Graduating Senior Sailor Shoutouts, Part 2

Sending Senior Sailors of NWISA Off To Exciting New Adventures As is true for student athletes in any high school sport, senior year is steeped in tradition for sailors around the Pacific Northwest. Each team has their own…

Graduating Senior Sailor Shoutouts, Part 1

Sending Senior Sailors of NWISA Off To Exciting New Adventures As is true for student athletes in any high school sport, senior year is steeped in tradition for sailors around the Pacific Northwest. Each team has their own…

Sowing the Seeds of Speed While Fostering Fun

Influential Coaches & the High School Sailing Boom From the February issue of 48° North On a misty Saturday afternoon, I sit with one of the local island families in the Orcas Island High School gym watching their…

Education and Inspiration at US Sailing Coaches Clinic

Former college varsity coach, Blaine Pedlow, discusses coaching techniques for team sailboat racing. Photo courtesy of Andrew Nelson. Educating and Inspiring the Next Generation of Sailing Coaches On February 1, 2020, 80…

Experiential Learning, Maritime Style!

Port Townsend Maritime Academy Skills Center When Kelley Watson convenes her high school classes in Port Townsend, it might be in a classroom with a white board with tables and chairs. Or not. More likely, it will be in the…

College Match Racing: The Transition from Dinghies to Keelboats

While I can’t claim to know the exact origins of the sport of match racing, I’d be willing to guess that it began sometime immediately after construction of the second sailboat was complete. As humans, we seem to have a…

Setting Sail 2019: A Guide for the Sail Curious

Greetings, future sailors! Thank you for picking up this booklet and taking the first steps on your adventure into the fun and rewarding world of sailing. The goal of this guide is to help answer the question: How do I get…

Thoughts on Choosing a Sailing School

This article, by Stu Gilfillen, is from the March 2018 "Learn to Sail" issue of 48° North.  The famed author John Rousmarine once wrote, “The idea of sailing a boat upon the sea can seduce even the happiest farmer or…

The Right Price: Learning About Sailing and Life on Vashon

This article, by Mark Mosley, with illustrations by his brother, Rob Mosley, originally appeared in the the November 2017 issue of 48° North. Rob and I grew up with our parents in a modest house on the rocky stretch of…

The Coolest Sailing Program You’ve Never Heard Of

This 48° North Interview by Joe Cline originally appeared in the October 2017 issue. As many fabulous programs and learning opportunities exist around the Salish Sea, I’m not aware of any that are nearly as committed to…