20 Jun 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.
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.”
Summer 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.
|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|
|A Sailboat In The Moonlight||Billie Holliday|
|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|
|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 Vibe||Walk Off The Earth|
|Summer Wind||Frank Sinatra|
|Summer’s Here||James Taylor|
|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|
|Sunshine Reggae||Laid Back|
|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