Summer Sailstice News & Stories

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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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Central Idaho glassy waters...

Didn’t get a big crowd (as you can see, conditions were slightly glassy) but we tried to represent Sailstice with last year’s t-shirt and my America’s Cup hat (no, no foiling was involved).

 

-- Bass

 

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Muskegon

We sailed with friends & their two boys to White Lake Yacht Club from Harbortown in Muskegon.  They roll up the sidewalks early so the Dads dinghied into town to the antique (historical marker & all) Dog & Suds for a giant bag of  kid food.   We had an opportunity to trial our new Quantum code zero. GO BLUE.  (Code Blue?).  Weather held off just enough to keep the weekend fun.

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Lake Perry Kansas

Nothing like a new spinnaker to get the season off to a great start! 

Flying our new Spinnaker at  Lake Perry Kansas!

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Chicago Sailing

This past Saturday was a special day at Chicago Sailing! Every year on the Saturday closest to the Summer Solstice, sailors gather around the world to celebrate Sailstice, the global holiday of sailing. This year we teamed up with Columbia Yacht Club to make our event even more fun.

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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FolkBoat sailing on San Francisco Bay

Dave Noce , local life time sailor, one of my first crew on my boat and I sailed his FolkBoat on Sunday.  We left Coyote Point at 11 with nice wind to the Bay Bridge, then coasted on the current until the edge of the slot.  Then as if racing, rounded Blossom Rock and then headed back South.  I think we saw 30 Knts or more doing the normal broad reach down the south bay.  Still had full main up so eased the main out like on a run, still lots of weather helm(my arm got sore from hold

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Gulfport Race

Mystic winning the Gulfport MS to Pensacola FL Race Cruising Division at 0645 Saturday Morning (100 nm race began Friday 1200)

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Mark Twain Lake and a wedding anniversary!

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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LaCrosse Sailing Club

The Mississippi River and its tributaries are in flood, so many boats at the LaCrosse Sailing Club are on high ground for the 2014 Summer Sailstice. But the high waters didn't keep members of the Club from gathering for an International Moonlight Dinner. Beautiful Bordeaux and luscious crepes were served by Jean Luc.

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Scotch Bonnet Light Race

'Thank you for organizing this global celebration of sailing. The Scotch Bonnet LIght Race this year included 25 boats who raced across Lake Ontario and back, overnight. We were sent off with a party of family members and well-wishers who remained behind to enjoy a lovely summer evening on the Genesee Yacht Club porch overlooking the Genesee River.'  

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Lazy celebrations

Sometimes there is nothing better then spending...a lazy day sailing the 31' Cape Dory cutter "StarLady" on Mobjack Bay, VA.  Sometimes sailing on your sailboat away from stress and worry and enjoying a day on the water! 

July 4, 2014 by Abby
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Pantaenius Yacht Insurance Supports Bermuda race

Pantaenius Yacht Insurance was a sponsor of the Yellowbrick fleet tracking for the 2014 Newport - Bermuda race which ran with light winds over Summer Sailstice weekend. The fleet tracking helped you follow the almost 165 boats cross the Gulf Stream in in this year's light air contest.

July 1, 2014 by Abby
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Lake Mead Celebration

We live in the Desert, and have Lake Mead to sail in, with alot of sailors including Fleet 51 Catamarans, NYC (Nevada Yacht Club), Sailing Club and a Power Squadron.  We all work together in alot of areas, starting with sail training, safety classes and much more to bring the average person out to Lake Mead and meet all the clubs and we make it so new comers can try out all the different boats.  Maybe they bought a boat and not sure how to run it.  

July 1, 2014 by Abby
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4th annual ECSA Summer Sailstice at Grills Riverside Melbourne

July 1, 2014 by Abby
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Time with Dad

I asked my Dad to come help me move my boat, an O'Day 34, to its new home, He lives in FL and we never get to see each other with work commitments and such.  We are heading out on Saturday for what turned out to be a great 4 days on the Chesapeake Bay. (Baltimore to the Rappahannock river) It came with some adventures but spending the time with him was the best Sailstice gift. 

-Greg

July 1, 2014 by Abby
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OCC's Offshore Sailstice

OCC’s offshore Sailstice started with a rollicking sail to Angel Island and finished 35kts and six days later in Newport Beach.

