Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule my Sail?
Try our SCHEDULING APP
Can I Bring a Guest?
Non-Members may share lessons with a Guest. Non-Member & Guest Scheduling Instructions
Club Members: Scheduling Instructions
Groupon Purchasers: Go HERE
Cancellations/Rescheduling- 48 hrs. required, please refer to our Cancellation Policy for details.
Any Special Deals for New Sailors?
YES! For a limited time, we can offer your guest 70% off our Trial Weekend Membership. Normally $300, special- $90.
Before your 1st Sail (Students, Club Members and Guests)
Please review the New Sailor material and take the test.
How do I get my promotion and/or Bareboat Certification?
Anyone can go for a "MATE PROMOTION" with 3rd Coast. Go HERE
What should I wear?
NOTE: It may be up to 20 degrees colder on the lake, bring extra clothes especially in May and June, Sept. and Oct. (Knit hat and gloves all good!)
A waterproof jacket or windbreaker is a good idea in case the weather changes; try to avoid denim, cotton or leather, think clothes that dry quickly. If you booked a private cruise and plan on swimming, bring a suit and towel. Light-soled, closed-toed shoes are recommended. Sandals will also work but offer less protection. For your safety and comfort, no high heels, please.
Do I need any previous sailing experience?
No. We welcome all experience levels and our sails. Interested in learning? We are structured so you can learn at your own pace. Details
Do I need to know how to swim?
No. Our boats are quite stable. As an added safety measure and in compliance with USCG standards, each boat is equipped with enough adult-sized life jackets for everyone aboard.
Is tipping appropriate?
For private cruises and catamaran cruises and Open Sails, it is customary to tip between 10%-15%. If you are a guest of a club member who is renting the boat, NO TIPPING or any considerations. This is a violation of Coast Guard Policy.
You may bring whatever you like, Captain's discretion on consumption during the sail. (For lessons, we do love to hang-out afterward & enjoy a cold one!)
Tell Me More About Your Learn to Sail Program
You will be sailing with different levels of experience which allows new people to start anytime for any class and experienced sailors to advance quickly by getting involved with teaching. We emphasize seatime, practical hands-on experience, where you learn by doing eventually assuming more of a leadership role to gain valuable Master of Vessel experience. Use our Sailor's Guide to figure out what program is best for you.
When are you open?
Our season runs mid-May through mid-October (Sometimes into Nov!) We sail 7 days a week, weather permitting. SAILING SCHEDULE. Private cruise times can be customized to suit your schedule.
Location and Parking
Since the harbor has no real physical address, GPS and online directions are unreliable. We are located in Monroe Harbor, Cul-de-sac at Monroe and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Go here for Map & Directions.
If you are prone to motion sickness, any of the methods you may have tried before should do the trick (e.g., Dramamine, pressure point bracelets, or ginger candy). If it should happen anyway, let your Captain know immediately. We have additional ways of helping you get your sea legs under you!
Safety is our #1 priority. Cruising credits will be given for inclement weather, which will be determined by the Captain. We will make the weather calls 2-hours prior, please refer to our Weather Cancellation Policy and Cancellation Policy for details.
What if there is no wind?
Unfortunately, we do not control the wind. However, we do have a motor and we will do everything we can to ensure you have fun. You can enjoy swimming, music, fabulous views, and good company.