Youth Rowing Club in Williamsburg

Pain has a different meaning to the Williamsburg Boat Club Juniors coaches – and probably to anyone else passionate about crew, or rowing.

It isn’t something to shy away from or be defeated by. They not only embrace it; they chase it.

“It is so incredibly painful when it’s done right,” said WBC Juniors coach Tom Rooks. “And therefore, the fulfillment, the euphoria you can get from rowing, is pretty spellbinding. It’s overwhelming.”


“You do it right,” said coach Graham Ludmer, “it’s unlike any other level of exhaustion I’ve felt in another sport.”

Rooks, Ludmer and Jason Mitchell lead the WBC Juniors, a high school club less than a year old that is experiencing significant growth. The club started with five participants for a camp last summer, grew to 14 in the fall and featured 27 for the spring season, which wrapped on Saturday in a dual meet against a Virginia Beach team

More here

Learn more about the Williamsburg Boat Club for Juniors here

Estuaries Day this Saturday at York River State Park in Williamsburg VA

York River State Park will host the annual Estuaries Day Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. York River State Park will host the annual Estuaries Day Saturday, Aug. 23 , 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Estuaries Day draws attention to the park’s Taskinas Creek area with a day of estuary and water-based activities including canoeing, kayaking, fossil hikes, fishing programs and more. York River State Park is part of a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
“This year’s Estuaries Day event is a fun way to get kids immersed in the outdoors, environmental science and history before the school year begins,” said Jon Tustin, York River State Park Manager.
There is no charge for the kayak and canoe trips, but registration on the day of the event is first come – first served.
Estuaries Day is free and parking is $4 per car.
There will be special displays and activities from partner organizations such as the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the Mattaponi-Pamunkey Rivers Association and Master Naturalists.
A 5K run sponsored by the Colonial Road Runners will benefit the Lafayette High School Cross Country Team and Friends of York River State Park.
York River State Park is 2,500 acres of coastal forest and wetlands along the York River. The park offers mountain biking, hiking and equestrian trails as well as the Croaker Landing fishing pier and boat launch area.
Click Here for a location map of York River State Park.

LET’S GO SAILING in Williamsburg, Yorktown, Gloucester VA

As a unique event on vacation or here at home, you can enjoy an ideal getaway with your own private party of up to six people on a leisurely cruise along the historic York River. Modern 32-foot Hunter sloop offers a comfortable cockpit, catbird seats, cooler of ice, and “head” restroom. Cruises embark twice a day from Yorktown and Gloucester Point. Here’s an extraordinary gift for an anniversary, honeymoon, graduation or family reunion.

Call 757-876-8654 for reservations. Rates are $130 couples, $250 families, $300 groups.

For details, go to


Meet the Captain:

Bill O’Donovan holds a 50-ton captain’s license with the US Coast Guard. Need sailing lessons? He is a certified sailing instructor with the American Sailing Association. He has undergone sailing instruction by J School in Key West and by the American Sailing Association in South Carolina. He has sailed the York River nearly 20 years, where he teaches an adult class for the community-based Williamsburg Area Learning Tree.

Our Fleet

When you join us for your sailboat charter, you’ll sail on a 32-foot modern Hunter complete with in-mast furling and oversized sails for maximum speed. Sophisticated controls reduce the size of the sails to minimize leaning and ensure everyone’s comfort. A giant colorful spinnaker is raised for light downwind running. Yanmar 18 horsepower diesel powers the boat in creeks.

With sailing instruction through our sailing school you’ll learn what will enable you to sail most any boat. The boat meets all US Coast Guard standards and has shipshape equipment, including color-coordinated lines and well-marked blocks.

With our many charter sailing options, we have the right tour whether you’re visiting our area from out of town and in search of a unique vacation adventure,  an employer wanting the perfect corporate retreat or a local looking for a fun family chartered sailboat trip.

