Sailing is a proven bonding experience for families and employees. It’s a unique way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, engagement,promotion, retirement or bar mitzvah. Bring up to five people with you to celebrate the occasion with lasting memories, and photos to document it. Many of the reviews for Let’s Go Sail herald the power of friends on the water. It’s unique, and the top thing among Sailing Do’s and Don’t’s.
Pick a day
Go sailing any day this week or next week. Weekends fill up fast, especially three-day weekends. Posted rates prevail all season, with no marked-up premium for the big three summer holiday weekends. Mondays and Tuesdays offer discounts of 5% and 10% respectively as those are slower periods. We sail at 11 and 2:30, sharp. Rates are $150 Couples, $250 Families up to six, $350 Groups up to six. Solos are also welcome at $75 if we have company or $100 totally alone. Threesomes run $225. This is the second-most factor in Sailing Do’s and Don’t’s.
Also wine, and lunch or snacks. Enjoy the sunny breeze like it’s a picnic with a 360 degree view of the water. You can eat outdoors in the cockpit or below in the salon with comfortable sofa cushions around a sturdy table. Many people use the salon to set up food in the galley and bring it out. We’ve got a cooler on board with bottled water and ice. For those who smoke, we have two catbird seats for that. But no drugs! As for wine, white is better than red simply because red can stain the white fiberglass. Just be careful.
Ask lots of questions about history, Williamsburg, restaurants, and how to sail. Once you’ve seen where the 1781 Battle of the Capes ended up, you’ll be intrigued to connect the dots to the battle on land for the Siege of Yorktown. We sail close to several key locations so you can see them upfront and from a different perspective than on land. Colonial Williamsburg gets explained for those interested. Restaurants are recommended, based on crowd-sourcing by Trip Advisor. (The Top 20 really are good.)
Bookings are done days or weeks in advance. But call anyway in case of a cancellation. Family plans change while on vacation. That’s why we don’t require a deposit or prepay.
DON’T DO THIS Sailing Do’s and Don’t’s
Worry about it
Sailing is exciting fun but safe. A certified USCG Captain with a 100-ton license runs the boat and keeps things on an even keel—literally. (Well, within 0-15 degrees. Heeling takes about a minute to get used to; then you’ll think you invented it.) You’ll have fun without anxiety. Check out our photo galleries and see if you can find an anxious face in the mix. Happiness is a big factor in Sailing Do’s and Don’t’s.
Fret the weather
We watch the weather closely and will postpone if things look dicey. You’ll get a weather report 24 hours prior. If there’s any doubt, you’ll get another report early in the morning of the sail.
If the birds suddenly disappear, rain may be imminent. When it starts to sprinkle, the captain issues rain gear quickly. Others may prefer to go below and sit comfortably in the salon. We’ll ride out a mild shower after verifying how long it will take. If it looks like the rain will linger or get worse, we’ll head into port for everyone’s comfort. The rule of thumb correlates to the 7-inning rule in Major League Baseball: If out for two hours, it’s considered a valid sail. If not, you get a refund. (Dramatic video below shows the extremely remote strike of lightning on a sailboat. Fortunately it was in dock and not at sea. In seven years, Let’s Go Sail has never been close to lightning while underway. This is the worst factor among Sailing Do’s and Don’t’s.)
Pay in advance
To keep transactions simple, there’s no pre-pay or down payment. You’re on vacation, so just make a reservation and don’t worry about it. We’ll settle dockside with cash, Visa, MasterCard or personal check. Let’s Go Sail learned early on that vacation plans are subject to change due to family emergencies and flexable agendas. We can always reschedule, perhaps the next day or later the same day.
Let’s Go Sail is safety-driven. Everyone sits in a comfortable cockpit that is spacious and has a low center-of-gravity. Let’s Go Sail bought this model of Hunter 320 specifically for the large and comfortable cockpit. Some people prefer to wear life preservers, so they get official USCG PFDs. Children 12 and under have to wear them, so we have child sizes as well.
A safety drill beforehand encourages guests to go up to the bow for a private cruise. Always lean into the boat to avoid hitting the lifeline running on both sides.
NOTE: Life preservers are SOP in early spring and late fall because of the potential for hypothermia from falling into the water. Our Man Overboard drill is based on the protocols of the American Sailing Association, which are designed to reach the victim in less than 90 seconds. We occasionally demonstrate by having to rescue a hat that’s blown overboard. The procedure is to turn to a beam reach, then a broad reach, come about and sail in a right angle to the hat before turning directly into the wind. Then scoop the hot up with a boathook. Very safe, efficient and quick.
Not a problem on the relatively calm York River. What makes people seasick is the pitch and yaw of the boat, bobbing up and down continuously. The effect is pure nausea on even the heartiest of sailors. We don’t do that. If you’re prone to seasickness, take a Dramamine the night before, not the day of. We also have preventatives on board. These consist of acupuncture bands and ginger mints. They are very effective. Among thousands of people who have enjoyed Let’s Go Sail, only two have ever gotten sick. One person was heavily medicated and the other had a hangover.
Let’s Go Sail, cheerfully
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Sailing Do's & Don't's
Sailing Do's & Don't's advises guests on things to do and bring while sailing, followed by stuff not to worry about.
Capt Bill ODonovan
Williamsburg Charter Sails/Let's Go Sail
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