Summer Sailstice News & Stories

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More 'Happy Snaps' from Summer Sailstice 2016!

Keep sending us your photos they look great!

June 22, 2016 by Monica

16th Annual Pacific Northwest Jeanneau Rendezvous

Marine Service Center in the Pacific Northwest is probably the longest, continually-running, Summer Sailstice celebration with the stars aligning on the very first year for a combined celebration.  Northern latitude sailors naturally appreciate the additional light of the solstice but also know starting the summer by celebrating sailing with friends the best way to assure a great season ahead.
June 21, 2016 by John A
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Early-Bird Pics from Summer Sailstice 2016!!!

Take a look and see what's been happening around the country for Summer Sailstice 2016...

June 20, 2016 by Monica
Featured Events, Prizes, News

Can This Be My Entry for the Small Boat Restoration Competition??

How’s your Small Boat Restoration project looking? Here's a bit of an insight in to getting 100+-year-old schooners ready for the summer season.

June 16, 2016 by Monica
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Prize Donors Celebrate in California, Sweden and Germany!

What do New Legacy Productions, Waterline Design and 2K Yachting have in Common? They're all Summer Sailstice prize donors, and they're all joining the whole world in celebration of sailing this weekend!

June 15, 2016 by Monica
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Restore a Small Boat Comp: This Little Boat Shines!

Andrew Cross and his family have restored a Quartermaster 8 sailing/rowing dinghy, which was quite un-seaworthy when they began. Despite the size of the boat, the project was a big one and took 6 months to complete.

June 14, 2016 by Monica
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Competitions for Summer Sailstice 2016!

Deadline Extended Until Midnight on Sunday, July 17!!!! Last chance to show us your creative talents!
We've organized three fun and easy competitions to help you celebrate Summer Sailstice 2017!  


Check out the details and get those creative juices flowing...


June 13, 2016 by Monica
Sailstice Tales, News

The '70s Greatest Hits' 50 Boat Raft Up With Washed Up Yacht Club

With an eclectic collection of sailboats that might be titled after a favorite music compilation LP 'Greatest HIts of the 70's' Adam Katz and the Washed Up Yacht Club of Oakland, CA already held what's likely the largest Summer Sailstice raft-up ever with their one-week-early celebration in Clipper Cove on San Francisco Bay.

June 12, 2016 by John A
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Summer Sailstice Fever in Camden, ME

Camden, ME is hotting-up as the place to be for Summer Sailstice 2016 with a number of historic Schooners planning to celebrate on the tranquil waters of Penobscot Bay. If you haven't sailed on one of these beautiful vessels before, perhaps this is the year to do so.

June 12, 2016 by Monica
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Anchors Aweigh with SailTime's Boat Sharing Expos

SailTime are coming out in force next weekend to help the whole world celebrate, with Boat Sharing Expos taking place at several of their U.S. locations!

June 10, 2016 by Monica
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Jeanneau Owners Across the Country gather for Summer Sailstice Celebrations!

What are your Summer Sailstice plans? Jeanneau owners across the country are celebrating Summer Sailstice with Rendezvous in Seattle and Anacortes, WA., Annapolis, MD., and Vancouver, Western Canada.

June 9, 2016 by Monica

ASA China Joins the Celebration

As sailing participation grows in new parts of the world Summer Sailstice aims to invite them all to join in celebrating life under sail.

June 9, 2016 by John A

June 8 - World Oceans Day - Rejoice?

Mankind has been sailing for about 4,000 years and during that time has been in awe of the power, expanse, capacity and bounty of the oceans.  in simpler sailing terms the ocean has been a great place to spend weekends, to go racing, to cruise to distant shores and generally a friendly ally for modern day recreational pleasures.

June 7, 2016 by John A

What A Difference A Day Makes - Clipper Racers Head To NY!

Clipper Racers are now closing in on NYC where they will celebrate both the completion of another leg and Summer Sailstice on the docks at Liberty Landing Marina in New Jersey. They will then depart on the full moon solstice for the final ocean leg across the Atlantic. - See more at:

June 7, 2016 by John A


June 6, 2016 by John A
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Who are our Summer Sailstice Supporters? Ft. Cruising Outpost Magazine

Cruising sailors exist in all parts of the world and come from all walks of life. So who are some of these people and where did they come from, or more importantly, how did they find their passion and become seafaring adventurers?

June 1, 2016 by Monica
Prizes, News

Summer Sailstice Sailors are Everywhere!

We recently awarded some America's Cup hats, and Summer Sailstice Burgees from North Sails, to people who signed up to sail aboard their Jeanneau, Beneteau, Hobie, Catalina, or Hunter, and what we discovered was pretty cool...

May 31, 2016 by Monica

Sailing Is Simple - Hoist - Go Sailing

On the summer solstice, the first weekend of summer, the sun is high, the days are long, the air warm and school is out.  And, in 2016, there's even a full moon (on Monday).