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Youth rowing program offered in Williamsburg VA

Williamsburg Boat Club will launch a youth rowing program in the fall of 2014. The program is open to high school students and will be held the first week of school and will continue through the Thanksgiving break. A second session will start in March. Both seasons will include three races. Practices will be held five days a week from 3-5 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. There will also be two summer rowing camps.

The first session will be held June 23-28 and the second session will be held from Aug. 4-9. An informational meeting will be held June 1 at 4 p.m. at the Tack Family Boathouse at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Visit or call Ann Mease at 757- 508-0729

Kick-Off The Paddling Season: Burn Your Socks at York River State Park in Williamsburg VA


Click to EnlargeThe Burning of the Socks got a lot of buzz at York River State Park two years ago. This quirky tradition of sailors in the Annapolis, MD area was a great way to start the Canoe & Kayak Season and the first guided paddling trip of the year. Last year’s cold weather kept people away from the water.
We will not let one bad year kill our new tradition!
Get your gear ready and an old, worn, and ugly pair of socks prepared for the fire. The Burning of the Socks will be held on Saturday, April 12th with the festivities beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Click Here to read the entire story.
Click Here for a location map of York River State Park.

Sailing school, boating classes offered in Williamsburg

imageKids from ages 8 to 17 learn to sail with Premier Sailing School at Two Rivers Yacht Club in Governors Land. Using Optimists (small kid-size prams) and 420’s (college racing sailboats), kids learn over a five-day course to build up their skills and work their way up through five levels. This year the school is also offering safe power boating courses for adults and for children over 12. The course covers all the state-required learning. Half of the course takes place out on the water, driving boats and learning lots of boat handling skills. On completion of the course students get their U.S. Power boating Safe Powerboat Handling certificate and also their Lifetime Virginia Boaters Education cards.

Call Premier Sailing at 804-438-9300 for more information or visit

New boat ramp opens in Charles City County

boat rampOne of the most beautiful tidal stretches of the James River is more accessible to boaters today, thanks to a new boat ramp in Charles City County made possible by a $120,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic organization for Dominion Resources Inc.

Dominion, Charles City County and the Chesapeake Conservancy officials cut the ribbon today to open the boat landing at Lawrence Lewis Jr. River Park.

“The James River is Virginia’s treasure, bound intrinsically to its history and commerce,” said Robert M. Blue, senior vice president-Law, Public Policy and Environment, State and Federal Affairs. “Dominion believes that the best way to help people appreciate and protect the river is to get them to travel its waters, explore its wonders and marvel at its beauty. We are proud to have played a role in creating this new landing that will open the river to even more people.”

The opening culminates a 20-year effort by county officials and river enthusiasts to have a boat ramp built at the historic 24-acre park, which is where the Union Army crossed the James River in 1864 to lay siege to Confederate forces in Petersburg during the Civil War.

“This is a dream finally come true,” said Floyd H. Miles Sr., chairman of Charles City County Board of Supervisors. “Thanks to the support of Dominion, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Chesapeake Conservancy, our residents can now enjoy the beauty and the history of the James River without having to tow their boats to another jurisdiction.”

In addition to Dominion’s funding, the county provided $125,000 and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation put in $50,000. The county built the 50-foot by 28-foot concrete ramp which also has two tending piers, a bulkhead for protection and parking for 12 boat trailers.

The new ramp provides the only boating access on the north side of the James River for a 36-mile stretch that runs from Henrico County to James City County. The ramp will also serve as an important access point to the James River Section of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The Capt. John Smith Trail is a water route that follows the course of the English explorer on his voyage to map the Chesapeake Bay in 1607.

The Chesapeake Conservancy, based in Annapolis, Md., has a goal of developing new access points along the bay and its rivers. The conservancy sought and received the Dominion Foundation grant that provided the final dollars to make the ramp a reality.

