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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…]

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 the Great Lakes on [continued…]

Fairwind Offers Early Bird Specials for 2015!

Fairwind Sail Charters is now accepting applications for its 2015 season. In celebration of its 37 years as Chicago’s premier sailing yacht lease share program, Fairwind is offering special pre-season pricing for sailors who sign up by November 15, 2014. For almost forty years, Fairwind’s beautiful boats, excellent location, and unsurpassed customer service have made it the choice of discerning sailors. [continued…]

Fairwind Distinguished by Make Up Policy

Fairwind Sail Charters’ sailing yacht lease share program stands alone in offering make up sails for sails missed due to bad weather.  Fairwind Sail Charters believes that sailors should never have an economic incentive to sail in questionable or unpleasant conditions.  This summer has once again confirmed the value of this emphasis on safety — Fairwind’s skippers have not forfeited a single sail due to the [continued…]