Summer Sailstice News & Stories


Beneteau Invites Owners to Hoist Sails and Win1

Beneteau has been launching boats and sailors for over a century.  Beneteau is celebrating this heritage by encouraging all owners to sign up and sail 'together' - wherever they are in the world. 
May 24, 2016 by John A
Featured Events

Mystical Paradise - Singlehanded on a Catalina 400

Tony Pozun of the Long Island Sound Catalina Owners Association is hosting their Summer Sailstice weekend picnic sail to Oyster Bay aboard his Catalina 400 with his wife Barbara.  It's one of 9 events schedued for 2016 for LISCO members and is immediately followed by a solstice sail to NYC!

May 24, 2016 by John A
Featured Events, News

Summer Sailstice in Maine, anyone?

If you're heading to Maine this summer or are lucky enough to live there, take a look at some of the Summer Sailstice events you might find in your area:

May 24, 2016 by Monica Grant

Frank Bulter - Builder of 75,000 Boats

Back in 1970 Frank Butler founded Catalina Yachts by launching the Catalina 22 hoping he might sell 300 of them.  He went on to sell 16,000.  That, combined with numerous other models leading up to the new Catalina 425 launching this week, has added up to 75,000 boats built during Butler's boatbuilding career - a career he still manages today as he continues now in his 90s.  

May 23, 2016 by John A

Life Under Sail - Exploring Why We Sail

We recently spent a couple of days touring and sailing around San Francisco Bay for a high school senior video project with Colby Marsh to explore the question why we sail and why it's worth celebrating.  The result is a terrific compilation of thoughts, scenes, tall ship and small ship perspectives sharing a bit more of the wonderful life that is sailing. 

May 23, 2016 by John A
Featured Events, News

What's Your Yacht Club Doing On Summer Sailstice?

On the solstice weekend Southern yacht clubs may be just starting to 'reason with hurrican season' while those in the North are putting on the last coast of varnish before launching for the long days of the short summer sailing season.  Regardless of Latitude all clubs know it's not the summer season ahead - it's the sailing season ahead and it's the right time to hoist sails and celebreate sailing.

May 20, 2016 by John A
Featured Events, News Invites San Francisco Sailors Sailing

Seven million people live in the greater San Francisco metro area and many will spend hours on the road to get to the coast, the mountains or some other regional escape to connect with nature.  However, for most, the Bay itself is the closest, quickest escape to nature available.

May 16, 2016 by John A
Featured Events, Prizes, Sailing Inspiration, Sailstice Tales, News

Celebrate with Sunsail, plus, be eligible for Sunsail's One-Week Bareboat Charter!

Sunsail is inviting sailors all over the world to join them on June 18 for the 16th annual Summer Sailstice.

May 12, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice with Cape Hatteras Marine!

Summer Sailstice prize donor, Cape Hatteras Marine, invites Summer Sailstice sailors to celebrate with them at the San Diego Boat Show on June 18!

May 6, 2016 by Monica Grant

Urban Sailors 'Step Into a Different Universe'

Sailors are amongst the select few who can live in densely populated urban environments, with a simple step, escape to a 'different universe.'  That universe is sailing.  If you live in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Boston, Chicago or San Francisco, and happen to be lucky enough to sail, it's almost hard to imagine the different way you experience living in your city compared to millions of your land-bound neighbors.  
May 2, 2016 by John A
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Have you ever attended a Gam?

Voyaging With Kids co-author, Behan Gifford, and her family are sailing to Essex, CT aboard their Stevens 47, 'Totem', to celebrate Summer Sailstice at the 4th annual SSCA Gam.

April 29, 2016 by Monica Grant

Purists May Scoff: Racine Yacht Club No Sails Required Race

In 2015 the Racine Yacht Club drafted the rules for a No Sails Required Regatta.  We think they should be required reading:
Racine Yacht Club Sails Not Required Regatta
April 27, 2016 by John A
Prizes, Sailing Inspiration, Sailstice Tales, News

Voyaging With Kids? Yes please!

