Summer Sailstice News & Stories
While Summer Sailstice is connecting sailors and sailing across a wide variety of disciplines and the vast expanse of the oceans we also know it connects people through a heritage spanning generations. Paul Fenn just posted a story on his blog connecting the gift of sailing, Father's Day and Summer Sailsice.
So have you heard about the great prize from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville®? Every signed up Summer Sailstice sailor is in the draw for the Margaritaville Explorer™ Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker®. But what about the man himself? Scuttlebutt is that Jimmy is actually performing on the eve of this year's Summer Sailstice. Are you going?
Videos are something realtively new to Summer Sailstice – especially invitation vids. But they are popping up as the event – scheduled for this weekend, June 20-21 – approaches. Here are a few featuring some better-known sailors who will be taking part. . .and a good way to start thinking about the video you'll enter in the video contest powered by Harken!
Everyone who sails knows it’s good for the mind and body. What you might not know are there are studies out there that back that up. Here are a few takes on the subject from around the Web.
We're excited to have global sailing legend, Loick Peyron, signing on again for his 5th Summer Sailstice celebration. This year he'll be racing in the legendary Record SNSM off the South Coast of Brittany which he last raced during Summer Sailstice when he and his crew set the course record aboard the maxi-trimaran 'Banque Populaire V' in 2012. Last year he then took 'Banque Populaire VII' to win the Rhoute to Rhum in record setting time.
It’s T Minus 7 days and counting. Yes, just one week until the Summer Sailstice weekend, June 20-21. We imagine most of you have already made plans. But if not, or you’re still on the fence, here’s a Top Ten list of ways you can celebrate.
One of the things we most enjoy about Summer Sailstice and, in fact, one of the primary reasons we created Summer Sailstice was to find a moment in time to recognize, connect and make visible the whole world of sailing. It's more complicated than we ever imagined! Really sailing is pretty simple - hoist sails, go sailing. But the endlessly creative nature of humans and sailors can find more unique ways of doing it than we ever imagined.
Are you a son of a son of a sailor? Or just going sailing on Summer Sailstice? If so two opportunities emerge from Margaritaville:
- by signing up for Summer Sailstice you have a chance to win the Margaritaville Cordless Explorer Frozen Conconction Maker and
Beneteau is inviting their ownes and sailors to join Beneteau for Summer Sailstice - because everyone should start their summer by hoisting their sails on the solstice weekend.
Today's June 13 Beneteau newsletter sent out to Beneteau sailors across the US went on to say:
Summer Sailstice is a worldwide celebration of sailing on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. This year, a community of 19,000 sailors will be celebrating next weekend, June 20-21.
Well the last couple of weeks leading up to Summer Sailstice are extra busy with last minute sailors signing up and prize donations for the June 20 celebrations being finalized. Hopefully you’ve been checking out the Prize pages and keeping up with the ‘who’s who’ of the marine world and the variety of products they’re offering. But if you haven’t, here’s a quick recap…
We all know that Summer Sailstice is a great time for the whole world to get together and celebrate sailing, but what if you don't own a boat or even know anyone else who owns a boat? Well, you can go along to North Cove Sailing School at Brookfield Place and join Steve and Doris Colgate's Offshore Sailing School instructors in celebrating Summer Sailstice with a one-hour sail ride at the North cove Marina in Battery Park City, NYC.
On June 21, the official summer solstice, marine scientists are taking part in Ocean Sampling Day (OSD), and are inviting YOU to join them!
MyOSD is a global campaign during which water samples are taken from around the world by scientists, together with everyday folk like you and me, in order to help scientists analyze and understand marine microbial biodiversity and function.
World Oceans Day is held every year on June 8, and is the United Nations' recognized day of celebration and action for our oceans. This year's theme is 'Healthy oceans, Healthy planet', with a special focus on stopping plastic pollution. As sailors, we are in a particularly good position to act as ambassadors for healthy oceans - good waste management practices, choosing biodegradable and recyclable products, and keeping the wind in our sails are just some of the things we can do to help our oceans. Read on to get some great ideas on how you can take positive action.
US Sailing is the go-to organization for sailboat racing in America, and kind of the de facto father figure for everyone else who enjoys the sport. Perhaps their highest calling in the racing arena is the selection and training of the US Olympic Sailing Team. At the other end of the spectrum, they are tireless supporters of the training of new sailors. And by “new” we don’t necessarily mean raw beginners. There are also many programs out there to enhance the skills of longtime sailors.
Here's the main thing, the goal on Summer Sailstice is for everyone to hoist their main and make some tracks under sail. New tools make it easier to measure and share those tracks. You no longer have to look at the Volvo Ocean race website and think about how they lay down their sailing routes across the globe because you can now do the same. A new app, Boat Book, has combined a log and tracking for you to post your tracks.
