For many years, the stereotype persisted that sailing was primarily the province of young, hearty men with large, tattooed biceps. You can think “Popeye” in this case. However, in recent years, the demographic of who enjoys sailing has become much more diverse. It’s not just hoity toity rich folk that are enjoying the sport but families are enjoying the waters as well. Here at Carefree Boat Club in Chicago, we want to expose the awesomeness of sailing to a wide variety of ages and demographics. We are going to do this by offering sailing cruises in Chicago, sailing lessons, as well as sailing safety courses starting this spring.
Sailing is becoming an increasingly popular recreational activity for families in Chicago Il, and with good reason. On a sailboat that requires someone steering at the helm, someone navigating from a map, and even someone swabbing the deck, there is a lot to be done, so there can be a role for everyone from grandpa down to the smallest tot. Sailing as a family encourages the kind of lighthearted cooperation and communication that can help any clan of kin grow closer while having a lot of fun. Since sailing in Chicago is a team activity, it is a great way to bond your family back as one. Carefree Boat Club offers introductory sailing cruises here on Lake Michicagn and is a great way to experience the thrill first hand. It is also a great opportunity for you to see if your family enjoys the sport as much as we do.
Spending an afternoon on Lake Michigan in Chicago is a great way to get away from the stresses of everyday life. Sharing this kind of experience with your loved ones can be a great way to have some quality bonding time. This is also a great way to break the ice on a first date. Seeing the Navy Pier Fireworks on a sailing cruise can’t get any more romantic.
If you are thinking about exploring this great and soothing sport with your family, it is a good idea to start small. Taking on difficult waters or a very long journey when you and your kin are still getting your sea legs can lead to tension and arguments that can sour the whole experience. Carefree Boat Club offers intro sailing courses to “get your feet wet”. Once you and your family decide that you like sailing, we offer advanced sailing classes for those that really want to thread the Lake Michigan waters.
To keep everybody in a good mood, make sure that you and your nearest and dearest have all of the training you need in order to have a calm and safe journey. While it may be tempting to charter a boat and head for the Bahamas right away, try starting with a course here at Carefree Boat Club Chicago in water safety along with basic sailing terminology and techniques. Comfort is key to an enjoyable sailing cruise.
Even if your family doesn’t fall in love with this uniquely peaceful sport, you will all be likely to have a great time trying it out. The fact that learning to sail is half the fun explains why growing numbers of sailing schools offer classes that are specially designed to suit the needs of families with varying ages of children. So with a little bit of effort, you are sure to discover a class that is right for you and your kids.
Private sailing classes can cost quite a bit, with beginning courses starting at one hundred dollars or more per person. Our boat club in Chicago offers sailing classes from beginner to intermediate. But if you have the resources to splurge on these sailing classes for your family, you are all but guaranteed to have fun and learn the basics of boating.
If your recreation budget can’t accommodate this kind of one-on-one instruction, you can still manage to learn the difference between port and starboard through one of our unique sailing cruises in Chicago. We offer sunset sailing cruises, Navy pier Fireworks sailing cruises, and custom sailing cruises to suit any need. Many shore towns and cities offer municipally subsidized sailing lessons for residents at prices that are well below the market rate for this kind of instruction including Carefree Boat Club. With a little research and creative planning, you and your family should be able to hit the high seas without breaking the bank. Call our office at (312) 833-9738 for information on sailing cruises in Chicago as well as sailing lessons and safety courses.
Happy Sailing Chicago!