Summer Sailstice News & Stories
The Mississippi River and its tributaries are in flood, so many boats at the LaCrosse Sailing Club are on high ground for the 2014 Summer Sailstice. But the high waters didn't keep members of the Club from gathering for an International Moonlight Dinner. Beautiful Bordeaux and luscious crepes were served by Jean Luc.
'Thank you for organizing this global celebration of sailing. The Scotch Bonnet LIght Race this year included 25 boats who raced across Lake Ontario and back, overnight. We were sent off with a party of family members and well-wishers who remained behind to enjoy a lovely summer evening on the Genesee Yacht Club porch overlooking the Genesee River.'
Sometimes there is nothing better then spending...a lazy day sailing the 31' Cape Dory cutter "StarLady" on Mobjack Bay, VA. Sometimes sailing on your sailboat away from stress and worry and enjoying a day on the water!
We live in the Desert, and have Lake Mead to sail in, with alot of sailors including Fleet 51 Catamarans, NYC (Nevada Yacht Club), Sailing Club and a Power Squadron. We all work together in alot of areas, starting with sail training, safety classes and much more to bring the average person out to Lake Mead and meet all the clubs and we make it so new comers can try out all the different boats. Maybe they bought a boat and not sure how to run it.
I asked my Dad to come help me move my boat, an O'Day 34, to its new home, He lives in FL and we never get to see each other with work commitments and such. We are heading out on Saturday for what turned out to be a great 4 days on the Chesapeake Bay. (Baltimore to the Rappahannock river) It came with some adventures but spending the time with him was the best Sailstice gift.
OCC’s offshore Sailstice started with a rollicking sail to Angel Island and finished 35kts and six days later in Newport Beach.
Meanwhile, back at OCC’s sunny basecamp, over 100 men, women, children and four-legged friends sailed on Shields, Lido 14s, Harbor 20s, and a Catalina 42. Was a good time had by all? You betcha!
As with the rest of the Clipper fleet, Mission Performance was high in the North Atlantic wrestling with light winds and contemplating the life's great offshore topics from Stonehenge
So once again it has arrived and for most, if not all on Mission Performance, we find ourselves sharing the longest day or summer solstice on the Ocean. Given the splendour of the high seas and oceans could there be a more glorious place to celebrate it.
The Summer Solstice has been one filed of frustration, despair, hope and happiness for all on board GREAT Britain. It is a day celebrated as being the longest in the calendar and for us yesterday, it certainly lived up to its reputation! The start of it saw us desperately struggling to hold on to our second place position amongst the fleet as we battled against the wind fickle conditions of a huge North Atlantic high that engulfed and blocked our path in to Derry-Londonderry.
Nothing like conjuring up special powers to help your race efforts! Qingdao finds strange happenings aboard fon the solstice:
Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year. An important day in the Pagan calendar. It's older than Christianity and has an ever increasing number of modern day followers. I'm not superstitious. Some people are! Today, strange happenings were afoot on board that cannot be easily explained.
June 21st... The Summer Solstice and day 15 of this race, and certainly hands down winner for feeling like the longest day.
After nearly 2,600 miles of ocean racing it's going to be the last few hours and miles that determine the top 6 boats...
Crossing the North Atlantic can be, at times, treachorous but, not on this Summer Sailstice. Light air blanketed the fleet.
An early sunrise greets Henri Lloyd crewmember Ryan Bates who writes in to describe live on board in the North Atlantic during Summer Sailstice 2014:
Sunrise. It's 3:45 UTC. The last "nightwatch" is coming up for the 4 to 8 am shift but this is going to be a very different day. To start with, it's already daytime.
On Summer Sailstice OneDLL was sailing near the top of the world at 55 degrees North while one crewmember spent time at that high latitude at the top of OneDLL's mast. More here:
OneDLL – Summer Sailstice First light saw me at the top of the rig – a good spot from which to see in the grey dawn of the longest day of the year.
As with the rest of the Clipper Fleet, air was light in the North Atlantic as 'Invest Africa' crept towards the finish in Derry-Londonderry. Crew members Chris Chart and Peter Sykes write in about Summer Sailstice in the high North Atlantic. (Photo - Crewmember Nqoba Mswazi of South Africa after finishing the Quindao to San Francisco leg):
It's not over yet as sailors continue to sail and celebrate on Summer Sailstice weekend but we've already received some great photos of Summer Sailstice events from around the world. The first come from Europe, since being 8-10 hours closer to the East they're celebrating far ahead of those of us on the West Coast of the US.
