Submarines that are partially surfaced are hard to see, especially when they’re in dock. Sailing past a submarine can therefore be tricky.

Arelene and Marvin Birnbaum enjoy the great outdoors by camping. They live in the Hudson Valley of New York and thought they’d take a crack at sailing, since they live near the river in New Paltz.

Sailing past a Submarine, Williamsburg Charter SailsWe took their two sons out on a warm, windy day and promptly lost the baseball cap of their son Aaron. So we performed a man-overboard drill by heading back to the scene, circling the hat, and retrieving it with a boat pole. Later in the day Aaron lost the hat for a second time, so we reprised the procedure. That was a first.

We sailed under the Coleman Bridge, past the Naval Weapons Station. Only then was it apparent that a Navy submarine was in port, a rarity since the Navy prefers to load at sea while under sail. When we passed a second time on the way down river, a naval patrol boat ran a parallel course of interference between us and the sub. It has .50 caliber guns mounted on the bow.

Marvin found the sail exhilarating. “It’s a little like road biking. Once you turn off the engine you’re one with the machine in the peace and quiet of nature, while controlling the movement effortlessly.”

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Sailing past a Submarine, Williamsburg Charter Sails

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