Weeklong Summer Sailstice Party To Be Held

May 20, 2013

[Written by Talbot Wilson] Where will you be a short month from now to celebrate Summer Sailstice? Smart, adventurous, fun-loving sailors along with their friends and families will be at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club in the sunny isles of Bermuda.

Crescendo finished just before dawn in 2009 under storm Trysail and a blade.:

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The Marion Bermuda Race starts June 14 and the prizes are given out at the Dinghy Club on June 22, the Summer Solstice. Then the gala dinner party starts. It is the finale to an exciting 645-mile cruising yacht race to Bermuda, where everyone will enjoy days of great Bermuda activities and be able to explore one of sailing’s finest destinations. For details visit here .

Summer Sailstice was founded in 2001 by John Arndt, as the global, annual celebration of sailing held on the summer solstice. The annual Summer Sailstice sailing event is free to all participants and has grown from 200 boats signed up in 2001 to almost 5,000 boats today.

This Crown & Anchor Board looks like a Goslings Special:

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Since many sailors join in the fun on many different boats, the actual number of Summer Sailstice sailors participating is estimated at almost 19,000 annually. Some 1500 of them will be in Bermuda at the RHADC celebrating Sailing as their passion.

In joining with Sailors for the Sea, Summer Sailstice strives to inform and mobilize sailors, their families and communities to enjoy and conserve the beauty of the oceans and while raising awareness of human impacts on the fragile marine environment and wildlife.

The St David’s Lighthouse finish line committee will host a party Monday, June 17 for early spectators for the Marion Bermuda Race.

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Come for the race and stay for the fun. It starts at St David’s Lighthouse in Bermuda on Monday June 17, as friends and family wait for their yachties to reach the island. While enjoying a famous Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy and spectacular Bermuda fish chowder, guests at the finish line tower might just witness the first boats approach Bermuda the finish at this historic location. Traditionally the Lighthouse Party is for race committee and volunteers, but this year all early race guests are graciously invited. Anyone agile enough may climb the tower and sight the finish line.

Traditional afternoon tea at 4PM with Margaret Fergusson, wife of His Excellency the Governor of Bermuda begins the week’s activities at the clubhouse on Hamilton Harbour. Tuesday it’s a fashion show luncheon, beachwear to flashy eveningwear. Where that show ends, the rum tasting begins with tasting and sippin’ some of Goslings’ finest.

Thursday Fishcake King Dale Butler gives a cooking demonstration of the daily lunch special — Bermuda Fishcakes. That evening it’s a Pig Roast by the water, a dance with the Gombeys to the cool sounds of the Steel Drums, and cold refreshments under the Stars.

David Frith Pipe Major of the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band plays the pipes and walks the docks as part of the traditional sunset ceremony at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.

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Friday’s activities turn physical and chancy. Start with Cricket lessons with a first hand, and light-hearted look at Bermuda’s other National Sport [sailing comes first]. The coach is former National Cricket Team Star batsman, Allen Richardson. Then, after lunch at the club, attention turns to the water for the ALL NEW Friends & Family Race. Enter in a random team J105 regatta around Hamilton Harbour or try your hand at the newest sailing sensation: the O’pen Bic!

Your luck is on the line Friday night at the Gosling’s Crown & Anchor party. Take a chance at Bermuda’s legal gaming tradition while cooling your nerves with a real Rum Swizzle, mixed by Gosling’s own in Sheila Gosling’s washing machine. Doing the wash has never been so intoxicating! It’s prizes, live music and good clean fun for all.

For Summer Solstice Saturday, it’s off to the beach for a special snorkeling expedition off of world-renowned Elbow Beach. Explore a shipwreck in a 2-hour snorkeling tour with Blue Water Divers. This is an adventure for all the swimmers in your family.

The Grand Finale is the Race Prizegiving, with spectacular prizes, followed by the Gala dinner. It’s fine dining, dancing and an all out final spin to wrap up a great week in Bermuda. Take a day off on Sunday to rest up for the trip home.

Within its colorful cover, a spectacular Willard Gordon Bond painting, are 98 pages of entertaining race stories, guides to the Marion area and all to see and do on Bermuda’s sunny isles, tips on sailing this traditional ocean race, the full land event schedule and Notice of Race.

Past Commodore of the RHADC Charles Dunstan announced a change in the social schedule that brings all of the race celebrations to the clubhouse and grounds on Hamilton Harbour. “The Prizegiving and Gala Dinner will be held on the grounds of RHADC this year.

“The new management team at the club, led by our General Manager Allen Walker, and Chef John, are very keen to strut their stuff and show what they can do. Depending on final entry numbers, the Prizegiving will be held on the upper terrace in front of the Club, or on the lower lawn at dock level. The Gala Dinner will be held on the Tennis Court, as it was in 2007.”

All in Bermuda are welcome to share in the post-race festivities. Learn more at the Marion Bermuda web site

- Photos ©SpectrumPhoto/Fran Grenon

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  1. John Arndt says:

    I sailed the Marion-Bermuda race three times in the 70s and loved every voyage. It’s part of what inspired Summer Sailstice. Everyone should be so lucky as to get to sail to Bermuda! Thanks for joining in a global celebration of sailing and have a fabulous year with the Marion-Bermuda race. Fair Winds, John