Summer Sailstice News & Stories

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See All the Contest Entries and Cast Your Vote

The Summer Sailstice 2019 Contests are now officially closed and we're inviting you to view the entries.

We've added all the entries to our photo Facebook photo and video albums for you to view and cast your vote.

July 16, 2019 by Monica
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Reality Sailing Celebrates Sailstice with Future Sailors

On June 22nd, Manuel "Manny" Moreno embraced the Summer Sailstice celebration as an opportunity to introduce future sailors to this amazing sport. 

"We celebrated the longest day of the year by sharing sailing with the youth. On this occasion a very young generation."

July 8, 2019 by Monica
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Point Yacht Club's Annual Sailstice Celebration Success!

Point Yacht Club (PtYC) in Josephine, Alabama has been celebrating Summer Sailstice since at least 2014 - that's how many flags we can see!

Sailstice flags

July 7, 2019 by Monica
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A Pictorial Scoop on Sailstice Celebrations 2019 part 2

 Here are more great photos and descriptions of 2019 Summer Sailstice celebrations. Do we have your photos? If not, why not? Sharing is caring, and we all know sailors care. Plus you can enter your photos in the Summer Sailstice Photo Competition

July 3, 2019 by Monica
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A Pictorial Scoop on Sailstice Celebrations 2019

If you've ever celebrated Summer Sailstice you probably know that apart from welcoming the summer sailing season, it's also a great opportunity for sailors everywhere to get together and celebrate sailing itself. And what happens when sailors celebrate could remain a secret to those who haven't yet got onboard, except for the fact that sailors also love to take photos and send them along for others to enjoy - or to get envious over.

July 3, 2019 by Monica
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Betsy Alison, US Sailing, Comments on Summer Sailstice in Scuttlebutt

Betsy Alison is Adult Director for US Sailing, a five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the year winner, an inductee into the National Sailing Hall of Fame, a tireless advocate and coach for disabled sailing and an endlessly enthusiastic supporter for growing participation in sailing.

June 28, 2019 by John A
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RSVP Prize Winner Announced

Did you or your club host a Summer Sailstice event?

June 25, 2019 by Monica
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Answers to "Where Did You Sail For Summer Sailstice?"

We always look forward to hearing from everyone on the who, what, where, why and how they celebrated Summer Sailstice. Here are a few more pictures that have come in from sailors across the globe. 

June 25, 2019 by John A
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2019 Celebrates Summer Sailstice

Saturday June 22 was Summer Sailstice and sailors and new-comers around the world celebrated summer and sailing for the 19th consecutive year. Each June we encourage sailing clubs, assocations, schools and individual sailors to untie their docklines and hoist their sails in celebration of sailing. And to ensure they get the maximum sailing time, Summer Sailstice takes place on the Saturday closest to the northern hemisphere's summer solstice. 

June 24, 2019 by Monica
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SailGP Unveils New Trophy in New York

New York SailGP is celebrating Summer Sailstice. The exciting event is signed up and is officially a part of the 2019 global celebration of sailing! In case you're wondering what SailGP is, check out their Summer Sailstice event page...

June 21, 2019 by Monica
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We're Trying to Reach Everyone!

We want everyone in the world to have the opportunity to experience, and hopefully fall in love with sailing. And that's why we do what we do. Summer Sailstice was created to get the whole world sailing. While we try to reach everyone everywhere, as Joe Cocker once sang, it sure is good to have a little help from our friends. 

June 18, 2019 by Monica
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Sailstice Sailors Go Global

Summer Sailstice was created to be a global event, a sailing celebration that can take place wherever in the world you are. This year Sailstice sailors are popping up in all sorts of interesting locations. 

June 17, 2019 by Monica
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Summer is Almost Here. Where will you Sail-stice?

In less than two weeks the northern hemisphere's official summer will kickoff with the northern hemisphere's Summer Solstice, and right on cue, Summer Sailstice sailors around the world will celebrate the official start of the summer sailing season. What a great combination!

