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As always, we are very excited for the upcoming sailing season! Our private sailing charters officially resume on Friday, May 21, 2021. The winter and pandemic have been tough. Now it's time to get outside and enjoy life again! Relax on the foredeck in the warm sun as a fresh breezy fills our sails and carries us away from the noise and stress of daily life. Come Sailing with us this summer and recharge your mental batteries. Stay tuned for further updates on this upcoming season.
- Capt. Mike
The City of Chicago announced yesterday that the Chicago Lakefront and parks would open on Monday, June 22. The Chicago Harbors have confirmed that they will also open along with the rest of the lakefront on June 22, which means that after a long and difficulty wait...WE ARE BACK!! SAILING STARTS MONDAY, JUNE 22! Our booking calendar is open and ready to accept booking. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or would like assistance.
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.
Ok, maybe that's not the question we should be asking our charter guests. But, we ARE asking our guests if they would like us to provide a bag of ice for their charter instead of just assuming that they do and automatically providing one for them. The new default will be to NOT provide a bag of ice unless a guest says "Yes" to this question. Why? Because we are making an effort to reduce our impact on the environment. It's a bit of a buzz kill for us if, at the end of the day, we have a bunch of bags of ice that will simply melt away unused and wasted.
Just think about the amount of energy and resources that go into providing a single bag of ice.
Listen, we're not saying that people shouldn't enjoy the luxury of an iced beverage while sailing on a beautiful summer day. Quite the contrary. Chartering a sailboat for a private and relaxing sail on Lake Michigan in Chicago is a luxurious activity that should, by all means, include iced beverages. That said, if we can avoid providing a bag of ice to a guest that has no intention of using it, then we can avoid wasting all of that energy and all of those resources that would have gone into providing that one bag of ice. One bag may not make that big of a difference, but every little bit helps. Added together over time, it will make a difference regardless how small. And as someone who relies on natural resources, like our beautiful Lake Michigan, for their livelihood, I think that's a good thing.
- Capt. Mike
There really are no words that can describe the beauty and tranquility of watching the sun set behind the city while perched on the bow of a sailboat that's quietly making way. We'll just say "mesmerizing". This IS the experience that you're looking for. This holiday give an experience they'll love and remember forever. Gift certificates are available. Get 20% off during our Holiday Sale. Check out the details of our sale on our home page.
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Come Sailing - Chicago's Premier Private Sailing Charter.
Less than a week to go in our sailing season. Our last regularly scheduled charter for the season will be the Sunset Sail on Monday, Oct. 8th. But such is sailing in Chicago. We get just a short amount of time each year to sail as furiously as possible before pulling the boats out for winter storage. The end of the season is always bittersweet for me. While I look forward to catching my breath and kicking off my winter projects, I am going to miss the gorgeous sunsets, the spectacular views of Chicago that can only be seen from Lake Michigan, my fun loving customers that sail with me, and of course the sailing. I will particularly miss that moment of anticipation as the wind catches the sails, the boat begins its roll on to a heel, and you know you are about to take off sailing. The thought alone has me already looking forward to next year. In the meantime, there are still a few opportunities for sailing this year. So click on our Book Now page to schedule your private sailing charter before it's too late! See you on the water! Capt. Mike
Captains wanted for Sailing Charter - We are looking for experienced, professional captains. Must be confident sailing and docking a 36-foot sailboat single-handed in all weather conditions. Customer service is a very important part of our mission to provide safe, enjoyable, customized sailing adventures for our customers. Personable captains with a passion for sailing and fun should send their resumes to Capt. Mike Blanchard firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-824-SAIL (708-824-7245).
In Chicago, winter is the season for boat work and projects. And we've been busy! A lot of the projects on our list this year include exciting, behind the scenes work like "re-pitching the prop to match the new gear ratios on the transmission." Yeah, I know! Exciting stuff! ;-)
Then there are projects that are a little more obvious and attention grabbing. One of those projects is the complete overhaul and migration of our website. Redesigned for a more professional look, the new site features a vastly improved mobile presence. We are excited about the updates and hope you enjoy the new look and feel.
Check it out and let us know what you think. Feedback is welcome at email@example.com. We are always looking to improve.
Capt. Mike is a licensed charter captain and the owner of Come Sailing, Inc.
Come Sailing, Inc.
Chicago's Premier 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