Have you ever wanted to go cruising and didn’t, because you had kids? Have you ever wondered how your kids might cope with the voyaging life style, but didn't know who to ask?

April 25, 2016 by Monica Grant
Featured Events, Sailing Inspiration, Sailstice Tales, News

Wondering How To Celebrate Summer Sailstice?

Clubs, groups and friends all over the world are putting their pins on the map and inviting you to join them. 

April 22, 2016 by Monica Grant

New 2016 Event Map Tools

There are three categories for you to sign up to tell the story of sailing and showcase all the ways we sail - Public Events, Demo Events and Individual Plans.  When you post your event pick one of the three below:

April 17, 2016 by John A

Sailing Meetups - Picture Perfect Sailing Opportunities

Recently, Russ Carrington of Action Water Sports in Marina Del Rey California sent an invitation to join his new Southern California Sailing Adventures Meetup which we had to join just in case we're in SoCal with another sail craving without a sailboat.  The Southern California Sailing Adventures Meetup 'About' page starts like this:

April 16, 2016 by John A
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice at the Jeanneau Rendezvous in Western Canada

Jeanneau owners in Western Canada are celebrating this year’s Summer Sailstice with the 16th annual Western Canada Jeanneau Rendezvous. Jenny Armstrong from event sponsor, Fraser Yacht Sales, says the Rendezvous crea

April 13, 2016 by Monica Grant
Sailing Inspiration, Sailstice Tales, News

Sailing North...

Hello Sailors. If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting many stories recently, it’s because my husband, Jay, and I, Jay's cousin, Colton, and our golden Retriever, Kira are sailing our 1983 Tayana 37’ from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Camden, ME where we hope to be celebrating the 2016 Summer Sailstice with Maine Windjammer Cruises. Now, if you're familiar with East Coast weather patterns, you'll probably already know that this time of year is notorious for rough and variable conditions and that passage making might be better left until a few weeks later. Jay and I were not privy to this information...

April 10, 2016 by Monica Grant

See You at Strictly Sail Pacific?

Summer Sailstice will be introducing the new 2016 apparel at the Strictly Sail Pacific show in Booth H-9.  You can still buy advance tickets here and use the discount code Summsail to get an extra $2 off.

April 4, 2016 by John A
Prizes, Sailing Inspiration, Sailstice Tales, News

NauticEd Prize Winner Gains More Than a Certification!

'Thank you for providing a tool that gets people interested in sailing. I might not have done this for my family, had it not been for your efforts.'

April 1, 2016 by Monica Grant

What do I do for Summer Sailstice?

The easy answer is - go sailing!  A more complete answer offers several possibilities. 

March 27, 2016 by John A
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Summer Sailstice Celebrations in Germany

Helmut and Almute Kraus, founders and owners of 2K Yachting will experience their first Summer Sailstice celebration this coming June, both as sailors and as prize donors.

March 20, 2016 by Monica Grant
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“Terry and Allison Sail the BVI” Part II: 2015 ‘Sunsail Charter' Winners Share Their BVI Holiday Memories

Terry and Allison Canade from the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, Lake Michigan took the opportunity to get out of the chilly Chicago weather and enjoy some warmth and sunshine by redeeming their 2015 Summer Sailstice prize, from Sunsail Yacht Charters.

March 16, 2016 by Monica Grant

Dirt Boating, Ice Boating - Sailing

It's often been said that cruising is camping without the dirt.   Then there's 'dirt-boating' which is sailing without the water.
March 14, 2016 by John A
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Getting Sail-Ready!

Hi again Sailors! We’ve been busy organizing some great gear for your up coming June Celebration, which if you happen to be counting (like I am) is now only 15 weeks away.
So make sure you’re signed up, have your sailing plans posted so we can all see what you’re getting up to, and take a look at the new prizes we’ve added this week...

March 9, 2016 by Monica Grant
Prizes, Sailstice Tales, News

Here are Some New, Fun Prizes for Summer Sailstice 2016!

