Summer Sailstice event kicks off summer

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The ninth annual Summer Sailstice weekend June 20-21 increased worldwide awareness of this international sailing holiday among both mainstream sailors and the sailing media, expanding virally through social networking, and deepening Summer Sailstice traditions with continued strong participation by the general public, according to organizers.

"In this difficult economic environment, Summer Sailstice 2009 exceeded our expectations. This year’s event was clearly a blast for thousands of sailors around the world who once again celebrated with some new traditions associated with their holiday," said Summer Sailstice founder John Arndt. "Participation globally remains as high as last year, while this year mainstream media covered the Sailstice even more comprehensively and more actively, and participating sailors began using community networking sites including Facebook, YouTube, Yelp and Flickr to share the fun."

Based on individual boats, multi-boat races, and flotillas registered at www.summersailstice.com, the number of boats sailing on the Sailstice surpassed 3,900. With a conservative average of four sailors per boat, an estimated 15,600 sailors participated in this year’s Summer Sailstice across all 50 U.S. states, Europe, and Asia Pacific based on site registrations.

Photos and videos were posted at www.flickr.com/groups/summersailstice and on YouTube.