A quick morning internet tour of the world spotted some variable but mostly pleasant sailing weather across much of the sailing world. Three big races, the JP Morgan Assett Management Round the Island Race, the Clipper Round the World Race and the Newport Bermuda Race all seem to be sailing in light air. No course records coming up in any of those.
Where's Loick Peyron celebrating his fourth Summer Sailstice? At Multiplast Marine launching a very different multihull than the one's he's been racing around the planet and San Francisco Bay for the past decade. In fact, it's a boat from almost four decades ago.
One thing Summer Sailstice attempts is to do is to unite all sailors in a single event we can all do 'together'. It's hard to do when some of us are sailing on kiteboards or foiling moths and others giving the 'heave-ho' on yardarms aboard a tallship. Some crosing oceans others crossing ponds. But all sailing and all having the time of their lives.
All sailors, all sailing, everywhere will change the perception of sailing and what better help than Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville® now offering new rewards to sailors ‘strutting their sailing stuff’ while challenging traditional sailing stereotypes.
Typically, in late June, just around the time of Summer Sailstice fleets of trailer sails make their way to Huntington lake at about 7,000 feet above sea level for the High Sierra Regatta but not this year. There have been many casualties from the California drought and a variety of lake sailing locations are one of them.
Randy and Sheryl Wiggins wrote in and sent pics of the sorry state of Huntington lake sailing:
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville® has joined the party on this year's Summer Sailstice celebration with the Margaritaville crew helping spread the word and reward some lucky winners who participate by signing up, hoisting sails and escaping to St. Somewhere. After all, what are the most common reason sailors sail? Words like escape and adventure usually top the list.
It's a win/win. And then all you need is Wind, water, sailboats, friends and partners like West Marine. West Marine has been a long-term supporter of Summer Sailstice nationally and, when the opportunity is there, local stores do what they can to support it locally.
You may have read that we are recognizing the event with the most RSVPs on our events page with a Summer Sailstice burgee every Sunday from now until the Sailstice.. but there's more!
Sailstice Race Report: As you can see from our events page, many clubs and classes take advantage of the solstice weekend to host summer racing. As we come closer to the finish line for Summer Sailstice 2014, we are keeping track of the variety of races posted - from the most competitive bluewater sailing races to those that might not even qualify as competition if they didn’t put the word ‘race’ right up front.
Sun, wind, sailboats, sailors, sailing all on video with a sound track. What could be better? A collection of videos we'd rather be in than watch but watching is far better than missing it all together.
A French classic - 'Everybody Sailing'.
One of our favorite San Francisco Bay newscasters, Scoop Nisker, would always sign off his news segment with this comment, 'If you don't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.' This was one of the primary drivers behind Summer Sailstice. The general media does a terrible job of telling the sailing story. What do you see in the news?
Getting 'Dear John' letters can get old but in this case it's not so bad. I recently received one from Sailors for the Sea when I pledged $2/mile sailed on Summer Sailstice weekend. Make youre pledge here. If you're name is 'John' you'll get a Dear John letter. If it's something else you'll get a letter saying 'Dear Something Else'
One of the things that makes sailing so different from so many other recreatonal activities is the extreme variety sailors have in choice of 'equipment'. Compare it to tennis or hiking or just about anything. As a sailor you can choose a traditional tallship, a foiling Moth or a Rhodes 19. Or build some unique vessel all your own.
Like the baseball diamond J/Boats seems to have boats in all four corners of the world. Many are seen on the race course but numerous others are out long distance cruising or just enjoying an afternoon breeze. What are all the June 21st summer solstice sailing plans of the world’s J/Boats? On San Francisco Bay there’ll be a J/105 regatta. 32 J/Boats are signed up to sail in the Bermuda Race and will be somewhere near the Gulf Stream.
Where in the world are all the Jeanneaus sailing on the weekend of June 21/22? And who’s sailing them all? You can help answer these questions when you join hundreds of other Jeanneau owners who are out celebrating sailing on Summer Sailstice.
