Getting tired of all the talk about Chicago’s crazy weather? Us too! And this summer has been especially wild. From a string of warm sunny days to unusually high rainfalls and flooding streets (and basements), 2014 will go down as one of the wettest years in Chicago history.
What about people who’ve booked private yacht charters?
When the skies are dark and cloudy and the weather anchors are saying run for cover, what happens to people who are looking forward to entertaining clients or guests on Lake Michigan?
Well, in the case of recent charters….including groups from Google and Capgemini….they go out and have a really great time! Cause the weather anchors aren’t always right. And they certainly can’t predict exactly where a storm will hit. Case in point. Take a look at these photos and you’ll see what we mean.
These were taken on Friday, September 5th. As you can see, the vantage point was out on Lake Michigan. Pretty dramatic shots, right? Even better viewed from the deck of the Free Spirit or the Gypsy Spirit. While we all prefer the glorious sunset shot, being able to see the bright horizon under those dark skies was pretty amazing. Obviously, guests on board were not in a downpour when these pictures were taken. But they sure got to see some!
That’s why we got feedback like this from our charter clients, all of whom cruised in less than ideal weather conditions:
“We had a great time; the staff was great and the cruise was really fun. We’ll definitely be doing it again!”
“Our group had a wonderful time to say the least, and I would guarantee that we will be back again in the future. Your hospitality and service was outstanding.”
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
And one of our favorites cause their cruise went on even though the Air & Water Show was cancelled…..
“We are interested in chartering again next year on the Sunday of the air and water show (August 16, 2015.) It couldn’t possibly be cancelled two years in a row, right?”
We spent a lot of time this season sending out pre-charter emails to reassure clients who were concerned about the weather. Fortunately, they all know that we are committed to providing safe and fun events.
We monitor weather radar conditions very carefully. And our captains and crews are highly experienced. They’ve all been out on Lake Michigan when the weather suddenly turned from sunny and beautiful to black and stormy or heavy with fog.
It happens (in Chicago!) and we’re always prepared. But we never cancel charters. You’ve already invited guests. The food’s been ordered. Our yachts are large enough to have your group inside (where it’s cozy and heated). If the weather is very threatening, we will stay in the harbor. Otherwise, we cruise!