On San Francisco Bay the Unofficial Washed Up Yacht Club will be looking to best their 26 boat 2014 raft up in Clipper Cove off of Treasre Island in San Francisco Bay. They're actuallly going to be the very first Summer Sailstice event because, with some schedule conflicts, they decided to do it the weekend before the actual Summer Sailstice. They're getting together to celebrate sailing - we think that's the main goal.
SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA (June 5, 2015) – For the 15th annual global celebration of sailing Summer Sailstice and Harken have teamed up to inspire sailors to bring the spectacular, action-packed world of sailing to life by submitting their best video shot on the weekend of June 20th.
On Monday June 8, West Marine will donate 5% of their retail and online sales in honor of World Oceans Day. The donation is a part of the marine retail giant's BlueFuture® Fund program, which supports marine conservation, sustainable fisheries and youth boating. The fund aims to raise up to $70,000 with first recipients, youth boating programs throughout the US, to receive a total of $30,000. The BlueFuture® Fund, which is set up through Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, is open to donations from West Marine associates, vendors and customers, who are also encouraged to recommend non-profits they believe are deserving of grants. Find out more...
Lots of new prizes are being donated for Summer Sailstice sailors, plus we've announced the details of our video competition, and you know what they say - "You've gotta be in it to win it!" So get on board and sign up to sail with your family, friends, club or anyone, and have yourself a fun weekend while being in the draw for these great prizes!
Published on May 28, 2015 | Sailing Scuttlebutt
by John Arndt, Summer Sailstice founder
SailSFBay.org is a Northern California non-profit dedicated to growing participation in sailing by publicizing access to sailing. Like so many sailing communities there are a myriad of programs, businesses, clubs and other organziations that provide access to the Bay Areas spectacular sailing conditions.
How are people getting the word out about their Summer Sailstice celebration? Of course they've posted their event on the Summer Sailstice website but then many are doing some local advertising, sending out press releases, creating landing pages and all working together to create some positive visibility for sailing. If you've got something you've done email it here.
One of the favorite ways people celebrate Summer Sailstice is a cruise with friends, family or like-minded sailors to a favorite anchorage or other destination. Here are some examples of what folks are doing across the country this coming June 20-21.
The SoCal 300 is just a 'warm up' for more extreme sailing adventures ahead and given the starting conditions on May 22 it's a good one. Southern California is not known for lots of wind but boats racing in the inaugural SoCal 300 got some ideal sailing conditions. And Sharon Green of Ultimate Sailing captured the images:
As a kid I was fortunate to have parents who started my brothers and I sailing in small boats. At first it was in a Sea Snark and then a 10’ Turnabout (or National 10). Sailing was fun. It was an escape, an adventure and allowed my brothers and I a way to explore our small world. But it was sailing stories that inspired me to sail beyond our little cove and stick our bow out into the ocean.
There are lots of open houses, rallies and other events created to celebrate sailing. Many are inviting all sailors to come join them on the water. One reason to post your event on the Summer Sailstice website is so people in your area can find it and join you. But what if you want to expand that invitation?
Some, like the Paradise Point Yacht Club on Smithville Lake in Missouri, have added their event to Craig's List:
This week has been extra busy with lots of new prizes being organized for the June event, which out of interest is now only 5 weeks away! So if you haven't yet, make sure Sign up or you might miss out on one of the year's most excellent sailing celebrations!
Congrats to Steve who will go for a sail in the St. Lawrence sea way out of Quebec City as I will be preparing my new-to-me Freedom 39 for the delivery to Halifax, Nova Scotia the following week. Everyone knows there will be something that has to be checked under sail. We look forward to seeing some pics after he goes sailing with his new burgee!!
Congratulations to Peter and Deborah who were our early bird winners! We look forward to updating with some of their Sailstice stories and pics after they go sailing on June 20! We will be awarding 16 other Navionics winners after June 20!
'What if I don't have a boat?' That's a question we often hear when we're describing the Summer Sailstice sailing celebration. Because, as much as it is about celebrating, the thing we encourage most is getting on a boat and hoisting some sails. If you don't have a boat that may seem like an insurmountable obstacle. It's not.
“Sunrise, sunset, swiftly flow the days….”
That 1964 tune from Fiddler On the Roof popped into our heads - not once, but three times in the past week. But we can explain: three recent events added to the Summer Sailstice calendar all had sunrise-sunset themes – which we think is a total terrific idea.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers wether you're sailing or not. Have a look at this weeks new prizes and maybe drop a few hints to the hubby or kids.
Sailors have known for millennia that things go better with wind. The rest of the world is rediscovering the power and beauty of wind as an alternative energy source - the complete reverse from sailors where wind is the primary energy source. We also know every photo of a city, windpower, a harbor or any body of water always looks better with a sailboat in it.
