Summer Sailstice News & Stories

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Join a Local Event for Summer Sailstice 2017!

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!

 

February 16, 2017 by Monica Grant
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Planning Ahead for Summer Sailstice 2017!

These crews are getting ahead and registering their Sailstice plans in preparation for the June celebration.

February 10, 2017 by Monica Grant
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice Offshore With 'Freda B'

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.

January 26, 2017 by Monica Grant
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Walker Bay 8s Looking for a New Home

Are you a part of a Youth or Community Sailing Program and could use some small sailing dinghies?

 

November 16, 2016 by Monica Grant
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S/V "Hula Girl" Shows Off Her New Ukulele!

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...

November 7, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Summer Sailstice Founder, John Arndt, Takes the Helm of Latitude 38

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.

October 25, 2016 by Monica Grant
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What Happens When the Race Starts at the Slip?

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!

October 22, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Roosters Shine in Oklahoma

Teresa Smith Galoob's work on her 

October 18, 2016 by Monica Grant
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Sailors for love and for life!

‘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.

September 15, 2016 by Monica Grant
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'Thanks John, for Summer Sailstice!'

'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.

September 9, 2016 by Monica Grant
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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We’re on a Sailing Mission…Why?

Sailors are the same everywhere and so incredibly different. In a social environment you discover most sailors participate with passion they want to share – often with endless stories at the bar or more often by introducing friends, family and others to sailing. Yet, once they get to the dock, how they sail – race, cruise, tall ship or dinghy tends to splinter them into minute factions with narrow interests to promote. How are they the same?

August 31, 2014 by John A
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No really, is this a scam?

I love awarding the prizes for Sailstice.  I get a huge mix of responses.  Some from doubters:

I've never won anything before...I thought it was spam!  What do I need to do? ..........Tony

no, somehow I missed this!  .......... Now, Abby, are we sure this ins't some kind of scam? :-).............Kris

Some from people excited to have won something: 

October 20, 2013 by Abby
Sailing Inspiration

Citizen scientists needed for ocean sampling day

Summer Sailstice is partnering with the Ocean Sampling Day team and they need two testers who have android smartphones that are willing to test the water when they are out sailing on the Sailstice!

May 30, 2013 by Abby
Sailing Inspiration

Did Dove and Robin Lee Graham inspire you?

Did this boy inspire you?  And what would they say today?  

No EPIRB, no sat phone, no weather router yet, in 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham began a solo around-the-world voyage from San Pedro, California, in a 24-foot sloop. Five years and 33,000 miles later, he returned to home port with a wife, daughter and stories and adventures he fortunately shared with the rest of us through National Geographic and the book 'Dove'.  

May 7, 2013 by John A
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The Virtual Volvo Ocean Race and the values taught by sailing

There are so many good reasons to sail and La Presa Middle School in Spring Valley, CA demonstrates there's even value in virtual sailing.

March 29, 2013 by John A
Sailing Inspiration

Starting Sailing in Banderas Bay, Mexico

While not exactly a Summer Sailstice story it struck us, while reading the press release, there are so many dedicated parents and programs involved in introducing new people - especially kids to sailing. Summer Sailstice is day for all sailors and programs like the Vallarta Yacht Clubs to show off sailing and to introduce more people to sailing!

March 27, 2013 by John A
Sailing Inspiration

West Marine seeks applicants for $30,000 in marine conservation grants

Are you involved in ocean conservation? Through Sailors for the Sea Summer Sailstice helps support healthy oceans but we know many sailors are involved a wide variety of ways. If you're engaged with an organization helping sustain the seas why not apply for a grant from Sailstice supporter West Marine? The West Marine Marine Grant Program is Open Now through May 1/Winners Announced on World Oceans Day, June 8th

March 10, 2013 by John A
Sailing Inspiration

The 'Church' of Capricorn Cat

For Summer Sailstice many sailors take on the mission of taking more people 'newbies' sailing. And others do it on Summer Sailstice and all year long. As written in a recent issue of Latitude 38, Wayne Hendryx and Carol Baggerly's Brisbane-based Hughes 45 Capricorn Cat have been having a blast taking people sailing throughout the past year.

March 6, 2013 by John A
Sailing Inspiration

Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week

Racing in Block Island Race Week? You can sail in the 25th anniversary edition while also sailing and celebrating the 13th annual Summer Sailstice. After 13 years of Summer Sailstice it seems like it's catch up to BIRW!

December 12, 2012 by John A
Sailing Inspiration

The Hobie Island Club is now 82 clubs strong in 8 countries;

The Hobie Island is expanding sailing and its reach through its new Hobie Island Clubs. Lorraine Garnier, the Hobie Island Club manager, sent in some news letting us know where all these clubs and Hobie Islands are sailing.

October 25, 2012 by John A
Sailing Inspiration

Long Beach Race Week preview - Discount entry deadline 4th June

Long Beach Race Week, a Sailors for the Sea certified 'Clean Regatta', invites Southern California sailors to this premier 3-day event while also participating in Summer Sailstice. You can race, sail, celebrate and raise funds for Sailors for the Sea. And, if you sign up before June 4th there's a discount!

May 27, 2012 by John A

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