Summer Sailstice News & Stories

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Tales from the Western Canada Jeanneau Rendezvous

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...

July 2, 2015 by Monica Grant
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Celebrations of the Science of Sailing aboard 'Celebrate'

This cruising couple decided to celebrate this year's Summer Sailstice by sharing their experience...

June 30, 2015 by Monica Grant
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Summer Sailstice doubles as a learning experience in North Carolina

Rick Brass sent us this story about the 53rd Annual Indian Island to Ocracoke Regatta, Pamlico Sound, North Carolina...

June 30, 2015 by Monica Grant
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Fun Sailstice celebrations in Alabama

The Point Yacht Club in Alabama had a great Summer Sailstice weekend with members enjoying a full spectrum of fun from the beach to the sea...

June 30, 2015 by Monica Grant
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These "Sailing Chicks" celebrated with Persistence

This team of five women celebrated Summer Sailstice on the beautiful waters out of Pentwater, Michigan...

June 27, 2015 by Monica Grant
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Neenah-Nodaway Yacht Club Celebrates in Wisconson

Dale Counihan, the Cruising Director of the Neenah-Nodaway Yacht Club in Wisconsin wrote in to describe a perfect Summer Sailstice weekend on the largest lake in Wisconsin: 

June 26, 2015 by John A
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Encinal Yacht Club Hosts 5th Summer Sailstice

Encinal Yacht  Club, located on the Pacific island of Alameda, CA, hosted its own celebration of sailing on Summer Sailstice by inviting the public in for sailboat rides, cannons firing, hosting small boat races, running a boatbuilding contest, jamming with a full day of music and facilitating the fun with generous helpings of Dark 'n Stormies from event sponsor Goslings Rum.

June 25, 2015 by John A
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Even hard-core sailors Celebrate Summer Sailstice

Five Clipper 70s joined the Clipper Round the World Alumni Summer Sailstice celebration, while training in Solent, UK for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race...

June 24, 2015 by Monica Grant
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Soggy Summer Sailstice

Summer SailsticeSometimes the best laid plans don't pan out.... especially when the weather gods have a different idea about what constitutes favorable conditions. Ruth Emblin, Rear Commodore of the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club told us her story...

June 24, 2015 by Monica Grant
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Mexican Summer Sailstice Shenanigans

Here is a fun Sailstice tale from the merry sailors at Marina Riviera Nayarit, located on the North Shore of Banderas Bay, in sunny Mexico. This party-crowd staged a unique celebration with rain and beach umbrellas, patchwork sails, and a couple of 8-man SUP boards, and it certainly looked liked everyone had fun.

June 24, 2015 by Monica Grant
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Summer Sailstice tales from Chile

The heat was turned up in Chile last weekend when Claudio Undurraga A. celebrated the 15th annual Summer Sailstice in Algarrobo, with his daughter and her dog Copihue. While most Summer Sailstice sailors would have enjoyed their weekend sailing on the longest day of the year, Claudio and his crew sailed on Chili’s shortest day of the year, the winter solstice.  

June 23, 2015 by Monica Grant
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Pacific Northwest Jeanneau Summer Sailstice Rendezvous

Dan Krier of Marine Service Center has participated in all 15 Summer Sailstice celebrations starting in 2001 with their very first Pacific Northwest Jeanneau Rendezvous.  The event has grown along with Summer Sailstice as an annual tradition for the Pacific Northwest Jeanneau fleet.

June 22, 2015 by John A
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Early bird winners announced!!

We have some great events signed up already!  We are happy to award 3 Blue Water Sailing Magazine Subscriptions and 3 Summer Sailstice Burgees to some early sign ups! 

Congratulation to Stuart who won a Bluewater Subscription.  He is planning on having a fun spaghetti dinner after a sunset sail at Gimli Yacht Club in Canada! 

March 26, 2015 by Abby
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IL - Chicago Sailing Celebrates Sailstice

Chicago sailing has been providing access to sailing since 1986 and, as they say on their site, they firmly believe that sailing is more than just sport, it's a way of life.  With their commitment and obvious enjoyment of sailing on Lake Michigan it's also great to see them celebrating Summer Sailstice with local partner the Columbia Yacht Club.  Here's a pic and story from their site:

Celebrating Sailstice!

