The Maritime Report: Summer Sailstice is coming!

The Maritime Report: Summer Sailstice is coming!

Dave Bloch

Welcome to our new Maritime Report! Every week in this space, The Alamedan will bring you news and comment of happenings on the waters that surround our Island city. Your reporter is currently the Staff Commodore of the Island Yacht Club located at Alameda Marina and serves on the City of Alameda America's Cup citizens advisory committee, so he tries to stay connected to everything happening on the water. Whether you have a boat or not, you'll learn more about what all those white boats are doing out there!

There's a huge family event coming up just about a week from now that will be fun and interesting for everyone! The SUMMER SAILSTICE is a global event that began in San Francisco with the simple goal of getting people out in boats. Sailstice takes place on the weekend closest to the summer solstice each year, so the 2012 event will be held on Saturday, June 23. Events are held around the world, and the Bay Area one is as close as you can get - at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina in Alameda!

The local event will have lots of activities for kids (EYC is very child-friendly with a big youth sailing program), including face-painting and a jumping house. See lots of boats, tour some of the bigger ones, and get free sailboat rides. There's a "Build a Boat" competition where teams have just a few hours to completely build a boat from scratch, get it into the water and race it.

A new part of Sailstice this year will be the "Estuary Stroll." Sailboat owners from around the Bay will be joining a circular parade route from EYC to Jack London Square from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with an aerial photo scheduled for 2 p.m. After all the stories of boats on the Thames River for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, you could see something even bigger right here.

There are photos from last year's Sailstice event at the Alameda Waterfront Website. Come out and enjoy the fun!

NEXT WEEK: Could a Community Sailing Center happen in Alameda? Learn more about the community meeting happening June 26!