Summer Sailstice News & Stories
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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!
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.
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.
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!
‘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!
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...
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...
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.
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.
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?
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:
Sunsail is inviting sailors all over the world to join them on June 18 for the 16th annual Summer Sailstice.
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?
Clubs, groups and friends all over the world are putting their pins on the map and inviting you to join them.
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
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...
'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.'
“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.
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...
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!
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.
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?
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:
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!
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'.
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.
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!
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