Fun With Friends: 48° North Cruising Rally 2021

This article, co-written by Chuck Skewes and Joe Cline, originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of 48° North. Since 2018, 48° North has partnered with Ullman Sails to put on a cruising rally in the islands of the…

Three Sheets Northwest: Spring Surprises in the San Juans

We pulled into Rosario Resort on a gloriously warm Thursday afternoon and saw something we hadn’t expected to see — an almost empty marina. I walked up the dock as a group of geese and goslings swam in the shallow water…

With Busy Boating Season Ahead, Make Sure to Take Care of Your Own ‘Backyard’

If Covid-19 has taught Pacific Northwest boaters anything, it's the value of exploring our own backyards — especially the San Juan Islands.  As the high season of recreational boating kicks into gear throughout the Pacific…

Navigating a Small Boat Adventure During a Pandemic

In any normal year, I’d typically get two or three rowing trips under my belt in my home away from home, the Pacific Northwest. But the shutdown changed all of that—2020 is not a “normal” year. This year, I was grateful for…

How have we never been here before?

Rediscovering a sense of surprise and wonder while cruising close to home From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North. I’m a little embarrassed to admit we’d never really heard about Watmough Bay near the southeast tip of…

Island Life 2020

A Potpourri Of Perspectives about Cruising in the San Juan Islands From the August, 2020 issue of 48° North. For many boaters around the Pacific Northwest, the San Juan Islands are the quintessential destination for summer…

Interviews with Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor About Re-Opening

John Neal of Mahina Expeditions interviews representatives from Port of Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Resort about their recent openings The rumors are true, the San Juan Islands are open! According to the San Juan County…

Waggoner’s Details for Day-Use Reopening of Recreational Boating

Understanding and Following the Guidelines are Key to Continuing (and Increasing) Access, Now That Day-use Boating has Reopened Editor's Note: The team that brings you one of the most trusted names in cruising, Waggoner…

Rally Reflections, Part Two: The Real Business of Living

The big bay of the Crown Jewel. Exploring the Crown Jewel Sucia Island is both well known and well loved, and is commonly referred to as the "Crown Jewel of the San Juan Islands". It is a favorite among savvy cruisers and…

Rally Reflections Part One: Sailing to Sucia

Take a Trip Back in Time to Last Year's 48° North Cruising Rally (formerly called the Cascadia Cruising Rally) It’s natural to hop in the time machine right now—fly off to carefree days of travel, exploration, and…