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Captain Bill deserves the high marks - he was very flexible and understanding in helping accommodate an older family for a birthday sailing trip.
September 28, 2022H584SWkarenw
Our 3 hour sail with Captain Bill surpassed our expectations. My husband, being an experienced sailor, got to take the helm. Turns out Capt. Bill is not only... read more a proficient sailor but also a well versed historian. We learned so much on this sail. I can't say enough about how awesome this was, Definitely the best part of our trip.
September 22, 2022madrigalsa
We were looking for something we could do with my 4.5 month old puppy and my parents who have mobility restrictions. Captain Bill was able to accommodate everyone! ... read more We decided to take the historical tour, and Captain Bill was a great Naval Battle guide. In our three hours, he let two of us take the wheel. I got to spend some time at the bow of the boat. Our pup loved the smells of the ocean and Captain Bill was great with him. This was the most relaxing three hours of our trip. We would 100% recommend this trip for any families with a pup!
September 21, 2022
Captain Bill is fantastic! He is very knowledgeable and fun. The boat is beautiful. We all had a terrific day sailing!
September 16, 2022bpjenkins22
The Captain was a great man with extensive knowledge of the area and extremely well familiar with the history of the area and specifically the Revolutionary War. His sailboat was... read more well maintained and he had all the gear required by the US Coast Guard. Anyone planning a charter on the James River would be foolish to book with any other Captains. He is the best.
September 9, 2022
Such a fun day on the water - Bill was so easygoing and let my family sail which meant so much! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants... read more to learn how to sail or get out on the water for a nice day - overall 10/10 experience!
August 16, 2022dlgreen1222
Bill is a gentleman. My wife and I took our three college age kids and everyone had a great time. I highly recommend it.
August 14, 2022LATOYAA28
Wow beyond expectations and a great experience! Captain Bill came, saw, and delivered and amazing sail with much information along the way talk about my first time sailing ️... read more where the wind guides you. It was a great adventure and we got to see a warship, bridges open and clouds ️ cover the river! It was fantastic!
August 10, 2022
PERFECT! I took my brother as a birthday gift and WOW! what a fantastic trip. Captain Bill is the perfect host. He made sure everyone was comfortable... read more and allowed us to participate in the trip in our own way. For my brother - Captain Bill held conversation with him the whole trip; he allowed me to just enjoy sailing the boat with his expert intervention when needed. Great day- perfect weather. Yes, I will be going again....soon.
August 9, 2022mlcmark
Captain Bill was welcoming, knowledge, and friendly! He’s a great conversationalist and instructor. My husband and I sailed with him on our anniversary. It was an exceptionally hot day, but... read more Captain Bill was prepared with ice cold waters. We had a wonderful time and would recommend this trip to anyone.
August 7, 2022
The intimate experience shared with Captain Bill was enhanced by his articulate information, the history involved, and the personal safety and attention given to the passengers.
August 6, 2022rlindy738
I wanted to give my wife something unique experience for her birthday and came upon “Let’s Go Sail” and it was perfect. The booking process was simple. Captain Bill contacted... read more us soon after the booking with comprehensive instructions and what to expect. Updated weather report the night before our sail was provided. We visited the American Revolutionary Museum prior to our sail to make sure we were in the area and not mess up our departure time. Once at the yacht club, Captain Bill met us promptly and whisked us away to his boat. We were given a quick safety briefing as we boarded and were on our way. Captain Bill was quite knowledgeable of his craft and explained exactly what to expect and how to sail. Once under way, he allowed us to take the helm with instructions how to catch the wind. The wife and I are big fans of military history, Captain Bill explained the Battle of the Capes in detail to include paintings of the battle. Explaining the nuances of age of sail battles. It was a fantastic lesson on a little known battle which had huge consequences for our nation. During the lesson a school of dolphins dropped by and we stopped everything as Captain Bill tried to draw them in closer with a bell. Once under way again a storm was closing in and we made way back to port. This trip was amazing, my wife loved it and I gave her a very memorable Birthday present. Thank you Captain Bill for a wonderful experience. Anyone reading this, you cannot go wrong here, it was a wonderful personal sailing experience.
August 6, 2022A_Happy_Sailor_Mate
Sailing on the York River while hearing how the Americans, borrowing French Ships, battled the United Kingdom's ships at the mouth of the York River prior to the success of... read more the siege on Yorktown, Virginia, was simply wonderful. Captain Bill kept us entertained for almost three hours which made the cost of admission well spent. Being allowed to steer the sail boat was indeed a plus. If you're looking for entertainment which is both relaxing and educational this tour is for you.
August 3, 2022
- Anita B
We loved our sailing trip with Capt. Bill. Perfect experience all around. Easy to make reservations, Capt. Bill updated us on the weather prior to our sail. He provide us... read more with cold water that was needed on a hot July day, thanks so much! Everyone was offered a chance at the helm. Our 19 year old son enjoyed sailing the boat, what a memorable experience. That evening capt. Bill sent pictures to us of our day out sailing with him, he got some great shots! All three of us enjoyed our first sailing trip. My husband (a mechanic) enjoyed looking at and talking about the diesel engine and helping with the sails. We all learned about sailing and some history about the surrounding area. The trip was a special time on our vacation. We highly recommend this experience with Capt. Bill on his beautiful sailboat, what a great host!
