Summer Sailstice Celebration Marks 12th Year

Sailors around the world are making plans to celebrate the sailing lifestyle by getting out on the water for Summer Sailstice on Saturday, June 23óthe weekend closest to the summer solstice.

These 10í Access dinghies from BAADS (Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors)were were on hand at last yearís Summer Sailstice offering free sailboat rides for attendees.

Published: June, 2012

Sailors around the world are making plans to celebrate the sailing lifestyle by getting out on the water for Summer Sailstice on Saturday, June 23—the weekend closest to the summer solstice. Founded in the Bay Area by Latitude 38 associate publisher John Arndt, Summer Sailstice marks its 12th year with a family-friendly celebration hosted at Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The sailing community and public are invited to attend this free, full-day event. Activities will include a harbor stroll, YRA regatta, photo scavenger hunt, educational seminars, sailing demonstrations, boat building competition, free sailboat rides for families, food and beverage vendors, plus an evening PirateCon party.

"New for 2012 is the Estuary Stroll, which invites all Bay Area sailboats to hit the waves on the Alameda Estuary at 2 p.m. and be part of the aerial photograph. In addition there is a PirateCon evening party, YRA post-race raft-up and visit from the America’s Cup yacht USA 76," said Arndt. "There are thousands of boats in the Bay Area. This is the one event offering the opportunity for everyone to sail, race, cruise and enjoy the waters in a global celebration."

 

Riding the Wave in Advance of America’s Cup

Does the upcoming America’s Cup have you intrigued about sailing? Then explore the world of sailing at this free event for sailors and those curious about sailing. "The America’s Cup has created a growing interest in sailing and we’ve seen a dramatic increase from those inquiring about sailing lessons," said Anthony Sandberg, owner of OCSC Sailing in Berkeley. "Summer Sailstice has been part of the sailing culture for over a decade now. We feel that anyone whose interest has been piqued by Cup activities needs to get over to this fun event."

In 2011, sailors in 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries participated in Summer Sailstice, participating in everything from ocean race regattas, social sails on a lake and family picnics aboard a rowboat to philanthropic events that took disabled children out on the water. For more information, visit www.SummerSailstice.com.