Summer Sailstice News & Stories
What we call sailing continues to expand. There was a day when a dhow on the Nile was the only sailboat on the planet. How that's changed! The South Pacific was populated by Polynesians sailing outrigger multihulls. Now, thousands of years later, the vision of sailing continues to evolve.
Believe it or not prizes continue to be sent out after the 2013 Summer Sailstice. Summer sailing always seems to slow the process and an active summer of America's Cup racing on our homeport of San Franciso Bay didn't help but even now, with the America's Cup drama continuing to unfold, we're sending more prizes out the door. And what better prizes to be sending now than more AC goodies.
Packing up or heading South? Or shifting gears? September 22 is the fall equinox and for us that means time to shift gears on the sailing scene. The sun is right over the equator today and and tomorrow it will be shifting its sunny rays towards Southern Hemisphere sailors. Lucky them. Sailors in the Northern Hemisphere need to think about either putting boats away or hustling South to some warmer climes.
The Americas Cup has been happening right here in the home waters of Summer Sailstice and it has been exciting to watch thes boats fly around the bay! We were so pleased to have formed a partnership with the Americas Cup and get some great Americas Cup prizes including a backpack, waterbottles, fleece jackets, polos and most importantly lots of Americas Cup approved chocolates!
Ever had an ocean microbe in your eye? Of course, since that faceful you received over the bow is full of them. Ever wondered about those ocean microbes or thought about what you can do from the deck of your sailboat to help scientists and all of us understand what's going on below the surface of the ocean? A team of global marine microbiologists has a couple of years of planning into creating the very first ocean sampling day.
Right now is a fun time to be sailing on San Francisco Bay. September is one of the most beautiful sailing months of the year and with the America's Cup also in town the Bay is full of sailboats and uber talented sailors. Yesterday the Red Bull Youth America's Cup finished up with New Zealand taking the top two positions on the podium followed by Portugal in this AC45 one-design fleet.
Congratulations to Paul from Southport CT who won the Hobie i12s Kayak! Paul reports back " Thanks for the great good news! The last time I think I sailed a Hobie it was at a Club Med in Mexico, where we won the weekly event. That meant running down the beach to the boat, sailing out to the buoy and then getting back to the bar and finishing a tequila something before anyone else.
As a congratulations to Carol and the team we are awarding them an Americas Cup backpack and some chocolates! What a great event they put on, we love to see stories of people celebrating Summer Sailstice with boats, good friends and lots of fun!
Carol tells the story of the Sailstice celebration:
Janet from Old Hickory Lake Tennessee has won a subscription to Cruising World Magazine! She has shared these great photos from her Summer Sailstice day on the water:
We really enjoyed going through the stories and photos from the photo contest. I wanted to share some of the other entrants photos and stories they each won a subscription to Bluewater Sailing Magazine:
If you forget the sunscreen wear a hat, and if you have a roll of paper towels on board, protect those ears! A prepared sailor is a lot of imagination and some humility mixed in! SMILE! From Puget Sound:
Bruce in San Diego was pleasantly surprised to win an easy stow fender! He sails a Weta and is excited to have a buffer from the rough docks for his boat! Congratulations Bruce!
Report from Bruce:
We get lots of company newsletters extolling the virtues of sailing, boats and all the great things we know and love about participating in sailing. One newsletter that always seems to strike a cord is the one by Robert Sandberg of Windrider trimarans. There are loads of Windriders scattered across the planet bringing great pleasure to owners and their families.
The recent newsletter started like this: '
Time on the water -- Time with the family
FLYC Poker Run Fun Cruise on Folsom Lake. Here are some photos from the sunset the night before Summer Sailstice and a picture of the overnight raft up! Looks like Mark and the crew had a great Summer Sailstice! They have won a Go Pro HD3 camera for their participation!
Bluewater Sailing magazine is getting the names for their 200 winners of a digital or print subscription! We are getting great stories back:
Bill won a subscription, he has sailed Summer Sailstice every year since it's inception and promoted the Event on my Sailing Blogs including MassBaySailors.
Winthrop Yacht Club, Past Commodore 2010,USCG Captain, 100gt, S/V "Ruby"
This nice note came in from Greg who is excited for his crew bag from Bainbridge! I love hearing the stories of all the ways people get out ln the water!
Greg who sails on San Francisco Bay and has a powerboat in Lake Tahoe just won a new winch handle from Kevin at Lewmar. Greg is pretty excited about this and is going to share some pics when he is out grinding on some sails soon!
