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Schooner WINDFALL & Skipjack Wilma Lee
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George T wrote a review Sep 2017
Staunton, Virginia131 contributions30 helpful votes
We took the Wilma Lee for the sunset sail with about 25 others. It was very enjoyable and the company was great. People can bring drinks (including alchohol) and food, and this is recommended. One thing that was a bit of a disappointment was how often the engine had to be used. I would have preferred more tacking and less engine noise. All in all, a nice activity to do at the beach.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Corbin C wrote a review May 2017
Castalia, North Carolina34 contributions18 helpful votes
Loved a 3 hour personal sail. Captain was awesome and wife loved helping pilot the boat around under windy conditions. I just sat back and enjoyed the tacking and running with the wind. Bucket list item for sure.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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buenvino wrote a review Sep 2016
Chapel Hill, North Carolina508 contributions141 helpful votes
Captain Rob Temple has a choice of magnificent sailing boats for his excursions from Ocracoke and we were lucky to be on the Wilma Lee, an historic skipjack built in the 1940s and used as an oyster dredger in Chesapeake Bay until being retired and then beautifully restored by craftsmen in Ocracoke. Part of the proceeds from the $40 tickets for the trip go towards Ocracoke Alive which supports cultural events on the island and fosters learning among the young about their seafaring heritage. Bear in mind the cruise is on Pamlico Sound which is much calmer than the Atlantic Ocean side of the Ocracoke. Everyone brings their own snacks and drinks, there is plenty of room and there was a convivial mood on board as we sailed out of Silver Lake harbor towards the setting sun. As Ibsen wrote : " Aloft with the sail, away with pretence / Overboard with the balance of dull common sense / The gulls are a-wheeling, the sky is immense/ We shall sail to the sun before nightfall!" It did not matter that the breeze only just filled the sails to get us underway and the sinking sun failed to provide a kaleidoscope of colors - we all had a great time. Captain Rob is a charming raconteur and seemed happy to talk on any subject from Blackbeard the Pirate, who literally lost his head near where we sailed, to the joys of restoring and sailing grand old boats like this one. The creaking timbers and prodigious rigging, the views of the island, the passing bird life, fish a-jumping and the feeling of an albeit a brief sea adventure made the trip a memorable and happy event.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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