Summer Sailstice will mark 12th year

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From Shanghai to San Francisco, sailors around the world will celebrate the 12th annual Summer Sailstice on the weekend of June 23. Traditionally held the weekend closest to the summer solstice, this global celebration of sailing invites all sailors to sail together regardless of where or what they sail.

Every year, new events join the celebration. “Milwaukee Bay comes alive with sailboats thanks to Summer Sailstice," says Bill Mosher, board member of Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, which holds its event on Lake Michigan with almost 800 participants.

Like sailors on Milwaukee Bay, participants are creating their own local events with activities now occurring in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.

In 2012, for the third consecutive year, Summer Sailstice will again commit to Sailors for the Sea in support of healthy oceans. Summer Sailstice sailors help by pledging funds like 2004 Olympian Carol Cronin who, in 2011, pledged $10 per mile sailed on the Sailstice. At www.summersailstice.com, sailors can sign up for free and create Sailstice events, recruit crew, post stories, win prizes and learn about other sailing events being organized in their area.