Summer Sailstice News & Stories
Did you or your club host a Summer Sailstice event?
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.
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.
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You're not alone if you think that the only thing Hobart and sailing have in common is the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. After all, the Sydney to Hobart race is arguably the biggest internationally-known sailing event on the Australian yachting calendar.
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Summer Sailstice Gold Sponsor, Navionics has introduced the Trade-in Rebate for 2019. Here's how it works -
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.
Offshore Sailing School has long supported the great cause of sailing by teaching well over 100,000 people to sail. They've also been a long-term supporter of the Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing to inspire all their graduates and sailors everywhere to get out and saill, wherever they are, on the solstice weekend.
For sailors in the northern hemisphere it's wonderful to know that the coming Solstice will bring with it the promise of longer days, shorter nights and an abundance of warmth. However there are still a couple of months of cold weather to endure before the sun once again sends its warm rays to nestle in the arms of the freshly unfurled sails.
We're putting together the Summer Sailstice prize pool for 2019 and are excited to welcome back many of our longterm supporters.
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!
Thanksgiving is upon us and while hapless turkeys around the country are making their way into ovens, the smart turkeys are staying well hidden. How is this relevant to sailing? Well turkeys themselves aren't actually relevant, but there is some connection between sailing and Thanksgiving.
What are you doing this weekend?
If the family that sails together stays together, the Burkhart family are clearly staying together. When Frank Burkhart bought the Islander 36, Island Girl, he had limited experience and no crew. Now 24 years later, the Burkharts and Island Girl are a regular sight among the sailboats on San Francisco Bay and the surrounding waters.
Chris and Nancy Haggerty have taken the phrase ‘sailing-family’ to a new level with three generations of Chrises enjoying many sailing adventures aboard the family’s 1977 23’ AMF Paceship.
Chris Snr bought the boat, now named ‘Nancy’s Summer Wind’ in 2004 for just under $3000. And although he sailed as a teenager, 40-years had passed since Chris last handled the lines. He therefore decided to do some light reading prior to his first voyage aboard his new boat.
As the Autumn Equinox approaches and the sun sets on another northern-hemisphere summer, northern sailors may be lamenting the fact that the season of seemingly, endless daylight is coming to a close, and along with it the salty joy of sailing under a warm sky and (mostly) friendly winds.
Have you ever dreamed of sailing the Great Loop? In the same way that motorcyclists yearn to ride Route 66 from one side of America to the other, for many sailors the Great Loop is an iconic journey that is just waiting to be taken. Whether you start at the top and make your way south or go in the other direction, the Great Loop's rivers, canals, lakes and waterways traverse more than 6,000 miles of North America's heartland and eastern regions.
What does a Summer Sailstice sailor do when not sailing? Learn a lot, and share the knowledge with others of course…
New York sailor, Anthony Pozun, is not just your average guy on the water. While many of us are happy to experience one, two, or maybe even three careers, Anthony has spent a lifetime accumulating knowledge and skills and in turn, passing these gifts on to others.
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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Congratulations to all of this year's prize winners, and a big Thank You to all the Companies, Businesses, Organizations and Individuals that made Summer Sailstice 2018 possible!
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!