A bumpy passage and lost toilet seat

Brisk winds and turbulent seas lead to an overboard toilet seat at the end of a passage                                   The Charlotte Straits can be as calm, serene, and peaceful as any sailor in the dead of night could…

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…

Thoughts on sailing the West Coast of Vancouver Island

We just finished our first full circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. This is a big milestone for many sailors, although for several years we shied away from it – partly due to misplaced fears, and partly because we don’t do…

Cruising Barkley Sound

This article, by Conrad Wharton, is from the February 2017 issue of 48° North. It was mid April and still raining, even after two cups of coffee. It seemed miserable out, but we were motivated to make it to Ucluelet, most of…