“Improved access is vital to helping even more people develop an appreciation for nature and to help build support for the restoration of the bay and its rivers,” said Joanna Ogburn, program director for the Chesapeake Conservancy. “This new landing in Charles City County provides access to a long and beautiful stretch of the James, and we encourage canoeists, kayakers and boaters to follow Capt. Smith’s lead and get out and explore.”

More info on the park here

Sailing Camp at Two Rivers

Young Sailors Courses

Young people and children take naturally to sailing. We are specialists in teaching children to sail. Our sailing program for children was developed , by us, from the Royal Yachting Association Young Sailors Program which breaks down the learning process into many stages so that each child can learn at his or her own pace. Courses run Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 3.30.

Stage 1 (Introduction)
Stage 2 (Basic)
Stage 3 (Intermediate)
Stage 4 (Advanced)
Stage 5 ( Pre – Instructor)
Race Training Course

We have been using this program for years and have successfully taught hundreds of young people from age 6 upwards (age 8 at Williamsburg location) to sail with confidence and have fun! We use Optimists, Sunfish, Lasers , and believe in having each child sailing their own boat from the first day.

 You should be Sailing !

By the end of the week, they will have enough confidence and enough skill to make a boat go anywhere they want. We take great care to treat each child as an individual and never to frighten them by asking them to do something before they are ready.

Children can move up through the stages of the program from one year to the next, and for the more advanced young sailors we run Race Training and Team Racing courses.

Children love to sail! 

We organize lots of different sailing activities for children including 5 day sailing camps, race training camps, and afternoon sailing birthday parties.

Children can take shorter courses of 2,3 or 4 days if lack of time is an issue, and costs can be calculated per day.

* A full day for children is 9:30 – 3:30 with a lunch break

We have been running the sailing program at Two Rivers Yacht Club in Governors Land in Williamsburg since 2001.  This program is made open to the public in an ongoing effort by Two Rivers Yacht Club to introduce sailing to more and more young people.

The fleet here is comprised of Optimists (the international children’s boat, suitable for kids from age 8 to age 12) , 420’s (two man performance dinghy with spinnaker, suitable for teenagers) , Sunfish (suitable for teenagers) . We sail from the beach here – the river is very shallow which makes it very easy to launch and to return to the beach.

 Dates for the 2013 Sailing Program 

June  17-21

June 24-28

July 8-12

July 15-19

July 22-26

Plus Safe Powerboating two day courses on:

July 29/30

July 31/Aug 1


The Yacht Club makes a number of awards to young sailors each summer – weekly awards based on performance or character and at the end of the season two special awards which are :

The Captain William B. Kirkland Perpetual Award for best overall sailor:- Contenders this year were Matthew Allison, Caden Ellis, Cole Frankenhoff, Courtney Schreiber, Brett Schreiber,

2012 Winner:   Brett Schreiber

The David J. Kirkland Seamanship Trophy for best Optimist sailor:-  Contnders this year were Parker Driscoll, Cole Frankenhoff and Russell Lee

2012 winner –  Russell Lee

2013 Prices   – Don’t forget to take  Early Bird discount if you pay in full before 17th March!

One Week                                                        $395   with early bird  $355

Two or more children from same household              $350   with early bird  $315

Additional Weeks                                              $299  early bird  not applicable

More info here

About us and our instructors.

Premier Sailing was founded by Irish sailors Phil and Arabella Denvir.

Both are steeped in sailing tradition, starting from the long tradition of sailing in Ireland. Both are keen racers, having raced small boats and big. They are classic wooden boat enthusiasts, having owned and restored boats like the famous Merle of Malham, and the 1900 classic cutter “Rowena, which they have cruised in Ireland and in the southwest of England. Arabella races on the women’s match racing circuit and is currently ranked in the ISAF World ranking list.

The Denvirs moved to Malta in 1993 and founded Malta Sailing School, which ran the Royal Yachting Association Certification program for adults and for children. They are also well known for having founded the Malta Young Sailors Club, which is a thriving Optimist and Laser racing club for young sailors.

