Sailstice Raftup Fun and Music on West River

 Tiki Barbarians rock the West River June 21. Photo by Molly Winans/ SpinSheet

A dreary forecast (that proved wrong) and some cloud cover did not mess up the June 21 Summer Sailstice fun on the West River for a couple dozen boats of all sizes and shapes. A schooner, a ketch or two, many sloops, a big ole powercat, powerboats, a variety of dinghies (a few sail-powered), kayaks, a sailyak with pedals, and one paddleboard completed the fleet of folks gathered to listen to live music by the Tiki Barbarians.

Here's a 38-second video clip taken from a paddleboard in between the two rafts!

A dozen boats in the main raft faced six or so in the music raft with dinghy "ferry" services going in between... as well as quite a few outlying boats anchored at a distance for privacy but still there for the fun. Sailors mixed and mingled and traveled up and down the raftup introducing themselves to each other and swapping stories and refreshments.

What a festive, fabulous way to celebrate the longest day of the year and the true beginning of summer. Thanks to the Tiki Barbarians who put on a great show--and traveled all the way down after their gig at Eastport A'Rockin'. Thanks to Bobby at Cruise Annapolis for the Dark n Stormies--they made paddleboarding back to the boat more interesting!