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Summer Sailstice Slated for Saturday-Sunday, June 18-19

It's all about having fun and celebrating sailing on Summer Sailstice.
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ALEXANDRIA. VA, May 23, 2016 – For the past 15 years, there’s been one weekend of the year that sailors gather to celebrate and share their passion for sailing. In 2016, the global annual celebration, “Summer Sailstice” will take place on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 uniting nearly 19,000 sailors with a schedule of local events that encourage the community to join in on the fun and celebrate sailing. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is a sponsor of the event, which is always held the weekend nearest the summer solstice.

Said Founder John Arndt, “Grow your fleet, grow your club, grow sailing. There's no one right way to do it – offer a race, a cruise, daysail or rendezvous. Summer Sailstice is a great weekend mix of bonding, community outreach, and sharing the passion for sailing.”

There is no cost to host an event and boat and yacht clubs, sailing clubs, schools, and fleets can set up one at summersailstice.com/event-organizing-help Events can be public or private, and you can sign up a regular club event, create a special event or just go for a sail or win a prize – including an Unlimited Towing Membership from BoatUS. Almost 5,000 boats are expected to participate.

To find an event near you, go to summersailstice.com/events. In upstate New York, Saratoga Lake Sailing Club will be offering free sails on Saratoga Lake to introduce people to the sport of sailing, with no experience necessary. Jeanneau sailboat owners will be headed to their rendezvous at Poet's Cove on Pender Island, British Columbia. The Muncie Sailing Club in Indianapolis, Indiana is hosting the “Call of the Conch” Funny Man Regatta with presumably a hidden start line and ‘bendable’ rules, while the Mark Twain Lake Sailing Association in Missouri is celebrating Summer Sailstice with the annual “Commodore’s Cup,” inviting all in the local community to participate as crew and enjoy post race festivities.

For more information, go to summersailstice.com.

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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating 50 years in 2016, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

About Summer Sailstice Founder John Arndt:

John Arndt is Associate Publisher at Latitude 38, a premier West Coast sailing publication. John spent three years on the Northern California Marine Association Board and six years on the Sail America Board. John learned to sail from his parents who taught him in small boats (Snark, Turnabout, Penguin, 420, Rhodes 19) on the Maine coast and has continued to sail ever since then. John’s lifelong passion for sailing has involved thousands of miles of racing and cruising, plus 25 years spent professionally in the sailing industry. His sailing experience includes several Bermuda races, One Design racing, Collegiate racing, two winter seasons cruising the Caribbean, sailing in Europe and the Mediterranean plus lots of sunny afternoon sails aboard all kinds of boats in San Francisco Bay.