After a three week appearance this spring, the captain of Chicago’s award-winning wooden Tall Ship Red Witch has announced that the ship will return to Kenosha for the remainder of the summer beginning July 1. The 49-passenger Red Witch will offer 80-minute public sails and private charters on Lake Michigan.
Red Witch was voted Chicago’s “Best Tour & Charter Boat” in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
“Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we received in Kenosha during our initial visit, we’re thrilled to be back and to continue serving the Kenosha community this summer,” commented Captain Andrew Sadock.
Red Witch’s return will coincide with the Fourth of July holiday weekend and will offer a special Fireworks Sail timeslot on July 4. For easier access during the busy holiday weekend, Red Witch will move from its usual port in Southport Marina to the south wall of Kenosha Harbor at 54th Street & 3rd Avenue. After July 4, it will return to dock at Southport Marina (21 56th Street).
The sailing schedule for July is as follows:
JULY 1 – 4
Board at Kenosha Harbor, 54th Street & 3rd Avenue
–Friday, July 1 – 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
–Saturday, July 2 – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
–Sunday, July 3 – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
–Monday, July 4 – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
–Monday July 4 Fireworks Sail – 8:00 p.m.
JULY 7 – 24
Board at Southport Marina, 21 56th Street, Northeast Dock
-Thursdays, July 7, 14 & 21 – 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
-Fridays, July 8, 15 & 22 – 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
-Saturdays, July 9, 16 & 23 – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
-Sundays, July 10, 17 & 24 – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
The August sailing schedule will be published around mid-July, and September’s schedule by mid-August. Tickets cost $29.00 to $39.00 per person (July 4 Fireworks Sail is $59 per person), and guests may purchase tickets online at redwitch.com, or at the ship prior to sailing.
Private charters are also available for group events such as corporate outings and teambuilding exercises, pre- and post-wedding excursions, birthday parties and other occasions. Private event prices start at $20.00 per person.
Tall Ship Red Witch is just steps from lakefront museums and lighthouses, parks and festival spaces, Downtown shops, galleries and restaurants, and Kenosha’s Metra train station. Red Witch fulfills a growing demand among consumers looking for Lake Michigan boat tours from Kenosha and will serve the many visitors to the Downtown and lakefront area during her stay.
Red Witch was voted Chicago’s “Best Tour & Charter Boat” in 2009, 2010 and 2012. She is a replica of a Great Lakes working schooner from the mid-nineteenth century, is 77-feet long and weighs 41 tons. Her two gaff-rigged masts carry 2,500 square feet of sail. Made of wood, Red Witch was built in 1986 in Bayou La Batre, Alabama at the boatyard of Nathaniel Zirlott, a commercial boat builder known for building rugged ocean boats.
Tall Ship Red Witch, LLC is a member of the American Sail Training Association, and has been used as an educational platform for traditional rig sailing and maritime history. Owner /Captain Andrew Sadock is a licensed United States Coast Guard Master Captain and has been piloting large sailboats in San Francisco Bay and Lake Michigan since 1988.