Summer Sailstice News & Stories

Sailing Inspiration, Sailstice Tales, News

Boat Show Round up - Newsletter April 18th

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April 19, 2019 by Monica Grant
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Update your Charts before Summer with Navionics' Trade-in Rebate!

Update your charts before the season starts ​…and get up to $75 back for your old plotter card.

April 9, 2019 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
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Spring into Spring - Newsletter march 20, 2019

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March 20, 2019 by Monica Grant
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2019 Sailstice Gear In-Store Now!

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. 

Check it out...

March 7, 2019 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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Renew your Navionics card subscription this month for a great deal!

Have a Navionics Card? Now is a great time to update your charts!

Cross one job off your winter to-do list and save money when you renew your card subscription at the low price of $49.99 now thorough February 28, 2019.  

Have your card nearby? 
Download the Chart Installer and renew your subscription to download updated charts directly to the card.  Take advantage of the February special price now even if your subscription is expiring within 3 months.

February 13, 2019 by Monica Grant
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Historic Wooden Boats Gather in Hobart

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.

February 3, 2019 by Monica Grant
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Check out the Navionics Trade-in Rebate for 2019!

Do you already have a Navionics chart for your sailboat? Then check this out... 

Summer Sailstice Gold Sponsor, Navionics has introduced the Trade-in Rebate for 2019. Here's how it works - 

January 17, 2019 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
News

OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL LAUNCHES “ROUND-UP” CAMPAIGN FOR LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY IN 2019

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.

December 27, 2018 by John A
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How do you Winter Solstice aboard your boat?

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. 

December 19, 2018 by Monica Grant
Prizes, Sailing Inspiration, News

Summer Sailstice Sponsors & Prize Donors Return for 2019!

We're putting together the Summer Sailstice prize pool for 2019 and are excited to welcome back many of our longterm supporters. 

December 7, 2018 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

November 20, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Plan Ahead Now for Summer Sailstice 2019

What are you doing this weekend?

November 15, 2018 by Monica Grant
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The Family that Sails Together, Stays Together

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.

October 17, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Sailing, with Nancy and the three Chrises!

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.

October 3, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Keep Your Summer Sailing Alive This Fall

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.

September 19, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Discover the Great Loop, with a Navionics Webinar

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.

September 10, 2018 by Monica Grant
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What Do You Do When You're Not Sailing?

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. 

September 5, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Update: Marco Models his New MTI Life Vest

Recently we wrote a story about Marco Vailetti from Fremont, CA who won an Mti Journey life jacket and then received a very nice upgraded prize from MTI Life Jackets.

September 4, 2018 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
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Win a 1-month iBoatTrack Membership!

Do you use Iridium GO! on your sailboat?

August 28, 2018 by Monica Grant
Prizes, News

Are you a Winner and Don't Know It?

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!

August 23, 2018 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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So Many Prizes, So Much Fun!

We're awarding prizes left, right and center, or rather port, starboard and center and are enjoying the feedback and happy comments from this year's winners so much, we wanted to share some of the joy with you...

'That is wonderful news, thank you!' - Stacy Mori, Waterproof Purse from Mantus Anchors.

August 8, 2018 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
Prizes, News

Add your local knowledge to Navionics Charts

If there's one thing that sailors like, it's up to date chart information. How often have you come across a bouy, rocks, a great mooring, or perhaps a even new dockside restaurant that isn't on your chart? And then you say, "I'll have to remember that one!" Or perhaps you'd like to let your fellow boaters know about what you've discovered. The good news is that doing this is super simple.

July 31, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Did you Win a NauticEd Sailing Certification?

As the prize draw continues we're enjoying sending emails to the winners and receiving their Summer Sailstice news and photos. For example, Mark Baquial who won a NauticEd Sailing Certification spent his Summer Sailstice in California, sailing from San Diego Bay to Glorietta Bay Coronado aboard an FP catamaran.

July 27, 2018 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
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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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2018 Prize Draw Winners Announced

The 2018 Summer Sailstice prize draw has begun and we have some winners to announce!

July 25, 2018 by Monica Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
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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 Grant
News

Start The Summer Celebrating Sailing

You only get so many summers and, if you’re a sailor, you should take full advantage of them. Summer has more daylight, lighter work schedules, and school vacations making it an ideal time for more sailing.

June 22, 2018 by John A
News

San Diego Yacht Club is sailing

San Diego Yacht Club always has a lot of sailing going on and it remains true for Summer Sailstice.

June 22, 2018 by John A
Sailstice Tales, News

T'was the Eve Before Sailstice

T’was the eve before Sailstice and all through the world, 

Sailboats lay waiting, their sails tightly furled.

Fuel tanks were full, and water as well, 

For tomorrow they’d be sailing, and the sailboats could tell. 

 

June 21, 2018 by Monica Grant
News

Shoreline Shares Sailing

In the epicenter of the high tech world, Silicon Valley, is a conventient lake with warm sun, fresh breeze and sailboats. Given all those great ingredients they continue to reach out to offer sailing on Summer Sailstice and all year long.

The recent newsletter announced their plans:

June 21, 2018 by John A

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