News Archive

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 30% of each of its boats open so that sailors have the opportunity to make [continued…]

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 2019 be your year. Fairwind’s American Sailing Association certification classes begin in June. If you [continued…]

Capt. Ben on Fairwind’s 40th Anniversary

This year marks Fairwind Sail Charters’ 40th anniversary and my 20th anniversary as owner/operator. 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 seamanship instead of maximizing profit? Could a business model based on the best of [continued…]

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 sparkling new Beneteau 38.1, and, as you can see from the photo taken in Columbia [continued…]

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: Chicago Stories.” The book tells the remarkable story of the building of the first tunnel [continued…]

Special Fall Pricing on Brand New Beneteau 38.1!

Fairwind Sail Charters celebrates its upcoming 39th year with Special Fall Pricing on a brand new 2017 Beneteau 38.1. The Beneteau 38.1 combines practical features, performance, and elegance on a beautiful yacht that epitomizes the cutting edge for family cruising. The innovative chined hull provides stability and speed and sets the standard for modern yacht [continued…]

Spring Ahead to your Sailing Future!

Get a head start on your sailing future with Fairwind Sail Charters, Chicago’s oldest American Sailing Association certified sailing school and the number one choice for cruising sailors for almost forty years. Learn to sail with the best and be ready for wherever your sailing future leads, whether it is sailing Lake Michigan on Fairwind [continued…]

Fairwind Sail Charters Welcomes New Beneteau 41

Fairwind Sail Charters welcomes a new addition to the best sailboat fleet in Chicago. The 2016 Beneteau 41 is designed by naval architects Finot-Conq and Associates. It features a sleek low profile cabin with long coachroof windows and a continuous chine over the length of the boat. Major highlights of this beautiful yacht include a luminous interior plus an [continued…]

Picture Perfect Sailing with Fairwind Sail Charters

With the exception of a cool and rainy start, summer 2015 has provided picture perfect sailing. It was a season that saw a record number of students graduate from Fairwind’s award winning American Sailing Association sailing school, many happy skippers enjoying the beautiful Dragon Fleet, and lovely private charters for both locals and out of town [continued…]

Fairwind Makeup Policy Stands Out

Fairwind Sail Charters always puts safety first, which is why it is the only sailing lease share program to offer makeup sails to skippers who miss a sail due to bad weather. “I never want a skipper to feel a financial pressure to go sailing in poor conditions. I want our skippers to stay safe and get the [continued…]