Where are you planning to sail on the Summer Sailstice weekend?

June 11, 2019 by Monica
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So many fun Sailing Events planned for June!

Who says you have to actually be on your sailboat to sail and have fun on Summer Sailstice this June?

Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty, IA will be a spectacle of Radio Controlled Model Yachts. Stop by to view, learn about or join in with a small group of sailors racing their model yachts.

June 3, 2019 by Monica
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Summer Sailstice: Coming to a Bay Near You!

Sailing is different for everyone; some sailors like to go solo while others prefer a full boat and more alongside. Which ever you prefer I think we can all agree that sailing is fun and everyone should join in. This is what's so great about the many individual and group sailing events that are popping up on the Summer Sailstice map. There's something for everyone!

Check it out, the map is full of pins: 

May 24, 2019 by Monica
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Sail the Bay on Summer Sailstice

Here are some great bay-sailing celebrations you can join in San Francisco's Bay Area for this year's Summer Sailstice. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a first-timer there's an event for you. All you need to do is Sign up or Renew your Summer Sailstice registration (remember you have to log back in each year to be included in the prize drawing) and RSVP to one of these fun events. Or if you prefer, create your own event and invite your family, friends, club members, your pets...

May 16, 2019 by Monica
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Summer Sailstice Events are Popping up Everywhere!

It's now only five weeks until June 22 and the 19th annual Summer Sailstice celebration. Sailors all over the country and around the world are planning, creating and adding their events and individual sailing plans to the Sailstice global map. Is yours among them?

May 15, 2019 by Monica
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Chesapeake Sailors Lead the Sailstice Charge!

Summer is coming closer and so is Summer Sailstice, and from the look or our Event Map, Chesapeake sailors are getting well preapared to lead the charge into the summer sailing celebrations. 

May 6, 2019 by Monica
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Sailstice Sailors Win Tickets to San Francisco SailGP

If you were at the recent Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show in Richmond, CA you might have stopped at the Summer Sailstice booth and entered your name into the draw for tickets to San Franciso SailGP. SailGP involves six national teams that will fight for supremacy aboard identical, supercharged 50-ft foiling catamarans capable of hitting 50 knots.

April 25, 2019 by Monica
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Are you Restoring an Old Sailboat?

Here's our first entry for the 2019 Restore an Old Sailboat Contest!

Jason Sigmundstad from Fort Peck Sailing Club, Montana is working on a 1964 Wesco Marine Victory 21 that hasn't been registered since 1988. Jason and his willing helpers are giving new life to this old bulb-keel boat.

And although the restorations only began just before last winter set in, Jason is hoping to have his boat ready to sail for Summer Sailstice 2019!

April 1, 2019 by Monica
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Spring into Spring - Newsletter march 20, 2019

Did you receive our latest newsletter in your Inbox?
Take a look at the highlights and follow the links for more details.

March 20, 2019 by Monica
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Meet February's Early-bird Winners!

Congratulations John Morgan, Beau Vrolyk, and Steve Coppage on each winning a Silver Spinnaker Bottle Bag from Sailor Bags in our February Early-bird sign up promotion.  These lucky sailors were among dozens of Sailstice participants who answered the call to join the world on June 22, in celebration of sailing, by adding their sailing plans to the Summer Sailsti

March 1, 2019 by Monica
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Be an 'Early-Bird Winner' - Sign up now!

Log in and add your sailing plans before 5pm, February 28 (PT) and you'll be in the running for a Silver Spinnaker Wine Cooler from Sailor Bags!

June 22 is now just over four months away and we're getting excited for Summer Sailstice 2019.

February 17, 2019 by Monica
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Sailstice Sailors Celebrate the start of 2019 with a Win!

