SAN ANSELMO, Calif. – The 10th Summer Sailstice, an annual global celebration of sailing on the longest sailing weekend of the year, will take place on the solstice weekend of June 19 and 20, organizers reported in a recent statement.
The event starts on June 19 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.
Sailors who wish to participate in this year’s event 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.
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 others. The grand-prize winner will enjoy a 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. For more information, visit www.summersailstice.com.