Summer Sailstice News & Stories

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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 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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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
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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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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
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However you Sail, Purge the Plastic

American Sailing Association (ASA) has launched a campaign to not only reduce and stop the plastic pollution we create, but to also encourge sailors around the world to help purge the seas of existing plastic pollution.

June 21, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice with a tour of the tall ship Matthew Turner

If you're looking for a shore-based Summer Sailstice celebration, why not take a tour of the new traditionally built wooden tall ship, Matthew Turner.

June 20, 2018 by Monica Grant
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The Summer Sailstice Events Keep Coming!

We've posted a few stories about Summer Sailstice events and sailing plans that are set to take place around the country and around the world, and just when we think everyone has signed up and added their plans, the events keep coming. It's fantastic to see so many open days, regattas, raft ups, races, cruises... the list and variety of celebratory plans is longer than my halyard!

June 20, 2018 by Monica Grant
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More Early-Bird Winners Announced!

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.

June 19, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Lake Canyon YC hosts 2018's first Sailstice Celebration!

Lake Canyon Yacht Club, TX has taken out the honor of hosting 2018's first recorded Summer Sailstice celebration

These pirates are no strangers to partying when the Sailstice comes around and by the look of the photos from their 5th annual Summer Sailstice celebration, everyone had a great time!

June 18, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Get up to Sailing-speed with ASA's Sailing Challenge App

With all of the sailing that’s coming up in this year’s Summer Sailstice we wondered if all of these sailors know they can be getting ready for the weekend with a stay-at-home sailing experience – quality couch sailing at its best! The American Sailing Association created a mobile app called Sailing Challenge that drills sailing fundamentals in a super fun way.

June 14, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Are you Signed up and Ready to Sail?

Summer Sailstice is almost here and the events map is covered in pins! Is yours one of them?

June 13, 2018 by Monica Grant
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US Sailing Celebrates Summer Sailstice! Will you join them?

US Sailing has signed up to celebrate Summer Sailstice 2018, and you're invited to join them!

US Sailing has schools across the US so chances are there's one near you. To give you an idea, here are a couple already signed up -

June 12, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Early-bird Winners Sail Away with Prizes!

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 - 

June 8, 2018 by Monica Grant
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June 8 is World Oceans Day. How can you help?

As sailors, we are blessed with the opportunity to discover and enjoy the world's oceans and waterways. However, like all people on the earth, we also have the potential to create pollution and ultimately damage to the important ecosystems that rely on the ocean for their health and stability, including our own.

June 7, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Fame Has Found us, We're on Pyrate Radio!

Summer Sailstice has found radio-fame with Pyrate Radio!

Want to to spend your days listening to cruising tunes and enjoying island-life vibes?
Pyrate Radio could be just what you've been looking for with non-stop music, and less-than-commercial-station ad breaks!

June 4, 2018 by Monica Grant
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What Does ASA Love About Summer Sailstice? Its Outreach!

Summer Sailstice is all about bringing sailing to the world, and that's what inspires ASA too. Summer Sailstice and ASA are all about outreach, and together they are inspiring new and experienced sailors across the globe!

June 2, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Calling for Women Sailors in Orange County!

Women's Sailing Association - Orange County (WSA - OC) is hosting a day sail in Dana Point, CA to celebrate the longest sailing day of the year, Summer Sailstice!

'Our goal is enjoy every minute of the day, even the extra one we get on the longest day of the year!'

Here are some fun pics from WSA - OC's 2017 Summer Sailstice celebrations: 

May 26, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Is your Fleet or One-Design Club Sailing for Summer Sailstice?

Sailboats come in all shapes and sizes and if you like the company, there are plenty of opportunities to sail with a fleet, club or association of the same boat-class. This year several one-design and fleet events are already signed up for the June Summer Sailstice celebrations. 

May 25, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Modern Sailing Joins the Growing List of ASA-Summer Sailstice Events

Modern Sailing School & Club is the latest ASA school to join the 2018 Summer Sailstice celebrations. As part of the partnership between Summer Sailstice and American Sailing Association (ASA), Modern Sailing is inviting you to join them for a weekend of sailing and fun.

May 23, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Go Sailing App Connects 20,000 Sailors!

American Sailing Association's (ASA) networking app, Go Sailing, has now been been downloaded by 20,000 people who use the network to share and experience sailing.

To celebrate this milestone, Go Sailing has released several new features which will make the free app even more useful!

May 23, 2018 by Monica Grant
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One Month and One Day to go - Are you Sailstice Ready?

Summer Sailstice 2018 is now only one month and one day away, are you ready?

May 21, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Mayoral Proclamation: June 2018 Is Alameda Water Sports Month

Alameda Mayor Trish Herrara Spencer has declared June 2018 Alameda's 'Water Sports Month' and is inviting everyone to EYC to celebrate sailing and the boating lifestyle on Saturday, June 23rd.  Fred Rutledge, Ray Durazo and John Platt all helped put this together to bring attention to all the water sports activities available to the residents of the most populated island in the Bay Area, Alameda.

May 18, 2018 by Monica Grant
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The Summer Sailstice 2018 Prize Pool is Nearly Complete!

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...

May 17, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Who's Doing What for Summer Sailstice?

Summer Sailstice 2018 is now just over one month away. How will you celebrate?

May 14, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Sailing with SOUL

SOUL Sailing has joined Summer Sailstice in bringing the art of sailing to the world.

May 9, 2018 by Monica Grant
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Over Half a Million Sailors Certified by ASA

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...

April 24, 2018 by Monica Grant

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