February 26, 2015 by John A
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Burgas Bay, Pomorie, Bulgaria – “Hobie Island Club Bulgaria!”

Burgas Bay, Pomorie, Bulgaria – “Hobie Island Club Bulgaria!”  

“Even after a deadly storm in Varna the night before our sailing plans- we firmly decided to sail from Sunny Beach to Pomorie for the annual regatta and take part in Summer Sailstice 2014.

September 5, 2014 by Abby
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Summer Sailstice 2014 Aboard Sirocco, a 43’ J/130

Every year in June our club, Oceanside Yacht Club, schedules a cruise/race to Dana Point, California which is 21 miles north of our harbor.  As luck would have it, the 2014 edition of this event fell on the Summer Sailstice weekend.  When the club received the notice announcing this year’s Sailstice, one of our members entered the club’s cruise/race on the event website and we signed up, n

September 5, 2014 by Abby
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Gilligan’s Island, Puerto Rico “Hobie Island Club Puerto Rico!”

LOCATION: Gilligan’s Island, Puerto Rico

“Summer Sailing Get-a-way!”                     

Captain Gilberto “Tuto” Rivera said, "We Sailed out to a well-known, offshore  area called Gilligan’s Island.

It's been amazing being part of a worldwide event such as Summer Sailstice. Coming from such a small island on the Caribbean, makes us feel proud of doing what we love."

September 5, 2014 by Abby
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Winner of Nautical Jewellry

Mia won the piece of Nautical Jewellery and is the editor of the Sailing Club Newsletter (www.thesailingclub.org ). She shares the story from trip leader Mary Ann below: 

August 30, 2014 by Abby
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Sailstice tales and prize winners across the world!

As the 2014 summer sailing season closes we have completed the prize drawing, sent award notices and have received many great stories back! Here's a sampling from  few happy winners:

August 30, 2014 by Abby
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Hobie Islands Celebrate Summer Sailstice

CALIFORNIA – Southwind Hobie Island Sailors, Newport Beach, CA.

Hobie Dealer: Southwind Kayak Center    

August 6, 2014 by Abby
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Cass Gidley Marina Celebrates With Movie Fundraiser

Cass Gidley Marina, a Sausalito community sailing center used Summer Sailstice as an opportunity to raise funds to support boating access on the historic Sausalito, California waterfront.  Sausalito has a long and storied sailing heritage but, like so many once busy waterfronts, many local residents don't have easy access or know how to get from the land out on to the water.  Cass Gidley is a new community sailing center helping change that so more people can get out on the water.

July 20, 2014 by John A
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East Coast Sailing Association Celebrates with Five Organizations

We thank Joe Coleman for sending in the story from the East Coast Sailing Association.  

July 17, 2014 by John A
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Sailing Education Adventures in San Rafael Celebrates Their First Sailstice

Sailing Eduation Adventures has been teaching sailing to Bay area youth for over 30 years.  Their mission statement, 'Sailing Education Adventures (SEA) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting sailing through affordable instruction and related on the water activities,' has been fulfilled many times over with many alumnae continuing to sail for a lifetime.

July 17, 2014 by John A
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Hobie i12s Kayak Winner!

Mark Bewley signed up for the first time to help inspire his family to join him for the sailing celebration.  When he signed up Mark said, 'Sail a Hobie Tandem Island with my wife and 3 kids. Never boated before but now I'm hooked. Always looking for new areas to explore along coastal Virginia and NC.'  It worked and Mark has now added another Hobie to his fleet by winning the Hobie i12s sailing kayak!

July 16, 2014 by John A
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2014 Summer Sailstice Celebration Cruise was a "hail" of a good time.

