Summer Sailstice 2020 is set, scheduled and ready to sail on June 20, 2020. Where, how, and in what form is entirely up to you. Summer Sailstice has always been about celebrating sailing and sailors around the world. This moment of unprecedented uncertainty surrounding the worldwide pandemic illustrates the simple notion that we are all in the same boat. We are all in this together.
This year’s Summer Sailstice events may look different than years past but in essence, they are still the same. Summer Sailstice 2020 will bring sailors together.
Who: Sailors and non-sailors worldwide
When: June 20, 2020
Where: Global (wherever there’s wind, water and sails)
How: Register at www.summersailstice.com, add your sailing plans and invite others to join your
event. All registered participants are automatically entered into the draw for prizes.
What is Summer Sailstice?
Summer Sailstice was founded in February 2001 by John Arndt, the publisher of Latitude 38, a West Coast sailing publication. Held on the weekend nearest the summer solstice, this global sailing holiday was created as a way to connect the greater global sailing community.
The annual event is free for all participants and rough estimates place participation at 19,000 boats annually. This is up from 200 at its inception. The global sailing community has embraced the idea of sailing together!
Why Summer Sailstice?
When you participate you become part of a larger community of sailors who are part of a global demonstration of sailing. Special events are organized by clubs and individuals. Organizing an event is easy – just follow the instructions on the Summer Sailstice website.
You could also use the GoSailing App that connects sailors with people who love to be on the water. The GO SAILING app helps you find crew or apply to be crew on other skippers’ trips. There are also sailing related social events, seminars, and sailing lessons on the app.
How Do You Participate in Summer Sailstice?
It is as easy as going sailing but this is an opportunity to meet other sailors nearby or to get involved with sailing clubs and organizations around you. The Summer Sailstice website is the hub that helps organize the entire endeavor. You can create your own or join an event on their website and register to win prizes from the Summer Sailstice sponsors. When you create an event the Summer Sailstice website has all the tools ready for you to easily invite new sailors as well as spread the word about your sailing get-together.
What to do this year? Nobody knows what the circumstances will be like on June 20th but we are looking forward to connecting sailors and sailing friends at the start of summer. The Summer Sailstice event website is filling up with celebrations across the planet and the event wants to see everyone post their sailing intentions. And, as sailors have always done, adjust the sails and plans as the situation evolves.
This means rather than a raft-up, it might be a solo sail, a family sail or a parade of sail. It may mean a regatta without the usual post-race party. Or maybe we’ll all be on the world’s largest sailor Zoom call or watching sailing videos at home. The goal is to be sailing but Summer Sailstice is designed to celebrate however the world allows on June 20, 2020.
Let’s go sailing together or social distance together for Summer Sailstice 2020!
“Ultimately our goal is to create an event celebrating all of our unique ways of sailing that brings all sailors ‘together’, supports ocean health and attracts the attention of the non-sailing world. Think American Thanksgiving – a tradition an incredibly diverse nation all celebrates ‘together’. Summer Sailstice is an opportunity for us all to be grateful and generous with sailing.” – Founder John Arndt