Summer Sailstice News & Stories
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.
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:
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!
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!
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?
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:
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!
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!
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!
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"
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Weta West sailors gathered in Ventura for their First Annual Summer Sailstice event and sent in this report:
The American Youth Sailing Force, the San Francisco team entered in the upcoming Red Bull Youth America's Cup, has been all over the Bay with events and sailing. They made their presence known by participating in Summer Sailstice at Encinal Yacht Club as a boatbuilding team, participating in a Cup Chat with Tom Ehman, giving rides on their SL33 training catamaran and just having some fun with the rest of the Sailstice festivities. It was great to have them there.
It was the best of days, it was the worst of days.
It was a day of short sails, and long walks.
It was our version of Summer Sailstice 2013.
Mark Hoenke sent in a couple of photos from the shores of Muskegon Lake in Michigan.
Ralph Hewitt hates to miss a day of sailing, especially when he can be introducing new people to sailing in his current home waters of Nicaragua even though it all started with the Sea Scouts years ago in Vancouver, WA.
Sailors on Lake Sakakawea, is the third largest man made lake in the United States creating lots of navigable sailing opportunities for sailors. And, where you find sailors, wind and water, you'll find a group of people ready to sail and celebrate.
Being far North for Summer Sailstice gives you more daylight hours and gorgeous sunsets. At least this one was in WA.
The Bay Yacht Club combined with the Corpus Christie Midget Ocean Racing Fleet to put on a race/cruise or a cruise/race for a wind challenged, but fun, Summer Sailstice celebration.
A prize winner writes in with a picture and story of her Summer Saisltice Sail.
Sailors gathered for the annual Chicago to Waukegan Yacht Club