Sonic’s Lessons: Recommendations from Overboard Rescues

Scott Smith Shares Overboard Rescue Experiences from TP 52 Sonic Editor's Note: In the Pacific Northwest racing scene, it's hard to think of a sailor more respected than Scott Smith. When I first started sailing with…

What Overboard Survivors Want You to Know

Who are the experts on the experience of overboard recovery? It’s the people who’ve had it happen to them in real life, not in a practice drill. This article is a window into the experience of those experts—local boaters…

Do Washington State ferries monitor channel 16? Sort of…

Ask Bill Michael what he does for a living, and he’ll tell you that he hires and fires ferry captains for Washington State Ferries. Ask him what his meeting with a recent group of recreational sailors was all about and he’ll…

BoatUS Spring Commissioning Checklist

Our friends at BoatUS have compiled a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right. Although a yearly haul-out is not necessary, at a minimum you could ask your diver to check your anodes and prop…

With racing on the horizon, it’s time to pull out the safety card

Looking out the window on the plane home to Alaska, Porter catches my eye while thumbing through the contents in the seat pocket in front of him. I don't say a word, yet I'm curious as to what he finds interesting. Within…

Failing to Safety: Crossfire and the 2016 Vic-Maui

Photo by Jan Anderson. This article, by Cara Kuhlman, originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of 48° North.  In the early miles of the 2016 Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race, Crossfire, a 55-foot custom…