Sail on the Bow
There is perhaps no better place than to sail on the bow of a boat along the York River. It’s a great place to contemplate life in the great outdoors as you glide smoothly through the water. You become oblivious to distracting surroundings.
People often comment how serene it is to sail. Nowhere is that better than up front. Whether you like to be in the sun, be alone, or be with a loved one, try it. The bow offers a special place for conversation and meditation. I’ve conducted two wedding engagements on the bow, both successful.
To allay the fears of the fellow doing the proposing, I loan him a fake ring that won’t be a big loss if it gets jostled overboard.
Families enjoy sitting on the bow as a unique bonding experience.
This year we’ve added two cushions and a customized yoga mat to make the experience more comfortable.
Four people from diverse backgrounds met to take introductory sailing lessons on the York River. They learned how to put a sail up while facing the wind. Then they learned that the Close Reach is the optimal way to sail, just off the wind.
They found the Beam Reach to be a safe way to speed along while maintaining the boat on a flatter heel. They tried the Broad Reach to run downwind. They learned how to execute a Man Overboard drill to pick someone up in less than a minute. As it happened, we came across a brand new child’s raft floating out to sea from the nearby beach. So we retrieved that too. MOB is a handy drill.
And they got to see dolphins for the first time this year!
Later in the day the Goldberg family of four from New York came over from Mobjack Bay, where they’re staying in an Airbnb house on the water.
Let’s Go Sail on the Bow
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Sail on the Bow
Sailing on the bow is simply an exquisite experience
Capt Bill ODonovan
Williamsburg Charter Sails / Let's Go Sail