Summer Sailstice News & Stories

Featured Events, Prizes, Sailing Inspiration, Sailstice Tales, News

Winners are Grinners - New Sailor Completes Class, and Wins Prize!

Vallejo Yacht Club, CA, was the scene of multiple celebrations on June 18, as enthusiastic young sailor, Sterling spent the day completing his 'Introduction to Sailing' class!

July 21, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Club Nautique Members Explore

 
Club Nautique member Roberto Almodobar and crew did the sensible thing for Summer Saisltice - they went sailing.  It doesn't take much of a change in course to discover something new.  Roberto sent in some pics and a few words to describe the day:
 
July 17, 2016 by John A
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Hampton YC Adjusts the Sails

Did we really learn this from Dolly Parton? A common life lesson from sailing is how we can't change the wind but can only adjust our sails.

July 17, 2016 by John A
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Fort Peck Gains Sailors Through Summer Sailstice

Fort Peck Sailing Club is possibly one of the newest sailing clubs in existence, but it’s certainly not going unnoticed. This thriving young club began its life in the summer of 2015 and has taken sailing by the sheets to engage people of all ages in the great sport.

July 14, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Ninnescah Sailing Association Enjoys Exciting Sailstice Celebrations!

The Ninnescah Sailing Association in Wichita, Kansas celebrated Summer Sailstice with a social gathering ahead of the annual blessing of the fleet to kick off what can only be a great summer of sailing.

July 14, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Summer Sailstice Competitions Extended to July 17!

We've extended the deadline for the 2016 Video, Sea Shanty, and Boat Restorations competitions. Meanwhile, take a look at some of the video entries we've received so far...

July 13, 2016 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

Encinal Yacht Club Scores Again!

2016 EYC Summer Sailstice

Every good cocktail has just the right blend of ingredients and, like the smooth, Gosling’s Dark ‘N Stormies served up at the Encinal Yacht Club at their 2016 Summer Sailstice, the event blended all the right elements for a energized day of celebrating sailing.

July 10, 2016 by John A
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Amazing 4 Days of Sailing

Shelly Willard and Randall von Wedel of the Corinthian Yacht Club in San Francisco got in the spirit of celebrating sailing by making it a four-day event.  That's still too short when you're having a good time but so much better than not being there at all. 

Shelly sent photos and details of idyllic looking Summer Sailstice weekend. 

Boat: Oceana, Halberg Rassy 33

July 10, 2016 by John A
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Islander 36's Gather At Encinal Yacht Club

Smokey Stover of the Islander 36 'Evanescence' attended the Summer Sailstice celebration at the Encinal YC with family, Lauire, Sarah and Evan and expressed the sentiment many Bay Area sailors feel when the

July 10, 2016 by John A
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The Magic of Maine

The season is short but the magic is eternal.  For anyone with a sailing ‘bucket list’ it would be considered very short-sighted if it did not include at least one, if not several, sailing adventures on the coast of Maine.

July 7, 2016 by John A
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Shoreline Lake in Silicon Valley Hosts Sailstice Open House

Shoreline Lake Sailing, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, took the opportunity of a sailing celebration to promote its lake sailing opportunities to the public and to add to their Father's Day events.

July 7, 2016 by John A
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Lake Canyon Yacht Club Celebrates Sensational Second Summer Sailstice

Captain Kirk (aka Gary Kirkham) sent us a round up of the Lake Canyon Yacht Club's second annual Summer Sailstice celebration. From the sounds of Capt. Kirk's news, the LCYC is gaining a following and enjoying a taste of notoriety for their Summer Sailstice activities...

July 4, 2016 by Monica Grant
News

Loick Peyron's Annual Summer Sailstice Celebration

It's rare to find a moment when world-renowned sailor Loick Peyron is not crossing an ocean or tuning up the Artemis America's Cup team but this year's Summer Sailstice found him back from a victorious Artemis Racing America's Cup weekend in Chicago taking a breat

June 27, 2016 by John A
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Roosters Show off their Colors in “Restore a Small Boat” Competition

Teresa Smith-Galoob and her family love their Roosters, but we’re not talking about the kind that crow loudly and wake up the neighbors at 4am, we’re talking about the Rooster Class Sailboats.

June 25, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Sailstice, Boat Tug-O-War in Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL was the setting for an inter-club raft up and tug-o-war between the Gulfstream Sailing Club,

June 25, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Oklahoma Sailors Celebrate Despite Imminent Storms

Teresa Smith Galoob and her husband, Mike, were part of a small but hardy group of sailors who braved bleak weather and storm warnings to celebrate Summer Sailstice in Oklahoma.

June 23, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Father's 'Celebrating Sailstice' Day!

Dad’s across the country had the best of both worlds last weekend when they combined Father’s Day with Summer Sailstice…

June 23, 2016 by Monica Grant
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More 'Happy Snaps' from Summer Sailstice 2016!

Keep sending us your photos they look great!

June 22, 2016 by Monica Grant
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16th Annual Pacific Northwest Jeanneau Rendezvous

Marine Service Center in the Pacific Northwest is probably the longest, continually-running, Summer Sailstice celebration with the stars aligning on the very first year for a combined celebration.  Northern latitude sailors naturally appreciate the additional light of the solstice but also know starting the summer by celebrating sailing with friends the best way to assure a great season ahead.
June 21, 2016 by John A
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Early-Bird Pics from Summer Sailstice 2016!!!

Take a look and see what's been happening around the country for Summer Sailstice 2016...

June 20, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Can This Be My Entry for the Small Boat Restoration Competition??

