From tall ships to small ships, sailors around the world are invited to celebrate the 13th annual Summer Sailstice during the weekend of June 22.
Traditionally held during the weekend closest to the summer solstice, the global celebration of sailing invites people to sail “together,” regardless of where they are or what they sail.
Sailors are invited to register free at the event website and are encouraged to invite other sailors to join. Entrants have a chance to win prizes donated by sailing companies.
In 2013 the drama of the America’s Cup will bring unprecedented attention to sailing. With Summer Sailstice being held just two weeks ahead of the Louis Vuitton series, Summer Sailstice gives sailors globally a chance to showcase what sailing has to offer.
A newly designed Summer Sailstice website boasts improved tools for participants to promote their local events. Summer Sailstice continues its partnership this year with Sailors for the Sea, an organization that helps connect sailors to ocean conservation and raise funds to support SfS environmental programs.
Footloose Sailing Charters is offering a BVI Caribbean sailing vacation as a prize. Also offered will be more than 400 prizes from sailing companies such as Hobie, Offshore Sailing, West Marine, Boat US, Bluewater Sailing, WoodenBoat and other marine suppliers.
“Whether you haven’t pulled out your old Sunfish from under its tarp in years or you’re racing in the America’s Cup, 2013 is the year to pledge to sail. It’s the perfect time of year for everyone to get on the water,” event founder John Arndt said in a statement.
Every year, Summer Sailstice connects more than 19,000 sailors all over the world — cruisers, racers and recreational — to celebrate and showcase life under sail. The event has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe.