Posted by: svwindward | 2019-06-20

Summer Sailstice Overnight, Sat Jun 22 2019

While Friday is the actual Summer Solstice – the longest daylight of the year, as the earth’s axis is most directly tilted toward the Sun – Saturday June 22 we’ll celebrate the Summer Sailstice, an informal event at which saily folks do away-from-the-dock boaty things in watery places.

This year’s event will be a relaxed, informal, family-friendly day sail and overnight raftup, anchored or tied off in a secure cove.

What’s in it for you? Some good sailing and a great evening under the stars (or clouds). Need something more tangible? Sign up at the Summer Sailstice site https://www.summersailstice.com/2019/event/windwards-watauga-lake-sailing-summer-sailstice-celebration and be eligible for their prize drawing.

It’s a BYOE (bring your own everything) – your food, beverages, stories, boat, porta-potty…   It’s quite common to share some or all of the first three, though.  Apart from something to eat and somewhere to sleep, all you’ll need is a good attitude, some fenders and dock lines, possibly a suitable anchor and rode (talk to me if you are not sure), the ability to come up alongside another boat without ramming it, ideally a VHF radio, a jaunty swagger in your stride and a song in your heart.

If you want to come raft up but have no experience doing so, don’t sweat it.  We can talk you in and help secure your boat. No overnight experience needed!

Communication is best on VHF.  Hail on 16 (Windward, Windward, Windward, this is .  Respond and switch to 6-8), working on 68, alternate 69 if 68 is tied up.

Actual raft-up location won’t be determined until Saturday, due to weather, projected boat density, what areas are already occupied, whim of Windward’s skipper, etc,  but plan on someplace east of the marina, west of the bridge, with enough space to accommodate those planning to raft, plus the few others who decide all spur-of-the-moment like that it sounds like fun and they can maybe wait to wash their hair until Sunday night, thus freeing them up to attend.  We may be anchored, shore-tied or a combination of the two.

Even for informal events some planning is useful, so if you think you might be coming email me at windward@lizards.net to let me know either “see you there” or “maybe” or “I’m interested but nervous” so I can narrow down suitable sites.

Fair Winds,
Jeff, s/v Windward

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