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Desert Sailors of the Sailstice

February 27, 2023 by Heather Breaux
Sunset at the marina on Utah Lake, UT

This year, Todd is planning one of the "most anticipated 'social sails' of the year, Sailin' the Snowpack for the 2023 Sailstice Celebration. All Utah sailors are invited to join the public event sailing across Utah Lake from the Provo Marina to the Pelican Bay Marina. There will be music, sailor lore, and a candlelight potluck - if you're in the Provo area near Utah Lake, look up the Bonneville School of Sailing and Seamanship and check out their Sailstice event page Sailin' the Snowpack for more info to join the world wide sailor's holiday celebrating the summer solstice out on the water.

Todd founded the Bonneville School back in 2007 with his wife, Louise. They offer US Sailing certification programs. He has quite a sailing resume, with his sailing career beginning as a kid in 1964 with the pieces of a disassembled wood outhouse which he assembled into the loose shape of a sailboat. This year, he's planning to sail something a bit more seaworthy on Utah Lake, owner of the Hau Kea, a 25' Catalina. Their school offers racing clinics, social cruises, and seminars on passage-making and celestial navigation. They even offer free public Winter Sailing Seminars when our lakes freeze over.

2015 Bonneville sailors at it again!
The more the merrier, from the Bonneville School of Sailing and Seamanship

These aren't the only desert sailors! In 2022, Quincey Cummings and Mitchell Andrus were featured as Sailstice ambassadors. Their homeport is Park City, Utah and both are accomplished sailors who have been living on boats and teaching sailing for over ten years. Currently based in sunny Ventura, they plan to cruise Mexico and the Sea of Cortez in 2023. Read more about qmtravels: our sailstice ambassadors for inspiration. 

Quincey and Mitchell on their Kelly Peterson 46
Quincey and Mitchell on their Kelly Peterson 46. Follow along with SV Esprit on their site, qmtravels!

Not far from Provo, UT you'll find Sail Park City at Jordanelle State Park hosting Summer Sailstice events too! They participated in 2022 with a their Sail-a-Palooza day of fun. Lots of boats were out sailing, including Rhodes 19s, Optimists, RS Tera's and more! They coordinated a BBQ, and open house too.

sailing broad reach
Sailing fun with Sail Park City


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