Summer Sailstice News & Stories
Dale Counihan, the Cruising Director of the Neenah-Nodaway Yacht Club in Wisconsin wrote in to describe a perfect Summer Sailstice weekend on the largest lake in Wisconsin:
Encinal Yacht Club, located on the Pacific island of Alameda, CA, hosted its own celebration of sailing on Summer Sailstice by inviting the public in for sailboat rides, cannons firing, hosting small boat races, running a boatbuilding contest, jamming with a full day of music and facilitating the fun with generous helpings of Dark 'n Stormies from event sponsor Goslings Rum.
The heat was turned up in Chile last weekend when Claudio Undurraga A. celebrated the 15th annual Summer Sailstice in Algarrobo, with his daughter and her dog Copihue. While most Summer Sailstice sailors would have enjoyed their weekend sailing on the longest day of the year, Claudio and his crew sailed on Chili’s shortest day of the year, the winter solstice.
Dan Krier of Marine Service Center has participated in all 15 Summer Sailstice celebrations starting in 2001 with their very first Pacific Northwest Jeanneau Rendezvous. The event has grown along with Summer Sailstice as an annual tradition for the Pacific Northwest Jeanneau fleet.
In a complicated, tumultous leg from Lorient France to The Hague Team Alvimedica turned a last place start into a commanding victory finishing almost two hours ahead of their nearest rivals Dongfeng. And with that they're celebrating Summer Sailstice and will soon be hoisting sails for the finale to Gothenburg. Watch Captain Mark Towill took a moment to invite all sailors everywhere to hoist their sails this weekend with Team Alvimedia:
While Summer Sailstice is connecting sailors and sailing across a wide variety of disciplines and the vast expanse of the oceans we also know it connects people through a heritage spanning generations. Paul Fenn just posted a story on his blog connecting the gift of sailing, Father's Day and Summer Sailsice.
Videos are something realtively new to Summer Sailstice – especially invitation vids. But they are popping up as the event – scheduled for this weekend, June 20-21 – approaches. Here are a few featuring some better-known sailors who will be taking part. . .and a good way to start thinking about the video you'll enter in the video contest powered by Harken!
Everyone who sails knows it’s good for the mind and body. What you might not know are there are studies out there that back that up. Here are a few takes on the subject from around the Web.
We're excited to have global sailing legend, Loick Peyron, signing on again for his 5th Summer Sailstice celebration. This year he'll be racing in the legendary Record SNSM off the South Coast of Brittany which he last raced during Summer Sailstice when he and his crew set the course record aboard the maxi-trimaran 'Banque Populaire V' in 2012. Last year he then took 'Banque Populaire VII' to win the Rhoute to Rhum in record setting time.
It’s T Minus 7 days and counting. Yes, just one week until the Summer Sailstice weekend, June 20-21. We imagine most of you have already made plans. But if not, or you’re still on the fence, here’s a Top Ten list of ways you can celebrate.
One of the things we most enjoy about Summer Sailstice and, in fact, one of the primary reasons we created Summer Sailstice was to find a moment in time to recognize, connect and make visible the whole world of sailing. It's more complicated than we ever imagined! Really sailing is pretty simple - hoist sails, go sailing. But the endlessly creative nature of humans and sailors can find more unique ways of doing it than we ever imagined.
Are you a son of a son of a sailor? Or just going sailing on Summer Sailstice? If so two opportunities emerge from Margaritaville:
- by signing up for Summer Sailstice you have a chance to win the Margaritaville Cordless Explorer Frozen Conconction Maker and
Beneteau is inviting their ownes and sailors to join Beneteau for Summer Sailstice - because everyone should start their summer by hoisting their sails on the solstice weekend.
Today's June 13 Beneteau newsletter sent out to Beneteau sailors across the US went on to say:
Summer Sailstice is a worldwide celebration of sailing on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. This year, a community of 19,000 sailors will be celebrating next weekend, June 20-21.
US Sailing is the go-to organization for sailboat racing in America, and kind of the de facto father figure for everyone else who enjoys the sport. Perhaps their highest calling in the racing arena is the selection and training of the US Olympic Sailing Team. At the other end of the spectrum, they are tireless supporters of the training of new sailors. And by “new” we don’t necessarily mean raw beginners. There are also many programs out there to enhance the skills of longtime sailors.
Here's the main thing, the goal on Summer Sailstice is for everyone to hoist their main and make some tracks under sail. New tools make it easier to measure and share those tracks. You no longer have to look at the Volvo Ocean race website and think about how they lay down their sailing routes across the globe because you can now do the same. A new app, Boat Book, has combined a log and tracking for you to post your tracks.
On San Francisco Bay the Unofficial Washed Up Yacht Club will be looking to best their 26 boat 2014 raft up in Clipper Cove off of Treasre Island in San Francisco Bay. They're actuallly going to be the very first Summer Sailstice event because, with some schedule conflicts, they decided to do it the weekend before the actual Summer Sailstice. They're getting together to celebrate sailing - we think that's the main goal.
SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA (June 5, 2015) – For the 15th annual global celebration of sailing Summer Sailstice and Harken have teamed up to inspire sailors to bring the spectacular, action-packed world of sailing to life by submitting their best video shot on the weekend of June 20th.
Published on May 28, 2015 | Sailing Scuttlebutt
by John Arndt, Summer Sailstice founder
SailSFBay.org is a Northern California non-profit dedicated to growing participation in sailing by publicizing access to sailing. Like so many sailing communities there are a myriad of programs, businesses, clubs and other organziations that provide access to the Bay Areas spectacular sailing conditions.
How are people getting the word out about their Summer Sailstice celebration? Of course they've posted their event on the Summer Sailstice website but then many are doing some local advertising, sending out press releases, creating landing pages and all working together to create some positive visibility for sailing. If you've got something you've done email it here.
One of the favorite ways people celebrate Summer Sailstice is a cruise with friends, family or like-minded sailors to a favorite anchorage or other destination. Here are some examples of what folks are doing across the country this coming June 20-21.
The SoCal 300 is just a 'warm up' for more extreme sailing adventures ahead and given the starting conditions on May 22 it's a good one. Southern California is not known for lots of wind but boats racing in the inaugural SoCal 300 got some ideal sailing conditions. And Sharon Green of Ultimate Sailing captured the images:
As a kid I was fortunate to have parents who started my brothers and I sailing in small boats, first a Sea Snark and then a 10’ Turnabout (or National 10). Sailing was fun. It was an escape, an adventure and allowed my brothers and a way to explore our small world. But it was sailing stories that inspired me to sail beyond our little cove and stick our bow out into the ocean.
There are lots of open houses, rallies and other events created to celebrate sailing. Many are inviting all sailors to come join them on the water. One reason to post your event on the Summer Sailstice website is so people in your area can find it and join you. But what if you want to expand that invitation?
Some, like the Paradise Point Yacht Club on Smithville Lake in Missouri, have added their event to Craig's List:
Congrats to Steve who will go for a sail in the St. Lawrence sea way out of Quebec City as I will be preparing my new-to-me Freedom 39 for the delivery to Halifax, Nova Scotia the following week. Everyone knows there will be something that has to be checked under sail. We look forward to seeing some pics after he goes sailing with his new burgee!!