Summer Sailstice News & Stories
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!
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.
We're putting together the Summer Sailstice prize pool for 2019 and are excited to welcome back many of our longterm supporters.
What are you doing this weekend?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2018 Summer Sailstice prize draw has begun and we have some winners to announce!
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.
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.
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.
Summer Sailstice is almost here and the events map is covered in pins! Is yours one of them?
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 -
We've been busy working on the Summer Sailstice prize pool, and we're almost done. Take a look at what's up for grabs this year...
American Sailing Association (ASA) has now certified more than 500,000 sailors world wide and we're proud to be partnered with ASA to help showcase and increase participation in sailing even further. Learn more about ASA's committment to sailing education...
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...
The 2018 Summer Sailstice prize pool is filling up and we want to let you know what's been going on this week!
Just in time for the Spring Equinox we welcome Navionics, Ultimate Sailing and BoatUS for Summer Sailstice 2018...
Did you sign up and add your sailing plans as part of this week's Early-Bird promotion?
Is your pin on the Summer Sailstice event map for 2018? If you're not sure how to celebrate take a look at what others are doing...
We're updating our prize pool for Summer Sailstice 2018. Make sure you're signed up and sailing on June 23, to be in the drawing.
Be one of the cool kids and register your plans for Summer Sailstice 2018. You might even win something!
If you're feeling a little glum because the days are short and the nights are long, and your sailboat is wrapped up tight or sheltering under cover, read our Winter Solstice Newsletter and discover how you can beat the winter no-sailing blues...
Winter Solstice may be cold and devoid of sailing for some, but in other parts of the globe the summer sailing season is in full swing.
We're looking for a new Design for the Summer Sailstice 2018 Tshirt.
Send us your design to be in the running for a set of 2018 Summer Sailstice Swag!
If you’ve ever had to repaint your boat, chances are you’ve reached for a can, or several, of Pettit Paint. And this would be due to the fact that Pettit’s reputation in the marine industry is firmly set as one of the world’s leading producers of high performance, American made, marine coatings.
What are your sailing plans this Fall? It begins today!
Friday, September 22, is the Fall Equinox. Officially, this means summer is over. Unofficially, it means you might get to stretch out your summer of sailing just a little more, depending on where you live. Of course if you live in the southern part of the globe, it means you’re actually heading toward summer rather than away from it.
It’s been more than a week since Hurricane Irma’s devastating assault on the Caribbean, and almost three weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall and left a trail of destruction in its wake. Many of us are familiar with these regions as some of our favorite sailing grounds, and probably just as many of us have never visited either.
Congratulations David Colvin, from Sacramento, CA.
Winner of the 'Dirtiest Fender' Contest
Are you one of the lucky people who won a prize from Navionics this year? Take a look at why those who did are so happy with their prizes.
Although the northern hemisphere's summer may be showing signs of being on its way out, the Summer Sailstice Memories Live On!
If you enjoyed this year's Video Challenge and are thinking about entering in 2018, take a look at this year's winning video and maybe you'll get some cool ideas!