Summer Sailstice, the worldwide celebration of sailing that seeks to unite the global sailing community to do something fun and beneficial for the oceans, and Sailors for the Sea, a Newport, RI-based nonprofit organization that educates and engages the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans, are challenging sailors to collectively sail a symbolic circumnavigation of the globe during the 14th annual Summer Sailstice on June 21, 2014.
The global goal is for participating boats to sail a collective 26,000 miles, the equivalent of a circumnavigation. “My goal is for 2,600 boats to sail ten miles each with every boat pledging just $1 per mile,” said John Arndt, Summer Sailstice organizer. “Together, sailors will contribute $26,000 to Sailors for the Sea’s ocean conservation programs.”
Founded in 2001 to connect the global sailing community in a fun, multi-location sailing holiday on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, Summer Sailstice annually connects over 19,000 sailors all over the world – cruisers, racers and daysailors – to celebrate life under sail. Registration at summersailstice.com is free, and sailors can share their sailing plans, recruit crew, post stories, invite others to join their Summer Sailstice event, and gain a chance to win great prizes. All sailors are encouraged to sail ‘together’ wherever they are on the planet and contribute to ocean health. To sign up for Sailors for the Sea’s Summer Sailstice Fundraiser for Ocean Conservation, visit crowdrise.com/summersailstice.