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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."

REFUGEES – Gayle Smith said after sailing that she spent her career with the U.S. Office of Refugee Settlement. I asked if Donald Trump’s rants enable Hillary Clinton to avoid supporting immigration. “Yes, exactly. This year we were supposed to bring in 10,000 Syrians. Instead, we may bring in 1,500. It’s very sad.”

REFUGEES – Gayle Smith said after sailing that she spent her career with the U.S. Office of Refugee Settlement. I asked if Donald Trump’s rants enable Hillary Clinton to avoid supporting immigration. “Yes, exactly. This year we were supposed to bring in 10,000 Syrians. Instead, we may bring in 1,500. It’s very sad.”

MUSICAL SAILING - Alisha Ali’s teenage daughter Ameerah was eager to try the wheel of the sailboat. She found the sweet spot of the wind without drifting into it. Ameerah was so good for a rookie that I suspected she was a golfer or a musician. “I play piano,” she said. Pianists have better hands on the helm and are able to concentrate on the music they face.

MUSICAL SAILING - Alisha Ali’s teenage daughter Ameerah was eager to try the wheel of the sailboat. She found the sweet spot of the wind without drifting into it. Ameerah was so good for a rookie that I suspected she was a golfer or a musician. “I play piano,” she said. Pianists have better hands on the helm and are able to concentrate on the music they face.

BUNGEE SAILING - Kevin Schmoyer indulged his wife Donna with a sailing trip because it was on her bucket list. They have also bungee-jumped, as has their friend Ted Vigeant. Ted regaled us with his death-defying jump hundreds of feet off the original bungee bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand. “They asked if I wanted to touch the water, splash in the water, or stop short of it,” he said with some amazement. “They can dial it in that closely.”

BUNGEE SAILING - Kevin Schmoyer indulged his wife Donna with a sailing trip because it was on her bucket list. They have also bungee-jumped, as has their friend Ted Vigeant. Ted regaled us with his death-defying jump hundreds of feet off the original bungee bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand. “They asked if I wanted to touch the water, splash in the water, or stop short of it,” he said with some amazement. “They can dial it in that closely.”

SAILING REALTOR - Delaine Bourne went sailing near Williamsburg with her family, where her husband Stan proudly announced that she closed 52 residential real estate contracts last year in Panama City, Florida. “That’s more than the typical 12 to 14 a year,” he said.

SAILING REALTOR - Delaine Bourne went sailing near Williamsburg with her family, where her husband Stan proudly announced that she closed 52 residential real estate contracts last year in Panama City, Florida. “That’s more than the typical 12 to 14 a year,” he said.

SAILING IN LOVE – Debbie Black took her boyfriend Bernie Thomas sailing near Williamsburg. “I could get very used to this,” she said at the helm on a magnificent day. “We’ve only been here 12 hours and I already think this is going to be the best thing on our vacation.”

SAILING IN LOVE – Debbie Black took her boyfriend Bernie Thomas sailing near Williamsburg. “I could get very used to this,” she said at the helm on a magnificent day. “We’ve only been here 12 hours and I already think this is going to be the best thing on our vacation.”

WILL YOU MARRY ME? Meghan Mannas said yes when Gregory Eyler proposed to her on the bow of a boat with Williamsburg Charter Sails. They knew each other casually at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. They wound up in the same history/archaeology class that was bound for a field trip at Jamestown Island, where they hit it off. As Gregory got down on bended knee to propose, a passing tugboat tooted his horn as if to say, “Congratulations.”

WILL YOU MARRY ME? Meghan Mannas said yes when Gregory Eyler proposed to her on the bow of a boat with Williamsburg Charter Sails. They knew each other casually at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. They wound up in the same history/archaeology class that was bound for a field trip at Jamestown Island, where they hit it off. As Gregory got down on bended knee to propose, a passing tugboat tooted his horn as if to say, “Congratulations.”

SAIL ON, AMERICA – Oana and Alin Bulagean are young physicians from Romania who now practice in Brunswick, Georgia. While sailing near Williamsburg, Oana scanned the expansive York River and thought about the history of Yorktown. She said, “We have been to many countries, and America is by far the best. If Americans traveled abroad more, they would be encouraged by their own country’s progress and success. They would gain a broader perspective and become a hundred times happier.”

SAIL ON, AMERICA – Oana and Alin Bulagean are young physicians from Romania who now practice in Brunswick, Georgia. While sailing near Williamsburg, Oana scanned the expansive York River and thought about the history of Yorktown. She said, “We have been to many countries, and America is by far the best. If Americans traveled abroad more, they would be encouraged by their own country’s progress and success. They would gain a broader perspective and become a hundred times happier.”

SAILING INDISPENSABLY - While serenely sailing the York River, we got to talking with Carla and Claude Davis of Atlantic City about Superstorm Sandy and how it devastated northern New Jersey in 2012. People can go for days without electricity, but not water. “They take water for granted,” Carla said. Claude works in the city water department. “You can always light a candle, but that won’t provide you water,” he said. People can also live without TV, but not their smart phones.

SAILING INDISPENSABLY - While serenely sailing the York River, we got to talking with Carla and Claude Davis of Atlantic City about Superstorm Sandy and how it devastated northern New Jersey in 2012. People can go for days without electricity, but not water. “They take water for granted,” Carla said. Claude works in the city water department. “You can always light a candle, but that won’t provide you water,” he said. People can also live without TV, but not their smart phones.

THE LAW AT SEA - Some 450 paralegals assist Judge Advocate attorneys in the US Navy. Veda May has 22 years of experience and was on the carrier USS Enterprise when the SEALS captured and killed Osama Bin Laden. “We have to follow the law of the admiralty, but of course terrorists don’t worry about that,” she said while sailing one beautiful evening on the York. She’s seen her share of pirates, and when they’re captured, “We make sure they’re treated fairly onboard, fed well and clothed."

THE LAW AT SEA - Some 450 paralegals assist Judge Advocate attorneys in the US Navy. Veda May has 22 years of experience and was on the carrier USS Enterprise when the SEALS captured and killed Osama Bin Laden. “We have to follow the law of the admiralty, but of course terrorists don’t worry about that,” she said while sailing one beautiful evening on the York. She’s seen her share of pirates, and when they’re captured, “We make sure they’re treated fairly onboard, fed well and clothed."

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