Summer Sailstice News & Stories
In 2004 Catch 22 was the only ‘gaijin’ (foreign) owned boat in Kobe Marina, Nishinomiya, Japan. Catch 22 signed on the Summer Sailsatice, however, on the appointed weekend a typhoon blew through the area and all boats stayed tied down. The following weekend was almost as bad as this in the ‘monsoon season’ in Japan. So Summer Sailstice was rained out in 2004.
The Bethges family and the Menantic Yacht Club enjoyed Summer Sailstice with a Father's Day Sunfish race on Sunday, July 19th. Attended by local Sunfish sailors and three generations of Bethges the regatta was held in beautiful, sunny breezes on West Neck Harbor on the South side of Shelter Island. Gentle breezes, good friends and family, sunny, blue skies and a terrific fleet of sailing dinghies is what sailing and Summer Sailstice is all about.
Sonora, Mexico - San Carlos Yachts in Marina San Carlos hosted a successful Summer Sailstice Celebration
The Lake Delta Yacht Club in Rome, New York, enjoyed its first annual Summer Sailstice celebration this year, and it looks like they had a great time. The June 19 Sailstice race included almost a dozen sunfish, a Lightening, and a cocktail cruiser! Although there wasn’t much wind, no one seemed to mind, as it was such beautiful day.
Stingray Harbour Yacht Club members had no shortage of Sailstice fun this year, and enjoyed a whole weekend of organized and disorganized activities on their anchoring cruise. After enjoying a screening of Captain Ron at the Pool House “theater” on Friday night, the gang headed out to the perfect anchoring spot chosen by Island Time.
Alex Blackwell, with his wife Daria and cruising kitty Onyx, has been sailing with Summer Sailstice since the beginning. They started out on their Frers 41, Espresso, and now sail their Bowman 57 named Aleria out of American Yacht Club in Rye NY.
Points East magazine, based in Portland, Maine, has participated in three of the four Summer Sailstice events in conjunction with their annual Fundy Flotilla cruise 'Down East'. The Maine/Canada border is at about 45N so they enjoy some very long days of sailing that far North.
During the weekend of June 18-20, several members of the Rio Grande Sailing Club converged on Navajo Lake on the
Over 30 Deep Creek Yacht Club members and guests participated at the Raft Up in Dead Horse Bay on the club's mooring to celebrate the Summer Solstice on June 20th. After a Saturday and Sunday of great sailing weather and local regattas, eight boats gathered in Dead Horse Bay, Brroklyn NY in the afternoon.
CORTEZ YACHT CLUB, Cortez Florida - Our race day stated at the dock with a cold breakfast buffet and captain's meeting. It was a sunny Florida morning with temperatures in the 80's and very light winds.
This is Bob Diamond of Spinnaker Sailing Redwood City who's managed to celebrate Summer Sailstice three years in a row
Dan Krier and the team at Marine Service Center in Seattle, WA scored a perfect NW weekend when they ran their 4th Annual Pacific Northwest CAN/AM Jeanneau Rendezvous for Summer Sailstice weekend. This is longest running Jeanneau Rendezvous in North America, and it has always run on the longest weekend of the year.
Robert Kansa and family were inspired to make a sailing vacation out of Summer Sailstice and made the trek from Ohio to the Maryland shore to try some saltwater sailing on the Sailstice!
'It all started before I don't know when, but my parents used to take us to Assateauge island and Ocean City, MD for summer vacations.
June 20, 2004 - Father's Day and Summer Sailstice. What better way to celebrate than to take the family out sailing?
Hadley's Harbor, Woods Hole, Mass.
Northeast 15-20 knots.torrential rain showers throughout the day. Everything you are wearing is wet! Sailing vessels NO QUARTER (40' C&C) and HUMMEL (38' Ericson) tucked into Hadley's Harbor, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
“We had a ball out there,” said Slade Ogletree from the Paradise Found Yacht Club in La Paz, Mexico. “Two guitars, an autoharp and harmonicas. Good food off the BBQ, great weather, friends, hell what more do you want?”
We had a great day for sailing with sunny skies, 85 degrees and 15-25 mph winds.
After a day of sailing, we rafted up in Turtle Bay with some pontoon friends and had fun all evening.
We had fresh oysters, Chef Theo's cooking, good tunes and 30-35 great people.
Danced and partied until very late, living large and having large livers.
Thanks for the website, we will be back louder and prouder next year!
Barry & Leslee Nelson, "Jezibel"
The Arndt family head out on their Ranger 33...
14 boats take part in Bitter End's First Annual Summer Sailstice Gathering
Summer Sailstice was a huge success here at OCSC. Through the day we had nearly 400 people show up to celebrate. We charter all 45 of our yachts from 24' to 44'. With a DJ set up to spin tunes everyone was fed a delicious BBQ and danced into the twilight. Both the Hawaiian Chieftain and the Gas Light were chartered to take 90 people out for a sunset sail from 7 to 10 PM.
