Voting and judging for the Summer Sailstice 2017 Contests, except the Video Challenge, offically ended last Sunday (July 30). Read below to see how they all turned out and who won.
SEA SHANTY SHAKE
Contestants were asked to send in a video or voice recording of themsleves, or their merry band singing their favorite sea shanty during their Summer Sailstice celebrations. This year's contestants went crazy and performed fun medleys and mash ups of their favorite sailing songs. We received two entries, and to be honest, they were too-close-to-call.
And here's why... We loved Donna Lee's 'Aloha from Hawaii'. The band was polished and tight, offered great harmonies, and could clearly play in unison. Plus they played interesting songs, presumably Hawiian tunes. Our second entry, Gary Kirkham's 'Jolly Roger Pluckers', blended the well known tunes flawlessly and provided a couple of additional distractions - the guitarist's last-minute entry from stage left was reminicent of a symphonic stage performance, and the background dancers complemented the cool island vibe perfectly, as did the pirate's eye patches. So you can imagine what we were up against in deciding first and second places.
Therefore we declared a tie. Both entries will share a First Place Win and each will take home a Kala Brand Waterman Ukulele, a 1-year subscription to Ukulele Magazine, a tube of McLube Speed Polish or Conditioner, and a 2GB Custom Navionics Chart.
SUMMER SAILSTICE RAFT UP, 2017!
The Raft Up Competition entrants had to do just that, raft up! Oh, and send us a photo. Here are the placings.
First Place goes to Tim Ferris's great shot of SV Tubby, AdventureUs, Maid Marion I and Maid Marion II rafted up for Summer Sailstice. Tim has won the extra-long EasyStow Fender, plus a 2GB Chart from Navionics and a Mantus Anchors Tshirt and Bottle Opener.
Second Place goes to Michelle Dial and Chad Duplantis who sent in photos of Spindrift Sailing Club's Summer Sailstice raft up on Lake Oologah, Claremore, Oklahoma. Michelle and Chad win a set of fenders from Polyform US, plus a Navionics App and a Mantus Anchors Tshirt.
Third Place - Lorie Eadie wins a Navionics App, a 1-year subscritpion to Cruising Outpost, and a Mantus Anchors Tshirt.
Fourth Place - Kim Dumas from West Coast Mulithulls wins a Navionics App, a 1-year subscritpion to Cruising Outpost.
Fifth Place - Gary Kirkham wins a Navionics App - perhaps it will help him find his club's 2018 Summer Sailstice Raft Up!
RESTORE AN OLD SAIL BOAT
This year's boat restoration contest drew several excellent entries with almost every decade of the 1900 represented. The great variety of boats and jobs required to keep them afloat gave our judges a big job in determining the winners. Along with the work involved in each project, judges considered the quailty and quantity of detail and photos submitted.
1st - James Bender - 1924 Gajeta Falkuša - 'Vinca' - James wins a can of Peek Polish, a tube of McLube Speed Polish or Conditioner, ShipShapePro Boat App, Cape Hatteras Marine Boarding Mat, 1-year subscription to Good Old Boat Magazine.
2nd - Dean Hinton - 1970 Ericson 32’ ‘Vivant’ - McLube Speed Polish or Conditioner, ShipShapePro Boat App, Cape Hatteras Marine boarding mat, 1-year subscription to Good Old Boat Magazine.
3rd - Michael Angell - 1975 Mirror Dinghy - McLube Polish or Conditioner, ShipShapePro Boat App, 1-year subscription to Good Old Boat Magazine.
4th - Connie Polk - 1982 Celebrity ‘Zephyr' - ShipShapePro Boat App, 1-year subscription to Good Old Boat Magazine.
5th - Sooke Sailing Association - 19ft Rhodes O'Day ‘Whisper’/1962 Richardson Aqua Craft (Submitted by Gord Fulcher) - ShipShapePro Boat App, 1-year subscription to Good Old Boat Magazine.
6th - Eriksen Digman - 1959 Flying 15 ‘Amaryllis' - Navionics App
7th - Carol Ringdahl - Erik Ringdahl's 1938 Lightning 'Viking II' - Navionics App
8th - Gary Kirkham - ‘Mr Marvin’s New Boat’ - Navionics App
SUMMER SAILSTICE PHOTO COMPETITION
How good are the photos from this year's Summer Sailstice? We received 134 photos! There were sunsets, whales, deck views, sails, sailors... the list is too long to give them all a mention, just as the number of photos is too great to fit on this page and for everyone to win a prize. So here are the top 'LIKED' photos as per your judging on Facebook. Where we had more than one photo with equal votes, our in-house judges made the final decision.
1st - Douglas Carrell: "June sunrise in San Diego prior to a great sailstice day of sailing!" - Douglas wins a copy of Sally-Christine Rodgers' Convergence - A Voyage Through French Polynesia and a 2GB Custom Chart from Navionics
2nd - Gary Kirkham - "LCYC pirate Marvin Arnold snapped this photo of the full moon rising over Canyon Dam.#sailstice17— at Canyon Dam." - Gary (or Marvin) wins Sally-Christine Rodgers' Convergence - A Voyage Through French Polynesia
3rd - James & Barbara Cole - "We took the picture of our boat anchored in the Wayag Islands in Raja Ampat, Indonesia." - James & Barbara win a 2017 and 2018 Ultimate Sailing Calendar.
4th - Angelo Gurreri - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine and a Mantus Anchors Bottle Opener
5th - Bill Beglin - "Sunrise on Brookville" - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine
6th - Jennifer Bolstad - "#summersailstice on the recently restored Estrellita" - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine
7th - Cleveland Race Week, Lake Erie, Ohio. Hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club Inc. - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine
8th - Deneen Taylor - "Strong winds on the bay for#SummerSailstice" - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine
9th - Terri Manok - "My Church" - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine
10th - Mel Ellison: "Returning to the dock in Alameda at sunset after a day of sailing…" - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine
11th - Bruce Krupke - "Schroon Lake Hobie Cat Regatta in June, Schroon Lake, NY." - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine
12th - The photo of Summer Sailstice founder, John Arndt, at Encinal Yacht Club, CA, was pretty popular, but we know John can't win. Sorry John! So instead, we awarded John's placing to Otto Afandor who scored an equal 12th for his photo - 'Women on the Water' Lake Townsend, Brown Summitt, NC. - One-year subscription to Blue Water Sailing Magazine
A great big THANK YOU to everyone for your entries and participation in Summer Sailstice 2017.
And a great big THANK YOU to our Sponsors and Prize Donors for helping us to demonstrate to the world, the fun to be had through sailing.