May 30, 2016 by John A
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Three Weeks and Counting Down!

Summer Sailstice 2016 is now only 3 weeks away... Are you ready?

If not, here's a quick run down on what you need to do - 

1. Sign up

2. Post your sailing plans

May 30, 2016 by Monica

Three Day Weekend For Full Moon Solstice

The solstice was chosen for a global celebration of sailing because it's an awesome weekend to sail!  It is the official start of the  summer with the most daylight hours of the year for the vast majority of the world's sailors (sorry, not all!).

May 27, 2016 by John A
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice on the Gulf of Mexico!

Has anyone sailed in the Gulf of Mexico recently? How about ‘planning to sail’ the in Gulf?
From what I hear the Gulf Coast provides some pretty fun sailing opportunities, and judging by some of the Summer Sailstice events posted from the locals there, I might have heard right!
Here are what some crews are getting up to:

May 27, 2016 by Monica

Beneteau Invites Owners to Hoist Sails and Win!

Beneteau has been launching boats and sailors for over a century.  Beneteau is celebrating this heritage by encouraging all owners to sign up and sail 'together' - wherever they are in the world. 
May 24, 2016 by John A
Featured Events

Mystical Paradise - Singlehanded on a Catalina 400

Tony Pozun of the Long Island Sound Catalina Owners Association is hosting their Summer Sailstice weekend picnic sail to Oyster Bay aboard his Catalina 400 with his wife Barbara.  It's one of 9 events schedued for 2016 for LISCO members and is immediately followed by a solstice sail to NYC!

May 24, 2016 by John A
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Summer Sailstice in Maine, anyone?

If you're heading to Maine this summer or are lucky enough to live there, take a look at some of the Summer Sailstice events you might find in your area:

May 24, 2016 by Monica

Frank Bulter - Builder of 75,000 Boats

Back in 1970 Frank Butler founded Catalina Yachts by launching the Catalina 22 hoping he might sell 300 of them.  He went on to sell 16,000.  That, combined with numerous other models leading up to the new Catalina 425 launching this week, has added up to 75,000 boats built during Butler's boatbuilding career - a career he still manages today as he continues now in his 90s.  

May 23, 2016 by John A

Life Under Sail - Exploring Why We Sail

We recently spent a couple of days touring and sailing around San Francisco Bay for a high school senior video project with Colby Marsh to explore the question why we sail and why it's worth celebrating.  The result is a terrific compilation of thoughts, scenes, tall ship and small ship perspectives sharing a bit more of the wonderful life that is sailing. 

May 23, 2016 by John A

Sailing Renaissance On The Water And In The News?

Has everyone spent so much time staring at computer screens that they're finally looking up to see a lone sailboat and starting to think, how come I'm not out there sailing?  Truth is the vast majority of people live pretty close to a body of water with sailing available yet the vast majority of those same people also feel they need to 'win the lottery' to sail.  Not so.  

May 21, 2016 by John A
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What's Your Yacht Club Doing On Summer Sailstice?

On the solstice weekend Southern yacht clubs may be just starting to 'reason with hurrican season' while those in the North are putting on the last coast of varnish before launching for the long days of the short summer sailing season.  Regardless of Latitude all clubs know it's not the summer season ahead - it's the sailing season ahead and it's the right time to hoist sails and celebreate sailing.

May 20, 2016 by John A
Featured Events, News Invites San Francisco Bay Residents to Sail!

Seven million people live in the greater San Francisco metro area and many will spend hours on the road to get to the coast, the mountains or some other regional escape to connect with nature.  However, for most, the Bay itself is the closest, quickest escape to nature available.  

May 16, 2016 by John A
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Celebrate with Sunsail, plus, be eligible for Sunsail's One-Week Bareboat Charter!

Sunsail is inviting sailors all over the world to join them on June 18 for the 16th annual Summer Sailstice.

May 12, 2016 by Monica
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice with Cape Hatteras Marine!

Summer Sailstice prize donor, Cape Hatteras Marine, invites Summer Sailstice sailors to celebrate with them at the San Diego Boat Show on June 18!

May 6, 2016 by Monica

Urban Sailors 'Step Into a Different Universe'

Sailors are amongst the select few who can live in densely populated urban environments, with a simple step, escape to a 'different universe.'  That universe is sailing.  If you live in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Boston, Chicago or San Francisco, and happen to be lucky enough to sail, it's almost hard to imagine the different way you experience living in your city compared to millions of your land-bound neighbors.  
May 2, 2016 by John A
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Have you ever attended a Gam?

Voyaging With Kids co-author, Behan Gifford, and her family are sailing to Essex, CT aboard their Stevens 47, 'Totem', to celebrate Summer Sailstice at the 4th annual SSCA Gam.