In 1998 they moved to the USA to establish Premier Sailing at The Tides Inn in Irvington.

With great regret we have to say that Philip Denvir passed away in July 2011.  He is deeply missed by all of us, instructors, staff and customers alike.

The school continues  in the same tradition which is to give high quality personalized instruction in a safe, friendly, and fun environment, and to encourage our students to pursue excellence.

Williamsburg Boat Club offers row lessons

Williamsburg Boat Club offers row lessons
The Williamsburg Boat Club (crew and sculling) is offering Spring Learn to Row classes. Classes consist of 3 indoor sessions and 3 outdoor sessions to learn to row as 4-8 person crew. Must be 14 years or older. No experience necessary. Click here   for more information on dates


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Kingsmill Marina

The Kingsmill marina in Williamsburg VA features 15 transient boat slips, concrete floating docks, water and power connections, dockside fuel service and a harbor shop. Docked boaters have access to the resort. You are welcomed as a guest at the Kingsmill Sports Club, play golf, visit the spa, tennis facilities and all Kingsmill Resort restaurants. Boaters can also enjoy boat-stocking services with food and beverage.

Water Sports On The James River
The Marina at Kingsmill offers more than just a place to tie up. It’s easy-access to a day spent on the water, taking in the best views of Williamsburg’s attractions. Get your adrenaline fix as you zip along on your own personal watercraft or slow things down and spend a relaxing day cruising on a pontoon boat. All experiences are available for rent at the Marina. Weather dependent into the fall. Call for hours of operation: 757.253.3919.

Additional Water Activities
Just around the way, the secluded Wareham’s Pond provides a number of additional activities for resort guests and visitors. Kayaks, paddleboats, standup paddleboards and Jon boats are available for daily rental at the Marina. Fishing is also available from the resort’s standing pier, equipment and fishing licenses are sold at the harbor shop.

James Landing Grille
The highlight of any visit to Kingsmill is the James Landing Grille, located next to marina. Learn more.

Severn Yachting Center

Severn Yachting Center in Gloucester VA is home to EPIC Yachting’s 50+ acre yachting complex situated just off Mobjack Bay, approximately 6 miles to the Chesapeake and 25 miles to the Atlantic. Largely undeveloped and extraordinarily picturesque, this region of the Chesapeake provides tranquil cruising grounds and safe anchorages – yet is located within 45 minutes of three international airports, extraordinary golfing facilities, white sand beaches and charming historical areas.

We offer all the amenities and comforts you’d expect from any first-class marina, but with a special feeling you’ll only find here. A friendly, laid-back home for you and your boat where you’ll be known by name, not by a slip number.

Come and experience the warmth and congeniality of the community of families, friends and neighbors we call Severn Yachting Center.  Coupled with our state of the art yachting facilities and unsurpassed dedication to customer service, we think it’s paradise.

Severn Yachting Center Amenities:

  • Clean, Fully Air Conditioned Bathrooms and Showers
  • Fully Stocked Ships Store and Provisions
  • Picnic Areas with Grills
  • Adirondack Chairs for Relaxing Waterside
  • Wireless Internet
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pump-out at Every Slip
  • Courtesy Car for Trips to Nearby Attractions
  • On site Rental Cars for Longer Trips
  • Storage Lockers
  • Complimentary Dinghy Racks
  • Complimentary Bicycles!
  • Complimentary Kayaks!

Crown Point Marina

Crown Pointe Marina is a 200 slip marina located just minutes off the Chesapeake Bay on the York River in Historic Gloucester, Virginia.  The marina was formerly operated as Cooks Landing Marina and is still carried on some chart books under its former name. Amenities, include pools, WIFI, air conditioned and heated bath houses for members only. The marina is beautiful with easy access to the mouth of the York River and Chesapeake. Located on the Perrin River, a protected harbor just past Jenkins Neck.Crown Pointe Marina has a full service yard, with a 20 ton travelift and a dry storage yard for small projects or complete overhauls of your boat. 

