Social Networking Boosts Summer Sailstice

Celebrating Sailing on the longest day of the Year. "At Sea" for our June 25, 2009, CW Reckonings

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The 9th Annual Summer Sailstice weekend on 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.

"In this difficult economic environment, Summer Sailstice 2009 exceeded our expectations," commented Summer Sailstice founder John Arndt. "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." Participation globally remains as high as last year, and participants began using community networking sites including Facebook, YouTube, Yelp and Flickr to share the fun."

Summer Sailstice is the global holiday celebrating sailing, held annually on the summer solstice and the weekend closest to it, the longest sailing days of the year. This international event was founded in 2001 to connect the global sailing community in a fun, creative, and participative sailing holiday. Every year, Summer Sailstice connects nearly 16,000 sailors all over the world-from cruisers to racers to recreational-to celebrate the joy they experience on the water under sail. Summer Sailstice has expanded to include participants from Asia-Pacific, across the Americas to Europe. For more information, please visit