Summer Sailstice News & Stories

Sailstice Tales

So much fun we bought another sailboat!

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.

March 29, 2009 by John A
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June 20, 2004 - Father's Day and Summer Sailstice. What better way to celebrate than to take the family out sailing?

 

March 29, 2009 by John A
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Buffett, a Sail, a 'Sailstice burger and Summer Sailstice aboard SV 'Arbutus'

 

March 29, 2009 by John A
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2003 Sailstice fun - Report from the Owens/Byrnes party

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.

March 29, 2009 by John A
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2003 Sailstice fun - Tales from the Paradise Found Yacht Club, La Paz, Mexico

 “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?”

March 29, 2009 by John A
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2003 Sailstice fun - dancing and parties on White Bear Lake, MN

 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"

March 29, 2009 by John A
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Summer Sailstice Fun At The Corinthian Yacht Club

The Arndt family head out on their Ranger 33...

March 29, 2009 by John A
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2003 Sailstice Fun At The Bitter End Yacht Club

 14 boats take part in Bitter End's First Annual Summer Sailstice Gathering

March 29, 2009 by John A
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OCSC Sailing Sails, Celebrates and Supports Seacology!

 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.

March 29, 2009 by John A
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Encinal Yacht Club Celebration takes the cake!

Encinal Yacht Club 2003 Summer Sailstice celebration:

March 29, 2009 by John A
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Pequot YC, CT - It was a cold and stormy day.....

 It was a cold and stormy day. Can this be the much touted first day of summer, the longest day of the year, the longest daylight sailing day of the year, the Summer Sailstice?

March 29, 2009 by John A
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2003 Participation Winners: Branched Oak Yacht Club, Nebraska!

 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.

March 29, 2009 by John A
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Sailing in Mexico, Brian Wulzen wins framed DeWitt print

 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.

March 29, 2009 by John A
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Hunter Liberty Winner!

 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.

March 29, 2009 by John A
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Little Whaleboat Island in Casco Bay, Maine

March 29, 2009 by John A
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What's in a name? The story of the Freya 39 'Solstice'

'Solstice anchored near
Luangahu Island in Tonga'

March 27, 2009 by John A
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If You Build It, You Can Come...

 

...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 

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Summer Sailstice in the Grenadines with Bob Diamond and Spinnaker Sailing

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.

March 27, 2009 by John A
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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.

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Colorado - Carter Lake Sailing Club's First Summer Sailstice

Bar-B-Cruisers 1st Summer Sailstice June 17th
Carter Lake, Loveland, Colorado

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Mexico - Sailstice South of the Border

 

'San Carlos kids received a
terrific introduction to sailing on a perfect Sailstice sailing day.'

 

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Sailing the Chesapeake with the Sailing Chavura Club

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!

March 27, 2009 by John A
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2005 Moorings Winner Hails From Lake Champlain

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.

Dear John:

March 27, 2009 by John A
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ASA Members Kick Back in Beautiful Antigua!

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."

March 27, 2009 by John A
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San Francisco Summer Sailstice Weekend

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.

March 27, 2009 by John A
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SHYC Summer Sailstice Anchoring Cruise - Fun in the Sun

 

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Vernon Yacht Club celebrates with sailing races and fun!

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.

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Hingham, Massachusetts, a Summer Sailstice Sail

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!

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Two Views of a San Francisco Celebration and Delta Cruise

 

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Back Yard Yacht Builders celebrate the Sailstice at Hart State Park, Georgia

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.

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Barrachois Harbour Yacht Club Wraps Up Summer Sailstice

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!

March 27, 2009 by John A
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Cortez, FL - The Cortez Yacht Club 'weathers' a windy Summer Sailstice.

Despite adverse conditions an intrepid group of Florida sailors doesn't let the weather dampen the sailing spirit.

March 15, 2006 by John A
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Lake Dillon, CO - the 'highest' Summer Sailstice event.

At 9017' Lake Dillon CO is likely the highest Summer Sailstice event for 2008!

March 15, 2006 by John A
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North Dakota joins Sailstice 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.

March 15, 2006 by John A
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Shanghai China site of first 2008 Summer Sailstice celebration

The Shanghai Boat & Yacht Club started just West of the international dateline at sunrise to claim 'first Summer Sailstice participants!'

March 15, 2006 by John A
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Mid-Atlantic the Clipper Fleet celebrates Summer Sailstice

The 10 boat Clipper Race fleet celebrated Summer Sailstice on their last ocean leg across the Atlantic.

March 15, 2006 by John A
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San Francisco Sailstice Festival Tops the Charts

5 Bands, 400 boats racing and cruising, a boatbuilding contest, treasure hunt and more created a complete festival of sailing on San Francisco Bay.

March 15, 2006 by John A
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In Deltaville, VA the Stingray Harbor Yacht Club gathers for their fifth annual Sailstice

Better drinks, more games and more fun are the quest of the 20+ SHYC boats anchored out for Summer Sailstice.

March 15, 2006 by John A
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Larsen and Danny Season's Greeter - Winter Solstice Sail 2008

March 15, 2006 by John A

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