Hampton Cup Regatta

imageWatch over 75 hydroplane boats and Jersey Speed Skiffs compete as Hampton hosts the national championships! The fun kicks off on Friday August 10, 2012 at 5 p.m. at the Paradise Ocean Club with the Bash on the Beach – a free event featuring live music, food & more! Racing starts Saturday at noon. Mill Creek, Fort Monroe entrance.

n 1926, a group of Hampton Yacht Club members decided to have a race to see who had the best navigation skills and which of their boats was the fastest. That spirit of friendly competition endured, and decades later it still serves as the catalyst for one of the most popular competitions in the speedboat racing world.

The modern Hampton Cup Regatta attracts vessels and crews from all corners of the U.S. It has seen racing teams from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is the place where regional and world records have been set. It has truly blossomed into an international affair. Top speeds for the boats ranges from 80 to 170 mph.

But the one thing that has not changed through all these years is the notion of good-spirited fun, and bragging rights of course, among an ever-growing community of boat-lovers.

The local regatta  begins on the Hampton River in the area between the downtown Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel and the inlet near the Veterans Administration Medical Center. You can come visit the children’s area or one of the many food vendors. Spectators can also meet the drivers and pit crews, look at the boats up close and really get a feel for what goes into keeping these boats running by signing a waiver to enter the pits

Where is the best place to watch the race?

The Mercury Boulevard bridge is the best place to see the huge rooster tails up close.

Free admission.


Friday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012


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York River Yacht Haven Marina-Gloucester

York River Yacht Haven is a full service destination marina located at the mouth of Sarah Creek, opposite Yorktown. Our 14 acre rural site is in a natural “hurricane hole”, storm protected from every quadrant. Among our many amenities are: a freshwater pool with lifeguards; clean air conditioned restrooms; airport limo service; rental cars for visiting the “Historic Triangle”; and an on-site discount Ship’s Store for marine supplies. Our full service boatyard utilizes 35 and 60 ton Marine Travelifts and inside repair bays for boats up to 60 feet long. We employ a dozen skilled craftsmen specializing in rigging, varnishing, air conditioning, Awlgrip/Imron painting, yacht quality carpentry, engine repair or replacement, electronics, electrical repair and installations, fiberglass construction, repair and restoration. The  marina has 325 covered and open slips…

Boat Launching in Gloucester VA

CAPPAHOSIC LANDING—Rt. 618 York River Access. This boat landing and beach is located at the end of Cappahosic Road. Spend the day enjoying bank fishing, the beach, and picnicking. Or launch your boat for a day on the York River. Parking is limited and the rest-rooms are available seasonally (May through October). Maintenance: Park maintained by Gloucester County (804-693-2355). Landing maintained by VDOT (804-758-2321).

CEDAR BUSH/OLIVER’S LANDING—Rt. 633 York River Access. This boat landing is located at the end of Cedar Bush Road. Parking, bank fishing and boat launch-ing are available. Maintenance: Landing is maintained by VDOT (804-758-2321).

DEEP POINT LANDING—Rt. 606 Piankatank River Access. This boat landing is located at the end of Deep Point Lane. Spend the day enjoying bank fishing and picnicking or launch your boat. Parking is available. Maintenance: Landing is maintained by Game & Inland Fisheries (804-367-1605)

GLOUCESTER POINT BEACH PARK—Greate Road York River Access. Located next to the Coleman Bridge. Two boat landings, a sandy beach with swimming area, and a large fishing pier…come and spend a full day here! Maintenance: Park maintained by Gloucester County (804-693-2355). Landings maintained by Virginia Game & Inland Fisheries (804-367-1605).

TANYARD LANDING—Rt. 617 Poropotank River Access. Located at the end of Tanyard Landing Road. Try your luck at fishing or launch your boat! Parking is available. Follow the Poropotank River to the west to visit the York River. Maintenance: Maintained by Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (804-367-1605).