We love hearing Sailstice Tales like this!
My sailing buddy Art and I planned a 5 day summer Sailstice to Block Island. Despite heroic efforts to sail upwind all the way from East Greenwich, RI to Point Judith, RI, we could not beat the setting sun as we had planned. And this being the longest daylight periods! But, as a reward we got this photo of sunset and the Point Judith Lighthouse and over Great Salt Pond, Block Island.
Bob "Soapy Sails" from West Virginia spent the day sailing with two mates. He teaches sailing and is an avid sailor. He won the awesome Hook N' Moor boat hook from New England Ropes. Hopefully this will make the next time he catches a mooring ball just a little bit easier! Congratulations Bob.
New England Ropes donated a new halyward to Ken and his family. They sail their corsair f-31R trimaran on Lake Michigan. A jib or screacher halyard would be excellent. Ken is going to send us some photos of his new halyard after he recieves it!
Lake Eustis in Florida is a busy sailing center thanks to the Lake Eustis Sailing Club. Here's how they describe their sailing center: Located in beautiful Eustis, Florida, Lake Eustis Sailing club is the home to four one-design racing fleets (MC Scow, Laser, Flying Scot, Wayfarer) and is the most active racing and sailing club in Central Florida!
Mary Greblunas, organizer of Hampton Yacht Club's first year celebrating Summer Sailstice and US Sailing's June 2013 Sailor of the Month, sent in a terrific story and photos of a multi-faceted celebration on the Chesapeake. Click the image below for the full picture!
The state of Nevada is probably best known for gambling, brothels and being really, really dry. None-the-less it is home to Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US at 112 miles long and with 550 miles of shoreline. This makes for a great place to sail and has been home to a Summer Sailstice celebration for at least 5 years. For 2013 a fleet of dedicated Sailstice sailors made the most of another reliably sunny day of sailing in the desert!
Another unique form of sailing celebration came in from the sailing vessel ‘Mostly Love’ in Maine:
‘We started our solstice by trying to touch the sun.....had to run a messenger down the mast to rig a new haylard as well as replace the anchor bulb with an LED. After that and coffee we enjoyed a brisk day on the gulf of Maine.’
‘Thank you for what you do.’
s/v Mostly Love
You can celebrate Summer Sailstice anywhere but it's hard to argue that one of the best places we'd all like to isn't the British Virgin Islands. It's been the quintessential charter destination for sailors from all over the world for decades. Fortunately for sailors like Richard Blannin of Florida you can't live much closer to this tropical sailing paradise.
In Seattle, Washington, Windworks Sailing Center figured out how to celebrate the Sailstice, have a blast, and raise money for a great charity! Windworks hosted a beer garden and BBQ, of which 100% of the tips were donated to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. They also donated 10% of the charter income for the day and were able to raise over a $1,000 for FHCRC. Way to go Windworks!
Even with 'thin' water the Ninnescah Sailing Association finds Summer Sailstice a reason to gather, celebrate and be thankful. And hopeful. Thankful some boats have swing keels and can still float, hopeful that the rain will come and provide enough water so everyone else can float and sail again too.
Summer Sailstice generates an ecclectic mix of ways to celebrate sailing. In 2013 one way was for the Northern California Laser Fleet to resurrect a long-lapsed classic, the Sir Francis Chichester Regatta, a 16-mile Laser race around the island of Alameda. NorCal Sailing picks up the story from here:
Summer Sailstice aims to connect people locally while we all celebrate globally and that's just what happened on the Chesapeake. Jim Gravelle wrote in with this report of a pleasant Friday/Saturday and less pleasant, but still fun, Sunday morning!
For sailors in the Clipper Round the World Race preparation starts well before the firing of the starting gun. Sailing around the world takes more than a bit of mental preparation and training before you set off. Race participants get schooled aboard the Clipper Fleet in the Solent off the coast of England and, this year, many were participating in Summer Sailstice while also completing their race training.
Sailing in the middle of the desert? Why not? Utah lake, at about 4500' above sea level is largest natural lake in the US West of the Mississippi river and an ideal place for be a Rocky Mountain sailor. With beautiful Utah Lake next door to a region full of outdoor adventurers it's the ideal location to connect to sailing and a global sailing holiday. In the past seven years Bonneville sailing has taught loads of people how to sail.
The Red Bull Youth America's Cup team, American Youth Sailing Force, shifted gears for Summer Sailstice 2013 leaving the world of high tech carbon AC45s and instead checked into the world of 'high-speed' boatbuilding. They were one of five teams competing in the boatbuilding contest at Summer Sailstice at the Encinal Yacht Club. The competition? To build, launch and race a boat in a single day.
