SURPRISE 50TH - Teresa DeWitt surprised her husband Chris with a 50th birthday sailboat cruise near Williamsburg. The family had a lovely lunch at the marina and strolled the docks, where they said, "Let's go sail."

SURPRISE 50TH - Teresa DeWitt surprised her husband Chris with a 50th birthday sailboat cruise near Williamsburg. The family had a lovely lunch at the marina and strolled the docks, where they said, "Let's go sail."

SHE GOT IT - With her husband Chris, Tamara Cisneros went sailing near Williamsburg. She ran the helm effortlessly for hours despite fluky winds that required constant attention. She wrote later, “Thank you Capt. Bill for an amazing experience. I felt a true accomplishment by sticking with it, still steering the boat even if heeling at 15 degrees.”

SHE GOT IT - With her husband Chris, Tamara Cisneros went sailing near Williamsburg. She ran the helm effortlessly for hours despite fluky winds that required constant attention. She wrote later, “Thank you Capt. Bill for an amazing experience. I felt a true accomplishment by sticking with it, still steering the boat even if heeling at 15 degrees.”

WHAT DAD DID IN THE WAR – Elizabeth Pack went sailing near Williamsburg with her husband Chris and got to talking about her father serving as an Air Force pilot in Vietnam. She knew what he flew (F-4s) and when (1967, ie. Tet Offensive) and was obviously proud of his service. Some grown children still don’t know. When our daughter was in sixth grade, she invited me to Show & Tell “to show us the medals you won in the Civil War.”

WHAT DAD DID IN THE WAR – Elizabeth Pack went sailing near Williamsburg with her husband Chris and got to talking about her father serving as an Air Force pilot in Vietnam. She knew what he flew (F-4s) and when (1967, ie. Tet Offensive) and was obviously proud of his service. Some grown children still don’t know. When our daughter was in sixth grade, she invited me to Show & Tell “to show us the medals you won in the Civil War.”

GREAT DEBATE -  Should you buy a sailboat or rent one? That question weighed on Alberto Villanueva as he took his wife Patricia and daughter Alexandria sailing in a light breeze on the York River. I pointed out the pitfalls of maintenance, annual slip fees and the inconvenience of being tied to one boat. Besides, now you can rent them easily and locally on websites. “I still want a boat,” Alberto said.

GREAT DEBATE - Should you buy a sailboat or rent one? That question weighed on Alberto Villanueva as he took his wife Patricia and daughter Alexandria sailing in a light breeze on the York River. I pointed out the pitfalls of maintenance, annual slip fees and the inconvenience of being tied to one boat. Besides, now you can rent them easily and locally on websites. “I still want a boat,” Alberto said.

SAILING FIT – Brenda Mitchell is a fitness trainer in Williamsburg who joined her friends for an afternoon sail along the York River. I asked her what the greatest danger is to people of a certain age. “Falling. If you trip and fall you can break your hip or worse. It’s so easy to happen because as we age our eyesight gets worse and we lose our depth of field vision. We just have to be careful and hang on where we can, and move a little more slowly. Especially when climbing steps."

SAILING FIT – Brenda Mitchell is a fitness trainer in Williamsburg who joined her friends for an afternoon sail along the York River. I asked her what the greatest danger is to people of a certain age. “Falling. If you trip and fall you can break your hip or worse. It’s so easy to happen because as we age our eyesight gets worse and we lose our depth of field vision. We just have to be careful and hang on where we can, and move a little more slowly. Especially when climbing steps."

LOT IN COMMON - Claire and Keith Malek drove from London, Ontario, to spend their honeymoon in Williamsburg. They sailed with another couple from Detroit whom they had never met, but who they had a lot in common with. Their last names both started with M, they were staying in the same timeshare resort, three out of four smoked, and three out of four had toured Cambodia. Sailing is a small world.

LOT IN COMMON - Claire and Keith Malek drove from London, Ontario, to spend their honeymoon in Williamsburg. They sailed with another couple from Detroit whom they had never met, but who they had a lot in common with. Their last names both started with M, they were staying in the same timeshare resort, three out of four smoked, and three out of four had toured Cambodia. Sailing is a small world.

Sailing Test Run Carrie and Thomas Mick drove from Midlothian to test run a sail on the York River. Thomas was scouting the trip for his IT team at a Richmond finance conglomerate, while Carrie saw it as a chance to take both their parents out for an afternoon. Judging by the 23 miles they cruised in a unique adventure of brisk wind, they may return for more fun on the water.

Sailing Test Run Carrie and Thomas Mick drove from Midlothian to test run a sail on the York River. Thomas was scouting the trip for his IT team at a Richmond finance conglomerate, while Carrie saw it as a chance to take both their parents out for an afternoon. Judging by the 23 miles they cruised in a unique adventure of brisk wind, they may return for more fun on the water.

SAILING FROM SAIGON – Hue and Hung Ngo of Fairfax took their 9-year-old son sailing on a quiet day on the York River, long removed from their native Vietnam. They emigrated in the mid-1990s after eight years of processing by the communist government. “No siblings were allowed to leave together, and no parents,” Hue explained. “It’s easier today because the country is slowly learning how to govern. They realize the benefit of money sent back by families to Vietnam."

SAILING FROM SAIGON – Hue and Hung Ngo of Fairfax took their 9-year-old son sailing on a quiet day on the York River, long removed from their native Vietnam. They emigrated in the mid-1990s after eight years of processing by the communist government. “No siblings were allowed to leave together, and no parents,” Hue explained. “It’s easier today because the country is slowly learning how to govern. They realize the benefit of money sent back by families to Vietnam."

SAILING REMINESCENCE – “My mom grew up near the water in Massachusetts,” said Molly Warmbein while sailing the York River on a brisk afternoon. “She used to go down to her father’s sailboat every day after school and sit on the bow to do her homework. I think she still misses sailing.” So Molly texted her a photo of a wonderful afternoon she and her husband Mitchell spent on the water.

SAILING REMINESCENCE – “My mom grew up near the water in Massachusetts,” said Molly Warmbein while sailing the York River on a brisk afternoon. “She used to go down to her father’s sailboat every day after school and sit on the bow to do her homework. I think she still misses sailing.” So Molly texted her a photo of a wonderful afternoon she and her husband Mitchell spent on the water.

FROM RUSSIA - To celebrate his birthday with a unique surprise, Galina Hamlett took her husband Neal sailing off Yorktown. Imagine everyone’s surprise when his cell phone rang and it was her mother calling from Russia to wish him a happy birthday. She was calling, clear as a bell, from Omsk in western Siberia. I can barely get WiFi at the dock.

FROM RUSSIA - To celebrate his birthday with a unique surprise, Galina Hamlett took her husband Neal sailing off Yorktown. Imagine everyone’s surprise when his cell phone rang and it was her mother calling from Russia to wish him a happy birthday. She was calling, clear as a bell, from Omsk in western Siberia. I can barely get WiFi at the dock.

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