Summer Sailstice News & Stories
Julien Hofberg has won the first Summer Sailstice participation prize for 2016!
Summer Sailstice 2016 is only 27 weeks away! Think that's a long time? It's not really when you think about how fast this year has flown by, so maybe now is a good time to set your own plans for next year's annual, Global Celebration of Sailing. After all 2016 is now less than 12 hours away and summer will soon follow.
Take a look at some of the plans already posted...
Almost everyday we are confronted with news stories, social media posts, and videos telling us that climate change is underway and the level of our oceans is rising.
So it’s the middle of winter, the year is almost over, and you’re sitting by the fire gazing out the window at your wrapped, snow-covered sailing boat sitting on the lawn?
Christmas is only 3 days away and if you're anything like me, chances are you haven't quite completed your Christmas Gift shopping list! Well fear not, we've put together a list of great ideas that will not only take care of 'last-minute' gifts, but are perfectly suited for that 'special sailor' in your life...
So it’s almost the weekend again, and for many of us our thoughts are turning to sailing! Or perhaps for those sailors in the northern parts, the thoughts are more about a lack of sailing. But fear not, winter will pass, and so too will those long dark nights. Before you know it the winter will have turned to summer and Summer Sailstice will be just around the corner.
Getting excited yet? If not, read about these great prizes that are waiting for Summer Sailstice 2016 participants -
Celebrating sailing with Summer Sailstice earned this lucky lady a major prize from the Hobie Cat Company! But not one to keep things to herself, Helene shared her good fortune with some eager youngsters!
Summer Sailstice 2016 is approaching faster than it may seem. I realize we still need to get through winter and spring before we can begin enjoying those twilight sails without freezing our fingers off, but the time will pass, and soon we’ll be shouting, “Raise the main, grab the sheets, more trim, tie it off…” and then we’ll know summer is truly upon us.
Gaylen Smith will be spending his winter reading all about sailing adventures in French Polynesia thanks to author, Sally-Christine Rodgers!
Becky Graham from the Point Yacht Club in Josephine, Alabama is this year’s winner of the Harken Video Competition.
Becky’s entry titled “Adventures in Sailing and Other Stuff” was filmed entirely ‘on location’, with a cast of more than 50 Summer Sailstice sailors enjoying the celebrations and becoming film stars in their own right!
Enter our newest competition to win a copy of Sally-Christine Rodgers' book Convergence!
Convergence tells the story of Sally-Christine's lifelong passion for the ocean, and the French Polynesian adventure during which she faced her fears and learnt "to surrender to nature".
Congratulations to Summer Sailstice founder and lifelong sailor, John Arndt who was honored with the sailing industry's 2015 Distinguished Service Award at the recent United States Sailboat Show, in Annapolis. This annual award recognizes an individual’s outstanding service toward the advancement of the sailing industry; the enactment of which John seems to have made his life’s mission.
Wether we’re sailing in the river, on a lake, or out at sea I’m sure we’ve all seen evidence of the rubbish we create and its negative effects on our watery environments. So have you ever wondered how we as sailors can reduce our ‘boatprint' and help repair some of the damage already done?
San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) is here again and no doubt we’ll be seeing hundred of boaters out on the water this weekend jockeying for position to take in the views and excitement of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels as they perform their high speed, high thrill maneuvers in the sky above. This is one occasion on which we would consider it “okay” to lower your sails - you wouldn’t want them cluttering your view of the sky. But what exactly is Fleet Week, apart from another reason to get out and go sailing?
Summer Sailstice sailors are always happy to learn they’ve won a prize, but this sailing pair were doubly surprised when they received more than they expected from New England Ropes!
Even if you don’t own a boat, Summer Sailstice is a great time to get out on the water and enjoy sailing. SailTime offered just such opportunities during this year’s celebrations, as well as offering free sailing in the Texas Gulf!
Kate Conway and her family are serial solstice sailors, and they also happen to be the second place winners in this year’s Summer Sailstice Video Competition!
Wells Pile, Chairman of the New England Beetle Cat Boat Association, is another Summer Sailstice 2015 winner taking hope a package of 34th America's Cup 'swag'.
We caught up on the phone with Terry and Allison Canade who were very excited to learn they had won the Sunsail BVI Charter for participating in this year’s Summer Sailstice. The couple had the pleasure of cruising the BVI a few years ago, and Terry said they’re now looking forward to revisiting the region.
Scott and Becca Stowers have been participating in Summer Sailstice for several year as members of the Bonneville School of Sailing And Seamanship on Utah Lake in, you guessed it, Utah! Though this is not the first time they've sailed and celebrated with Summer Sailstice it is the first time they've come up a winner by having their name drawn for the $250 gift certificate from West Marine.
Great views and beautiful waters were on hand for this lucky crew...
Multiple sailors celebrated this year's Summer Sailstice by particpating in the Marion, MA to Bermuda Race. Beginning in 1977, "the spirit of the race is that all yachts and crew are participating for the joy and pleasure of sailing, competition, and the camaraderie that accompanies such an off-shore event.
