Summer Sailstice News & Stories

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RSVP Prize Winner Announced

Did you or your club host a Summer Sailstice event?

June 25, 2019 by Monica
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Answers to "Where Did You Sail For Summer Sailstice?"

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. 

June 25, 2019 by John A
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2019 Celebrates Summer Sailstice

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. 

June 24, 2019 by Monica
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SailGP Unveils New Trophy in New York

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...

June 21, 2019 by Monica
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We're Trying to Reach Everyone!

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. 

June 18, 2019 by Monica
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Sailstice Sailors Go Global

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. 

June 17, 2019 by Monica
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Summer is Almost Here. Where will you Sail-stice?

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?

June 11, 2019 by Monica
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Get Your Hands on a Great Navionics Deal In-time for Summer

Take a look at Navionics' June offer -

Navionics SonarChart™ Shading available for Platinum+ and HotMaps Platinum Charts.

An Exciting New Feature in the Satellite Overlay layer

June 10, 2019 by Monica
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Today is World Oceans Day

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.

June 8, 2019 by Monica
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So many fun Sailing Events planned for June!

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.

June 3, 2019 by Monica
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Summer Sailstice: Coming to a Bay Near You!

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: 

May 24, 2019 by Monica
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US Sailing's Reach Program Educates Junior Sailors

US Sailing has embraced the STEM model of eduation and is bringing the program within 'reach' of youth around the country.

May 22, 2019 by Monica
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Sail the Bay on Summer Sailstice

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...

May 16, 2019 by Monica
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Summer Sailstice Events are Popping up Everywhere!

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?

May 15, 2019 by Monica
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Build Your Own Summer Sailstice Sailboat!

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.

May 8, 2019 by Monica
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What's Navionics up to Now?

Navionics May Banner

Navionics is offering great monthly deals throughout 2019 - And this month is no different.

May 3, 2019 by Monica
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Sailstice Sailors Win Tickets to San Francisco SailGP

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.

April 25, 2019 by Monica
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Thanks SpinSheet for Helping us get the Whole World Sailing!

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.

April 23, 2019 by Monica
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Boat Show Round up - Newsletter April 18th

Did you receive our latest newsletter in your Inbox?
Take a look at the highlights and follow a link for more details.

April 19, 2019 by Monica
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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
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Spring into Spring - Newsletter march 20, 2019

Did you receive our latest newsletter in your Inbox?
Take a look at the highlights and follow the links for more details.

March 20, 2019 by Monica
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Plan Ahead Now for Summer Sailstice 2019

What are you doing this weekend?

November 15, 2018 by Monica
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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