WAREHOUSE LANDING—Rt. 621 Ware River Access. Located at the end of Ware House Road. Bank fishing and parking are available. Spend the day on this river which flows to the Mobjack Bay. Maintenance: Maintained by Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (804-367-1605)


The following landings are for car-top boats Only (canoes, jon boats, kayaks, etc.)

CHERRY POINT LANDING—Rt. 654 Severn River Access. Located at the end of Broad Marsh Road. Maintenance: Maintained by VDOT (804-758-2321).

FIELD’S LANDING—Rt. 1301 York River Access. Located at the end of Fields Landing Road. Maintenance: Maintained by VDOT (804-758-2321).

GLASS POINT LANDING—Rt. 656 Severn River Access. Located at the end of Glass Road. Fishing area & parking. Maintenance: Maintained by Gloucester County (804-693-2355).

GUINEA LANDING—Rt. 651 Mobjack Bay Access. Located at the end of Browns Bay Road. Maintenance: Maintained by VDOT (804-758-2321).

JOHN’S POINT LANDING—Rt. 657 Severn River Access. Located at the end of Johns Point Road. Enjoy fishing, boat land-ing for car top boats only, and parking. Maintenance: Maintained by VDOT (804-758-2321).

MILLER’S LANDING—Rt. 612 Poropotank River Access. Located at the end of Miller’s Landing Road. Fishing area and parking. Maintenance: Maintained by VDOT (804-758-2321).

PAYNE’S LANDING—Rt. 630 Ware River Access. Located at the end of Paynes Landing Road. Maintenance: Maintained by Gloucester County (804-693-2355).

SEVERN LANDING—Rt. 649 Mobjack Bay Access. Located at the end of Severn Wharf Road. Maintenance: Maintained by VDOT (804-758-2321). For History…for Beauty…for fun! Gloucester, Virginia What to See & Do Boating—Public Landings

Burning of the socks !

Years ago when we lived in Annapolis we would celebrate arrival of spring with the annual tradition “Burning of the socks”

This  unique Annapolis tradition has now spread far and wide, and will be observed at York River State Park in Williamsburg on Saturday March 24, 2012 | from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Celebrate the 2012 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition. Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers. Then join them for a guided trip into Taskinas Creek and the York River. Bring your own watercraft and pay only for parking.

Equipment rentals are canoes – $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayaks – $16/person, tandem kayaks – $11/person.

Jamestown Yacht Basin & Marina

The Jamestown Yacht Basin is located on Powhatan Creek behind Jamestown Island, next to the Historic James on the James River. The covered, full service marina features 90 wet slips with ample space for transients, a double-wide boat ramp with docks on both sides, a bath house with showers, pumpout, 89 Octane Gas, store/snack bar, bait, field storage, boat service center, and 15-ton travel lift. Slips for rent.

Marina store now open
Soft drinks, snacks, ice, bait, tackle and beer available for purchase.

Bike, kayak, canoe and Stand up paddle boards are available for rent in the store.

The Park number is 757-565-3699
The marina is in full operation and has slips for rent. Boat service is available through Hampton Marine Services.

We will be continuing to work on plans for a cafe and deck in the upstairs of our building.

The Exhibit areas are in the planning and design stages and we look forward to starting on those late in 2012. We hope to have the trail system in place and some exhibits functioning by Spring 2013.

Please check back on our progress soon.

 More info

565-3699 OR 592-4289 (AFTER-HOURS EMERGENCY)


Two Rivers Marina & Yacht Club

Mr.Williamsburg 0029Located on the James River at the mouth of the Chickahominy River, this Williamsburg marina is nestled in a protected private harbor within the Two Rivers Country Club community at Governor’s Land. Our deep water harbor marina, a safe haven for boats up to 50 feet, can be reached via a private lighted channel off the James River.

The marina is surrounded by homes reminiscent of a quaint coastal village from New England with lovely homes — some with a private slip right outside their back door.

