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Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we don't feel that it is appropriate to continue our semi-private, shared sailing charters this season. Therefore, we will only be operating private sailing charters for the remainder of the 2020 charter season. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has cancelled it's annual Air and Water Show for the 2020 season. As a result, we have cancelled our special Air and Water show charters. A standard weekend charter schedule will be operated on those dates instead. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Navy Pier has cancelled it's fireworks shows for it's Phase 2 Re-opening. As a result, we have cancelled all of our fireworks related charters for the 2020 season. If Navy Pier elects to resume their fireworks shows or hosts fireworks on special individual dates, we will offer a 3-hr sunset/fireworks combined charters for those dates only. Follow our social media accounts for those announcements.
On behalf of Come Sailing, Inc., owner Capt. Michael Blanchard has signed and is committed to the Boater Pledge Advocating for the Safe and Responsible Opening of the Chicago Harbors. The pledge reads as follows:
I hereby affirm that I am a boater who is advocating for the safe and responsible opening of the Chicago Harbors. I recognize that due to the current public health crisis, recreation must be done in a conscionable manner incorporating the best current public health practices and policies. As a boater, I acknowledge that I have an enhanced social responsibility to enjoy the lakefront in a way that keeps my friends, family, and general public safe
I understand that my actions affect others, and I pledge to recreate responsibly under the following guidelines once the harbors are allowed to open:
I further recognize that failure to observe municipal policies once the Chicago Harbors open may result in forfeiture of vessel mooring permits and other consequences.
Boating is a safe recreational activity and I look forward to contributing to a responsible 2020 Chicago boating season.
Additional information about the pledge and the Chicago Harbors' COVID-19 response can be found on the Chicago Harbors website.
To our sailing friends and family,
I hope this message finds you healthy and as happy as possible. The cabin fever is starting to get to us and we are anxious to get out on the water and begin our sailing season!
Unfortunately, we will have to wait just a little longer. Today we are forced to announce the postponement of our sailing season to an undetermined future date.
On Thursday April 23, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an extension of the current stay-at-home order until May 30. In addition, the Chicago Park District announced yesterday that the Chicago Harbors will remain closed until further notice.
While the actual start date of our season remains fluid, we know it will be no earlier than Sunday, May 31, 2020. So until we have more clarity around our start date, customers will be allowed to book charters for Sunday, May 31 and beyond.
In the meantime, please consider supporting our small, family owned business with the purchase of a t-shirt, sticker, gift certificate, etc. Watch for updates on how to purchase these items coming soon!
First, I would like to say THANK YOU to all of our loyal customers for their support throughout the years. I certainly look forward to sailing with all of you again as soon as possible. In the meantime, I want to welcome everyone to continue scheduling charters and purchasing gift certificates as you would normally. Obviously, this is going to be a very challenging year for us. While the COVID-19 pandemic is bad for everyone and we wish there was no pandemic at all, the timing of it could be particularly devastating to our business. We rely very heavily on the months of June, July, and August for the majority of our revenue.
Secondly, whether you are new to our business or a customer that has sailed with us previously, please consider supporting our business through any of the following actions:
Capt. Michael Blanchard
USCG Master 100-ton, Sail Auxiliary
Come Sailing, Inc. - Chicago's Premier Private Sailing Charter
FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020
This date is subject to change dependent on situations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Capt. Mike is a licensed charter captain and the owner of Come Sailing, Inc.
Come Sailing, Inc.
Chicago's Premier Sailing Experience and Private Sailing Charter
Sunset Sails, Day Sails, Fireworks Cruises, and Special Occasions
Foot of Monroe Street at Lake Shore Drive
Boarding Location within Monroe Harbor
Lakefront Trail along the "Charter Wall" on the north side of Monroe Harbor