Encinal Yacht Club 2003 Summer Sailstice celebration:
For one day, the center of sailing in America was in landlocked Nebraska. On June 21st, tiny Branched Oak Yacht Club in Lincoln Nebraska had more members registered for the 2003 Summer Sailstice than any other location in North America. Thirty-six boats participated in an afternoon sail on our lake. Following the sail, we had a Jimmy Buffet themed party featuring cheeseburgers and parrot headed participants. Prizes were awarded for the best head adornments.
Brian Wulzen (center) of San Anselmo, CA pictured here with parents Caroline and Alan took two years off to sail Mexico aboard their CABO RICO 38 'Sillouette'. While in San Carlos on the Sea of Cortez they signed up and celebrated Summer Sailstice with the rest of the sailing world. That was just about the finish of their two years of cruising and they left the boat in Mexico to head home and for Brian, to get back to school.
Damon Sandberg showed an amazing knack for timing when he decided to take up a lifelong dream and start sailing lessons in the spring of 2003. The father of five, Damon finally found the time and signed up at Tradewinds Sailing Center in Point Richmond, CA, one of the ASA sailing schools in Northern California.
|'Solstice anchored near
Luangahu Island in Tonga'
...to the Summer Sailstice messabout, hosted by the Back Yard Yacht Builders Association’s SE Fleet at Hart State Park on Lake Hartwell. The fun starts on Thursday, June 15th and goes through the weekend. All sailors and non-sailors are welcome to come along. BYYB messabouts usually involve camping by a lake
Have you worried about hurricanes before making plans for celebrating Summer Sailstice in the Caribbean? Bob Diamond of Spinnaker Sailing in Redwood City, California, has been one of those fortunate souls who’s managed to spend the last few Summer Sailstice holidays sailing the Caribbean without any hurricane worries – in fact he thinks it may be one of the best times to go.
Alistair Skinner and crew in Shanghai, China joined us all in calm but sunny sail from the Shanghai Boat & Yacht Club
We had around 30 people out near Shanghai on a totally windless afternoon.
Bar-B-Cruisers 1st Summer Sailstice June 17th
Carter Lake, Loveland, Colorado
|'San Carlos kids received a
terrific introduction to sailing on a perfect Sailstice sailing day.'
David and Ruth Berman joined Summer Sailstice with members of the Sailing Chavura club on their annual June/July cruise on the Chesapeake. It's another club recognizing the benefits of planning a club cruise while the days are long and the evenings warm!
In 2005,Jerry Manock sailed his Colgate 26 on Lake Champlain in Vermont for Summer Sailstice and became a winner of the one week charter with the Moorings. He put together a crew and joined a Moorings flotilla to celebrate sailing tropical style earlier this year.
Summer Sailstice with the American Sailing Association
By Tom Varley
It was early morning, and we were waiting to catch the departing flight from Antigua. What a week it had been. Charlie Nobles, executive director of the ASA, was commenting in the terminal, "What a great and successful event. I thought 2005 was incredible, and didn't think it could be topped - and we did."
Bay Area sailors enjoyed Summer Sailstice on one of the finest sailing weekends of the year - with clear, warm, sunny skies, nice breezes and the long days of summer. Many joined the Summer Sailstice celebration at Treasure Island Sailing Center where junior racers, OCSC Summer Sailstice perpetual trophy competitors, yacht club cruisers and day sailors all congregated to celebrate sailing and hear the Cowbay Cruzboys' classic island tunes.
The Vernon Yacht Club, located on the north - east end of Okanagan Lake, British Columbia celebrated their first Summer Sailstice last June 23'rd and 24'th. On Saturday in addition to regular just messing around in boats, a number of VYC yachts took a group of eager neophyte sailors out for a several hour cruise as part of VYC's introduction to sailing course. As well, club member, Jamie Napier organized a Sunday fun- race to open up the season.
In Hingham, Massachusetts a 2007 Summer Sailstice “Unofficial Rendezvous” was organized. We were happy to be joined by these North East Trailer Sailors and here is their Summer Sailstice sailing adventure:
What started out to be 4 boats became a group of 3 as the crew of "Rosebud" was unable to join us. We all arrived at the Hingham launch ramp at various times Friday night with our boat "Spice" being the late arrival at 9:45PM. Rigging can wait till morning!
On the afternoon/evening of Friday the 22'nd sailors of the Back Yard Boat Builders met at Hart State Park to become reacquainted and forge new friendships over burgers cooked on the “Barbie”. And later campers listened to the guitar and harmonica played by fellow sailors. Saturday morning lots of kids turned out to learn how to build toy sailboats. They all created little boats that they hand carved. Everyone loved naming their boats and even got to sail them on the lake.
The family friendly Barrachois Harbour Yacht Club in northern Nova Scotia, Canada celebrated the longest day of the year with eleven boats out and enjoying a beautiful day on the water. Although it didn't start out as a race, eleven boats heading the same direction can become the perfect excuse for a fun race of some sort!
Despite adverse conditions an intrepid group of Florida sailors doesn't let the weather dampen the sailing spirit.
At 9017' Lake Dillon CO is likely the highest Summer Sailstice event for 2008!
If you find water, you find sailors. Though North Dakota is better known for the endless expanses of the Northern Plains it hosts a sailing gem.
The Shanghai Boat & Yacht Club started just West of the international dateline at sunrise to claim 'first Summer Sailstice participants!'