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Sailors join forces to create the world's largest celebration of sailing

Once a year, the world's largest sailing celebration takes place on a body of water near you. Join the world for the 10th Summer Sailstice, an annual global celebration of sailing on the longest sailing weekend of the year. Sailors everywhere are invited to start the summer sailing season by hoisting their sails for a ceremonial sail on the solstice weekend of June 19/20.

The 10th anniversary Sailstice starts on June 19th as the sun rises over the international dateline in the Pacific. The goal is to get as many sailboats in as many time zones possible on the water over a 24-hour period. As the sun rises, and sails are hoisted around the world, everyone is encouraged to take a picture and sound a blast as the sun crosses their local solar noon. Last year, almost 4,000 sailboats and 15,000 sailors around the globe celebrated Summer Sailstice.

To participate in this year's event, sailors can sign up for free at www.summersailstice. com and then use the site to make plans for public or private celebrations, recruit crew, post stories and learn about other Sailstice events being organized in their areas. From kite board and foiling moth, to tall ship and blue water cruiser, there are so many ways to get on the water under sail.

Summer Sailstice participants get a chance to win one of over 400 great prizes donated by The Moorings, Hunter Marine, West Marine, Hobie, Harken, Woodenboat and many other marine business favorites. One lucky, grandprize winner will enjoy a fabulous oneweek charter, donated by The Moorings, to the British Virgin Islands.

In addition, sailors can commit to preserving the world's oceans by contributing to Sailors for the Sea for every mile sailed on Summer Sailstice.

Sailors should plan to sail locally and celebrate globally as they join the whole world sailing! For more information and to sign up visit www.summersailstice. com.