Hundreds of people turned out to the inaugural 2015 Patriot Boating Days at York River Yacht Haven. Proceeds from games, events and activities benefited Folds of Honor, which supports the families of America’s fallen or disabled heroes by educating their legacy with scholarships. Leslie Morton and Sarah Clarkson took their children sailing along the York River under free boat rides led by David Chin of Virginia Maritime Ministries.
To quote the mission: “We owe them a debt we can never truly repay.” The mission continues, “Thousands of patriots like you are stepping forward to join our Squadron, making sure the educational aspirations of their spouses, sons and daughters live on.”
People ask, “Do you ever do charity sails?” Besides Folds of Honor, Let’s Go Sail donates to various charities in Williamsburg, James City and Gloucester. Perhaps the most poignant was a Make-A-Wish sail for a little girl who was nearly unconscious.
Sailing Past Big Ships
Stephanie and Rich Rahnama of Asburn, Virignia, took their family sailing among big ships on a beautiful day. As they cruised along the York River near Williamsburg, they first encountered a big Moran tugboat coming up toward the Coleman Bridge. Then another tug showed up and stood off near the bridge. Before long, a US Navy warship approached after transiting from Norfolk Naval Base. Check the video below to see how these tugs work.
Soon the USS James E. Williams was in view. It’s an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named for a Medal of Honor recipient. By sheer coincidence, the tugs in the video are helping the Williams. The bridge opened to let the warship pass to Yorktown Weapons Station. After that came the Spirit of Norfolk dinner cruise ship, headed for Yorktown. It stopped, turned around, and left. I contacted the bridge by marine radio to ask what was up. “Trial run,” was the terse reply.
Karen Solderitch took her girlfriends sailing near Williamsburg on her birthday. They enjoyed shrimp, cheese and veggies while cruising along the York River. We covered 23 miles, so that made it her 23rd birthday.
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