Once a year, the world’s largest sailing celebration takes place on a body of water near you. Join the world for the 10th Summer Sailstice, an annual global celebration of sailing on the longest sailing weekend of the year. Sailors everywhere are invited to start the summer sailing season by hoisting their sails for a ceremonial sail on the solstice weekend of June 19/20.
The 10th anniversary Sailstice starts on June 19th as the sun rises over the international dateline in the Pacific. The goal is to get as many sailboats in as many time zones possible on the water over a 24-hour period. As the sun rises, and sails are hoisted around the world, everyone is encouraged to take a picture and sound a blast as the sun crosses their local solar noon. Last year, almost 4,000 sailboats and 15,000 sailors around the globe celebrated Summer Sailstice.
To participate in this year’s event, sailors can sign up for free at www.summersailstice.com and then use the site to make plans for public or private celebrations, recruit crew, post stories and learn about other Sailstice events being organized in their areas. From kite board and foiling moth, to tall ship and blue water cruiser, there are so many ways to get on the water under sail.
Summer Sailstice participants get a chance to win one of over 400 great prizes donated by The Moorings, Hunter Marine, West Marine, Hobie, Offshore Sailing, Harken, Woodenboat and many other marine business favorites. One lucky, grand-prize winner will enjoy a fabulous one-week charter, donated by The Moorings, to the British Virgin Islands.
In addition, sailors can commit to preserving the world’s oceans by contributing to Sailors for the Sea for every mile sailed on Summer Sailstice.
Sailors should plan to sail locally and celebrate globally as they join the whole world sailing! For more information and to sign up visit www.summersailstice.com.
About Summer Sailstice
Summer Sailstice is the global sailing holiday celebrated on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. This international event was founded in 2001 to connect the global sailing community in a fun, creative, multifaceted, multi-location sailing holiday. Every year, Summer Sailstice connects over 15,000 sailors all over the world—cruisers, racers and recreational—to celebrate the joy they experience under sail. It has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe. In 2009, the celebration grew to almost 4,000 sailboats racing, cruising and daysailing in 50 states and 20 countries. For more information, please visit www.SummerSailstice.com or contact [email protected].
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