If you are traveling via water, the Williamsburg marina is approximately 4 miles west from Jamestown Island and accessed off the small craft channel (daymark #6).   The marina offers easy access to the tranquil waters of the Chickahominy and the many historic locations along the James River.

Discover our Williamsburg marina

  • 78 floating slips from 25 feet to 50 feet
  • Deep water channel
  • Water, electric and dock boxes at each slip
  • Marina fuel — gasoline and diesel
  • Pump-out
  • Harbor House with office/marina store, WiFi, bathrooms, showers, laundry and ice
  • Boat launching ramp
  • Picnic area and tables
  • 24 hour security

Two Rivers Country Club marina is committed to excellence for its members and community. In fact, we’re proud to be recognized as a Virginia “Clean Marina. ”

Non-residents of Governor’s Land community may become equity members of Two Rivers Country Club and the marina. We welcome non-residents to explore all of our marina membership options.

Overnight boaters are also always welcome at the marina. Rates are $2. 75 per foot per night and advanced reservations are required. Overnight boaters can enjoy all the amenities of the Two Rivers Marina and Country Club including golf and dining.

For more information on the marina or to schedule a visit, contact:

Renie Martin Harbormaster Two Rivers Marina (757) 258-4863

or email yachtclub@tworiversclub. com

Find our more about the Governor’s Land Community here

OpSail 2012 Virginia

From June 1 -12, 2012, the Port of Virginia will once again host an impressive fleet of tall ships, navy and military war ships representing the world. OpSail 2012 Virginia is planned to illuminate the community with spectacle and festivity, and will place our Commonwealth front and center on the world stage.

The goals of OpSail and the 1812 commemoration events are planned to promote goodwill among nations, inspire patriotism and foster interest in American maritime history and heritage, while creating unique educational opportunities for young and old alike and bringing economic and social benefit to our communities.

Through this commemoration of the War of 1812, the important mission of the US Navy will be advanced as we celebrate and honor the contributions the Navy has made in the building of our country while educating our communities on the important battles and historic events that took place on our very waterfronts to defend our nation.

For Americans, the War of 1812 played an important part in our nation’s development. Often referred to as a second war for independence, the conflict began over maritime disputes between the United States and Great Britain. Emerging from the war, Americans had a new sense of national pride. Naval heroes like Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, James Lawrence, William Bainbridge and Oliver Hazard Perry were national icons on par with today’s biggest movie stars. The US Navy emerged from the war with a clear mission – to deter aggression and maintain freedom of the seas for America’s growing merchant marine. In 2012, America will commemorate our Navy’s history, honor the men and women serving us today, and celebrate with the world our maritime heritage.

Tall ships and Navy Ships have always plied the waters of Virginia. For more than two hundred years, ships have sailed into our harbors bringing treasured cargo from exotic ports of call while others have protected our shores from those who dared to threaten our resolve as a nation.

Virginia’s long experience of hosting tall ships, our history of hospitality and being home to the world’s largest naval base, have earned us the distinct honor of being one of the five historic ports selected for OpSail 2012 and this Bicentennial Commemoration. Other ports of call include New Orleans, Baltimore and Boston. Events will also include New York’s annual Navy Fleet Week. Beginning in early 2012, events will continue through 2015 in ports and cities around the country and Canada.

The arrival of the ships will consummate weeks of unique historical, cultural and educational events touching each and every corner of our community. Recently endorsed by the Virginia Commission on the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, this event will provide a platform for Virginia communities to develop their own unique events and programs.

Events will range from the traditional Parades of Sail, ship tours, spectacular fireworks, concerts and festivals, educational events and programs, Adopt a Ship opportunities, crew sporting events and more planned along Virginia’s Waterfronts and in many Virginia communities.

