Dan Krier of Marine Service Center has participated in all 15 Summer Sailstice celebrations starting in 2001 with their very first Pacific Northwest Jeanneau Rendezvous. The event has grown along with Summer Sailstice as an annual tradition for the Pacific Northwest Jeanneau fleet. The event captures what we hope Summer Sailstice does for sailors everywhere - a weekend to connect with friends locally while also connecting globally as we celebrate and share the magical world of sailing with the world. Dan sent in this quick recap of, what looks like another idyllic weekend of sailing. Thanks Dan!
Story and photos from Dan Krier of Marine Service Center:
We had an incredible Rendezvous with 37 boats attending and over 120 people, largest Rendezvous in our 15 year history. Have a look at the photos of our 2015 Summer Sailstice Jeanneau Parade of Yachts. We sailed in Guemes channel in absolutely perfect wind conditions and sunny skies. Jeff Jorgensen of Jeanneau America is in some of these shots wearing his Summer Sailstice garb while sailing on our stock Jeanneau 469 Performance.
Early secrets of sail trim revealed as Jeanneau's Jeff Jorgensen how to be a clew manager.
The 15th Annual Summer Sailstice Jeanneau Parade of yachts winner for this year was Larry & Beth Munns on a 2011 Jeanneau 42 Deck Salon named "Pearl Jem".
Larry & Beth getting the asym going after the weather mark.
Larry is currently a pilot for Southwest Airlines, former Commanding Officer of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and a graduate of the Naval Academy. The spinnaker colors are all Navy from the old Navy 44's. The Annual Parade is judged on several subjective factors, avg age of the crew, how many gybes you did, were you all in matching Rendezvous t's, elapsed time on the parade route, any bribes for the judges etc. This year my good friend Chuck Skewes of Ullman Sails San Diego/ Pacific Northwest did a fantastic morning seminar at the Rendezvous called "Unlocking Sail Trim". I made Chuck an honorary judge and he was in a chase boat coaching owners on what they had learned in the morning. Chuck said hands down Larry & Beth Munns applied what they learned in the morning seminars and had the best sail trim of the parade which helped them to win the coveted Summer Sailstice Burgee and Summer Sailstice hats.
Chuck shared his secrets of sail trim with the gathered rendevous participants.
Then took to the water to see who was paying attention!
Thanks again for sending up the Sailstice gear and creating such a great holiday and event for sailors. We are so happy to be part of this and the 15 year tradition of Pacific Northwest CAN/AM Jeanneau Rendezvous / Summer Sailstice. Here's to another 15 years and beyond!
Dan Krier and crew give a shout out to Summer Sailstice and 15 years of celebrating with Jeanneau.
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What's wrong with this picture? Nothing - all looks pretty perfect!
Jeff Jorgensen demonstrates the critical 'sipping downwind' sail trim style.