Public can cruise at yacht club ‘Sailstice’

Experience a taste of sailing on a Newport Yacht Club boat Saturday, June 22. (Photos courtesy Newport Yacht Club)

NEWPORT — Cling to a lanyard and heel to starboard, mate, as the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club welcomes the return of summer to the northern latitudes with the 4th Annual Summer Sailstice Sailebration on June 22. 

This event takes place on the closest Saturday to the Summer Solstice — the longest Saturday of the year. The club offers the community a free chance to experience a taste of sailing on one of the member’s boats for an hour, from noon until 5 p.m., with the last trip at 4 p.m. 

Yacht club spokesman Mike Fulmore reported that trips are dependent on favorable weather and available space, of course. Children over five are welcome as long as they have a well-fitting Coast Guard-approved life vest and are accompanied by their parents. Nearby Englund Marine and other marine supply stores including Walmart, Fred Meyer and Newport Ace Hardware carry USGA-approved life vests.

Sign-ups begin at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse, located at 750 SW Bay Blvd.

“The club apologizes that there are no advance reservations, it’s first come, first served,” Fulmore noted.

Starting at 5 p.m., there is a party at the clubhouse featuring the sublime blues sounds of the Lloyd Jones Quartet. Jones recently returned from recording a new CD in Nashville, which will be the eighth disc for this award-winning musician. Barbecue dinner, beer and wine will be available, along with a silent auction. The music starts at 6 p.m.

All profits will go to support Youth Sailing programs at the club, though unfortunately the party is adults only due to OLCC regulations. More information can be found at yaquinabayyachtclub.org/summer-sailstice.html

Purchase advance tickets at Bier 1, 424 SW Coast Hwy. in Newport for $12, $15 day of the show.  Dinner and adult beverages are “extra-reasonably priced.”

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