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How Will You Celebrate Sailing on Summer Sailstice?

Summer is on the way, and that means the annual Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing is just one month away. Racers, cruisers and daysailors are signing up across the country and around the world. Have you made sailing plans yet for the weekend of June 19?

2021 Summer Sailstice Event Map
The 2021 Summer Sailstice Event Map is filling up – you can add your pin now.
© 2021 Summer Sailstice

How might you participate? The only real requirement is to #raiseyoursails and go sailing. On San Francisco Bay folks can participate as they race in the YRA Summer Series Regatta #3, starting at Southampton Shoal. Non-racers can join the San Francisco Bay Photo Treasure Hunt, with prizes for winners including a free 2022 PHRF rating certificate. If you’re a non-racer this year, you can be a racer next year. The PICYA is encouraging members of its 100+ Bay Area yacht clubs to sign up and sail. You could participate by posting your June 18 Friday night beer-can racing plans, or begin your Delta Doo Dah cruise.

Captain Duane Brumm Sail La Vie
RYC member Captain Duane Brumm of Sail La Vie, a Beneteau 411 from Marina Bay in Richmond, submitted the photo of a boat with fenders out for the 2020 Photo Treasure Hunt.
© 2021 Rose Vera Cano

If you explore the Summer Sailstice event map you’ll find sailors from Maine to Tahiti who have signed up to join the celebration. There are a couple dozen Summer Sailstice ambassadors rallying their club, fleet and friends to join them on the water, no matter what they sail or where they are in the world. There’s still time for you to become a sailing ambassador too.

Owners of Sabre sailboats can sign up and RSVP to the virtual Sabre Rendezvous, and anyone can create an event or sail solo. It’s the 21st anniversary of Summer Sailstice, which started right here on San Francisco Bay with a few boats sailing out to Angel Island for a raft-up.

Catalina 27 Nothing Fancy
Christy, Erica and Lisa leaving the Angel Island dock on Stacey Sullivan’s Catalina 27 Nothing Fancy with a crowd of seals to send them off for the 2020 Treasure Hunt.
© 2021 Tricia Cronin

Owning a sailboat is cool. Sailing it with friends is even cooler. Mark the date on your calendar and post your intentions now (you can refine your plans later) and we’ll see you on the Bay on the weekend of June 19.

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Beer Can Racing
The Wednesday night beer can race in Santa Cruz this week coincided with a windy-gusty-puffy weather pattern and wild conditions on the ocean.
Helping on the Water
Meanwhile, Ed arrived on the scene and proceeded to take a line from the 'Naiomi' and conducted a tow to keep them from drifting closer to the beach.