We interrupt our regular programming to bring you the latest organization to sign up for Summer Sailstice: Blue Peter – The Sailing School. Why does this merit special mention? Three reasons: First, it is a sailing school with a cool approach to youth development. Second, part of that cool approach is that most teaching is done aboard small, open boats. And third, the Blue Peter Sailing School operates out of Moreton Bay, Australia.
What??!! You've sailed all these years and never taken a Sunsail BVI sailing vacation? It's not always easy to figure out how to fit a BVI sailing vacation into life but it's always worth it!
This week we've again added some more great prizes to the prize drawing for everyone who's signed up and sailing on the June 20th Summer Sailstice weekend.
These new products join the growing list of rewards on the prize page including the one-week charter from Sunsail. Take a look inside...
It started out as a curiosity, became a novelty, caught on, started trending, and is now on the brink of becoming a downright phenomenon. We’re talking about Hobie Cat’s “next big thing” – the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island Kayak, and her big sister, the Mirage Tandem Island.
Our oceans continue to acidify, fish stocks continue to decrease, stress on the ocean ecosystem increases while simultaneously, public interest in outdoors sports and, sailing in particular, continue to decline. There are many signs of postive growth in sailing but from the peak participation of 12.5 million in 1979 participation has dropped to under 3 million in 2014 while our population has doubled.
So you’ve signed up for this year’s Summer Sailstice and you’re getting excited?
Well, here’s some news - This week has been quite exciting with several businesses coming on board to donate prizes for the 15th annual Sailstice celebration. Take a look:
Today, most people sail for pleasure. But it wasn’t so long ago that sailing was serious business. How serious? Think about this: From the decks of sailing ships, continents were discovered. Trade routes were established. Empires formed, flourished and fell. Wars were won or lost, and the fates of nations decided. In fact, the very concept of modern civilization itself keyed on trade routes established by ancient sailors.
SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA (April 13, 2015) – US Sailing is inviting literally everyone to sail ‘together’ for the 15th annual, worldwide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing. For current sailors this means starting their summer of sailing by hoisting sails on the summer solstice weekend of June 20/21.
Right after Summer Sailstice, at the end of June, 2014, four of us delivered my friend John Marsh's Tartan 40 'Asolare' from Hopetown, Bahamas to Chatham Massachusetts. Hurricane Arthur formed a few days after our departure and followed us up the Gulf Stream almost catching us before we tucked into Newport, RI just hours before its arrival where we were able to hide out from it's passing (without Hurricane Arthur our intended destination was Maine).
Way back in the last millennium, back in the late 1900s a parody of the classic magazine 'Yachting' was published by Elizebeth Meyer perhaps best known for restoring the famous J Class sloop 'Endeavour'. The journal came out as a single issue back in 1984 and took aim at just about anything that was then representative of 'traditional' yachting life. Racers, cruisers, yacht clubs, companies and yachtsmen were all subjected to what might have been an evening 'roast'.
A few weeks ago, we featured the Marion-Bermuda Race, a 640-mile cruising-boat event that is, mileage-wise, one of the longest ways to celebrate Summer Solstice. If that’s a bit more of a marathon than you’re comfortable with, fear not – there are a plethora of shorter racing events around the country that are likely within driving – if not sailing – distance. Here are a few of them.
The 'share economy' meets the 'giveaway economy' with a 'Life Jacket Drive' offering a brand new lifejacket in exchange for an old one. While Summer Sailstice looks to raise awareness and participation in sailing globally with a celebration of sailing we also work in our local, San Francisco Bay sailing area with a non-profit, SailSFBay.org to do the same.
Even if you're a cruiser it never hurts to start on time or to be ahead of the game.
The Catalina 36MkII, Knight Wing, sailed out of Kemah, TX by the Armer family signed up early this year and was the winner of a 2015 Summer Sailstice burgee. Kemah is a very popular base for Galveston Bay sailors with plenty of breezes and sunshine.
A hearty ‘welcome aboard’ to SUNY Maritime, who will be participating in Summer Sailstice for the first time this year. On Thursday, June 18, from 5 p.m. until dark, they will host free introductory sails aboard three of their small keelboats - a Colgate 26, Sonar 23 and a J-24. All sails will depart and return to their Throg’s Neck location at the southeast corner of the Bronx.
People sail to race, cruise, adventure and relax. Those who choose to adventure cast off docklines and sail beyond the dreams of most, more casual sailors. Some sail over 100,000 miles which equals about 4 circumnavigations of the earth at the equator. The Crusing Club of America, founded in 1921, supports seamanship, ocean voyaging and racing with an impressive list of very accomplished sailors.
We have some great events signed up already! We are happy to award 3 Blue Water Sailing Magazine Subscriptions and 3 Summer Sailstice Burgees to some early sign ups!
Congratulation to Stuart who won a Bluewater Subscription. He is planning on having a fun spaghetti dinner after a sunset sail at Gimli Yacht Club in Canada!