New York’s Central Park has them. You can find them in Paris at the Jardin Du Luxembourg.
Now they are in Norfolk. Stroll around the Hague, between the Chrysler Museum of Art and the footbridge, and you will find Sailbots757.
Remote controlled sailboat rentals are a charming addition to the Hague, sailing around peacefully where the giant rubber duck once floated. Miniature sailboats can make you happy, just like a giant rubber ducky. You will find Sailbots757 every Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 – 6:00, weather permitting.
Lisa and Robert Suhay conceived the idea of the remote controlled sailboats just five months ago. Robert is a life-long sailor. He holds the Guinness World Record for longest distance sailed in a Laser sailboat. He sailed 283.5 nautical miles from Beaufort, NC to Annapolis, MD.
Lisa is an author of 8 books for children, including three Mermaid books. Her latest book is The Mermaid Who Came in on The Tide, a NorFolktale. 100% of the proceeds from her books go to ForKids, our local organization that helps homeless families.
The six sailboats in the fleet have no motors. The remotes control the rudder and the sails. The gentle breeze of the Hague does the rest. Lisa says it’s, “the safest, fastest and least scary way of learning to sail.” The boats cannot sink and “there are no miniature people who have to worry about drowning.”
The Suhays set up colorful buoys in the Hague. You can practice your maneuvers or race your friend around the course. They offer sailing by appointment and sailing birthday parties. Lisa says they have ordered rainbow sails for a special “Gay Pride Sail” that will be announced on their website. They plan on having a video camera mounted on at least one of the boats to get a sailor’s eye view.
Lisa has been thrilled with the cooperation of the city of Norfolk, who allowed them to set up this business in less than five months. This is a fun activity for families, couples, or even the lone security guard on her break who wanted to give it a try this hot and breezy afternoon.
Kayaking by the Nauticus and now sailing in the Hague, two more fun things to do in Norfolk.