Summer Sailstice News & Stories
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.
Sunsail is inviting sailors all over the world to join them on June 18 for the 16th annual Summer Sailstice.
Summer Sailstice prize donor, Cape Hatteras Marine, invites Summer Sailstice sailors to celebrate with them at the San Diego Boat Show on June 18!
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.
There are three categories for you to sign up to tell the story of sailing and showcase all the ways we sail - Public Events, Demo Events and Individual Plans. When you post your event pick one of the three below:
Recently, Russ Carrington of Action Water Sports in Marina Del Rey California sent an invitation to join his new Southern California Sailing Adventures Meetup which we had to join just in case we're in SoCal with another sail craving without a sailboat. The Southern California Sailing Adventures Meetup 'About' page starts like this:
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.'
The easy answer is - go sailing! A more complete answer offers several possibilities.
“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...
Hi again Sailors. Have you signed up yet? Summer Sailstice is only 16 weeks away, and the prize pool is growing… This week we welcome 2K Yachting, Whitecaps Marine Outfitters, 48° North Sailing Magazine, J/Boats, and Kala Brand Ukuleles.
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!
Sailing, sailing, sailing… What more do you need than to be sailing? Other than a few goodies for your boat perhaps. Take a look at who and what we’ve added to the Summer Sailstice prize pool!
Happy Saturday! Hopefully you’re enjoying some warm sunny weather now, after such a lot of snow on the East Coast. For a while there I thought it was going to snow right here in Florida.
There are only 21 weeks left before the big day, so if you haven't yet, Sign Up to be in the draw for some of this year’s great prizes…
Have you ever wondered how some of our Summer Sailstice supporters came to be involved in sailing?
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.
Julien Hofberg has won the first Summer Sailstice participation prize for 2016!
Summer Sailstice 2016 is only 27 weeks away! Think that's a long time? It's not really when you think about how fast this year has flown by, so maybe now is a good time to set your own plans for next year's annual, Global Celebration of Sailing. After all 2016 is now less than 12 hours away and summer will soon follow.
Take a look at some of the plans already posted...
Almost everyday we are confronted with news stories, social media posts, and videos telling us that climate change is underway and the level of our oceans is rising.
So it’s the middle of winter, the year is almost over, and you’re sitting by the fire gazing out the window at your wrapped, snow-covered sailing boat sitting on the lawn?
Christmas is only 3 days away and if you're anything like me, chances are you haven't quite completed your Christmas Gift shopping list! Well fear not, we've put together a list of great ideas that will not only take care of 'last-minute' gifts, but are perfectly suited for that 'special sailor' in your life...
So it’s almost the weekend again, and for many of us our thoughts are turning to sailing! Or perhaps for those sailors in the northern parts, the thoughts are more about a lack of sailing. But fear not, winter will pass, and so too will those long dark nights. Before you know it the winter will have turned to summer and Summer Sailstice will be just around the corner.
Getting excited yet? If not, read about these great prizes that are waiting for Summer Sailstice 2016 participants -
Celebrating sailing with Summer Sailstice earned this lucky lady a major prize from the Hobie Cat Company! But not one to keep things to herself, Helene shared her good fortune with some eager youngsters!
We were happy to hear we were recently nominated by US Sailing for the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award which 'recognizes the men and women who are making significant contributions to educate, volunteer, advocate or simply encourage participation in sailing within their community or beyond.' If we win the award Old Pulteney will donate $5,000 to a local non-profit, SailSFBay.org, which promotes the growth of sailing
One of the great challenges of introducing sailing to the public is it is often out of site and more difficult to reach. Most kids growing up look out their classroom window and see soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, football fields and a multitude of other sports played right on school grounds and in public parks. Typically sailing is far less visible and therefore hard to envision participating.
Summer Sailstice 2016 is approaching faster than it may seem. I realize we still need to get through winter and spring before we can begin enjoying those twilight sails without freezing our fingers off, but the time will pass, and soon we’ll be shouting, “Raise the main, grab the sheets, more trim, tie it off…” and then we’ll know summer is truly upon us.
Gaylen Smith will be spending his winter reading all about sailing adventures in French Polynesia thanks to author, Sally-Christine Rodgers!
One perceived barrier to sailing, which Summer Sailstice aims to rectify, is the myth that sailing is expensive. Many will call us liars believeing that trying to remedy this myth is dishonest, since we all 'know' sailing actually is expensive. However, we think what's truly happened is that the marketing of sailing, like so many products, has skewed towards a target audience of the 1%.
Becky Graham from the Point Yacht Club in Josephine, Alabama is this year’s winner of the Harken Video Competition.
Becky’s entry titled “Adventures in Sailing and Other Stuff” was filmed entirely ‘on location’, with a cast of more than 50 Summer Sailstice sailors enjoying the celebrations and becoming film stars in their own right!