Summer Sailstice News & Stories
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:
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:
CALIFORNIA – Southwind Hobie Island Sailors, Newport Beach, CA.
Hobie Dealer: Southwind Kayak Center
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.
We thank Joe Coleman for sending in the story from the East Coast Sailing Association.
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.
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!
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:
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.
'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.'
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!
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.
South central Alaska ( Kenai Fjords area - Seward, Alaska)
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.
Adults Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club
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:
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.
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
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.
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:
Muskegon Summer Sailstice free sailboat rides. Torresen Marine hosted the event.
By Tony Wittkowski | Reporter | MLive – Muskegon Chronicle
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:
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:
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.
Charleston SC Sailstice!
Boat: Serendipity (21’ Pisces, knockoff of a Herreshoff Fish, no motor)
Crew: Jonathan Ogle and daughter Martie Ogle
Area: San Francisco Bay
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
Schooner AMISTAD, Connecticut's Flagship & Tall Ship Ambassador, comes to anchor at sunset along the coast of Maine:
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).
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.
Nothing like a new spinnaker to get the season off to a great start!
Flying our new Spinnaker at Lake Perry Kansas!
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.
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
Mystic winning the Gulfport MS to Pensacola FL Race Cruising Division at 0645 Saturday Morning (100 nm race began Friday 1200)
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.
'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.'
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.