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Shoreline Lake Sails for Sailstice and the Solstice

Will sailing get a boost this summer? The Paris Olympics are set to begin next month, with sailing events starting on July 28. This month, Summer Sailstice takes off on the weekend of June 22. Here in our home waters, sailors, sailing clubs and organizations are getting ready to join the Sailstice celebrations and bring more people into the world of wind-powered joy, tranquility and exhilaration. Whatever the feeling is, it’s something for everyone, and Shoreline Lake is making sure everyone has the opportunity to find their “something” on the water.

Shoreline Lake celebrated 40 years in 2023.
© 2024 Shoreline Lake

On Saturday, June 22, Shoreline Lake in Mountain View will offer free skippered sailboat rides, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. while taking part in Summer Sailstice — the annual family-friendly global celebration of summer and sailing.

This is a public event hosted by the Boathouse. The sailboat rides are an opportunity for “newbies” to take part in the fun of getting out on the water and discover just how accessible sailing is for both adults and kids. Skippered by the Boathouse’s experienced sailing staff, rides will be 20 minutes each. Space is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis, and the minimum age to participate is 2 years old. Besides this taste of lake sailing, Shoreline Lake will also have its usual active sailing scene (classes, and more) going on at full blast, as well as other family-friendly activities taking place.

Shoreline Lake sailboat
The lake is a great place to get a feel for sailing, without the worry of currents and traffic.
© 2024 Shoreline Lake

The only South Bay location taking part in Summer Sailstice, Shoreline Lake has been a strong supporter of the Sailstice goals of introducing newcomers to, and dispelling common myths about, this fun and exciting Olympic sport. This protected saltwater environment is nestled within the tranquil confines of a beautiful nature preserve, providing a space where families and individuals can make the most of the lake and its facilities.

Summer Sailstice was founded in February 2001 as the global, annual celebration of sailing held on the weekend nearest the summer solstice.

The annual Summer Sailstice sailing event is free to all participants, and has grown from 200 boats to almost 5,000 boats today. Since many sailors join in the fun on many different boats, the actual number of Summer Sailstice sailors participating is estimated at almost 19,000 annually.

You can sign up your own boat or event for the 24th annual global celebration of sailing. Or, join an event that’s taking place near you. More info here: https://summersailstice.com/events-map

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