Two owner rendezvous are currently scheduled - one on each coast of the US:
As we all know, if you're a fish, human activity has made life in the oceans much more difficult over the last century. If you're a human, the changes in the oceans are having an increasing negative impact as well. For sailors planning to sail in the Olympics on Guanabara Bay in Brazil the impact could practically be life threatening (Read more at Sailors for the Sea).
Where's a great place to celebrate Summer Sailstice? Chesapeake Bay where there's great sailing, great sailors and a great magazine to stitch it all together. Spinsheet magazine provides an information meeting point connecting all sailors, corners and creeks of Chesapeake Bay and the mid-Atlantic.
Community sailing centers, yacht clubs and companies are all working together to grow a global sailing celebration. Below is some of the creative work we've seen from some who are helping connect all sailors to go sailing on the weekend of June 21. Got an image you've created to promote your event? Send it in and we'll post it. Can you help get the whole world sailing?
We want to show the world who, what and where people sail - to do this we need your help getting the world signed up and sailing!
Classic brigantines and schooners are on board for the 2014 celebration. Summer Sailstice is weekend to showcase the best of the sailing world from Sunfish on inland lakes to the tallships, schooners and other vessels crossing around the world.
What kind of boats are sailing 'together' on Summer Sailstice weekend? With just three weeks remaining lots of people are joining to showcase their boat, events, sailing plans and to support Sailors for the Sea. But what kind of boats are joining?
Is there a sailor anywhere who's never sailed a Sunfish? It seems like just about every sailor has at least once. Amongst the many early, popular, small fiberglass boats introduced in the 50s and 60s the Sunfish remains as one of the brightest success stories. Introduced in 1952 and still sailing strong today there are many signed up for Summer Sailstice and a few Sunfish events currently posted:
2014 has more community sailing programs uniting in celebrating Summer Sailstice to both publicize their public access sailing and connect with the global celebration. Of course, everyone signed up at Summersailstice.com and sailing at any community sailing center will be eligible to win from the grand prize drawing.
Check out the event postings from these participating community sailing programs:
Ever dreamt of an island of your own? When you google that occasional fantasy you’re presented multi-million dollar island properties around the world. It’s nice to dream.
But Hobie has another alternative, the Hobie Island, a combination sailing, paddling, pedaling, kayak, trimaran that just about everyone can own. It’s much more affordable and possibly a lot more fun.
What if you wanted to celebrate sailing and have never sailed before? Or what if you've sailed but don't have a boat? Or just wanted to try sailing for a day? ASA is one of the organizations that could help you get on the water for the first time or get you back on the water after years away. For the past 30 years ASA has been sailing, teaching and celebrating almost everywhere you find wind and water.
June 21 is not only Summer Sailstice but also Ocean Sampling Day and an opportunity for any sailors interested in ocean health to contribute their own scientific observations. OSD has developed a new App, available for Apple or Android, which allows you to take ocean measurements and send them in to the international consortium of ocean microbe scientists who have organized ocean sampling day.
2014 Bermuda racers have a unique opportunity to utilize their Yellowbrick tracking devices sponsored by Pantaenius, also a Summer Sailstice sponsor, by tracking their miles on June 21 to help Sailors for the Sea's ocean conservation programs. The Bermuda race begins on Friday, June 20th meaning on Summer Sailstice, Saturday the 21st and many of the boats will be well offshore in or about the Gulf Stream.
Footloose has invited everyone to come sail with them this year on a Footloose charter for Summer Saisltice:
Celebrate Sailing with Summer Sailstice
With our ocean conservation partner, Sailors for the Sea, we've recently announced the goal of all Summer Sailstice sailors sailing a collective circumnavigation to raise funds for the oceans. You can read the announement here.
As a kid learning to sail on the coast of Maine in the 60s the ocean was still an enormously abundant resource. One annual treat was heading down to the docks with the family for the annual Bailey Island Tuna Tournament where we'd watch the lobsterman who'd rigged up for tuna fishing bring in the 'catch of the day'. It was impressive with large tuna often coming in at 5-700lbs and the largest one ever caught being over 800lbs. They're all gone now.
The National Marina organization which, for many years, has worked with marinas nationwide to promote marinas and the access they provide to the water is now also incorporating Summer Sailstice into their summer event plans. It's an opportunity for marinas to highlight the sailors in their slips, another reason to bring people down to the water and to demonstrate the sailing side of boating.