When the great fleet arrives, each ship brings its own distinct crew of worldwide cultures to share with all. The international vessels will be manned by hundreds of military officers, cadets and crew… the best and the brightest. And though the sailors hail from all parts of the globe, each speaks the same language of brotherhood, the language of the great sea. For they are bound together with camaraderie established when man sets his sail on the oceans of the world, committed to the defense of their country, to work in tandem with the awesome power and majesty that our great waterways supply.

So when the ships depart, they will leave new found friendships, lifelong memories, and a deep appreciation for our water-borne bonds to the rest of our planet, binding our international ties even stronger than ever before. Nearly every sector of the region and beyond will encounter and enjoy the unparalled success of OpSail 2012 and the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 events.

via Home Page – OpSail 2012 Virginia®.

Powhatan Creek Park-James City County

imageimageThe facility is part of the Chesapeake Gateways Network and provides access to the James River at Jamestown Island,

including scenic views of Historic Jamestowne.  Powhatan Creek is listed on the Natural Resources Inventory as the most biodiverse creek on the peninsula.  Scenic views of tidal marshes and an abundance of wildlife highlight trips on this beautiful waterway.  The facility consists of a small non-motorized boat/canoe kayak launch with parking for 20 vehicles, and five observation/fishing piers.

Powhatan Creek Trail is not part of Powhatan Creek Parks and is a separate trail within the County park system. When fully completed, it will link to the Virginia Capital Trail, the Greensprings Trail and Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School.

Powhatan Creek Trail Construction Plans

Park Hours

Fishing and boat launch access are available 24 hours a day.  No loitering after sunset.




(757) 259-5360



Yorktown Sailing Charters: Schooner Alliance

imageSail into history aboard Yorktown’s 105’ tall ship. Concessions available for purchase. Offers daily sails and sunset sails from Riverwalk Landing pier.

The Serenity is owned and operated by Greg and Laura Lohse of Yorktown Sailing Charters. The Lohses purchased Serenity in 2000 in North Carolina where she had sat idle for years and was in need of a major refit. Greg and Laura spent the next few years lovingly restoring her to the fine vessel she is today. Captain Greg is a master carpenter and rebuilt all the woodwork aboard the vessel. They gutted the interior and rebuilt her from inside out.

Serenity was designed by Tom Colvin who for many years owned a boat yard on the East River in Miles VA.   Tom Colvin also designed the schooner Alliance. Serenity was designed as a cargo schooner and had a large cargo hold in the center when the Lohses purchase her. They turned the cargo hold into a master stateroom and refitted her from a cargo schooner to a passenger vessel.

Greg and Laura have sailed Serenity as far as the Cayman Islands to participate in Tall Ship Festivals. They have also taken her throughout the Great Lakes as far as Chicago and all along the Eastern Seaboard from Nova Scotia to Florida.   Serenity has won numerous Tall Ship Races including the America Sail Race in Beaufort North Carolina in 2006. She has raced in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race and also participates in the Hampton Blackbeard Festival every year reenacting the battle of Ocracoke.

For those who love history, yearn for romance, or have dreamed of experiencing a true sailing adventure, your ship has just come in!

Riverwalk Landing
Yorktown, VA  23690

Phone: (757) 639-1233


Carefree Boat Club of Williamsburg

The Carefree Boat Club is a membership-based shared-fleet concept. Members join the Club and they enjoy using well-maintained boats that we provide without the hassles of conventional ownership or the disappointments of renting,” said Bryan. “When you own a boat it is 100 percent your responsibility. If something goes wrong, it is the owner’s issue to take care of it at their expense. Having the boat repaired can take awhile and in the meantime…you find yourself not boating. We take care of the maintenance, insurance, taxes, cleaning, storage, detailing, you name it. Members have zero worries.

Provide unlimited member-only usage of a variety of quality maintained boats with no hassles or expenses of conventional ownership.

Enhance the lifestyles of our members with every boating outing.




Carefree Boat Club of Williamsburg (Two Rivers Country Club Marina & River’s Rest Marina)

River’s Rest Marina
Charles City, VA 23030
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