About Offshore Adventures
Captain Rick is a US Coast Guard 50 Ton Master Captain, and has been sailing for 20 years, 12 of them on Lake Michigan. Rick loves to sail, but his passion for the last 7 years has been offshore racing. He has participated in many different events, from the Chicago Race to Mackinac, the Hook Race, The Queens Cup, The Tri-State, Chicago to St. Joe, Chicago to Michigan City, and Chicago to Waukegan. Rick continues to compete in the Single Handed Race to Mackinac, and the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac every year.
New for 2014 is our Sailing Club! We now have 2 J/35 racing sailboats named Alpha Puppy and Canis Major, and a Tartan 30 cruiser named Sundog.
The J/35 is built for speed, and we will race them every night of the week, from 1 on 1 match racing, to the Wednesday Night Beer Can Series, all the way to the Chicago Race to Mackinac. These boats balance well on all points of sail, and respond quickly to the tiller but unlike other high performance boats, they are quite forgiving of mistakes that may be made by an inexperienced helmsman or crew. The J/35 is a great boat to learn on because when you change something, the boat responds instantly. She is also a comfortable cruiser.
Last year, our Tartan 30 Sundog joined the fleet. Built more for cruising than racing, what she lacks in speed, she more than makes up for in comfort. She is ideal for a lazy sunset sail on the lake if racing is not you speed.
Picture coming soon!
Captain Brad enjoys working during the summer season in the Chicago area as a sailboat captain. As a USCG Captain, he has been involved in Caribbean, Lake Michigan and Lake Erie sailing cruises, sailing instruction, and boat deliveries.
Brad is also an electrical engineer and works for an industrial control systems integrator. He specializes in designing electrical systems for industrial automation controls.
Brad’s enthusiasm for sailing is infectious to all around him. His educational and nautical experience come together to create a sailing atmosphere that is safe, fun, and exciting.