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Do You Have June 22 Sailstice Sailing Plans?

There are over 50,000 sailboats and hundreds of thousands of sailors in California. One thing they all have in common is a great climate for year-round sailing. Another thing is, on most weekends, most sailors and sailboats don’t go sailing.

The June 22 Summer Sailstice is an annual celebration of sailing created to help change that, by inspiring you to #raiseyoursails along with all sailors worldwide. To commit to join the world sailing, you simply put your sailing plans on the Summer Sailstice map and then go race, cruise, crew for others, visit an open house, or just do what feels right for your personal or organization’s tribute to sailing. Here are some sample activities already on the map from California individuals and organizations:

Cal Sailing Club is hosting an open house on Sunday, June 23. The club’s April 27 Open House gave 300 rides to the public (92 kids and 208 adults!). CSC Co-Commodore Nicholas Waton said, “All this is completely free. We had over 50 volunteers come together to make it happen.” See their plans here.

Cal Sailing Club Open House
The April 27 Open House gave over 300 free sailboat rides. They have another planned for May 19, and still another for Sunday June 23 — the Summer Sailstice weekend.
© 2024 Cal Sailing Club

Ayone who has already found a way to sail, like Cory Wood of Encinal Yacht Club, can sign up with a personal plan to let folks know where, what and how they are planning to sail. Cory is planning to sail his Opti in the BAYS Summer Series Race #1 at Richmond Yacht Club.

Cory Wood Optis Richmond YC
11-year-old sixth grader Cory Wood will be racing his Opti with his EYC teammates at Richmond Yacht Club.
© 2024 Wood Family

What about cruising to the great city of San Francisco for Summer Sailstice weekend? Pier 39 is inviting Bay Area cruisers to try their guest docks at half price! See their offer here. Space is limited, so if this is your plan, book it early and post it on the Summer Sailstice map.

Pier 39
Looking for a cruising destination? Pier 39 is inviting you to enjoy a guest dock at half price on Summer Sailstice weekend.
© 2024 Pier 39

The June 22 Summer Sailstice weekend is a great weekend to get your boat off the dock in Southern California. Or sail someone else’s boats. If you don’t have a boat you can sign up for lessons or become a shared owner with SailTime Newport Beach. See their weekend plans here.

Sailtime Newport Beach
SailTime Newport Beach will be hosting ASA sailing lessons.
© 2024 Sailtime

One of the best ways to start any summer weekend or end any summer workday is with beer can racing. Corinthian Yacht Club has posted their June 21 Friday Night Beer Can Race as the kickoff to their Summer Sailstice weekend.

Corinthian Yacht Club will start its Summer Sailstice weekend with the Friday night race and finish it with the Sunday MMBA boat show at their docks.
© 2024 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

There are always many more sailors than sailboats, but there’s plenty of room on the sailboats sailing on Summer Sailstice weekend. You can jump aboard some race boats as crew, or join the brigantine Matthew Turner for a Summer Sailstice sail on the Bay. Again, it never hurts to sign up early. See their plans here.

Matthew Turner
Matthew Turner will be taking guests out for a sail on the Bay on the longest weekend day of the year.
© 2024 Benson Lee

What if all the boats in California hoisted their sails together on Summer Sailstice weekend? It would be a sight to behold. On the Bay it might be like Opening Day, the Three Bridge Fiasco, Fleet Week and the Moët Cup happening all at once. Sounds scary and sounds like fun. Folks are sailing on the tall ship Matthew Turner, on Optis at RYC, on El Toros at Lake Merritt, and at an Open House at Cal Sailing Club. Perhaps everyone in the Bay Area will remember there’s a Bay in the middle of it and find a way to join the world in hoisting sails together on Summer Sailstice.

The 2003 Moet Cup
The 2003 Moët Cup did a pretty good job filling the Bay with sailboats, but we think Bay Area sailors can do better.
© 2024 JR


Between now and June 22 there is time for you to post your own plans, your fleet event or your club race. You can change your mind and change your plans later too. Don’t wait until the day before, because people need notice to join your event or join your crew for a day or weekend of sailing. Plus Summer Sailstice offers early-bird prizes to people who sign up in advance.

Ready to join the weekend celebration? Sign up and post your plans here.

You’ll be joining folks sailing in the Manitou Islands. Do you know where they are? Find out here.

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