Hi again Sailors. Have you signed up yet? Summer Sailstice is only 16 weeks away, and the prize pool is growing… This week we welcome 2K Yachting, Whitecaps Marine Outfitters, 48° North Sailing Magazine, J/Boats, and Kala Brand Ukuleles.

February 26, 2016 by Monica Grant
Prizes, Sailing Inspiration, News

Sign-Up To Win!

I recently read that baseball practice has commenced, at least for the SF Giants in California. So why is this relevant? Because it means summer is on its way and soon we'll be able to go sailing all day, everyday. Get ready now so that when the warmer weather finally gets here there will nothing left to do, but jump on board and hoist your sails! 

February 19, 2016 by Monica Grant

Getting the Whole Family Involved with Junior Sailing

This Article by Andrew Nelson Appeared in the February 2016 issue of 48° North Magazine.
February 17, 2016 by John A
Prizes, News

Look Who's Onboard For Summer Sailstice 2016

Sailing, sailing, sailing… What more do you need than to be sailing? Other than a few goodies for your boat perhaps. Take a look at who and what we’ve added to the Summer Sailstice prize pool!

February 12, 2016 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

Is It Time To Go Sailing Yet?

Happy Saturday! Hopefully you’re enjoying some warm sunny weather now, after such a lot of snow on the East Coast. For a while there I thought it was going to snow right here in Florida.

January 30, 2016 by Monica Grant
Prizes, News

Have you signed up for Summer Sailstice 2016?

There are only 21 weeks left before the big day, so if you haven't yet, Sign Up to be in the draw for some of this year’s great prizes…

January 22, 2016 by Monica Grant
Prizes, News

Who are our Summer Sailstice Supporters, and how do they Sail?

Have you ever wondered how some of our Summer Sailstice supporters came to be involved in sailing?

January 20, 2016 by Monica Grant
Sailing Inspiration, Sailstice Tales, News

Quantum Key West Race Week Announces Clean Regatta!

Summer Sailstice partners, Sailors for the Sea, are continually doing their best to promote healthy oceans through educating and inspiring sailors to engage in environmentally sustainable practices.

January 13, 2016 by Monica Grant

The Rose of Byron

We’re pretty sure that one day, sailboats will be required to carry a Surgeon General’s warning about the dangers of addiction. Especially wooden boats. And most especially, old wooden schooners. Over the years we’ve seen it time and again: an otherwise intelligent, level-headed fellow takes one look at a schooner and, well, he’s hooked.
January 12, 2016 by JR
Featured Events, Sailstice Tales, News

Congratulations to our First Summer Sailstice Prize-Winner for 2016!

Julien Hofberg has won the first Summer Sailstice participation prize for 2016!

January 7, 2016 by Monica Grant
Featured Events, Sailstice Tales, News

2016 is almost here! Have You Posted Your Plans for Summer Sailstice Yet?

Summer Sailstice 2016 is only 27 weeks away! Think that's a long time? It's not really when you think about how fast this year has flown by, so maybe now is a good time to set your own plans for next year's annual, Global Celebration of Sailing. After all 2016 is now less than 12 hours away and summer will soon follow.
Take a look at some of the plans already posted...

December 31, 2015 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

Need More Reasons To Take Up Sailing?

Almost everyday we are confronted with news stories, social media posts, and videos telling us that climate change is underway and the level of our oceans is rising.

December 29, 2015 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

Summer Sailing Down Under: Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Again!

So it’s the middle of winter, the year is almost over, and you’re sitting by the fire gazing out the window at your wrapped, snow-covered sailing boat sitting on the lawn?

December 28, 2015 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

Does Your Favorite Sailor Have Everything He or She Needs To Be Ready for Summer Sailstice 2016?

Christmas is only 3 days away and if you're anything like me, chances are you haven't quite completed your Christmas Gift shopping list! Well fear not, we've put together a list of great ideas that will not only take care of 'last-minute' gifts, but are perfectly suited for that 'special sailor' in your life...

December 21, 2015 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

Summer Sailstice 2016 Is On Its Way!

