Summer Sailstice News & Stories
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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
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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.
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 -
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.
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.
Have you Added your Plan for the 19th Annual Summer Sailstice?
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.
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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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.
First prize goes to Chad Sturgis for his great photo of the raft up circle on San Francisco Bay:
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.
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...
From Spinsheet Magazine on the Chesapeake: Chasing the Sun with BCYA
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...'
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 -
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.
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!
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:
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.