Read the Hampton Yacht Club newsletter below for the full account of a adventuruous Chesapeake gathering.  The Hampton Yacht Club encountered hail, 60 knots of wind, rain and other potential obstacles to a good time.  Did that stop them?  Not a chance.  Sailing celebrations often require some patience, perserverance and optimism.  And that's what makes it worth it.  Read the tale: 

July 15, 2014 by Abby
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Grilling in Indiana

We lacked wind for sailing but luckily we had a open grill and party scheduled at sunset. We sailed into or floated into summer at 6:51 a.m. and scheduled a dinner at 7:30 pm with a progressive dinner.  pitch in open grill.  Every one who attended had a great time.   We had music and food and our boats in sight.  We planned to do a night sail the wind did not oblige us. The next day on Sunday we all were able to get out and the wind was wonderful.  

July 14, 2014 by Abby
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Eight humans and one small dog

'Eight of us plus one small dog made our way up Indian Arm outside of Vancouver Canada aboard my 45' Hunter cc, SV Club Paradise.  Weather was great and good fun was had by all.'

July 14, 2014 by Abby
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Encinal Yacht Club event a success!

Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed this year's Summer Sailstice event at Encinal Yacht Club. It was a treat being able to spend the night at the docks and sail home at our leisure on Sunday morning; it was a 7-hour, 29.05 nm sail back to Vallejo!

July 14, 2014 by Abby
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More updates from Scotch Bonnet Island Race

The 2014 Scotch Bonnet Island Race won't be remembered as one of the windiest but surely the photos are classic.  More wind makes for better sailing but somehow it looks so stunning you'd like to be out there enjoying this Summer Sailstice weekend anyway.  More from Mark Blaakman:

'The vessel in the distance is Flicker, owned by Bill Thompson from Genesee Yacht Club.

July 14, 2014 by Abby
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Sailing in Alaska

South central Alaska ( Kenai Fjords area - Seward, Alaska)

July 14, 2014 by Abby
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Beautiful British Columbia

Hobie Island salors joined Summer Sailstice from Vancouver Adventure Island Club and Puget Sound Adventure Island Club Sailstice - Run for the Border!

Just a few cell phone shots from the "run for the border" Sailstice, at White Rock, BC, Canada.

A beautiful day, in beautiful British Columbia, with a lot of beautiful people.

July 14, 2014 by Abby
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Newport Harbor Sabot Regatta

Adults Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club

July 14, 2014 by Abby
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CA - Glen Cove to Alameda, CA

Bill Campbel, an intrepid sailor from Vallejo, CA made the 30 mile voyage across San Pablo and San Francisco Bay singlehanded aboard his Newport 23 to meet his family at Encinal Yacht Club and wrote in with some notes and photos on his trip:

Ahoy John,

July 13, 2014 by John A
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CA - Encinal Yacht Clubs Puts On A Show

Once again Encinal Yacht Club outdid themselves gathering sailors from across San Francisco Bay to cruise-in, race-in or to drive in.  Veteran sailors reunited while new sailors tried their first time under sail.  On the water a Vanguard 15 fleet battled it out in comfortable, warm breezs and flat water.

July 13, 2014 by John A
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TX - Sailing Angels Celebration in Kemah

In Kemah, TX the Sailing Angels gathered 14 boats to give sailing sailing experienced to local, disadvantaged youth.  There's a great write up by Jennifer Summer in The Kingswood Observer:

‘Summer Sailstice:’ Sailing Angels provides local families the chance to hit the water
By JENNIFER SUMMER | Posted 3 weeks ago

July 13, 2014 by John A
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Wilmette Dolphin Fleet on Lake Michigan

Here are our Before and After photos from the Wilmette Dolphin Fleet's Sailstice 2014 event.... We persevered with our pot luck dinner through a severe thunderstorm only to be rewarded out on Lake Michigan with the last bits of an incredible sunset. Rainbow included! It was really cool to know that there were sailors all over the world joining us on this day. Thank you putting together a wonderful website and event for the sailing community.

July 9, 2014 by Abby
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Hogans Beach Tampa

Hogans Beach was the Summer Sailstice destination for the Windrider 'Double Ought'. From Philippe Park safety harbor, sail across Tampa Bay to the eastern end of Courtney Campbell causeway to Hogans.   Located in the North corner of Tampa Bay, Hogan's Beach is an ideal Sailstice destination for beach cats, and others looking to take advantage of the warm waters and fresh breezes in Tampa. 

