USCG CertificationPassenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
Windy was designated Chicago’s offical Tall Ship in 2006. Built as modern interpretations of the last days of commercial sail, the Windy is true to function while using modern materials and safety features. In 1996, Windy was the first four-masted commercial sailing vessel built since 1921. It has many features not found on older tall ships like hot water showers, private bunks, great cabin, furling topsails, as well as bowthruster, shoal draft, and wing keel. Windy is rigged as a schooner, with her decks divided and easily managed multi-sail designs, there are ample opportunities for persons of all walks of life to participate in the sailing experience. During the summer at Navy Pier, Chicago, both vessels offer hands on sailing experiences to the public as well as private charters for corporations, weddings, team building, and private parties. The ships have hosted 8000 youth aboard in 2008 for the maritime education program. Windy was the dockside ship used as the Schooner Rouse Simmons, in “The Christmas Tree Ship” documentary which was first aired on the Weather Channel in December 2004.
Homeport: Chicago, IL
Sparred Length: 148'
Rig height: 85'
Sail Area: 4839 square feet
Normal cruising waters: Great Lakes, Eastern Seaboard, Caribbean
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Contact: Captain Bruce Randall