How’s your Small Boat Restoration project looking? Here's a bit of an insight in to getting 100+-year-old schooners ready for the summer season.

June 16, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Prize Donors Celebrate in California, Sweden and Germany!

What do New Legacy Productions, Waterline Design and 2K Yachting have in Common? They're all Summer Sailstice prize donors, and they're all joining the whole world in celebration of sailing this weekend!

June 15, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Restore a Small Boat Comp: This Little Boat Shines!

Andrew Cross and his family have restored a Quartermaster 8 sailing/rowing dinghy, which was quite un-seaworthy when they began.

June 14, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Competitions for Summer Sailstice 2016!

Deadline Extended Until Midnight on Sunday, July 17!!!! Last chance to show us your creative talents!
 
We've organized three fun and easy competitions to help you celebrate Summer Sailstice 2016!  

 

Check out the details and get those creative juices flowing...

 

June 13, 2016 by Monica Grant
Sailstice Tales, News

The '70s Greatest Hits' 50 Boat Raft Up With Washed Up Yacht Club

With an eclectic collection of sailboats that might be titled after a favorite music compilation LP 'Greatest HIts of the 70's' Adam Katz and the Washed Up Yacht Club of Oakland, CA already held what's likely the largest Summer Sailstice raft-up ever with their one-week-early celebration in Clipper Cove on San Francisco Bay.

June 12, 2016 by John A
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Summer Sailstice Fever in Camden, ME

Camden, ME is hotting-up as the place to be for Summer Sailstice 2016 with a number of historic Schooners planning to celebrate on the tranquil waters of Penobscot Bay. If you haven't sailed on one of these beautiful vessels before, perhaps this is the year to do so.

June 12, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Anchors Aweigh with SailTime's Boat Sharing Expos

SailTime are coming out in force next weekend to help the whole world celebrate, with Boat Sharing Expos taking place at several of their U.S. locations!

June 10, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Jeanneau Owners Across the Country gather for Summer Sailstice Celebrations!

What are your Summer Sailstice plans? Jeanneau owners across the country are celebrating Summer Sailstice with Rendezvous in Seattle and Anacortes, WA., Annapolis, MD., and Vancouver, Western Canada.

June 9, 2016 by Monica Grant
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ASA China Joins the Celebration

As sailing participation grows in new parts of the world Summer Sailstice aims to invite them all to join in celebrating life under sail.

June 9, 2016 by John A
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June 8 - World Oceans Day - Rejoice?

Mankind has been sailing for about 4,000 years and during that time has been in awe of the power, expanse, capacity and bounty of the oceans.  in simpler sailing terms the ocean has been a great place to spend weekends, to go racing, to cruise to distant shores and generally a friendly ally for modern day recreational pleasures.

June 7, 2016 by John A
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What A Difference A Day Makes - Clipper Racers Head To NY!

Clipper Racers are now closing in on NYC where they will celebrate both the completion of another leg and Summer Sailstice on the docks at Liberty Landing Marina in New Jersey. They will then depart on the full moon solstice for the final ocean leg across the Atlantic. - See more at: http://www.summersailstice.com/article/what-difference-day-makes-clipper...

June 7, 2016 by John A
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AMERICAN SAILING ASSOCIATION JOINS "SUMMER SAILSTICE"

June 6, 2016 by John A
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Who are our Summer Sailstice Supporters? Ft. Cruising Outpost Magazine

Cruising sailors exist in all parts of the world and come from all walks of life. So who are some of these people and where did they come from, or more importantly, how did they find their passion and become seafaring adventurers?

June 1, 2016 by Monica Grant
Prizes, News

Summer Sailstice Sailors are Everywhere!

We recently awarded some America's Cup hats, and Summer Sailstice Burgees from North Sails, to people who signed up to sail aboard their Jeanneau, Beneteau, Hobie, Catalina, or Hunter, and what we discovered was pretty cool...

May 31, 2016 by Monica Grant
News

Sailing Is Simple - Hoist - Go Sailing

On the summer solstice, the first weekend of summer, the sun is high, the days are long, the air warm and school is out.  And, in 2016, there's even a full moon (on Monday).

May 30, 2016 by John A
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Three Weeks and Counting Down!

Summer Sailstice 2016 is now only 3 weeks away... Are you ready?

If not, here's a quick run down on what you need to do - 

1. Sign up

2. Post your sailing plans

May 30, 2016 by Monica Grant
News

Three Day Weekend For Full Moon Solstice

The solstice was chosen for a global celebration of sailing because it's an awesome weekend to sail!  It is the official start of the  summer with the most daylight hours of the year for the vast majority of the world's sailors (sorry, not all!).

May 27, 2016 by John A
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice on the Gulf of Mexico!

Has anyone sailed in the Gulf of Mexico recently? How about ‘planning to sail’ the in Gulf?
From what I hear the Gulf Coast provides some pretty fun sailing opportunities, and judging by some of the Summer Sailstice events posted from the locals there, I might have heard right!
Here are what some crews are getting up to:

May 27, 2016 by Monica Grant
News

Beneteau Invites Owners to Hoist Sails and Win!

 
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
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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
News

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
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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
News

Sailing Renaissance On The Water And In The News?

Has everyone spent so much time staring at computer screens that they're finally looking up to see a lone sailboat and starting to think, how come I'm not out there sailing?  Truth is the vast majority of people live pretty close to a body of water with sailing available yet the vast majority of those same people also feel they need to 'win the lottery' to sail.  Not so.  

May 21, 2016 by John A
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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
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SailSFBay.org Invites San Francisco Bay Residents to Sail!

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
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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
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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

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