Summer Sailstice News & Stories
The Point Yacht Club in Alabama had a great Summer Sailstice weekend with members enjoying a full spectrum of fun from the beach to the sea...
This team of five women celebrated Summer Sailstice on the beautiful waters out of Pentwater, Michigan...
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.
Five Clipper 70s joined the Clipper Round the World Alumni Summer Sailstice celebration, while training in Solent, UK for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race...
Summer SailsticeSometimes the best laid plans don't pan out.... especially when the weather gods have a different idea about what constitutes favorable conditions. Ruth Emblin, Rear Commodore of the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club told us her story...
Here is a fun Sailstice tale from the merry sailors at Marina Riviera Nayarit, located on the North Shore of Banderas Bay, in sunny Mexico. This party-crowd staged a unique celebration with rain and beach umbrellas, patchwork sails, and a couple of 8-man SUP boards, and it certainly looked liked everyone had fun.
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.
A few early reports from Summer Saistice 2015 are in and we've posted a few notes from the day. But we're heading out for another solstice day today so sailing first and complete Sailstice news later!
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:
Are you entering the Summer Sailstice Video Contest Powered by Harken? Take some video footage while you're out celebrating Summer Sailstice this weekend and upload your clip via Instagram to be in the running for some great prizes from Harken, GoPro, Navionics, McLube, US Sailing, Mt Gay, MyBoat, Yachting World, Ultimate Sailing, and Summer Sailstice!
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.
So have you heard about the great prize from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville®? Every signed up Summer Sailstice sailor is in the draw for the Margaritaville Explorer™ Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker®. But what about the man himself? Scuttlebutt is that Jimmy is actually performing on the eve of this year's Summer Sailstice. Are you going?
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.
Well the last couple of weeks leading up to Summer Sailstice are extra busy with last minute sailors signing up and prize donations for the June 20 celebrations being finalized. Hopefully you’ve been checking out the Prize pages and keeping up with the ‘who’s who’ of the marine world and the variety of products they’re offering. But if you haven’t, here’s a quick recap…
We all know that Summer Sailstice is a great time for the whole world to get together and celebrate sailing, but what if you don't own a boat or even know anyone else who owns a boat? Well, you can go along to North Cove Sailing School at Brookfield Place and join Steve and Doris Colgate's Offshore Sailing School instructors in celebrating Summer Sailstice with a one-hour sail ride at the North cove Marina in Battery Park City, NYC.
On June 21, the official summer solstice, marine scientists are taking part in Ocean Sampling Day (OSD), and are inviting YOU to join them!
MyOSD is a global campaign during which water samples are taken from around the world by scientists, together with everyday folk like you and me, in order to help scientists analyze and understand marine microbial biodiversity and function.
World Oceans Day is held every year on June 8, and is the United Nations' recognized day of celebration and action for our oceans. This year's theme is 'Healthy oceans, Healthy planet', with a special focus on stopping plastic pollution. As sailors, we are in a particularly good position to act as ambassadors for healthy oceans - good waste management practices, choosing biodegradable and recyclable products, and keeping the wind in our sails are just some of the things we can do to help our oceans. Read on to get some great ideas on how you can take positive action.
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.
On Monday June 8, West Marine will donate 5% of their retail and online sales in honor of World Oceans Day. The donation is a part of the marine retail giant's BlueFuture® Fund program, which supports marine conservation, sustainable fisheries and youth boating. The fund aims to raise up to $70,000 with first recipients, youth boating programs throughout the US, to receive a total of $30,000. The BlueFuture® Fund, which is set up through Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, is open to donations from West Marine associates, vendors and customers, who are also encouraged to recommend non-profits they believe are deserving of grants. Find out more...
Lots of new prizes are being donated for Summer Sailstice sailors, plus we've announced the details of our video competition, and you know what they say - "You've gotta be in it to win it!" So get on board and sign up to sail with your family, friends, club or anyone, and have yourself a fun weekend while being in the draw for these great prizes!
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:
This week has been extra busy with lots of new prizes being organized for the June event, which out of interest is now only 5 weeks away! So if you haven't yet, make sure Sign up or you might miss out on one of the year's most excellent sailing celebrations!
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!!
Congratulations to Peter and Deborah who were our early bird winners! We look forward to updating with some of their Sailstice stories and pics after they go sailing on June 20! We will be awarding 16 other Navionics winners after June 20!
'What if I don't have a boat?' That's a question we often hear when we're describing the Summer Sailstice sailing celebration. Because, as much as it is about celebrating, the thing we encourage most is getting on a boat and hoisting some sails. If you don't have a boat that may seem like an insurmountable obstacle. It's not.
“Sunrise, sunset, swiftly flow the days….”
That 1964 tune from Fiddler On the Roof popped into our heads - not once, but three times in the past week. But we can explain: three recent events added to the Summer Sailstice calendar all had sunrise-sunset themes – which we think is a total terrific idea.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers wether you're sailing or not. Have a look at this weeks new prizes and maybe drop a few hints to the hubby or kids.
Sailors have known for millennia that things go better with wind. The rest of the world is rediscovering the power and beauty of wind as an alternative energy source - the complete reverse from sailors where wind is the primary energy source. We also know every photo of a city, windpower, a harbor or any body of water always looks better with a sailboat in it.
We interrupt our regular programming to bring you the latest organization to sign up for Summer Sailstice: Blue Peter – The Sailing School. Why does this merit special mention? Three reasons: First, it is a sailing school with a cool approach to youth development. Second, part of that cool approach is that most teaching is done aboard small, open boats. And third, the Blue Peter Sailing School operates out of Moreton Bay, Australia.
What??!! You've sailed all these years and never taken a Sunsail BVI sailing vacation? It's not always easy to figure out how to fit a BVI sailing vacation into life but it's always worth it!