Last year (so not very long ago) we invited you to add your 2019 Summer Sailstice plans to the global map and, as a bonus, be in the running for some great prizes from NavionicsAmerican Sailing Association and Samson Rope

January 7, 2019 by Monica
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Have you Added your Plan for the 19th Annual Summer Sailstice?

Have you Added your Plan for the 19th Annual Summer Sailstice?

December 3, 2018 by Monica
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It's Lighted Boat Parade Time!

With Thanksgiving now behind us our diaries are begining to fill with gatherings and events to celebrate the coming Christmas season. One much anticipated occasion for every boat club and hundreds of sailors around the world is the annual Lighted Boat Parade.  Are you organizing, taking part in, or watching a Lighted Boat Parade this month?

We had a quick chat with Google and found more than a few parades scheduled across the country this weekend and next!

November 27, 2018 by Monica
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Plan Ahead Now for Summer Sailstice 2019

What are you doing this weekend?

November 15, 2018 by Monica
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Reviving the Legacy of Rooster Class Sailboats

Teresa Smith Galoob from Norman, Oklahoma has enjoyed the past several Summer Sailstice celebrations aboard her Rooster Class Sailboat, #715.

What's a Rooster you ask?

Rooster Class Sailboats were originally designed in Jamestown, R.I. by Teresa’s father, Commodore (U.S. Navy) Michael P. Smith. A life-long boat designer and builder, Cdr. Smith launched his first Rooster ‘Kathleen’ in 1957.  Teresa's Rooster, the SARAH-t, was built in 1982 using her father's original plans.

August 28, 2018 by Monica
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Win a 1-month iBoatTrack Membership!

Do you use Iridium GO! on your sailboat?

August 28, 2018 by Monica
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Who Won the 2018 Summer Sailstice Raft up Contest?

This year's Raft up Contest entrants submitted a range of interesting photos, and in keeping with the novelty concept we've awarded prizes to the following photos:

West Coast Multihulls' aerial shot of their 2018 Raft up wins this year's First Prize

August 17, 2018 by Monica
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Winner's Mti Life Jacket Ready to Race in Nevada

*STOP PRESS: When MTI Life Jackets learned that Marco is an experienced race-sailor, they upgraded his prize and are sending Marco the Vibe pullover performance vest to match Marco's style of sailing. Thanks MTI Life Jackets for your excellent support for sailing and for Summer Sailstice!

August 16, 2018 by Monica
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2018 Video Challenge Winners Announced

The 2018 Summer Sailstice Video Challenge entries are full of great Summer Sailstice action and we thank everyone who participated and helped create and submit this year's videos. In case you haven't seen them yet, you can view all the entries here.

August 12, 2018 by Monica
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2018 Sea Shanty Shake Winners Announced

This year's Sea Shanty Shake contest produced some fine music and we would like to thank everyone for putting together their clips and participating in the 2018 event.

August 6, 2018 by Monica
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Congratulations 2018 Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the 2018 Summer Sailstice Photo Contest winners!

There was certainly some strong competition in this year's pool of pics, but at the end of it all we have a clear first-place winner and a few place-getters. So without further ado, here are the official results. 

August 1, 2018 by Monica
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Chesapeake Jeanneau Sailors Raft Up for Summer Sailstice

Jeanneau sailors in the Chesapeake region got together for an 'up close and personal' Summer Sailstice 2018 celebration.

Sailors Paul and Karen Novak created the event and on Sailstice eve (Friday, June 22) were joined by eight other boats for the first of two raft ups. We're sharing their story from Spin Sheet Magazine...

July 26, 2018 by Monica
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Exciting Midnight Sail For First Annual BCYA Sailstice

From Spinsheet Magazine on the Chesapeake: Chasing the Sun with BCYA

July 26, 2018 by John A
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SOUL Sailing on Sailstice Sunday!

Captains, crew, and new and experienced sailors enjoyed SOUL Sailing's first Summer Sailstice celebration, on Sailstice Sunday, June 24.