Lake Naomi sailors enjoy Summer Sailstice on Lasers, Sunfish with a nice afternoon breeze.
Luckily the water was only ankle deep! And there was plenty of help on board to rescue him.
Weta West sailors gathered in Ventura for their First Annual Summer Sailstice event and sent in this report:
One of the best things about Summer Sailstice is seeing community sailing programs who manage to get some publicity through their Summer Sailstice celebrations. We're happy to see stories such as the one below carried in Press Register in Orang Beach Floriday. Here's the story of celebrating sailing in Alabama:
Summer Sailstice is dedicated to celebrating all of sailing which, at times, includes a dedication to a sailor. Though we didn't know him, a clearly much-loved sailor passed away just before this year's Summer Sailstice and inspired CORA (Charleston Ocean Racing Association) to dedicate their Summer Sailstice race in his memory. It's a terrible loss for a sailing community but Pat's spirited participation and support of sailing is something we should all remember to celebrate every day.
The American Youth Sailing Force, the San Francisco team entered in the upcoming Red Bull Youth America's Cup, has been all over the Bay with events and sailing. They made their presence known by participating in Summer Sailstice at Encinal Yacht Club as a boatbuilding team, participating in a Cup Chat with Tom Ehman, giving rides on their SL33 training catamaran and just having some fun with the rest of the Sailstice festivities. It was great to have them there.
SailSFBay.org and Tim Han of OCSC Sailing were both beneficiaries of America's Cup support of sailing outreach at the Steve Miller Band/Doobie Brothers event at the America's Cup Pavilion on the night of the summer solstice. Tim signed up for the Summer Saisltice event at Encinal Yacht Club and had his name drawn as a winner of tickets to the Friday night concert.
It was the best of days, it was the worst of days.
It was a day of short sails, and long walks.
It was our version of Summer Sailstice 2013.
The stories are coming in from across the planet and we'd love to hear what you did for Summer Sailstice and see some pics of the event. We'll be posting them all on our Sailstice Tales page which is where we collect the who, what and where of Summer Sailstice.
Hey, it's Summer Sailstice weekend and what more could we all ask for? As you know Summer Sailstice always guarantees sunshine for the Summer Sailstice weekend (somewhere). We've also read the bumper sticker, 'The worst day sailing is still better than the best day working.' So, regardless of what the day looks like where you are, know you're starting a great summer of sailing with thousands of like-minded people around the world.
DelMarVa Sailstice Rally photo by Dan Phelps
Weather Routing, Inc, the official weather service of theDelMarVa Sailstice Rally, recommended that the 25 crews headed offshore in the counterclockwise circumnavigation of the DelMarVa Peninsula hold off until tomorrow morning… Here’s the full report and some pictures from the rally thus far. We will keep you posted.
The America's Cup will be on display at Summer Sailstice in Alameda from noon to 3pm for Summer Sailstice, Saturday, June 22! In addition, Golden Gate Yacht Club Vice Commodore and spokesperson, Tom Ehman, will give an insiders look at the 2013 America's Cup competition at 2pm. Free entry and free parking. Directions
Artists Marcus Lui will be at the Encinal Yacht Club Sailstice Festival to paint scenes and also sell their work.
One of the great things about Summer Sailstice is showcasing all the different boats and styles of sailing. It's also learning about other events that bring sailors our to sail. The Everglades challenge is one of those cool events we've become aware of recently when we got the story of Hobie's director of engineering one this year's edition of the event. Why is it I want to try sailing in every different type of event? They just all sound like fun!
As always great things from Hobie. Below:
- Hobie Island Clubs grow around the world - see below
Mary Greblunas wins Hobie Polarized Sailor of the Month from US Sailing for her enthusiasic organizing of Summer Sailstice events.
Here's the story as written up on the US Sailing website:
With a half million members BoatUS is the largest boat owners association in the US. Yet, like many people who find themselves in the boat business, they often find they just don't do enough boating. BoatUS came aboard Summer Sailstice as a sponsor this year and, along with that, president, Margaret Bonds Podlich, became inspired to get her team on the water to celebrate the arrival of the summer sailing season.
SAIL Magazine has cover the world of sailing for decades and SAIL magazine readers are some of the most active sailors on the waterfront. We're glad to have SAIL inviting them all to connect via the Summer Sailstice celebration.