The people who put on the international celebration of all things sailing — the Summer Sailstice — have partnered with the Ocean Conservancyto develop a virtual circumnavigation promoting ocean preservation.
Regardless of where in the world sailors are this summer, they can participate in the Summer Sailstice celebration and make a donation to the conservancy associated with each mile they sail, a news release says. The goal is for all participating boats to log a combined total of 26,000 miles, the equivalent of a global circumnavigation.
“Just imagine, with 2,600 boats sailing 10 miles each on the Summer Sailstice weekend … sailors can come together to sail a combined lap around the world,” Summer Sailstice founder John Arndt says in the release. “If each boat raises just $1 per mile, sailors will be contributing $26,000 to the valuable programs sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.”
This summer the Summer Sailstice will take place June 23 and 24, the weekend closest to the solstice, the release says. To participate, sailors can sign up on the Summer Sailstice Web siteand log their miles there so others can see their plans for the solstice.
“The Ocean Conservancy has worked for over 30 years to protect the environment sailors enjoy every day, making this important organization an ideal partner in our continued efforts to support a clean and healthy sailing environment for all sailors,” Arndt says in the release.
— Jason Fell