CALIFORNIA 2021 – For the 21st anniversary of Summer Sailstice a new role of Sailstice ambassador has been created to allow sailing leaders to grow connection and participation within their designated sailing circle. The role is created for anyone who’d like to connect more people with sailing or more boats to their fleet, club or sailing organization.
Unlike many ambassador roles there is no large, campaign contribution required. If you’re active in a particular class, like ambassador Ros De Vries of the San Francisco Bay Area Santa Cruz 27 fleet, you simply fill out the brief application on the Summer Sailstice website. After applying ambassadors will be posted on the Sailstice site, get access to share their fleet stories and organizing tools, plus the first 50, will receive a free, 2021 Summer Sailstice fleet burgee. The ambassador program is for anyone who communicates regularly to a group of sailors in a fleet newsletter, cruising club blog or social media group.
Additional ambassadors include Milly Biller for the 110 class, Gail Turluck for the Sunfish class, Jack Patton and Sonya David for liveaboard cruisers, Chirstine Weaver with the Delta Fleet, and Marc Meyer a Pintail sailor and club member in Michigan. Anyone can apply. The Summer Sailstice website is there to help these event organizers to connect their local or worldwide sailing community.
“Every class of sailboat creates its own unique bond amongst its fleet members,” says Sailstice founder, John Arndt, “Telling someone you grew up sailing on an E Scow, an Ensign, cruised a Westsail 32 or started on a Sabot creates an instant connection. Each class has an association which looks to build upon those connections. It can be difficult when fleet members are scattered across the seven seas but Summer Sailstice helps fleets sail ‘together’ even if they can’t all be together. Class ambassadors will be those people who help everyone connect to sail locally, while they celebrate globally.”
Summer Sailstice is celebrated annually on the closest Saturday to the solstice. Gathering together is not required to sail ‘together’. Like 2020, global health conditions may require conditional participation but ambassadors will be asking their sailing community to #raiseyoursails with friends or on their own as they join the world to start the summer sailing ‘together’ on June 19th. Become an ambassador here: https://summersailstice.com/ambassadors
Who: Sailors and non-sailors worldwide
When: June 19, 2021
Where: Global (wherever there’s wind, water and sails)
How: Register at www.summersailstice.com, add your sailing plans and invite others to join your event. All registered participants are automatically entered into the draw for prizes.
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