What makes it all work? This seemed to do it:

July 9, 2014 by Abby
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Muskegon Celebrates Sailstice

Muskegon Summer Sailstice free sailboat rides. Torresen Marine hosted the event. 

By Tony Wittkowski | Reporter | MLive – Muskegon Chronicle

July 9, 2014 by Abby
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Wetas Come out for Sailstice

8 Wetas to a Sailstice Weta Weekend in Ventura, CA.  Below are:  1. Beach picnic  2. Capsize drills  3. Wake surfing Weta style

 

The story, by Weta Sailor Bruce Fleming, appeared on the Weta website:

July 9, 2014 by Abby
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Chicago Foggy Sailing

In Chicago, recently a contender to host the America's Cup, also had the Northwest Sailing Association hosting a "fogstice" sail for Summer Sailstice.  It's not ideal weather for the America's Cup or for Summer Sailstice but it is ideal weather for getting together with other sailing friends.  This, of course, is why the Northwest Sailing Associtation exists.

More from the Commodore of the NWSA:

July 9, 2014 by Abby
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Nevada Windseekers

Now this looks like fun! Windseekers in the Neveda Desert.  Strong breezes, flat 'seas', hot sun, big fleet and no lifejacket needed.  Helmuts and goggles recommended.  Summer Sailstice is for anyone and anything that sails.  Glad to be joined  in celebration with some Nevada desert sailors.

 Video and event announcement here.

July 6, 2014 by Abby
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Charlseton knows how to have a good time

Charleston SC Sailstice!

July 6, 2014 by Abby
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Father Daughter Sail from Alameda

Boat:     Serendipity (21’ Pisces, knockoff of a Herreshoff Fish, no motor)

Crew:    Jonathan Ogle and daughter Martie Ogle

Area:     San Francisco Bay

July 6, 2014 by Abby
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Hudson River Singlehanded

photo of the solstice sunset over the Hudson River near Kingston, NY taken from my O'Day Mariner "Julie B" as I was solo sailing.

 

Bill Eggers

July 6, 2014 by Abby
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Scotcht Bonnet from Bill T

Race from Rochester across lake Ontario around Scotch Bonnet Island and back, water temp in the middle of the lake was mid 40's (f) while on shore in the 70's.  Race started at 7:30pm Friday nite and we rounded at 3:47pm Saturday afternoon!

July 6, 2014 by Abby
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Maiden voyage in Lake Huron

What better way to celebrate sailing then with the launch of a recently build classic boat? Animikie, a 23’ Mackinac Boat built by the Alpena Boat Builders, conducted its maiden voyage and sea trials on June 21st on Thunder Bay in Lake Huron.

July 6, 2014 by Abby
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Mark Twain Lake Missouri another entry

On Summer Sailstice, we held our annual Commodore's Cup which was a 9 mile staggered start race.   Winds were light and variable but two thunderstorm cells approached as the race was ending!   The 32 foot Oday, Wild Goose, with her first set of new sails in 25 years, won the race!  First time that boat has ever won a race!

July 6, 2014 by Abby
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Florida and Alabama Celebrate Sailstice

We had a great weekend on the Florida/Alabama Gulf Coast!  Celebrated with a sail to our favorite anchorage, where we celebrated all weekend.  Good friends, beautiful scenery, great weather, food and libations!  We feel very lucky to have access to this part of the world.  Happy sailing to all sailors everywhere!   Thank you to the founder of Sailstice for bringing us together on a special day!  

Jody and John Horner

S/V Hula Girl

July 6, 2014 by Abby
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Columbia River in Oregon

Sailstice 2014 is in the books
I love the signing of the burgee tradition!  - Abby
 
Last Saturday was Sailstice 2014 - second only to Christmas for me as a fun celebration day.
July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Schooner Amistad

Schooner AMISTAD, Connecticut's Flagship & Tall Ship Ambassador, comes to anchor at sunset along the coast of Maine:

July 4, 2014 by Abby

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