Summer Sailstice News & Stories
Summer Sailstice was created to promote participation in sailing and to encourage newcomers to experience this great sport. Each year clubs, fleets and assocations gather their members and create community events to get everyone on the water and off the docks.
Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc from Barbados to Nova Scotia. Amongst the toppled trees, rain and floods no place was more completely savaged than the once-beautiful islands of Abaco. Long a cruisers paradise within easy reach of the eastern seaboard the Abaco islands were battered by Dorian at the peak of its fury.
"Second star to the right and straight on 'till morning." Julien Hofberg sometimes adds this quote from J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan to the bottom of his emails, and we think it's a perfect line for sailors to adopt. Afterall, our best laid plans are often nothing more than a loose guide while our path and speed are adjusted for the wind and the sea.
We've been busy awarding this year's Summer Sailstice prizes to participants, and boy are they happy to win!
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This is it, the announcement we've all been waiting for, the Summer Sailstice 2019 Video Challenge results.
Thank you to everyone who participated both in front of and behind the camera. You are the reason we celebrate sailing and look for ways to share the joys.
We love the Summer Sailstice Photo Competition as we get to see dozens of fun, beautiful, interesting and overall fantastic photos. We love seeing and then sharing the photos, and reading the comments!
We're always astounded by the quality and detail of the work that sailors put into restoring old sailboats. Regardless of the size or type of boat they are treated to hard work, patience and a certain amount of love. The results are often nothing short of miraculous as boats that regular people would condemn to the scrap heap are transformed into fully functioning vessels of beauty and form.
Here it is, the announcement we've all been waiting for: the 2019 Summer Sailstice contest winners.
First, we'd like to thank everyone who participated – not only the contest entrants but everyone who participated in Summer Sailstice – because without you all there would be no contests!
Did you receive an email telling you about your great prize? Make sure you check your email in-box regularly because we can't wait forever for you to get back to us. If we don't hear from you we could award your prize to someone else!!
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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.
When Manuel 'Manny' Moreno sent us photos of his Summer Sailstice celebrations, he mentioned that he'd been working on a sailboat restoration for Reality Sailing Youth Program. We encouraged him to enter the Rest0re an Old Sailboat Contest, and he did!
Here is Manny's entry:
Hello sailing enthusiasts,
Hey hey hey... it's getting to be that time. The time when all good sailors pause sailing for just long enough to ensure they have their Summer Sailstice contest entries ready and submitted.
All contests close this coming weekend.
The exact date and time is Sunday, July 14 at 24:00 Pacific Time.
Well. it's that time! The Summer Sailstice on-water celebrations have passed, but the fun continues. The 2019 prize draw has begun and we're ready to announce the first winners. But first, a word for our sponsors, partners, prize donors and supporters:
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."
Point Yacht Club (PtYC) in Josephine, Alabama has been celebrating Summer Sailstice since at least 2014 - that's how many flags we can see!
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.
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.
When Sooke Sailing was formed in 2013 there were hardly any sailboats on the Sooke waters. Now, thanks largely to the efforts of Sooke Sailing and the local businesses and Rotary Club, sailboats are a common sight, even in the winter months.
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.
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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.
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.
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...
One of the great things about Summer Sailstice is connecting with sailors who are doing their thing all over the world. For us, that means some quick texts or notes from friends who might be anywhere from San Francisco to Tromsa, Norway. This morning we got a note from 70 degrees North from Jon & Cindy Knowles aboard their J-46 Abracadabra who actually are anchored in Tromso, Norway.
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.
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.
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?
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Saturday, June 8, is World Oceans Day. We’re giving a shout-out to all the fantastic people and organizations around the world that are stepping up and working to clean up the oceans and waterways, and to those that are helping from the other end of the solution — reducing the amount of trash that we create and allow to enter the sea.
We've been reading about the very tropical Tahiti Va'a coming in November and, closer to home, Holopuni plans to celebrate Summer Sailstice (Have a Holopuni Day) in their home turf of the Hawaiian Islands and around the world.
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.
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:
US Sailing has embraced the STEM model of eduation and is bringing the program within 'reach' of youth around the country.
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?
Chesapeake Light Craft is inviting you to get organized for Summer Sailstice by offering huge discounts on sailing rigs and components for its range of sailboat kits.
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.
Navionics is offering great monthly deals throughout 2019 - And this month is no different.
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.
SpinSheet Chesapeake Bay Sailing is blazing a trail of sailing celebration through its dedication to the sport and its enthusiastic support for Summer Sailstice. For more than 20 years the magazine, "written by sailors, for sailors," has been highlighting "the people, places, boats, personalities and events that make the Chesapeake one of the world's premier sailing grounds."
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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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Woohoo! Summer is coming and we've got a whole new line up of Summer Sailstice logo wear ready for you to order. This year's design was inspired by the popular trend of minimalism because, after all, sailing is all about minimalism - minimal space, minimal stuff and most importantly, minimal stress.