Sailing in Strange Times

March 19, 2020 by Nicki Bennett

Yet Spring is here. Summer is coming. Post your sailing plans!

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the spring equinox. The day when daylight and darkness reach equal points and the journey to longer days begins. During these uncertain times, we think everyone on the planet could use more light, both literally and figuratively.

Spring is when winter begins to thaw and we plant the seeds that will bloom as warmth and light reemerge. Spring is also the time sailors begin to work on their boats and make preparations for the season ahead, while in the south, they begin to wrap up their seasons.

Washed Up Yacht Club Celebrates Summer Sailstice 

People across the globe are being asked to stay in their homes for weeks to come.

Here at Summer Sailstice we are looking ahead, working from home and hunkered down until the shelter-in-place regulations are lifted.

To sail together in June we must shelter at home now.
It's inconvenient but critical: we see staying at home and limiting our social interactions to be powerful, important actions citizens must take together to help our communities combat the spread of this virus. These times present us with opportunities to change our perspective, take stock of what is important, get out in nature and plant seeds for the future. Our action now will make sailing possible later.

What else can we do as a sailing community?

Plan a Summer Sailstice Event! 

June is not that far away, and we could all use something to look forward to. This is a great time to dream up and plan sailing adventures. Call your friends, email your yacht club members, text your boat neighbors. Set up events together and let's make the 20th Anniversary of Summer Sailstice one to remember!

If the weather allows, go sailing!
If prudently possible take a break outside, on your boat, and far away from others. It will do wonders for your mental and physical health. We also suggest staying in contact with your sailing community and thinking outside of the box, perhaps, virtual meetups or you can join a friend in a virtual sail! Let’s get creative!

Empty the Marinas on June 20th!
To get ready we encourage you to work on your boats and support the marina industry. Call your local canvas shop, boat yard, rigger, etc. to see if they are open. Many marine businesses are small independently run shops that can work on your boat without you needing to be there. If you have work that needs to be done, it is a great time to support the marine businesses that support us year-round.

Join the 20th Celebration of Summer Sailstice and Plan your Event Today!

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