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Tell the Story of Sailing with 16th Annual Worldwide Summer Sailstice Celebration

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2016

When sailors sign up and post their sailing plans as part of the annual worldwide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing, they both help tell the story of sailing, and are entered to win from hundreds of prizes including a one-week Sunsail charter on a monohull or multihull at any one of their 25 worldwide bases! This year’s celebration will be held on June 18/19, 2016, as always, kicking off the summer on the weekend nearest the solstice.

The goal for this one weekend is to have all sailors, all sailing, all together, everywhere. For too long sailors have allowed the public perception of sailing to be defined by media stories on folks like Larry Ellison, the America’s Cup and an activity of elite yachtsman rather than the regular folks who sail everywhere on lakes and oceans around the world. Sailors worldwide are challenged to hoist their sails making sure their slice of sailing is visible, fun, and available for all the world to see. When sailors post their sailing plans on they also capture the attention of the world to demonstrate, not only the beauty, adventure, and challenge of sailing, but correct misperceptions by showcasing the affordable, accessible, everyman aspects of sailing.

All sailors like to share their passion with friends, family, and the world. But from beach cat to tall ship, kite board to cruiser, the sailing world’s eclectic personality can be difficult to convey. Summer Sailstice creates a once-a-year opportunity, ahead of the peak sailing season to put all of sailing on display, celebrate “together”, generate positive publicity, and share it with the non-sailing world. The event is not geographically or sailing discipline limited. As a participant you can create an event, join an event near you, or simply participate with your own, individual sailing plans such as racing the Newport Bermuda Race, joining the Delmarva Rally in the mid-Atlantic or sailing off to your own quiet anchorage.

“While timed for the Northern Hemisphere summer solstice the date aligns with 80-90% of the world’s sailors peak sailing season. The Southern Hemisphere is always welcome, and every year we have sailors register from places like Tahiti, South Africa, Australia, and Argentina. We want all sailors to use the first summer weekend to post their sailing plans, host open houses, invite friends, and hoisting sails to tell their sailing story for this worldwide celebration. Of course, a shot at winning a Sunsail charter is a bonus many past participants have already won and enjoyed! ” says event founder John Arndt.

Clubs, classes, events, and sailing organizations take advantage of the Summer Sailstice celebration to publicize their local sailing opportunities while all combined it tells the global story of sailing. The Summer Sailstice website provides a place for everyone to post and host their event while providing event publicity tools for all participants. By collaborating, all sailors are able to let the world see everything sailing has to offer.

All sailors, regardless of vessel or location, are encouraged to sail “together” wherever they happen to be on the planet. By registering to participate each year, Summer Sailstice celebrants become eligible to win from over 400 prizes supplied by your favorite marine businesses such as Sunsail, Cruising World, Sailing World, Hobie, Harken, Jeanneau, Schaefer, and more.

Put Summer Sailstice 2016 on your calendar now to make sure the whole world is sailing the first weekend of summer 2016.

Summer Sailstice Event

Who: Sailors and non-sailors worldwide

When: June 18/19, 2016

Where: Global (wherever there’s wind, water and sails)

How: Sailors register for free on the event website to declare their participation, invite others to join their Summer Sailstice event and to gain a chance to win prizes donated from sailing companies.

Most Summer Sailstice participants have hailed from North America but, over the years, sailors have joined the event from 47 countries and all seven seas. Summer Sailstice also actively supports the health of our oceans by asking all participants to support Sailors for the Sea.

To learn more about Summer Sailstice, visit

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