Summer Sailstice News & Stories
Sailstice Tales are the stories of your 2010 sailing celebration. After Summer Sailstice weekend, June 19, send us a couple of photos and paragraphs about your sailing adventures and we'll post them here. Fair Winds.
Chip Millican celebrated with his brother and their families by heading down to Alabama from Tennessee.
John Cabrall is clearly passionate about sailing and fits in as much as he can. One of the very best of his 100 days of sailing the year was Summer Sailstice.
There's just nothing like bringing the kids along.
New Mexico sailors get out for Summer Sailstice
Pat & Rosalind Shera gathered friends to revel in the longest day of the year aboard their Catalina 30 and sent us a report:
From Illinois to San Diego to Maine and Nicaragua - sailors sent in comments about their day of celebrating sailing.
The wind didn't cooperate, but the animals did.
The first ever Shellback Nationals occurred on the Sailstice!
John Lynch writes from Venice, FL:
"We did sail in the River Regatta in Palmetto. My boat Summertime was 3rd in class and we all had had a great time.
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Chesapeake Hobie Island Group ( C.H.I.G. ) and Backyard Boats hosted a 2 day event to promote sailing in Annapolis from Backyard Boats floating dock on Spa Creek.
On Saturday, the 20th, the Chesapeake Sailing School and the Tiller Club in Annapolis, MD celebrated Sailstice with a beautiful evening.
A group of 17 sailors sailed the Severn and the Chesapeake Bay on 5 boats, including Tanzer 22s and C&C 30.
Participants were blessed with blue sky and an enchanting sunset.
Check out the Chesapeake Sailing School website at www.sailingclasses.com
Eva de Lourdes shares her Sailstice celebration in Antilia.
Thirteen boats and 26 sailors-a lot for a landlock lake in the Ozarks. (a fourteenth boat sailed out early with more crew but had to return early so we could fudge figures a little!
Sailors from Beaver Lake Sail Club set sail at 11am on Saturday with the islands in site-Shaddock Island that is. Thirteen boats made the 7.5km trip to anchor in the lee of the island or at least sail through to say hello. Great winds aye!
Herb McCormick, Mark Schrader and crew write in from mid-ocean with Summer Sailstice greetings.
We'll post the stories from your 2009 Summer Sailstice celebrations here. Have some fun, take some pics and pass along what you did on Summer Sailstice. There's no reason to keep all the good times to yourself!
Resolution had an enjoyable and "uneventful" (just the way we like it!) first cruise of the sailing season on Lake Erie. She departed Spitzer's Lakeside Marina in Lorain, OH at precisely noon on Sunday, with Bev, Brian, Kelli, Mike, 4-year old Clayton, and of course our boatdog, Cocker Spaniel "Doogie". The crew performed spectacularly!
We were out sailing again on the sailstice weekend and enjoyed every moment. Saturday there wasn't much wind so we moored and did lots of fussing with things on the boat, including installing a new stereo so we now have music. Sunday, the wind was glorious, as you can see from the look on Alex' face, so we sailed out and about taking pictures of everyone enjoying the day.
Here's to another successful Sailstice!
What a great event to officially ring in the Summer Sailing Season - Summer Sailstice !!! Lyn and Lew Everline hosted a great Saturday afternoon party at Amnity Anchorage. The “Soggy Dollar” Redux was the deal. “Painkillers” with official Pussers Rum was the offering of the afternoon (Lew has the authentic recipe- including fresh nutmeg). The summer afternoon storm did not thwart some very hearty and thirsty sailors.
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.