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About Red Witch Sailing

Red Witch II is an approximate replica of an early-generation (1914 to 1966) “12-Meter” sailboat – similar to those that raced in the 1920 Olympics and 1958 to 1966 America’s Cup.


 Whereas Red Witch II is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to accommodate 40 passengers, for passenger comfort we prefer to sail with 28 (or fewer) passengers. Red Witch II displaces 19 tons, carries 1,200 square feet of sail, and has an overall length of 55 feet. She has a traditional full keel and cutter sailing rig (with a modern Marconi aka Bermuda-style mainsail). For her era and size she is a fast sailing vessel with a top speed of 12 knots.


 Red Witch II is an approximate replica of the early generation of “12-Meter” racing yachts that sailed in the 1920 Olympics and America’s Cup races from 1958 to 1966 – as for the 1967 America’s Cup, “Intrepid” was the first 12-Meter to shift away from a traditional full keel to a more contemporary “split keel” with fin keel and separate rudder; in the 1983 America’s Cup, “Australia II” was the first 12-Meter to feature a wing keel with spade rudder; and in the 1987 America’s Cup, a 12-Meter introduced a design with two rudders, one aft just of the bow). Learn More….



Capt. Andrew R. Sadock (100-Ton Ship’s Master with Sailing and Towing Endorsements) has safely carried 336,000 passengers from Chicago’s Navy Pier, Kenosha Harbor, Los Angeles (Marina Del Rey) and Santa Barbara Harbor (California).

 1914-Design America’s Cup Sailing Yacht (replica) Red Witch II (U.S. Coast Guard Official Name “S/V Jakab”) was specifically designed by renowned naval architect Bruce King for ocean racing – fast passage in high waves and wind. Whereas Lake Michigan is renowned for rough sailing conditions on occasion, the prevailing conditions here are well suited for a vessel of Red Witch II’s characteristics and design. 

 Vintage-design Red Witch III, built in Canada in 1977, was designed by naval architect Alex McGruer specifically to handle the challenging chop (vertical waves) of the Great Lakes. One of Red Witch III’s sisterships crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice. Red Witch III is small yet mighty …


Host your private event for up to 28 guests aboard Red Witch II (from Milwaukee’s Third Ward) – OR a private event for up to 5 guests aboard Red Witch III (Kenosha Harbor). Red Witch II and Red Witch III are perfect venues for corporate meetings for clients or staff, weddings (pre/post-wedding events), family reunions, school reunions, and any other party or gathering! Red Witch II and Red Witch III are a wonderful adventure for all ages – from summer camp outings, school outings to retiree gatherings.

Red Witch II under sail