Meanwhile, back at OCC’s sunny basecamp, over 100 men, women, children and four-legged friends sailed on Shields, Lido 14s, Harbor 20s, and a Catalina 42. Was a good time had by all?  You betcha!

July 1, 2014 by Abby
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Glorious, Sunny Day Full of Tension Aboard Great Britian

The Summer Solstice has been one filed of frustration, despair, hope and happiness for all on board GREAT Britain. It is a day celebrated as being the longest in the calendar and for us yesterday, it certainly lived up to its reputation! The start of it saw us desperately struggling to hold on to our second place position amongst the fleet as we battled against the wind fickle conditions of a huge North Atlantic high that engulfed and blocked our path in to Derry-Londonderry.

June 24, 2014 by John A
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Sprioll winner sails Tangier Island

April 11, 2014 by Abby
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NorCal Sailing Sailstice Report from San Francisco Bay

NorCal Sailing has been covering the San Francisco Bay waterfront online for several years and brings us this story from the racing on San Francisco Bay to the boatbuilding at the Encinal Yacht Club:

December 27, 2013 by John A
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Summer Sailstice in the BVI's

Join Bob Diamond of Spinnaker Sailing in Redwood City for this annual trip to the BVI's.  Bob has been a longtime supporter of Summer Sailstice and we are thrilled that he will be spending the holiday on holiday in one of the best sailing destinations in the world!  If you are looking for a way to take your Summer Sailstice to the next level I would recommend finding out more information from Bob! 

November 17, 2013 by Abby
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Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay

Tony, who owns a Tartan 37 in Annapolis Maryland, was the winner of the Lightening master prize from Forespar!  Pretty good prize for his location.  He shared this great video of sailing on the Sailstice!  

November 15, 2013 by Abby
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Footloose Winner 2013

We have awarded the Grand Prize of $5000 certificate for a charter in the BVI's from Footloose! Jose was the winner of this prize and he took the time to tell us about his sailing story:

What kind of boat do you sail?

November 11, 2013 by Abby
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No really, is this a scam?

I love awarding the prizes for Sailstice.  I get a huge mix of responses.  Some from doubters:

I've never won anything before...I thought it was spam!  What do I need to do? ..........Tony

no, somehow I missed this!  .......... Now, Abby, are we sure this ins't some kind of scam? :-).............Kris

Some from people excited to have won something: 

October 20, 2013 by Abby
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Ocean Grafix helps Sailstice sailors navigate

We awarded 3 charts to Summer Sailstice sailors;

Congratulations to Collenne who is moving her boat Mariah to Holland, MI from the Chesapeake. Her mast has been taken down and the 18-wheeler arrives next week. We'll be sailing Lake MI and possibly other of the Great Lakes, she will now have a new chart to get to use when exploring new waters! 

October 15, 2013 by Abby
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Spiroll Rope Protector Winner Tales

We awarded 12 pairs of Spiroll Rope Protectors to boat owners and got some great pics and stories back:

Mark from Michigan shared pictures of his Camper & Nicholson 58 Ketch, 36 tons displacement.  Photo on Sailstice is ROXY visiting at the Muskegon Yacht Club; Muskegon Lake; Michigan.  Muskegon Lake is one of many along the West Michigan shore that connect with Lake Michigan.  She looks like a beautiful boat that can handle any condition Lake Michigan can throw at her! 

October 7, 2013 by Abby
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Lake Delta Yacht Club Sailstice event

As  a congratulations to Carol and the team we are awarding them an Americas Cup backpack and some chocolates! What a great event they put on, we love to see stories of people celebrating Summer Sailstice with boats, good friends and lots of fun!

Carol tells the story of the Sailstice celebration:

August 25, 2013 by Abby
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Winner of Cruising World Magazine

Janet from Old Hickory Lake Tennessee has won a subscription to Cruising World Magazine!  She has shared these great photos from her Summer Sailstice day on the water: 

August 25, 2013 by Abby
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Other photo contest stories

We really enjoyed going through the stories and photos from the photo contest.  I wanted to share some of the other entrants photos and stories they each won a subscription to Bluewater Sailing Magazine:

If you forget the sunscreen wear a hat, and if you have a roll of paper towels on board, protect those ears!  A prepared sailor is a lot of imagination and some humility mixed in!   SMILE!  From Puget Sound:

August 25, 2013 by Abby
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Easy Stow fender awarded

Bruce in San Diego was pleasantly surprised to win an easy stow fender! He sails a Weta and is excited to have a buffer from the rough docks for his boat! Congratulations Bruce!  

