Sponsored by the Wine Kitchen Supporting Color on the Creek
STARGAZER I was made in the back of a coleman jon boat in 2016 as the first and only boat in Sailing Through the Winter Solstice.
She also wore the name USS Hamster in honor of Jason Kremers who had deployed to Iraq that winter.
Sponsored by The Wine Kitchen and Mayer BB&T bank she served for four years in the growing arctic sailing armada. The Wine Kitchen now supports her namesake Stargazer II.
Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.