So it’s almost the weekend again, and for many of us our thoughts are turning to sailing! Or perhaps for those sailors in the northern parts, the thoughts are more about a lack of sailing. But fear not, winter will pass, and so too will those long dark nights. Before you know it the winter will have turned to summer and Summer Sailstice will be just around the corner.
Getting excited yet? If not, read about these great prizes that are waiting for Summer Sailstice 2016 participants -

December 18, 2015 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

Happy Hobie Winner Shares Good Fortune and Good Sailing!

Celebrating sailing with Summer Sailstice earned this lucky lady a major prize from the Hobie Cat Company! But not one to keep things to herself, Helene shared her good fortune with some eager youngsters!

December 17, 2015 by Monica Grant

Nominated For Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award

We were happy to hear we were recently nominated by US Sailing for the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award which 'recognizes the men and women who are making significant contributions to educate, volunteer, advocate or simply encourage participation in sailing within their community or beyond.'  If we win the award Old Pulteney will donate $5,000 to a local non-profit,, which promotes the growth of sailing

December 16, 2015 by John A

Bringing Sailing to the People

One of the great challenges of introducing sailing to the public is it is often out of site and more difficult to reach.  Most kids growing up look out their classroom window and see soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, football fields and a multitude of other sports played right on school grounds and in public parks.  Typically sailing is far less visible and therefore hard to envision participating.

December 12, 2015 by John A
Sailstice Tales, News

Get Ready for Summer Sailstice 2016!

Summer Sailstice 2016 is approaching faster than it may seem. I realize we still need to get through winter and spring before we can begin enjoying those twilight sails without freezing our fingers off, but the time will pass, and soon we’ll be shouting, “Raise the main, grab the sheets, more trim, tie it off…” and then we’ll know summer is truly upon us.

December 11, 2015 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

Summer Sailstice 2016 earns one eager sailor a book prize!

Gaylen Smith will be spending his winter reading all about sailing adventures in French Polynesia thanks to author, Sally-Christine Rodgers!

December 10, 2015 by Monica Grant

Myth: Sailing is complicated and expensive.

One perceived barrier to sailing, which Summer Sailstice aims to rectify, is the myth that sailing is expensive.  Many will call us liars believeing that trying to remedy this myth is dishonest, since we all 'know' sailing actually is expensive. However, we think what's truly happened is that the marketing of sailing, like so many products, has skewed towards a target audience of the 1%.

November 15, 2015 by John A
Sailstice Tales, News

Point Yacht Club, Alabama Boasts Harken Video Comp Winner

Becky Graham from the Point Yacht Club in Josephine, Alabama is this year’s winner of the Harken Video Competition. 

Becky’s entry titled “Adventures in Sailing and Other Stuff” was filmed entirely ‘on location’, with a cast of more than 50 Summer Sailstice sailors enjoying the celebrations and becoming film stars in their own right!

November 8, 2015 by Monica Grant

Peace, Love, Sailing in Annapolis

We're walking the docks at the Annapolis Boat Show and crossed paths with Jeff & Barb Steele of the Hunter 27 "Melanna'.  We connected because Jeff was wearing his 'Peace, Love, Sailing' Summer Sailstice t-shirt and we couldn't help but say hello.  Jeff and Barb have been dedicated Summer Sailstice particpants for several years as members of the Chesapeake based Hunter Sailing Association Station #1.

October 29, 2015 by John A

Keeping It Simple - Pleasant Bay Community Boating

One of the common themes in conversations about growing participation in sailing is 'how do we keep sailing simple?'  It's actually always been simple but perhaps something we've managed to complicate in our endless quest for the ultimate sailboat and day of sailing.  But your goal is not the world's fastest, most efficient sail but rather a pleasant afternoon with family and friends there's almost nothing simpler than an afternoon sail.

October 26, 2015 by John A
Sailstice Tales, News

Ever Wanted to Sail Through French Polynesia?

Enter our newest competition to win a copy of Sally-Christine Rodgers' book Convergence!

Convergence tells the story of Sally-Christine's lifelong passion for the ocean, and the French Polynesian adventure during which she faced her fears and learnt "to surrender to nature". 

October 23, 2015 by Monica Grant