Summer Sailstice News & Stories
Today/s equinox means a 12 hour day everywhere on the planet and is also the day we invite you to send in your best summer sailing photo. Celestial navigators know th equinox means the sun is directly over the equator at high noon and, regardless of your latitude, the time between sunrise and sunset is about 12 hours.
‘Learning to sail is a gift that never goes away, never fades, never ends.’
These are the words of Andrew Cross, this year’s winner of the Summer Sailstice ‘Restore a Small Boat’ competition.
'First I must thank Summer Sailstice for the inspiration to create videos of sailing at our club,' said Video Competition 1st place, winner Evelyn Bauer.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
Fort Lauderdale, FL was the setting for an inter-club raft up and tug-o-war between the Gulfstream Sailing Club,
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.
Dad’s across the country had the best of both worlds last weekend when they combined Father’s Day with Summer Sailstice…
Keep sending us your photos they look great!
Take a look and see what's been happening around the country for Summer Sailstice 2016...
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.
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!
Andrew Cross and his family have restored a Quartermaster 8 sailing/rowing dinghy, which was quite un-seaworthy when they began.
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.
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.
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!
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.
As sailing participation grows in new parts of the world Summer Sailstice aims to invite them all to join in celebrating life under sail.
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.
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...
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?
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...
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).
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!).
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.