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Spectacular First Weekend of Summer for Summer Sailstice

“Not all who wander are lost” are words from J.R.R. Tolkien that should resonate with most who sailed the Bay and elsewhere on this Summer Sailstice weekend. Yes, there were very purposeful racers out there too, but the Bay was full of boats that just went sailing. Cool fog always threatens to be a permanent feature of summer on the Bay, but this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday saw the sun winning out each day. There were plenty of sunny, warm daylight hours for sailing. The weekend started, for us, with a very comfortable evening for Friday Night Beer Can Racing, followed by a sunny Saturday and Sunday with reasonably brisk winds in the Slot, but plenty of sunshine around the Bay.

Summer Sailstice Iolani
Barry and Sylvia Stompe were out wandering the Bay with friends aboard their beautiful 48-ft yawl Iolani.

After our Friday night race, we had a wandering sail and lunch stop in the lee of Tiburon on Saturday, and a spectator run to watch the start of the Singlehanded Transpac Race on Sunday. Sunday was interesting, with sun and blue sky in the middle of the Bay at 10:30 in the morning, while the edges of the Bay were cloudy and gray.

Summer Sailstice
Dream Catcher was catching the sun on Saturday in Raccoon Strait.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

People joined in for a Summer Sailstice sail from all over the world, with West Coast sailors joining from Alaska to Marina Riviera Nayarit with the Umbrella Downwinder in Banderas Bay.

Lyall Burgess
Lyall and Katie Burgess from Hawaii were actually out sailing in the Bahamas with their daughters for Summer Sailstice.
© 2023 Katie Burgess
West Coast Multihulls Summer Sailstice cruise.
West Coast Multihulls found sunshine on San Diego Bay for a Summer Sailstice cruise.
© 2023 West Coast Multihulls
Summer Sailstice Aegea
The Sabre 36 Aegea was also out wandering the Bay with friends for Summer Sailstice.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Santanal 35 Ahi Andy Newell
Those not wandering included Andy Newell and the crew of his Santana 35 Ahi in the Half Moon Bay Regatta.
© 2023 Fernando Rosero
Summer Sailstice Finistere Sabre 38
All was good aboard the good ship Finistere for a Saturday sail with Liz and Roger Krakow, Jim and Meredith Tull, and Leslie and John Arndt.
© 2023 Meredith Tull
Gord Fulcher
It looked a little gray and cool in British Columbia, but it was still good for a weekend sail.
© 2023 Gord Fulcher

We always feel fortunate to be able to sail 12 months a year, though it can soften the intensity that cooler regions experience during their brief summer sailing season. However, as in all sailing regions in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are longer, school is out, and the work schedule chills, giving everyone more time to cast off for a wander on the Bay or anywhere on California’s long coastline. The summer started out right and we hope to see you out there again soon.

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