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Summer Sailstice returns for its 15th year

The 15th annual Summer Sailstice will take place on June 18-19.

The 15th annual Summer Sailstice will take place on June 18-19, uniting nearly 19,000 sailors with a schedule of local events that encourage communities to join in on the fun and celebrate sailing.

BoatUS is a sponsor of the event, which is always held on the weekend nearest to the summer solstice.

“Grow your fleet, grow your club, grow sailing,” Summer Sailstice founder John Arndt in said in a statement. “There's no one right way to do it — offer a race, a cruise, day sail or rendezvous. Summer Sailstice is a great weekend mix of bonding, community outreach and sharing the passion for sailing.”

There is no cost to host an event and boat and yacht clubs, sailing clubs, schools, and fleets can set up one at www.summersailstice.com/event-organizing-help .

Events can be public or private, and you can sign up a regular club event, create a special event or just go for a sail or win a prize — including an unlimited towing membership from BoatUS. Almost 5,000 boats are expected to participate.

To find an event near you, go to www.summersailstice.com/events.

In upstate New York, Saratoga Lake Sailing Club will offer free sails on Saratoga Lake to introduce people to sailing. No experience is necessary. Jeanneau sailboat owners will head to a rendezvous at Poet's Cove on Pender Island, British Columbia.

The Muncie Sailing Club in Indianapolis is hosting the “Call of the Conch” Funny Man Regatta with presumably a hidden start line and “bendable” rules. The Mark Twain Lake Sailing Association in Missouri is celebrating Summer Sailstice with the annual Commodore’s Cup, inviting all in the local community to participate as crew and enjoy post-race festivities.

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