Summer Sailstice News & Stories
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:
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...
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?
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.
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.
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!
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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
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.
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 Navionics, American Sailing Association and Samson Rope.
Have you Added your Plan for the 19th Annual Summer Sailstice?
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!
What are you doing this weekend?
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.
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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 -
*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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
From Spinsheet Magazine on the Chesapeake: Chasing the Sun with BCYA
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...'
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Summer Sailstice is almost here and the events map is covered in pins! Is yours one of 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 -
This week we put up some early-bird prizes for Summer Sailstice sign ups and for Event RSVPs. Prizes included 3 x iPad or Tablet cases from SailorBags, Summer Sailstice 2018 caps and burgees. Here's what happened...
After dozens of people responded and added their names to the long list of sailors set to celebrate on June 23rd, we have three winners for the SailorBags iPad/Tablet cases. Congratulations to -
Women's Sailing Association - Orange County (WSA - OC) is hosting a day sail in Dana Point, CA to celebrate the longest sailing day of the year, Summer Sailstice!
'Our goal is enjoy every minute of the day, even the extra one we get on the longest day of the year!'
Here are some fun pics from WSA - OC's 2017 Summer Sailstice celebrations:
Sailboats come in all shapes and sizes and if you like the company, there are plenty of opportunities to sail with a fleet, club or association of the same boat-class. This year several one-design and fleet events are already signed up for the June Summer Sailstice celebrations.
Modern Sailing School & Club is the latest ASA school to join the 2018 Summer Sailstice celebrations. As part of the partnership between Summer Sailstice and American Sailing Association (ASA), Modern Sailing is inviting you to join them for a weekend of sailing and fun.
Summer Sailstice 2018 is now only one month and one day away, are you ready?
Alameda Mayor Trish Herrara Spencer has declared June 2018 Alameda's 'Water Sports Month' and is inviting everyone to EYC to celebrate sailing and the boating lifestyle on Saturday, June 23rd. Fred Rutledge, Ray Durazo and John Platt all helped put this together to bring attention to all the water sports activities available to the residents of the most populated island in the Bay Area, Alameda.
Summer Sailstice 2018 is now just over one month away. How will you celebrate?
SOUL Sailing has joined Summer Sailstice in bringing the art of sailing to the world.
Congratulations Butch and Betsy500 on winning the 'Early-Bird' prize from Mantus Anchors.
Have you ever sailed in, or organized a Clean Regatta? Our Summer Sailstice partner, Sailors for the Sea is on a mission to look after our oceans and we can all help, by including some very simple steps in our sailing plans.
We all enjoy beautiful scenery when we're sailing, but did you know you can get even more enjoyment out of your sailing trips by hosting a Navionics SonarChart™ Event?
Remember our story about Gail, Gil and Chris who each won a Silver Spinnaker Bottle Bag from SailorBags in our Early-bird promotion? Well it turns out Chris was busy sailing, and this is what he had to say for himself...
Lake Delta Yacht Club is is looking forward to shifty winds for its 14th annual Summer Sailstice celebration this June.