Seattle’s Margaret Pommert Honored with BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award

A Local Force for Sailing Good Receives Well-Deserved National Recognition Margaret Pommert is a dear friend, a 48° North contributor (most recently for her widely-read collection of stories and lessons from overboard…

Sowing the Seeds of Speed While Fostering Fun

Influential Coaches & the High School Sailing Boom From the February issue of 48° North On a misty Saturday afternoon, I sit with one of the local island families in the Orcas Island High School gym watching their…

Education and Inspiration at US Sailing Coaches Clinic

Former college varsity coach, Blaine Pedlow, discusses coaching techniques for team sailboat racing. Photo courtesy of Andrew Nelson. Educating and Inspiring the Next Generation of Sailing Coaches On February 1, 2020, 80…

Experiential Learning, Maritime Style!

Port Townsend Maritime Academy Skills Center When Kelley Watson convenes her high school classes in Port Townsend, it might be in a classroom with a white board with tables and chairs. Or not. More likely, it will be in the…

Bluewater Cruising Association announces 2019-2020 class lineup

  The Bluewater Cruising Association recently announced their lineup of classes for 2019 and 2020. Based in British Columbia, the courses — which range from outboard engine repair to the psychology of cruising — will be…

The Argon Collective

"Argon" owners Jasmine Wornstaff, Sam Morin, Libby Borchert, and Calla Ward {left to right} enjoy Lake Union with Jasmines sister, Jessica Going sailing starts with a decision. Going sailing starts with a decision. A…

Setting Sail 2019: A Guide for the Sail Curious

Greetings, future sailors! Thank you for picking up this booklet and taking the first steps on your adventure into the fun and rewarding world of sailing. The goal of this guide is to help answer the question: How do I get…

Advice for a new sailing crew

It’s an exciting day! Today we celebrate the new co-owners of Argon, a 1979 San Juan 24 moored on Lake Union in the heart of Seattle. Like many new boat owners, these four women are at an exciting moment where they have a…

Video: Packing and provisioning for extended NW cruising

As winter finds its way into the Pacific Northwest, many boaters start to dream about voyages to come. Whether it's a few days enjoying the San Juan Islands, a few weeks cruising through BC or a summer sojourn to Alaska,…

Stern-tie angst

Even the smallest anchorages can feel expanssive when all vessels stern tie. (Photo by Wilf Ratzburg) There are times, chatting with other cruisers, when someone says, sometimes as a confession, sometimes defiantly, that…