Summer Sailstice News & Stories

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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Congrats Mantus Waterproof Purse Winners

Congratulations Butch and Betsy500 on winning the 'Early-Bird' prize from Mantus Anchors. 

April 17, 2018 by Monica
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Make your Summer Sailstice Event a Clean Regatta!

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.

April 15, 2018 by Monica
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Enhance your Sailing Adventures by Hosting a Navionics SonarCharts Event

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?

March 31, 2018 by Monica
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Bay Area's Sailstice Sailor enjoys summer-sailing in Brisbane to Gladstone Race

California Bay Area local and Summer Sailstice sailor, Jay Grant is enjoying some pre-Sailstice sailing along Australia's East Coast in the 7oth annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

 

March 30, 2018 by Monica
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We Found Chris!

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...

March 27, 2018 by Monica
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LDYC Sailing Shifty Winds this Summer

Lake Delta Yacht Club is is looking forward to shifty winds for its 14th annual Summer Sailstice celebration this June. 

March 22, 2018 by Monica
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Summer Sailstice is Wherever You Are!

We keep saying Summer Sailstice is for 'everyone', but did you realize Summer Sailstice is also for 'everywhere'?

March 21, 2018 by Monica
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Early-Bird Sailors are Happy Winners!

Did you sign up and add your sailing plans as part of this week's Early-Bird promotion?

March 2, 2018 by Monica
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Is Your Pin on the Map?

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...

February 26, 2018 by Monica
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Put your Pin on the Map for June 2018

Summer Sailstice 2018 is now less than 5 months away. Do you have your pin on the map? 

February 5, 2018 by Monica
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Join the Cool Kids and Register your 2018 Sailing Plans

Be one of the cool kids and register your plans for Summer Sailstice 2018. You might even win something!

December 26, 2017 by Monica
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Missed out on our Winter Solstice Newsletter? Read it here...

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...

December 21, 2017 by Monica
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Winter Solstice for Some Means Summer Sailing for Others!

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.

December 19, 2017 by Monica
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Painting your Boat this Winter? Reap the Benefits of Pettit's Decades-long Experience!

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.

October 16, 2017 by Monica
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Sunsail Assists with Hurricane Relief While Preparing for Charter Season

Fall is usually a busy time for Sunsail as the charter company prepares for the winter season. However, this year they have been extra busy dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma - assisting with local relief efforts, and assessing damage to their own property and vessels. 

October 10, 2017 by Monica
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What are Your Fall Sailing Plans?

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. 

September 22, 2017 by Monica

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