Summer Sailstice (& your summer solstice playlist)

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Summer Sailstice (& your summer solstice playlist)

When you live for summer, the summer solstice is a big deal. It’s the official start of summer and the longest day of the year. It’s always one of our favorite days to be on the water, and we’re not alone. There’s a special event for sailors to celebrate the season: Summer Sailstice.

About the summer solstice

But first, a little about the summer solstice. It occurs on the day the earth’s poles are tilted closest to the sun. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, that’s usually between June 20 – 22 (the southern hemisphere has its winter solstice at this time). The summer solstice marks the beginning of astrological summer.summer solstice

In Latin, solstice means “sun standing still” – a reference to the fact that the sun appears to linger at its highest point in the sky for the year at midday on the summer solstice. Humans throughout history have celebrated the solstice with rituals such as bonfires and ceremonial dances to mark the passage of the seasons. Which takes us to the celebration of summer and sailing – the Summer Sailstice.

Sailing + solstice = Sailstice!

Summer Sailstice began in 2001 as an annual worldwide celebration of sailing held on the weekend nearest the summer solstice. Founded by John Arndt, publisher of sailing magazine Latitude 38, the stated mission of Summer Sailstice is inspire a weekend of sailing events that celebrate sailing and help bring new people to the sport. In Arndt’s words, “The simple but audacious idea is to have the whole world signed up and sailing on the first summer weekend.”

MONICA BUG_3_blue_0Summer Sailstice is not just one event; it’s a whole weekend designated for doing sailing related things, wherever you happen to be. On the weekend of June 23 and 24 many sailing schools, yacht clubs, sailing organizations and all kinds of other groups who love sailing will be either organizing a Summer Sailstice event or participating in one. In a way, we’re all out sailing together.

How do you get involved? You can start by checking out the Summer Sailstice website for events near you. Sign up on the site to share where and how you plan to sail this weekend. You can even create your own event, but the simple idea is just to get more people out sailing.

To celebrate the Summer Sailstice, we put together a playlist that expresses our joy in all things sunny, summer and sailing. Queue this up for on-the-water summer vibes or your post-sailing enjoyment. Either way, summer feels are guaranteed.

You can listen here by clicking on any of the songs in the list, or subscribe to the playlist on Spotify. And for you music nerds out there, here’s the complete list in alphabetical order by song.

Summer Sailstice – Summer Solstice Playlist

Song Artist
All Summer Long The Beach Boys
Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes
The Boys Of Summer Don Henley
El Mismo Sol Alvaro Soler & Jennifer Lopez
Feels Like Summer Weezer
Good Day Sunshine The Beatles
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
Here Comes The Sun The Beatles
Hot Fun In The Summertime Sly & The Family Stone
In The Summertime Mungo Jerry
Long Hot Summer Keith Urban
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra
Sail Away Flipsyde
A Sailboat In The Moonlight Billie Holliday
Sailing Christopher Cross
Sail Into The Sun Gentleman Hall
Sail On, Sailor The Beach Boys
Saturday Sun Vance Joy
Set Sail The Movement
Smooth Sailin’ Leon Bridges
Soak Up The Sun Sheryl Crow
The Sound of Sunshine Michael Franti & Spearhead
Steal My Sunshine Len
A Summer Song Chad & Jeremy
A Summer Thing Cayucas
Summer Calvin Harris
The Summer Josh Pyke
Summer Breeze Seals & Crofts
Summer Day Sheryl Crow
Summer Fever Little Big Town
Summer Nights John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
Summer Sun Koop
Summer Vibe Walk Off The Earth
Summer Wind Frank Sinatra
Summer’s Here James Taylor
Summertime Kenny Chesney
Summertime The Mowglis
Summertime Sam Cooke
Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
Summertime Is Calling Me C. Vaughn Leslie & Boys Night Out
Summertime Is In Our Hands Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Sun Portugal, The Man
Sun Is Shining Bob Marley & The Wailers
Sunny Afternoon The Kinks
Sunrise Norah Jones
Sunshine Reggae Laid Back
Sunshine Superman Donovan
Sweet Summertime  The Movement
Thank God For The Summertime Ben Rector
Those Hazy, Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer Nat King Cole
Walkin’ On The Sun Smash Mouth
Walking On Sunshine Katrina & The Waves


Happy summer, happy solstice, happy Sailstice, and happy sailing!

Did you enjoy this playlist? If so, check this out: Sailing Songs – The Ultimate Sailor’s Playlist