Before you decide to tackle sailing the waters of Chincoteague Island on your own, however, you might benefit from the knowledge of the island's charter cruise captains, or from booking a kayaking eco-tour. Either one will allow you to relax and take in the sights during your sail, as you become familiar with the shoreline and the best places to return and view local waterfowl and wildlife.
Short of becoming a Chincoteague waterman, you'll never learn as much about sailing the waters of Chincoteague Island like the watermen do than by experiencing the Coastal Encounter offered by Back Bay Cruises. This is a half-day sail during which you'll be expected to get wet and muddy at the same time you are receiving an education in Chincoteague's water-loving animals and plants.
You'll actually disembark from your boat to explore the island's marshes and mudflats, do some beach combing, learn about clam and oyster aquaculture and harvesting, and perhaps harvest some crabs, mussels, or oysters of your own! You'll also get an earful of Chincoteague's history, including chilling tales of the legendary pirate Blackbeard. The man has yet to be born who sailed the waters of Chincoteague Island any better than he.
Sailing is a way of life on Chincoteague, and you can't say you've really seen this magical place until you've seen it from the water!
Blueberry Festival Alert!
On more of a Landlubber Note, just want ro remind you to preorder your fresh blueberries from the Chincoteageague Blueberry Festival by calling Captain Dick at
703-496-3553. Don't be disappointed and preorder your fresh blueberries, as they always sell out.
To order your to-die-for Ultimate Blueberry Pies please call 757-336-3712.
For more information about the Blueberry Festival, please visit www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com
And with all due respect to the recently departed Walter Cronkite,
"and that's the way it is."