Summer Sailstice News & Stories
Where, and with who will you be sailing on June 24 this year?
Dean is the first Sailstice sailor to enter the 2017 ‘Restore An Old Sailboat’ contest with his 1970, Ericson 32'.
Belt out some salty sailing tunes this Summer Sailstice, and you could win a Kala Brand Ukulele and a subscription to Ukulele magazine.
Artists Marcus Lui will be at the Encinal Yacht Club Sailstice Festival to paint scenes and also sell their work.
Is this a trick question? Not really, we're putting out the call for Hunter sailboat owners to join us for Summer Sailstice, and are excited to see how many are on the water this June!
Are you Hosting a Summer Sailstice Event? Want to win a 2017 Summer Sailstice burgee for your boat? Todd won a burgee and you could win one too. Just be like Todd!
Do you know the origins of your Hobie sailcraft? Did you know that Hobie’s first venture on the water was in the production of surfboards?
Summer Sailstice is on June 24, and World Ocean Festival kicks off with an Ocean March on June 4. You can start with the March and Sail right on into the Sailstice!
Croatian students from homes for children without parents, will have the opportunity to sail traditional boats during this year's Summer Sailstice through Adriatic Maritime Institute's summer program, the Kornati Adventure.
Jody and John Horner won a personalized boarding mat from Cape Hatteras Marine during Summer Sailstice 2017, and this is what they did!
This year we've got four Contests for you enter. And on top of being fun, it means you have four extra chances to win some great prizes!
According to the statement that heads up Jeanneau's list of values and commitments, Jeanneau is on a mission to preserve marine biodiversity.
'It’s near the bridge, on Quai des Greniers, that our grandfather created his boatyard in 1884, on which, of course, figured his name: BÉNÉTEAU.' - Annette Roux.
Frank Butler said that when he founded Catalina Yachts in 1970, his goal was to build good boats that are good value for his customers, and that Catalinas are “the result of listening carefully to our customers and dealers.”
The Summer Sailstice 2017 prize pool is looking pretty exciting, as we welcome aboard new and long-term supporters who collectively have donated hundreds of prizes for Summer Sailstice participants.
The weather in the Bay Area this weekend has been stunning to say the least, and with winds of reportedly around 10 - 22 knots, sailors participating in the 118th Great Vallejo Race (GVR) have no doubt have been enjoying themselves immensely in what appeared to be near Sail-perfect conditions.
Boye Knives has joined Summer Sailstice and is donating a Folding 'Cobalt' Knife for one lucky Sailstice sailor!
Gary, Tom, and Nicole have each won a custom made, pre-programmed 2GB chart for the area of their choice from Summer Sailstice supporter, Navionics.
Twin Cities Sailing Club in Minneapolis is offering Free Sailboat rides!
Follow the link and find out how...
Are you still undecided about how to celebrate Summer Sailstice?
Here are some interesting plans and events that are registered for the 17th annual Sailstice celebrations.
Navionics has been helping sailors, power boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts keep on track for more than 30 years, and are continuing to be at the forefront of innovative charting and navigation.
East Coasters are getting into the swing of things with lots of sailing events already registered for this years Sailstice celebrations. Take a look and see what's happening!
Soundings Magazine ran this story about the the lessons sailing offer beyond moving a boat through the water by force of wind. Over time most sailors get to appreciate this but it may often be hard to express.
No matter where you sail, the oceans provide for you every single day. It supplies half the air we breathe; distributes heat around the globe, and is a primary source of protein for 2.6 billion people. But humans have damaged this precious resource with plastic pollution; overfishing and we are even changing the chemistry of the ocean.
Californian sailor, Mark Werder is a two-time prize winner.
You don't always have to use your own imagination to celebrate with Summer Sailstice. Take a look at this list of events that are Open to the Public. You might find one nearby!
These crews are getting ahead and registering their Sailstice plans in preparation for the June celebration.
Now that the holiday season has passed and we’re on the other side of the winter solstice, it may be a good time to take a look at the summer ahead and make your sailng plans. This year Summer Sailstice is on the weekend of June 24, so you’ve got 5 months left to get on board.
North West Sailing Association member and Fleet Captain, Mike Saavedra, is this year’s winner of the GoSun Solar-powered Stove.
Are you a part of a Youth or Community Sailing Program and could use some small sailing dinghies?
Jody Horner is quite creative, and this year and was rewarded with a win in both the Video Challenge and the Sea Shanty Shake. But it sounds like this happy sailor also has a knack for bringing friends together to enjoy sailing, and the annual Summer Sailstice celebrations. This is what Jody has to say about her life on the water...
What this man won't do for sailing...
Congratulations to Summer Sailstice founder, John Arndt, on his newest venture as owner of West Coast sailing magazine, Latitude 38.
Elizabeth, Past Commmodore of the Windjammers Sailing Club on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, created a fun Summer Sailstice race event, which had sailors jostling for line honors before they even left the marina!
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 they