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How to Have a Safe Yacht Gathering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has made for a difficult summer in 2020. It can be hard to envision and execute plans with friends, companies, or other groups while maintaining safe distancing and sanitization standards. From restaurants and bars to close friend’s living rooms, many social spaces have become temporarily off-limits.

On the other hand, the pandemic has inspired many people to explore new social spaces. In particular, the great outdoors has served as a popular site for small get-togethers. In the open air and at a safe distance, we can connect with each other in person rather than over the phone or on a screen.

Yachts provide an extraordinary space for such an outdoor gathering. Out on the water, the fresh air is limitless. Plus, there’s no risk of encountering an unexpected crowd of people while aboard a yacht.

Unfortunately, even the best yacht can’t whisk its passengers away from COVID-19. At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we’ve instituted a few reasonable precautions that can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

You can also minimize the risk during the planning stage. Here are some recommendations to help keep your yachting guests safe, comfortable, and having fun.

Fine-Tune Your Guest List

As the host of a yacht gathering during the pandemic, your first step towards safety is having a firm grasp on the number of guests you expect. The way you go about this depends on your personal preference.

You might only invite a small circle of friends, or request RSVPs by a certain date prior to the gathering. Either way, make sure to know who’s coming so you can accommodate social distancing.

Of course, even a carefully planned event can face unforeseen circumstances. Maybe your dear friend wants to bring a new significant other, or a cherished employee RSVPs a day late. Do you have to turn these guests away in the name of safety?

Not necessarily. Instead, you could plan for contingencies by building a cushion into your guest list. For example, if your yacht has the capacity for 15 socially-distanced guests, you could start by inviting 10. If it has the space for 30, you could start with 20, and so on.

Tell Your Guests What to Expect

COVID-19 safety is often just a matter of clear communication. If your guests know what to expect upon boarding your yacht, they’re likely to follow your safety requests happily.

Prior to your event, consider sending out an email describing all of the safety guidelines you’ll have in place: masks, social distancing plans, sanitization stations, and any others you feel are important. Not only will this communication alleviate your personal stress at the event, but it will also make guests feel more comfortable about the event.

Luckily, Anita Dee Yacht Charters has a robust list of COVID safety policies to keep our guests safe and comfortable. Read on to discover how choosing one of our yachts can lift some of the weight of safety-planning off of your shoulders.

Arrange Safe Seating

One of the surest ways to promote social distancing at your gathering is to eliminate the choice to be close. By arranging appropriately spaced seating before the event, you can be reasonably confident that guests will remain socially distance even while they kick up their feet.

As per CDC guidelines, you should place any movable seats at least 6 feet from each other. If households or couples are attending, you might choose to arrange some seating in closer pods.

It might be a good idea to hang signage designating social distancing pods for households. Clear signs and intentionally distanced chairs will help remind guests to respect the distance between parties, even when they aren’t sitting.

Encourage Responsible Drinking

When we hit the high seas—or the lake—on a luxurious yacht, many of us like to indulge in a cocktail or two. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, more drinks might spell danger. Our inhibitions lower with the alcohol we consume, so we become more inclined to forget about or shrug off the importance of distancing.

That’s not to say that cocktails, wine, and other drinks need to be off-limits at your gathering. Instead, if you choose to offer alcoholic beverages on your yacht, remind your friends to watch their consumption. We’ll do our best to serve your guests appropriately.

If this sounds uncomfortable, there are alternative strategies you could use to preempt the need to monitor. For instance, you could bring only enough alcohol on board for all 21+ guests to have one to two drinks.

You could also opt for a drink-ticket system. In this scenario, you would give each guest a limited number of tickets to redeem for drinks. This way, guests can enjoy beverages as they please without you having to stress about it.

Choose Anita Dee Yacht Charters

If you choose Anita Dee Yacht Charters for your yacht gathering on Lake Michigan, you can rest assured that your event will proceed in the safest way possible.

We have developed a robust safety protocol to ensure that all guests aboard our yachts can feel secure and relaxed.

This protocol, which is in full accordance with the City of Chicago guidance, includes:

  • Limiting the capacity of the Anita Dee I yacht to 75 guests
  • Limiting the capacity of the Anita Dee II yacht to 100 guests
  • Requiring all guests and staff to wear masks
  • Thoroughly sanitizing the yacht before, during, and following your gathering
  • Installing germ shields at all food and beverage stations
  • Providing plentiful hand sanitizer throughout the yacht
  • Making sure our staff members are wholly dedicated to cleaning and monitoring for safety on the inner and outer decks

If you’re considering a yacht gathering in the coming months, you don’t have to shoulder the stress of COVID-19 safety on your own.

Let Anita Dee Yacht Charters take on the job for you. Fill out our contact form or call us at (312) 379-3191 to inquire about your event today.


Spend the Summer Months Relaxing on the Water 

When many people think of summer vacation, they envision themselves lying on a sandy beach soaking up the sun, along with hundreds of other people on the beach doing the same thing. However, these are not normal times. Your precious free time could be spent with your closest family and friends in a much more safe and relaxing setting aboard a chartered yacht from Anita Dee Yacht Charters.

Not only is sailing one of the safest summer activities you can indulge in this year, but it is also good for the mind, body, and soul. Being out in open water and enjoying all of the beautiful sights and sounds can provide the peace of mind you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Sailing on a gorgeous yacht surrounded by water is also a powerful means to boost creativity and mindfulness. So many well-known creative minds have turned to sailing on yachts as a way to clear their minds for new ideas to flourish. Summertime yachting has been a pastime for innovative artists such as Dr. Dre and Steven Spielberg, to world-changing entrepreneurs like Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Your Private Summer Getaway

Start your summer off right with a chartered yachting trip. Everyone deserves a break after making it through those bitterly cold winter months, and a day on the water is a fantastic way to set the pace for a productive and enjoyable summer season.

