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The Races of Summer Sailstice

June 12, 2014 by jarndt
The Races of Summer Sailstice

Sailstice Race Report: As you can see from our events page, many clubs and classes take advantage of the solstice weekend to host summer racing. As we come closer to the finish line for Summer Sailstice 2014, we are keeping track of the variety of races posted - from the most competitive bluewater sailing races to those that might not even qualify as competition if they didn’t put the word ‘race’ right up front.

In fact, one race doesn’t even require sails! Wait, what?! The "No Race Race at the Great Lakes Yacht Club" is hosting the event as a low-barrier first step onto the water. At the other end of the spectrum is one of the world’s most challenging and revered yacht races, the 635-mile Newport-Bermuda race run from Newport, RI to St. David’s light in Bermuda. It’s been run 48 times on every other year since 1906.

Below is a selection of race events now appearing on the Summer Sailstice site which, to the non-sailing world, gives a pretty good perspective on the world of sailing. It’s a ‘weekend-in-the-life-of-sailing’ view to help the sailing community demonstrate the best of all that sailing has to offer. Big-boat offshore to collegial afternoons on the local pond.

The Newport-Bermuda race has been run for 106 years on the third weekend in June.  Great timing!  Lots of sunlight, warm breezes and a fabulous time to be on the way to and in Bermuda! 

Destination, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

The Nahant Dory Club will host a summer ‘Frost Bite’ race in Nahant, MA.  It's summertime but the Dory Club doesn't let warm temperatures prevent them from chilling on Massachusetts Bay.

The Nahant Yacht Club another great sailing destination and race host.

The Charleston Ocean Racing Associastion (CORA), has a full schedule of racing beyond their supremely successful Charleston Race Week including their annual Summer Sailstice event on Charleston Harbor. 

The No Race Race, from the Great Lakes Yacht Club is in the 'keep it simple camp.'  The're hosting an open house and the No Race, Race at the Great Lakes Marina, located aboard Naval Station Great Lakes, IL. The No Race, Race is a no sails required event open to Naval Station personnel using any type of watercraft. It is designed to get people out on the water and familiarize them with the yacht club and the base marina.

The Lake Delta Yacht Club in Rome, NY has been participating in the Sailstice since 2005.  Lightnings, Sunfish and burgers, beers and awards.  All the ingrediants for a great day of sailing and celebrating.  

Yes, we still have a picture from Lake Delta YC's first celebration in 2005!

Konocti Bay Sailing Club is holding the 3rd annual Three Island Fiasco Sailboat Race on Clear Lake in California. 

Clipper Round-the-World Race Back to the more challenging side of celebrating sailing.  The fleet of 12 Clipper boats will be just about finishing their North Atlantic crossing on June 21 and nearing the end of their 40,000 mile race.  That will be cause for celebration!  

The Corinthian Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay will be hosting a J/105 one-design invitational.  

The Gulfport Pensacola Race - 100nm from Gulfport MS to Pensacola FL

Offshore, inland, just-for-fun or high-powered grand prize racing.  It's all going on somewhere on Summer Sailstice.  See something you want to join?  If you sift through all the sailing events on Summer Sailstice you'll find racing is not just for the uber competitive.  You can throttle up and go for the gold or throttle back and enjoy the No Race Race.  If you're hosting a race on Summer Sailstice weekend, make sure you post it here.


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