'Our original sail date was Saturday, but Mother Nature had another plan so we had to reschedule to our rain date...'

July 18, 2018 by Monica
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How Did you Summer Sailstice?

The 2018 Summer Sailstice weekend has kicked off a fantastic sailing season and we're getting lots of reports of Sailstice shenanigans and merriment, along with some great photos to prove it!

July 11, 2018 by Monica
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Is your Contest Entry Ready?

Summer Sailstice 2018 contests will soon be closed and we want to be sure that you get your entry in. We've been receiving fun videos and photos from events all over the country and are excited to see yours added to the list.

July 9, 2018 by Monica
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Hunters Celebrate Summer Sailstice on the Chesapeake

Sailors from the Chesapeake Hunter Sailing Associations, Northern Star HSA and HSA Station One celebrated Summer Sailstice with Happy Hour (actually, several hours) and a raft up in Eagles Cove, on the Magothy River.

July 6, 2018 by Monica
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HYC & BBSA Plan Ahead for Summer Sailstice 2019!

Hampton Yacht Club and Broad Bay Sailing Association may have had to change their 2018 Summer Sailstice plans due to weather, but they didn't let that deter them from celebrating. 

July 6, 2018 by Monica
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2018 RSVP Winners Take Home the Prizes!

Summer Sailstice 2018 event organizers did a fantastic job of promoting their clubs' celebrations and introducing hundreds of new participants to the world of sailing. RSVP columns were full of experienced sailors, family, friends and people from all walks of life who took up the opportunity to celebrate the start of 2018's summer sailing season, and for the newcomers the opportunity to learn about the great sport of sailing while meeting new friends. 

July 2, 2018 by Monica
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The first Sea Shanty Shake entry has arrived, and we love it!

We've received the first entry in the 2018 Summer Sailstice SEA SHANTY SHAKE contest. Auguste Fortin and his daughter Camille sang Stan Rogers' Barrett's Privateers, and they did a great job!

July 1, 2018 by Monica
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How Good was the Summer Sailstice Weekend?

Summer Sailstice 2018 was a huge success with sailors and sailboats far and wide taking to the water to celebrate this year's summer of sailing. We're already seeing fun photos from the weekend and want to share some of them with you.

June 26, 2018 by Monica
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice with a tour of the tall ship Matthew Turner

If you're looking for a shore-based Summer Sailstice celebration, why not take a tour of the new traditionally built wooden tall ship, Matthew Turner.

June 20, 2018 by Monica
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The Summer Sailstice Events Keep Coming!

We've posted a few stories about Summer Sailstice events and sailing plans that are set to take place around the country and around the world, and just when we think everyone has signed up and added their plans, the events keep coming. It's fantastic to see so many open days, regattas, raft ups, races, cruises... the list and variety of celebratory plans is longer than my halyard!

June 20, 2018 by Monica
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More Early-Bird Winners Announced!

Aa part of their generous support, Summer Sailstice Gold Sponsors, Navionics and American Sailing Association (ASA) have provided great prizes for this year's Sailstice sailors and we're giving some away as 'Early-bird' prizes.

June 19, 2018 by Monica
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Lake Canyon YC hosts 2018's first Sailstice Celebration!

Lake Canyon Yacht Club, TX has taken out the honor of hosting 2018's first recorded Summer Sailstice celebration

These pirates are no strangers to partying when the Sailstice comes around and by the look of the photos from their 5th annual Summer Sailstice celebration, everyone had a great time!

June 18, 2018 by Monica
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Are you Signed up and Ready to Sail?

Summer Sailstice is almost here and the events map is covered in pins! Is yours one of them?

June 13, 2018 by Monica
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US Sailing Celebrates Summer Sailstice! Will you join them?

US Sailing has signed up to celebrate Summer Sailstice 2018, and you're invited to join them!

US Sailing has schools across the US so chances are there's one near you. To give you an idea, here are a couple already signed up -

June 12, 2018 by Monica

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