in the marina The brightwork did shine with a hint of patina; The burgees were hung on the yardarms with care, In hopes of adventures that sailors would share. The sheets were all snug on…