Destinations: Flowing into Varney Bay

Here's our latest installment from Lynne Picard of SalishSeaPilot.com about a gem on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Friends snapped a photo of us anchored near the entrance to Varney Bay. (Photo by José Luis Gomez) It…

Taking Refuge in Canada

When an emergency stop is required inbound from Hawaii, an American couple finds shelter across a closed border From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North. Five hundred lonely miles west of Cape Flattery, the sickening sound…

Take it Slow Around Vancouver Island

If you have never cruised outside of the Salish Sea’s fairly protected waters, a certain amount of anxiety about sailing the west coast of Vancouver Island is natural. The waters on the Inside Passage are not without their…

New Boat Yard Set to Open at Maple Bay Marina

Vancouver Island's Maple Bay Marina recently announced they'll be opening a new boat yard on September 15. Our friends north of the border (and those waiting for the border to open) will be happy to learn that Maple Bay…

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…