All ships, tall and small around the world will come ‘together’ regardless of where or what they sail in this national event come 22nd of June. Sailors and non-sailors worldwide are invited (and expected) to make the Summer Sailstice Sailing Celebration another memorable event.
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 holiday. Every year, Summer Sailstice connects more than 19,000 sailors all over the world—cruisers, racers and recreational—to celebrate and showcase life under sail. The event has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe.
Event founder John Arndt says, ‘For years the Summer Sailstice event has connected sailors worldwide in their own event portal allowing them to showcase their common sailing celebrations across the world. Now, with the relaunched site and new tools, it will be even easier for sailors to join local sailing events celebrated on the Sailstice, create events to connect one-design classes, clubs or fellow sailors and then share this with their local sailing communities.”
Summer Sailstice has continued to grow in popularity since its launch in 2001. Planners and ship owners alike have only good things to say.
Mary Greblunas of Hampton, VA owner of s/v Tiki Rose and a longstanding Sailstice attendee notes, “We love sailing and have participated in Summer Sailstice since 2004.”
Summer Sailstice event planner Mette Segerblom of Orange Coast College in Newport Beach, CA uses Summer Sailstice as an open house for their public sailing programs. According to Segerblom, “The timing of this event, which happens at the beginning of our summer sailing season, and its global sailing connection helps us elevate the visibility of our sailing programs locally and regionally. Plus we like the idea that students and others signing up for our Summer Sailstice event feel more connected to the broader world of sailing and have the opportunity to win prizes – an extra plus!’
Arndt describes his reasons for continuing to build the Summer Sailstice community as “two-fold”. He says the event is designed to help change the perception of the non-sailing public who often see sailing presented in a racing format or learn about it via news of a rare sailing tragedy.
It also aims to make people see that sailing is really fun, an affordable and is an accessible hobby than most people realize.
Fellow Bay Area sailor and Summer Sailstice site developer James Dilworth, who captains his well-known Santana 22 on San Francisco Bay, says “Over the years I’ve watched the Summer Sailstice event evolve from a San Francisco-centric event to a worldwide community. The tools and applications available today on the web to make it easier for the sailing world to connect online and continue to expand this global network of sailors. And the site upgrades at www.summersailstice.com will make it even more fun for event participants to create and publicize their events and help promote the worldwide spirit of sailing.”