SUMMER SAILSTICE SETS SAIL FOR 11th ANNIVERSARY THIS JUNE
Organizers of the 2011 Summer Sailstice, now in its 11th year, says sailors around the world are making plans to celebrate the sailing lifestyle by sailing ‘together’ on, June 18, the weekend closest to the summer solstice. The global event encourages all sailors to hoist their sails in an effort to simply connect and celebrate all aspects of sailing.
2010 saw the largest celebration to date, with sailors in 50 US states and 47 countries participating. Summer Sailstice organizers project even more sailors this year will participate.
In addition, this year’s event partners with Sailors For The Sea in an effort to support their mission to educate and empower the boating community to protect oceans and local waters.
“When you sign up for Summer Sailstice, just check the pledge-box to contribute funds for each mile you sail on Summer Sailstice,” said John Arndt, Summer Sailstice founder. ‘Get your friends and crew to chip in, go sailing to relieve your land-induced stress, tally your miles and then send in your pledge amount to Sailors for the Sea. Combined, it makes for happier sailors and happier oceans.’
Besides the opportunity to be part of a global celebration, there are 400+ more good reasons to sign up for Summer Sailstice: prizes offered by the sailing industry! Last year, Tom Orlow won a Hobie kayak by signing up and sailing his Beneteau 36.7 on Lake Michigan! Other prizes for this year include packages from The Moorings, Hunter Marine, West Marine, Hobie, Offshore Sailing, Harken, Woodenboat and other marine businesses.
To participate in Summer Sailstice 2011, sailors can sign up for free at www.summersailstice.com. The website also gives sailors everywhere the opportunity to create Sailstice events, recruit crew, post stories and learn about other Sailstice events being organized in their area.
Members of Sail America are encouraged to share Summer Sailstice with their customers and to come on aboard to be part of the growing tradition and legacy to promote our sport and lifestyle.