Fairwind Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2022!
As we head into the dog days of summer it is never too soon to look ahead to Summer 2022. After a year that saw record interest in the Dragon Fleet, and with a past history of having a 90%+… read more
Fairwind Looks Forward to Summer 2021!
The Dragon Fleet made up for lost time in 2020 with a great summer of sailing. Fairwind Sail Charters now looks forward to 2021 for its 43rd year of providing the best sailing experience in Chicago. With a record renewal… read more
Fairwind Welcomes Summer 2020!
The Dragon Fleet is up and running for its 42nd year. Given the pandemic, Fairwind is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the mighty Dragoneers have a safe sailing experience. Unfortunately, Fairwind has closed its sailing school for this summer… read more
Thank You for a Great Season!
This was a difficult season weather-wise, with most of May and June lost to rain. But it highlighted the exceptional value of Fairwind Sail Charter’s seamanship-based business model. Unlike other programs that pack their boats full, Fairwind leaves at least… read more
Sailing Season is Near!
The buds are on the trees, the crocuses are poking their noses up, and the sandhill cranes are heading back north. Spring is here and summer is around the corner. If you have always wanted to learn to sail, let… read more
Capt. Ben on Fairwind’s 40th Anniversary
This year marks Fairwind Sail Charters’ 40th anniversary and my 20th anniversary as owner When I bought Fairwind in 1998 I started what has now been a twenty-year experiment. Could you run a sailing business based on the principles of… read more
Fairwind’s Newest Dragon Heading to its New Home!
The newest addition to Fairwind Sail Charters’ legendary Dragon Fleet has left its nest in Marion, South Carolina, (dragons start out in nests) and is headed to its new home on Lake Michigan. To be christened Dragonfly, it is a… read more
Northwestern University Features Capt. Ben’s Latest Book
Capt. Ben Sells’s latest book, The Tunnel Under the Lake: The Engineering Marvel that Saved Chicago, is featured in the Northwestern University Press 2017 Spring/Summer catalog and was chosen as the lead book in the new series “Second to None:… read more