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I am a sailor, passionate about being on the water, sharing sailing, and the boating community. Since college, I have regularly contributed to various sailing publications including Sailing Anarchy, Three Sheets Northwest, 48° North Magazine and occasionally covering “boat tech” for GeekWire.


Nice to meet you, Felicity Ann - This September we enjoyed one of Western Washington’s many festivals that shine a light on the unique culture that has been cultivated here. There’s the Tulip Festival in Burlington, the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, Salmon Days in Issaquah and our destination: The Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. 3 days where boat nerds gather […]
The New Northwest Passage - I could see the towering ice, imagine the unrelenting cold and felt in awe of the Arctic. Yet, the whole time I was sitting at my corner desk, tucked beneath the window and looking out on some of Seattle’s darkest and rainiest days. For two weeks, while writing The New Northwest Passage: Century-old Challenges and Modern […]
Crossfire’s Close Call - While I have sailed across the Pacific, I can’t imagine racing across it; let alone in a 55-foot high-performance custom race boat like Crossfire. Last month, I interviewed navigator Bruce Hedrick and boat manager Nigel Barron about Crossfire‘s 2016 Vic-Maui race and subsequent retirement. The skills, logistics, and dedication required of both boat and crew to participate […]
Lunch with Laura - Last month, I had the opportunity to visit the Portland Yacht Club with 48° North Editor Joe Cline and interview the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator. Most sailors reaction: “Woah, cool.” Most non-sailors reaction: “What does that mean?” It means the quiet and thoughtful 21-year old woman having lunch across the table from me traveled 36,000 […]
Recently Published – The Wiring Whisperer & The Top 10 Sailing Movies - The new year didn’t truly set in for me until mid-January. I’m a little behind, I guess! At the beginning of January my latest profile for 48° North, Dan Hopkins: The Wiring Whisperer, appeared in the January issue of the print magazine. A retired electrician and experienced liveaboard, Dan is a “guiding light” in his community helping […]
Recently Published- The Deep End: A Dinghy Sailor Dives In - Back from the Boat I returned from French Polynesia just over two months ago and it feels more than an ocean away. Days at sea, meals at an angle, and delicious Tahitian fruit are no longer the norm. However, I do now enjoy regular showers, excellent coffee, and my own bed. Kids at summer camp […]
Gone Sailing - SEA you later! Stories to come after I’ve arrived here:
Recently Published: PNW Sailor Couple Profiles - Seattle is home to a thriving and very social sailing community. Among college age, competitive, or casual sailors it is not uncommon to meet “sailing couples” who spend time together both on and off the water. As most sailors know the dynamics on a sailboat can range from inspiring teamwork to laid back silliness, or tense […]
Quality Quotes - Quotes appear in fortunes, under bottle caps, on tea bags, and scattered across the internet. Even out of context, each specific arrangement of words is powerful enough to give pause. Sometimes this power comes from the speaker or topic touched upon. Like a fortune, each individual finds something different in a quote, it either strikes a chord […]

All sailing clips:

48° North Magazine Online, February 2017: Important Inspiration at “Women in Boating” Panel

48° North Magazine, February 2017: The New Northwest Passage: Century-Old Challenges and Modern-Day Changes in the Arctic

GeekWire, January 2017: Why did the chicken cross the sea? To be this French sailor’s new best friend — and an online hit

48° North Magazine, December 2016: Failing to Safety: Crossfire and Vic-Maui 2016

48° North Magazine, November 2016: Laura Dekker: 48° North Interview

GeekWire, September 2016: Riding the wave: New technology makes surfing possible, even miles from the ocean

GeekWire, April 2016: ‘Tesla for Boats’: Seattle startup Pure Watercraft launches quiet, convenient electric outboards

48° North Magazine Online, February 2016: Leschi Leaves Limbo

48° North Magazine Online, January 2016: Top Ten Sailing Movies: Part One and Part Two

48° North Magazine, January 2016: Dan Hopkins: The Wiring Whisperer

Three Sheets Northwest, December 2015: Discussion on proposed Lake Union seaplane runway hosted by NMTA

Three Sheets Northwest, October 2015: Fickle flare disposal in King County

48° North Magazine, September 2015: The Deep End: A Dinghy Sailor Dives In

48° North Magazine, February 2015: PNW Sailor Couple Profiles, A 48° North Special Valentine’s Day Report

48° North Magazine, September 2014: Sail Orcas and OIYC: Community Sailing is Thriving on Orcas Island

48° North Magazine, May 2014: Youth Sailing Open House

48° North Magazine, January 2014: Can This Boat Flip Over?

48° North Magazine, November 2012: Sail Sand Point Octoberfest

Sailing Anarchy: 28 Races? No freaking way! as “Anarchist Karen”

Sailing Anarchy: Of Life and Sailing as “Anarchist Karen”

Sailing Anarchy: Seattleite of Love as “Anarchist Karen”

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