Report from Bruce:

Hi Guys,

August 25, 2013 by Abby
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Photo Contest Go Pro HD 3 Winner!

FLYC Poker Run Fun Cruise on Folsom Lake. Here are some photos from the sunset the night before Summer Sailstice and a picture of the overnight raft up!  Looks like Mark and the crew had a great Summer Sailstice!  They have won a Go Pro HD3 camera for their participation! 

August 18, 2013 by Abby
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Bluewater Sailing prizes being sent out!

Bluewater Sailing magazine is getting the names for their 200 winners of a digital or print subscription! We are getting great stories back:

Bill won a subscription, he has sailed Summer Sailstice every year since it's inception and  promoted the Event on my Sailing Blogs including MassBaySailors. 

Winthrop Yacht Club, Past Commodore 2010,USCG Captain, 100gt, S/V "Ruby"

August 6, 2013 by Abby
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Prize: Bainbridge crew bag!

This nice note came in from Greg who is excited for his crew bag from Bainbridge!  I love hearing the stories of all the ways people get out ln the water! 

Bob,

July 31, 2013 by Abby
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Boat Owner Prizes: Lewmar winch handle

Greg who sails on San Francisco Bay and has a powerboat in Lake Tahoe just won a new winch handle from Kevin at Lewmar.  Greg is pretty excited about this and is going to share some pics when he is out grinding on some sails soon! 

July 25, 2013 by Abby
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Sailing to Block Island

We love hearing Sailstice Tales like this! 

My sailing buddy Art and I planned a 5 day summer Sailstice to Block Island. Despite heroic efforts to sail upwind all the way from East Greenwich, RI to Point Judith, RI, we could not beat the setting sun as we had planned. And this being the longest daylight periods! But, as a reward we got this photo of sunset and the Point Judith Lighthouse and over Great Salt Pond, Block Island.

July 25, 2013 by Abby
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Boat Owner Prizes: Hook N Moor boat Hook

Bob "Soapy Sails" from West Virginia spent the day sailing with two mates.  He teaches sailing and is an avid sailor.  He won the awesome Hook N' Moor boat hook from New England Ropes.  Hopefully this will make the next time he catches a mooring ball just a little bit easier!  Congratulations Bob.

July 25, 2013 by Abby
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Boat Owner Prizes: New England Rope Halyard

New England Ropes donated a new halyward to Ken and his family.  They sail their corsair f-31R trimaran on Lake Michigan.   A jib or screacher halyard would be excellent.  Ken is going to send us some photos of his new halyard after he recieves it! 

July 25, 2013 by Abby
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FL - Lake Eustis Sailing Club's

Lake Eustis in Florida is a busy sailing center thanks to the Lake Eustis Sailing Club. Here's how they describe their sailing center: Located in beautiful Eustis, Florida, Lake Eustis Sailing club is the home to four one-design racing fleets (MC Scow, Laser, Flying Scot, Wayfarer) and is the most active racing and sailing club in Central Florida!

July 22, 2013 by John A
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VA - Hampton Yacht Club Joins Summer Sailistice

Mary Greblunas, organizer of Hampton Yacht Club's first year celebrating Summer Sailstice and US Sailing's June 2013 Sailor of the Month, sent in a terrific story and photos of a multi-faceted celebration on the Chesapeake.  Click the image below for the full picture!

July 17, 2013 by John A
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KS - Sailors Stick Together Through Thick and Thin

Even with 'thin' water the Ninnescah Sailing Association finds Summer Sailstice a reason to gather, celebrate and be thankful.  And hopeful.  Thankful some boats have swing keels and can still float, hopeful that the rain will come and provide enough water so everyone else can float and sail again too.

July 10, 2013 by John A
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Summer Sailstice 2013 with Bonneville Sailing on Utah Lake

Sailing in the middle of the desert? Why not? Utah lake, at about 4500' above sea level is largest natural lake in the US West of the Mississippi river and an ideal place for be a Rocky Mountain sailor. With beautiful Utah Lake next door to a region full of outdoor adventurers it's the ideal location to connect to sailing and a global sailing holiday.   In the past seven years Bonneville sailing has taught loads of people how to sail.

July 7, 2013 by John A

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