Captain Bill Wilson

United Sates Coast Guard Certified

100 Ton Masters License


Captain Bill has been sailing for 40 years. Destinations included Croatia, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands.

The entire winter of 2011-2012 was spent sailing throughout the Windward and Leeward Islands, the USVI’s, the BVI’s as well as the Bahamas.

The 2012 summer was spent sailing the east coast of the US, the Chesapeake Bay, in and around New Jersey, New York Harbor to the Hudson River.

A 1300 mile open water sail from North Carolina to St Thomas in October of 2012 marks a total of over 5300 miles in one year alone.

The summer of 2013 brought Bill back to New England locations where he navigated the waters of the East River, Hells Gate, and the Long Island Sound.

Block Island RI, New London CT, Montauk and Port Jefferson NY, were just a few ports of call visited by Captain Bill.

Most recently SteppinUp was once again sailed back to North Carolina by Captain Bill and Michelle, from St Thomas for hurricane season 2018.

Past experiences also include skydiving, hang gliding, scuba diving, rock climbing, competitive swimming and distance running.

Captain Bill recently retired from 35 years in the Heating and Cooling industry and as owner and operator of several restaurants for over 15 years.

He’s a Licensed Contractor in Refrigeration and Plumbing as well as a certified Electrician and HVAC Technician.

Captain Bill is a veteran of the US Navy and holds a USCG Captains 100 Ton Certification.


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The Crew

Cook and First Mate Michelle Emmons

Michelle has over 40 years of experience in the kitchen, ranging from intimate multi-course meals to banquets for up to 100 people.

Her passion for cooking and baking has come to fruition in the Galley aboard Steppin Up.

Michelle retired from teaching for 17 years. She coached competitive gymnastics & volleyball for over a decade and is a free-lance artist.

She has logged over 15,000 miles of sailing aboard Steppin Up including a 1300 mile open water crossing from NC to St Thomas.

Michelle looks forward to providing guests with delicious and satisfying dining, along with a comfortable and pampered vacation experience.

Fun Loving & Adventurous

Bill and Michelle are high school classmates from Jackson, New Jersey. Currently they have a home in Belhaven, North Carolina.

They are both life-long athletes and were active volunteers in numerous community organizations.

Both are proud parents. Bill has three adult sons and one adult daughter.  Michelle has two adult sons

Bill eventually settled in Virginia after his time in the Navy, while Michelle stayed put in their hometown.

Years later they joined forces and made the decision to take on this joint venture.

Their years of experience working with people is coupled with a sincere desire to cater to your comfort.

Sunshine Sailing Charters has been in business since 2011 and since then Bill have Michelle have hosted around 100 charters.

You will be happy to spend your vacation aboard Steppin Up with Capt’n Bill and Michelle.

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