FAQ

Sailing is an adventure! As such, you should be prepared for your trip aboard by wearing appropriate clothing and bringing snacks if you prefer. Note that Lake Michigan is cold until mid-summer, so it may be up to twenty degrees cooler on the lake than on land (and after the sun sets the ambient temperature may quickly drop).

Is Red Witch II an accessible boat?

Red Witch II (aka s/v Jakab) is not a disabled-accessible vessel. Yet many disabled passengers enjoy sailing aboard the boat. Disabled individuals do enjoy sailing aboard the vessel as the crew helps people board and disembark the vessel. Portable wheelchairs may be stowed aboard the vessel during the sailing experience.

Where can I park?

Free public parking is available just to the south of the dock near 54th Street and 3rd Avenue and a half block to the southwest. Street parking is available.

What should I wear?

Even during summer, the weather can be (much!) cooler on the lake, especially after sunset. Bring a light jacket or sweatshirt. High heels and wedges are not recommended. Our sailorly advice: when dressing up for the evening, slip a pair of flats in your purse.

Is there a bathroom aboard?

For public sails, due to Covid restrictions, we do not allow passengers access to the bathroom (no exceptions during a 75-minute public sail). However, accessibility may be possible for private events that are two or more hours – depending upon various factors.

What if it rains?

Try as we might, we cannot control the weather! We do have a spacious traditional cabin below in case a hard rain should occur while we’re on the lake but, in the case of a light drizzle, please bring a light rain jacket or poncho. Sailing is an adventure after all! Sails are canceled at the sole discretion of the Captain, up to the time of departure. We want you to return year after year – so we only sail in weather that we believe you will enjoy. We definitely do not sail should lightning be in the area. And, typically, if a sustained or hard rain is forecast, we may defer or cancel the sail. Should the Captain cancel a sail, you may reschedule by calling our office at 312.469.0233. We will be happy to find another day that fits your schedule.

How many people does Red Witch II accommodate?

Red Witch II (aka s/v Jakab) holds up to 30 guests.

Do I need sunscreen?

It’s bright out there, so be prepared and pack your sunscreen! The sun reflects off the water, even on cloudy days, and can cause sunburn if you’re not protected.

Is there a sound system?

Red Witch II does have a sound system available for private events. Bring an iPod (or android telephone) to access our system.

Can we swim or jump off?

There is no swimming from Red Witch II. Please stay on the boat – without exception!

Can I bring food?

Bring a snack! You may get hungry on the water. There are numerous restaurants within two blocks of the boat so feel free to grab a bite or drink prior to your sail.

Can I bring alcohol (or drinks)?

Not if you are sailing on a public sail. We sell beer, wine and soda on public sails. Beer and wine are $5. Soda is $2. Bottled water is $1.

Alcoholic beverage options are available for private events. Please contact us for more information at redwitchevents@gmail.com or 1 (312) 469-0233.

What if my sail is canceled?

Red Witch II only cancels sails if the weather is inclement at the sole discretion of the captain. Call our office to reschedule should a sail be canceled; note that we seldom cancel sails.