With sails reefed and a close eye on the radar, sailing vessel “Smoke and Roses“ headed into Charlotte Harbor, Florida to do a half day charter on the day of Summer Sailstice. The stormy skies added some relief to the heat and “with just one couple doing a private charter, it hardly seemed like work!” says owners Dan and Agnes.
Paul from North Carolina thought he was just out for a fun sail on Summer Sailstice, but as an added bonus he is one of this year's lucky prize winners!
Sailing with friends is one of the best ways to celebrate Summer Sailstice, and Paulo did just that...
Sailors are a tough bunch, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Anyone who is prepared to raft-up their boat and stand firm in the face of tornado warnings is pretty tough in my book. Fortunately, it missed...
This little club believe they may be one of the California Delta's "best-kept secrets". Well not for much longer. Have a look at what they got up to for Summer Sailstice, and then maybe go along and join them...
South Coast Sailing Adventures in Kemah, TX spent their Sailstice Celebration sharing dinner and a sail...
One thing we definitely love about Summer Sailstice is how it brings people from around the world together in celebration of a shared love: sailing. And down in the warmer climate of El Salvador, a group of cruisers sure knew how to celebrate in a global manner. Bill and Jean, organizers of the annual El Salvador rally, enjoyed the Sailstice with cruisers from eight different countries!
An American Sailing Association Flotilla enjoyed Summer Sailstice with a weeklong journey! Starting on the Friday of Summer Sailstice weekend, ten sailboats and thirty-seven participants cruised from Bellingham, WA through the San Juan Islands to Victoria, British Columbia. They made plenty of stops among the island including visits to Friday Harbor, Victoria Harbor, Roche Harbor, Reid Harbor and Inati Bay.
In Northeast Montana, the newly formed Fort Peck Sailing Club is hauling up sails and inspiring new sailors
On the shores of a huge lake in Northeast Montana, a half dozen or so sailing-obsessed boaters decided to make a splash: forming the first and only sailing club on a body of water “where any boat besides a fishing boat is an oddity.” The Fort Peck Sailing Club was founded by Page Anderson and Julie Burke, who were looking for fun ways to advertise the opportunity to sail.
How to spread the word? Summer Sailstice of course!
San Diego International Boat Show celebrates the Sailstice with a wide variety of events and activities.
The San Diego International Boat Show aligned perfectly with this year’s Summer Sailstice. June 18-21...making every day of the show a celebration!
Members of Hampton Yacht Club, Broad Bay Sailing Association, Hampton Roads Fleet 30, & Old Point Comfort Yacht Club joined forces this Summer Sailstice for a whoppin’ good time!
On the beautiful waters of Clear Lake, a natural, freshwater lake in Northern California, the El Toro International Yacht Racing Association celebrated the Sailstice with their annual El Toro Regional Championships. The Regatta had 19 boats sailing in six races. We send our congratulations to the top finishers, Art Lange (first), Paul Tara (second), and Fred Paxton (third).
Conch Blowing and Flag Raising were the order of the weekend for these intrepid Sailstice sailors...
This merry band from Texas had themselves a 'rum tasting' session as part of their Summer Sailstice celebrations...
Jody from S/V Hula Girl has sent us a few more photos of her crew's Sailstice sailing in Alabama...
How to make next year’s Summer Sailstice bigger, and better, and wackier than ever before?
While sailors everywhere were hoisting sails and heading off to the race course, a quiet anchorage or a rendezvous Team Alvimedica launched themselves towards a final leg victory in the almost 40,000 mile Volvo Ocean Race. As Summer Sailstice captures a one-weekend image of the whole world of sailing it is always great to have the participation of some of sailing's marquis events and teams alongside the everyday pleasures of sailing.
Like so many West Coaster sailors, Michael and Lisa Rossi have been harboring the dream of heading south while working hard at both a job and preparing their boat, the 40' center cockpit Cheoy sloop 'LunaSea'.
Remember our story last week about the "sailing chicks" who celebrated Summer Sailstice aboard the sail boat Persistence? Well, we asked nicely and got some back story about the girls and their sailing adventures. Owner and Captain Joni B, has filled in the gaps about the vessel and her all girl crew...
Setting sail from Clipper Marina in Sausalito, California, this group of intrepid Hobie sailors celebrated Summer Sailstice with a fun sail to and around the islands...
Ever sailed a Weta? I haven't, and to be honest until now I hadn't heard of them, but after reading this story and looking at the photos and video clip I think I have a new mission...
Norbert Duarte tells us about his Summer Sailstice celebration which included setting the main aboard the Tall Ship Silva...
Holouni Canoes Tahiti sent us some great shots from their Sailstice weekend regatta!
2015 is a year of celebrations as the Ninnescah Sailing Association (NSA) celebrates the club's 50th anniversary in time for Summer Sailstice!
The 2015 Western Canada Jeanneau Rendezvous was a great success with more than 100 sailors participating in perfect sailing conditions. Jenny Armstrong from Fraser Yacht Sales sent us this story and photos...
This cruising couple decided to celebrate this year's Summer Sailstice by sharing their experience...
Rick Brass sent us this story about the 53rd Annual Indian Island to Ocracoke Regatta, Pamlico Sound, North Carolina...