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John Arndt: Ambassador

January 5, 2021 by Nicki Bennett

John Arndt is not just an ordinary Ambassador-- though none of our ambassadors are ordinary! John is the founder of Summer Sailstice. Without John's passion for sharing sailing and growing it world-wide, Summer Sailstice would not be what it is, or what it means to so many sailors. 

Tell us a bit about yourself! 

I grew up in a sailing family and learned to sail from my parents on the coast of Maine. I've sailed/owned a Snark, Turnabout, Laser, 420, Rhodes 19, Ensign and also cruised from Maine to Venezuela and back, through the Caribbean islands, sailed the Mediterranean, the English Channel, the French canals chartered the South Pacific and owned a Ranger 33 on San Francisco Bay for 18 years. Lots of racing from childhood until now. We have recently purchased a 1989 Sabre 38 Mk II and are sadly selling our Ranger 33. 

What is your favorite color? 


Preferred type of sailing: 

Love it all.

Boat Make: 

Sabre 38 Mk II

Boat Length: 


Boat Name: 



Tiburon, CA

Favorite Point of Sail: 

Broad Reach

How long have you been sailing? 

64 years

What do you love about sailing?

Freedom, escape and connection to nature, the planet and the people with whom I'm sailing.

How long have you been participating in Summer Sailstice? 

20 years

What are your Summer Sailstice plans for 2021?

Planning to sail Finistere on San Francisco Bay.

Are you a part of any sailing clubs, fleets or organizations? 

Corinthian Yacht Club

Why do you want to be a Summer Sailstice Ambassador?

Ha - I founded it! And I want the whole world to discover sailing and all go sailing 'together' at the start of summer on the longest Saturday of the year.

How do you plan to promote Summer Sailstice? 

Email, social, friends and family and Latitude 38.

Who is your sailing hero?

Robin Lee Graham.

What is your bucket list sailing trip? 

Open ended cruise

Favorite Sailing Movie? 


Catch up with John here at Summer Sailstice, and don’t miss the sailing news from his other venture, Latitude 38.

JA Sailing
John at the helm of his Ranger 33 SV Summer Sailstice. 
JA daughters
John's daughter sailing on the Bay on Summer Sailstice 2020.
Summer Sailstice
SV Summer Sailstice sailing on the San Francisco city front. 
Leslie Arndt
John's wife Leslie participating in the 2020 YRA of SF Bay Photo Treasure Hunt. 


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