April 29, 2016 by Monica

Purists May Scoff: Racine Yacht Club No Sails Required Race

In 2015 the Racine Yacht Club drafted the rules for a No Sails Required Regatta.  We think they should be required reading:
Racine Yacht Club Sails Not Required Regatta
April 27, 2016 by John A
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Voyaging With Kids? Yes please!

Have you ever wanted to go cruising and didn’t, because you had kids? Have you ever wondered how your kids might cope with the voyaging life style, but didn't know who to ask?

April 25, 2016 by Monica
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Wondering How To Celebrate Summer Sailstice?

Clubs, groups and friends all over the world are putting their pins on the map and inviting you to join them. 

April 22, 2016 by Monica

2017 Event Map Tools

There are three categories for you to sign up to tell the story of sailing and showcase all the ways we sail - Public Events, Demo Events and Individual Plans.  When you post your event pick one of the three below:

April 17, 2016 by John A

Sailing Meetups - Picture Perfect Sailing Opportunities

Recently, Russ Carrington of Action Water Sports in Marina Del Rey California sent an invitation to join his new Southern California Sailing Adventures Meetup which we had to join just in case we're in SoCal with another sail craving without a sailboat.  The Southern California Sailing Adventures Meetup 'About' page starts like this:

April 16, 2016 by John A
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Celebrate Summer Sailstice at the Jeanneau Rendezvous in Western Canada

Jeanneau owners in Western Canada are celebrating this year’s Summer Sailstice with the 16th annual Western Canada Jeanneau Rendezvous. Jenny Armstrong from event sponsor, Fraser Yacht Sales, says the Rendezvous creat

April 13, 2016 by Monica
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Sailing North...

Hello Sailors. If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting many stories recently, it’s because my husband, Jay, and I, Jay's cousin, Colton, and our golden Retriever, Kira are sailing our 1983 Tayana 37’ from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Camden, ME where we hope to be celebrating the 2016 Summer Sailstice with Maine Windjammer Cruises. Now, if you're familiar with East Coast weather patterns, you'll probably already know that this time of year is notorious for rough and variable conditions and that passage making might be better left until a few weeks later. Jay and I were not privy to this information...

April 10, 2016 by Monica

See You at Strictly Sail Pacific?

Summer Sailstice will be introducing the new 2016 apparel at the Strictly Sail Pacific show in Booth H-9.  You can still buy advance tickets here and use the discount code Summsail to get an extra $2 off.

April 4, 2016 by John A
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NauticEd Prize Winner Gains More Than a Certification!

'Thank you for providing a tool that gets people interested in sailing. I might not have done this for my family, had it not been for your efforts.'

April 1, 2016 by Monica

What do I do for Summer Sailstice?

The easy answer is - go sailing!  A more complete answer offers several possibilities. 

March 27, 2016 by John A
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Summer Sailstice Celebrations in Germany

Helmut and Almute Kraus, founders and owners of 2K Yachting will experience their first Summer Sailstice celebration this coming June, both as sailors and as prize donors.

March 20, 2016 by Monica
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“Terry and Allison Sail the BVI” Part II: 2015 ‘Sunsail Charter' Winners Share Their BVI Holiday Memories

Terry and Allison Canade from the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, Lake Michigan took the opportunity to get out of the chilly Chicago weather and enjoy some warmth and sunshine by redeeming their 2015 Summer Sailstice prize, from Sunsail Yacht Charters.

March 16, 2016 by Monica

Dirt Boating, Ice Boating - Sailing

It's often been said that cruising is camping without the dirt.   Then there's 'dirt-boating' which is sailing without the water.
March 14, 2016 by John A
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Getting Sail-Ready!

Hi again Sailors! We’ve been busy organizing some great gear for your up coming June Celebration, which if you happen to be counting (like I am) is now only 15 weeks away.
So make sure you’re signed up, have your sailing plans posted so we can all see what you’re getting up to, and take a look at the new prizes we’ve added this week...

March 9, 2016 by Monica
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Here are Some New, Fun Prizes for Summer Sailstice 2016!

Hi again Sailors. Have you signed up yet? Summer Sailstice is only 16 weeks away, and the prize pool is growing… This week we welcome 2K Yachting, Whitecaps Marine Outfitters, 48° North Sailing Magazine, J/Boats, and Kala Brand Ukuleles.

February 26, 2016 by Monica
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Sign-Up To Win!

I recently read that baseball practice has commenced, at least for the SF Giants in California. So why is this relevant? Because it means summer is on its way and soon we'll be able to go sailing all day, everyday. Get ready now so that when the warmer weather finally gets here there will nothing left to do, but jump on board and hoist your sails! 

February 19, 2016 by Monica

Getting the Whole Family Involved with Junior Sailing

This Article by Andrew Nelson Appeared in the February 2016 issue of 48° North Magazine.
February 17, 2016 by John A