Close to the Water: Where the Action Is

Large crossings in a small boat create a deeper appreciation for the simple beauty of shallow water and vibrant shorelines One of the reasons I love small boats is because they are so well suited for cruising in shallow…

Sailing with My Clan

From the April 2020 issue. I’m hardly the first to row or sail the Inside Passage in a small craft. Yet, during the first 100 miles of my journey south from Port McNeil, Row Bird was the sole open boat on the water. Pulling…

Unlocking the New R2AK Puzzle

One Change, So Many Options From the March issue or 48° North, photos courtesy of Drew Malcolm When Race to Alaska (R2AK) teams hoist their sails outside of Victoria Harbour on June 11, 2020, some of them will be faced with…

Gates of the Inside Passage

Tips for Safe and Happy Transits As we motored through Dent Rapids, the VHF radio chirped to life. “When are we going to get to the rapids?” a flotilla participant asked. Having just passed through Yuculta Rapids, Gillard…

Rowing the Rapids of the Inside Passage

Heading south from the Broughtons on a small boat, the big rapids of the Inside Passage are calling If you haven't already read the first in Bruce's series on his Inside Passage small boat adventure, check it out here. Every…

Go North to Go South

48° North columnist Bruce Bateau has been sharing the story of his small boat voyage south from Port McNeil, BC to Anacortes. This story appeared in the February issue of the magazine, and you can see his next web exclusive…

Whales to Port! A Flotilla Cruise Through the Inside Passage

Shortly after 9 a.m., the mist over Ketchikan Marina lifted. The crews of our six Grand Banks cruisers fired the twin diesel engines, loosened mooring lines and coordinated radios as anticipation was building. One by one, we…

Race to Alaska Official Program 2019

The 2019 5th annual Race to Alaska is upon us and likely every team racing will come across some form of dilemma. Teams don’t get engines, pre-planned support or planned rest stops. What they get is various forms of hardship…

#TBT: The Kindest Coast

From the May 2005 issue of 48° North by Jeremy Pataky Leaning on the rail of the ferry as it rumbled away from the Tsawassen dock into the Strait of Georgia, I watched the sun rise and spill light across the mountains of…

#TBT: B.C.’s Discovery Coast – Roscoe Inlet & Goose Island

Jacquelyn and Raleigh frolic in the sands of Goose Island. From the March 2012 issue of 48° North by Jacquelyn Watt Roscoe Inlet snakes a length of twenty-one miles, not as long as Dean or Burke Channels, but every bit as…