August 1, 2022tiffanywarford
This was such a wonderful time for me and my family. The boat was the perfect size and the Captain was great with his knowledge and quick wit. We will... read more definitely book again.
August 1, 2022dannynerin
We had a wonderful day sailing with Williamsburg Charter Sails. Captain Bill emailed us the weather forecast the night before and the morning of the sail. Captain Bill greeted us... read more upon arriving at the marina and made us feel welcome. Our sail benefited from good winds due to a storm that arrived later in the afternoon. Captain Bill was able to raise the main sail and cut the engine shortly after we had left the marina. All aboard were given the opportunity to take control of the wheel. Thankfully there was enough wind for Captain Bill to unfurl the jib sail. We were really able to pick up speed and had several awesome heels. Captain Bill controlled the sails and gave very clear instructions to those of us controlling the wheel. Captain Bill displayed his knowledge and expertise by communicating with a Coast Guard Cutter that was passing. We were able to see the Coleman Bridge opened as the Cutter progressed. We were joined on our sail by another family that were wonderful companions, and their presence made an amazing day even more memorable. The day concluded with Captain Bill navigating back into the marina and providing pictures of our sail later by email. I hope to have another sail with Captain Bill and Williamsburg Charter Sails.
July 30, 2022
Great experience. I made my reservations about a month ahead of time. In the time leading up to our sail date, I got several emails from Captain Bill with valuable... read more updates. As the day approached and weather forecasts looked potentially ominous, Cap’t Bill reassured us that he was on top of the forecast and that he would let us know if he decided it was prudent to cancel. Our trip went on as scheduled and we had a great time. Bill’s history stories and pictures were fascinating. He also engaged us each as though we were new friends.
A VERY pleasant experience.
July 29, 2022Cirrus2617
Sailing with Captain Bill was great! He gets everyone involved quickly and shares great stories and information about the area and bay.
July 25, 2022owens1727
Went out of his way to show where my 7th and 6th great-grandfathers anchored and sailed their ships in Sarah's Creek and York River. Gave a great account of the... read more Battle of the Capes during Revolutionary War. Dolphins surrounded out boat during the sail of the York. Was able to film the sights.
July 23, 2022
Captain Bill was very knowledgeable about the area. My boys and husband got to steer the boat. A very enjoyable time.
July 20, 2022Michael W
We had a splendid sail on the York River. The day was a bit on the hot side, though being on the water helped. Captain Bill was great with sailing... read more lessons and Battle of Yorktown stories.
July 18, 2022mollihagge
We had the most relaxing day with Bill on the Chesapeake Bay learning to Sail and enjoying the views! I highly recommend adding Bill's sail trip to your vacation or... read more as a fun weekend activity. Could not have asked for a better experience!
July 10, 2022
Our granddaughter wanted to go on a sailboat where she could "do the sailing" and this was perfect! Capt. Bill let her take the wheel as long as she wanted.... read more His calm manner was very reassuring, and he gave just enough background about the mechanics of sailing to help us understand what was happening. His talk about York River history was interesting to all of us. What really impressed me though was that Bill called at 7am on the day of our sail to ask if we could delay our arrival for an hour because the winds were supposed to pick up later in the afternoon - and they did! He wanted us to have the best experience possible.
July 6, 2022ColoradoDreamer
If you're wondering how to spend a few hours in the Yorktown area, why not get out on the water? Williamsburg Charter Sails and Captain Bill will have you sailing... read more the York River in style. We spent 3 blissful hours on his boat, the Deadline, and enjoyed every minute. Bill is a confident and experienced captain who also happens to be a terrific storyteller. Ask him about the colonial history of the area and the American Revolution. You will be fascinated! We were blessed with great sailing conditions and even flew the spinnaker. Thank you Bill for a wonderful experience!
July 3, 2022maryhK6203NN
Wonderful experience to enjoy the water, learn the nautical perspective of Revolutionary War history, and celebrate an anniversary. Captain Bill is very knowledgeable and tailored the trip to meet the... read more interests of all the passengers on the trip.
July 3, 2022
Bill’s understanding of the Yorktown battle was exceptional. And the “boat” ride was fun and engaging. Even with my daughter at the wheel.
July 3, 2022bartr778
Extremely relaxing. Capt Bill is very personable and it was educational. Small group made it more comfortable. This is a must if your in the area.
June 28, 2022PDXBrooklyn
Captain Bill provided a fun and informative sailing experience! My husband loved his turn at the wheel and had a great time 'driving '. Captain Bill gave us a fun... read more history lesson right on the water, and narrative on how Revolutionary War naval battles were fought and won. We also sailed past the building where British and American forces negotiated the terms of surrender. We learned that these negotiations could only take place in a building, but many buildings were damaged during the war and a suitable structure was difficult for the Generals to find. Cool facts!
...I'm very appreciative of Capt Bill and fellow passengers for being patient with my youngest, who was feeling a bit queasy on his first sailing experience...Captain Bill gave him wrist bands to help, and distracted him with stories. My kiddo eventually found his sea legs, and there were no 'accidents'. ;)
We felt very safe on the water, even when things got exciting and choppy at times, LOL. Winds were feeling a little fiesty that day. Highly recommend for family experience AND a romantic adventure. Thanks, Captain Bill!
June 27, 2022