A Sit Down With Sara Harris: Editor of The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay

Do you love on your community by eating, shopping and supporting local?

We certainly do at Marker Nine, and so does Sara Harris, who featured our company in The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay.

Recently we sat down with Sara to test just how much of a coastal lover she is – and not to worry, she passes the test in a big way!

How do we test? Have you ever heard of the Proust Questionnaire? It traces its origins to a parlor game popularized by French essayist and novelist Marcel Proust. He believed that in answering a series of deep questions you could reveal the true nature of someone.

Well, here at Marker Nine, we believe that you can reveal someone's true love of the coastal life in the same way...with the Marker Nine Questionnaire.

Enjoy getting to know Sara here!

What are your top three yacht rock songs that must be on your beach or boat playlist?

Oh my gosh…

(You can take your time.)

I know, I need to! I love music so much, but I am not good at remembering the actual song titles of songs that I like until I hear them. My dad’s first career was Navy, a different kind of yacht. And growing up we moved a lot from coast-to-coast over the years. So I always tend to associate songs with locations and memories and feelings versus titles.

Even if I can’t remember the names, if it comes on yacht rock radio, I’m down. I also like, and this might be too on the nose, Jimmy Buffet, for boats and the beach. I love songs with any kind of steel drum in them because it just kind of takes you to that place where you just feel the warm sun on your face and the tranquility. And that makes me happy.

What is your favorite seafood?

I love shrimp and crab. I love fresh local oysters and clams. Back in the day, we would go toe-clamming in the York River and come home and make Uncle Bobby’s Clams a la Bobby recipe (Bobby Leigh) and I have a lot of great memories doing that.

What is your drink of choice on the beach or boat?

If there is a blender, I would have a pina colada. To me, it just reminds me of the water and being on a boat, or toes in the sand. And if no blender, a chilled Virginia white or rosé wine.  I love supporting local.       

If you could only bring one person out on your boat with you (or to spend the day on the beach), who would it be? Living or dead. Celebrity or not. You pick.

Brian (Harris). Easy.

      

Blow boat or power boat?

(Without a moment’s hesitation) Power boat.   

Creek crawl or full throttle?

You know, I love a creek crawl. I also love the full throttle, wind in your face feeling. Something about the steady hum of the motor where you can feel alone with your thoughts. It’s quite meditative. I love them both. It’s a lot like music, it just depends.    

Snack attack. What are the must have snacks for a day on the boat or beach?

A homemade deli sandwich on a potato roll because that’s what Brian’s mom (Betsie Harris) always did, in my memory anyway. We always, for the kids, had chicken strips from Marvin Crane’s and anything that’s easily shareable with the people you meet. I’m kind of sentimental, so I tend to pack the same things year after year.  

What is your favorite water memory?

The short answer is every first boat ride of the season leaving the dock and coming out on Sarah Creek and doing a creek crawl before the York River at Gloucester Point. It’s every first one because it always reminds me of how special this area is and why we choose to live here. I literally tear up every, single first time.

        

Describe your perfect day (preferably on the water).

It would be starting off with blue skies and low humidity, with little wind so that the water is flat. A short creek crawl through Sarah Creek, running into some friends along the way with a stop at a little spit of sand by the channel’s Marker 9. Locals refer to it as Fary’s Point. Our kids called it “Party Island” when they were little.

Next we’re running wide open down the York River and across the Chesapeake and Mobjack Bays to New Point. I’ve traveled to Turks and Caicos, Harbour Island, destinations where you’re going for the sand and water. And they’re beautiful places to be sure. But, every time that I’m at New Point, boats anchored, standing in the water, looking around, talking to friends and neighbors, I think how people pay to travel to places for an experience like this and we have it right in our backyard.

What's the biggest fish tale that you told?

We haven’t done a lot of fishing in recent years, but we used to go a lot more especially when Brian’s dad (Jimmy Harris) was living. Brian’s mom and dad loved fishing, so they have been out and taken our boys AJ & Jake many times here locally. I have memories of going flounder fishing in the Chesapeake Bay with Brian’s dad and that was a lot of fun. Great times, and those are the kind of fish tales I like.


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