Lynx Visits Yorktown
People ask, “Do you ever see tall ships?” The tall ship Lynx stopped at Yorktown on the way to Harbor Fest in Norfolk. Billed as “America’s Privateer,” a 122-foot square topsail schooner registered in New Hampshire and based in Newport Beach, California. She commemorates the Lynx that fought in the War of 1812. After Harbor Fest, she heads for nearby Cape Charles.
Sailing to Disaster
The things you learn while sailing are amazing. Megan Key of Raleigh has worked disaster relief for Americorp and various church and secular agencies. She’s joined teams that were working floods, tornadoes and earthquakes in Arkansas, Mississippi, the upper Midwest and Haiti. Along the way, she found the best teams operate with autonomy but are respectful of local officials. Holding one’s emotions in check is important, but so is the flexibility to move quickly and adapt quickly to the scene. Her biggest fear on the job came from continued aftershocks with the Missouri earthquake. “I took the night watch since I couldn’t sleep anyway,” she said modestly. FEMA should recruit her as a proven leader.
Bill Ackenbom and Andrea Anes moved from the foothills of the western Appalachians to a more civilized Columbus, Ohio, where he works in engineering and she teaches at a private day school. “I make today what I made in 1978,” she beamed, “and I would just as soon finish out my career teaching there.”
He was in familiar waters on the York River, having worked with his dad years ago operating the Mobjack Sailing School on the nearby North River. Bill ran the Williamsburg Charter boat on a delicate straight course as Glen Miller helped set the spinnaker for a five-mile run back toward the Coleman Bridge.
Let’s Go Sail as the Lynx Visits Yorktown
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