Spending a summer day offshore is a way to ensure a relaxing and fun time will be had by all. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the mainland and sail away on a chartered yacht filled with food, drinks, and good people.

And if you need an additional excuse to escape to the water this summer, consider spending your Labor Day sailing on Lake Michigan and taking in some of the most beautiful sights Chicago and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Amenities and Entertainment on Your Summer Yacht Escape

Ideally, we here at Anita Dee Yacht Charters would love to take care of anything you may need on your summer yacht excursion, but there are a few arrangements you should make before setting sail:

Catering

If you’re planning to be out on the water for more than just a couple of hours, you should expect people on board to get hungry.

Anita Dee Yacht Charters provides a long list of reputable catering companies that we are happy to work with to make your summer yachting trip even more delicious. If your ideal catering company didn’t make a list, don’t worry! We are happy to accommodate any licensed and insured caterers, and nearly any arrangements you may want to make when it comes to food and beverage service.

Entertainment

What’s sailing without some music to accompany all of the other wonderful, aesthetically pleasing aspects of the open water? If you are in charge of organizing a corporate event or a large family party, we are here to help. Anita Dee Yacht Charters’s fleet of modern yachts is complete with the best sound systems available to accommodate your chosen DJ or band.

We also provide a list of some of our favorite entertainment companies in the area. However, feel free to organize your own entertainment, which we would be happy to work with to ensure everyone has an unforgettable time on your chartered yacht.

Decorations

Whether you are celebrating a summer holiday, wedding rehearsal, birthday, or anything in between, you will want the perfect chartered yacht setting.

Although Chicago’s breathtaking skyline is a treat for all of the senses, being surrounded by gorgeous floral arrangements will only make it better. Check out Anita Dee Yacht Charters’s list of exceptional florists in the Chicago area to be sure your chartered yacht is as beautiful as the city skyline itself.

Summer Yachting Destinations

The Chicago area and Lake Michigan provide some of the most beautiful vistas at any time of year. But enjoying those views on a chartered yacht in the warm summer air is an exquisite experience. Here are some destinations offering beautiful views:

Northerly Island

Home to some of Chicago’s most notable architectural achievements like the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium, Northerly Island is a must-see on the Lake Michigan shore. Here you can also catch a glimpse of Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears have played all of their home games since the early 1920s.

Navy Pier

Aside from Willis Tower, Navy Pier is among the most iconic destinations along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Sailing to the pier to watch the sunset provides a gorgeous view of the city’s skyline as you watch the sun melt over the horizon, providing the perfect end to an evening on the water.

The 31st Street Beach

The shoreline beaches where Chicago meets Lake Michigan offer fantastic views of the city skyline and seemingly endless lake.

The 31st Street Beach, also known as the Margaret T. Burroughs Beach, is home to breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline from the south at any time day or night. Sailing along the coastline from north to south will give you a renewed appreciation of Chicago’s beauty from a different point of view.

Grant Park

Should you choose to continue sailing north beyond Northerly Island, Grant Park will begin to open up before your eyes. This 300-acre public park is home to some of Chicago’s most historic buildings and attractions such as the Buckingham Fountain and Cloud Gate Sculpture.

The Perfect Summer Retreat

Summer is here, and the vast Lake Michigan waters are calling your name. Be sure to get in touch with the experienced yachting professionals at Anita Dee Yacht Charters by calling (312) 379-3191 and plan your luxury chartered yacht escape today.


Escape to the High Seas with Our Movie Recommendations

You may be itching to finally get out of the house and get back out onto the water. Yachting has always afforded people not just a sense of luxury, but a sense of freedom and adventure as well. The ability to take to the water means that we are not bound by land, and we can explore the untamed wilds, a frontier that was always on the horizon but elusive to us until we learned to conquer the waves.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, our passion is sharing the allure of the water with others. Passengers aboard our premier vessels get to escape into another world, enjoying the sights and sounds of the water and a taste of luxury, too. Have we whet your appetite to get on board yet?

If you can’t make it out onto the water just yet or have a reservation for later in the season, never fear, we have you covered. Take a look at our list of the best boating movies. Go ahead and binge-watch and get ready for your own adventure on the open water!

Take to the Water With These Movies

Mutiny on the Bounty 

Let’s kick things off with a classic. With all due respect to Brando, we are talking about the 1935 version staring none other than dashing ladies’ man, Clark Gable. If you aren’t familiar with the film or the novel of the same title, Mutiny on the Bounty is the story of the overbearing and cruel captain of the HMS Bounty.

His ship is bound from England to Tahiti, but soon the crew becomes fed up with his tyrannical ways, and his lieutenant stages a mutiny to overthrow him. A tale of treachery, revenge, and the ocean. Where do the crew and the ship end up? Who is left standing in the struggle for power out at sea? You’ll have to watch to find out.

The African Queen

Keeping with the classics, there is the 1951 film The African Queen, starring Hollywood powerhouses Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Throw two people as different as night and day onto a small steam launch, called African Queen, during the onset of World War I and watch the sparks fly. The dynamic between the two stars is magic to watch on the screen. While the boating scenes may seem lackluster compared to today’s modern movie CGI magic, the characters more than make up for it.

Life of Pi

We hate watching ships go down, especially when it happens in the first half of the movie, but Life of Pi is an exquisite film depicting the life and death struggles of a young man stranded at sea – trapped in his lifeboat with a tiger. This film explores the tired “coming of age” story in a new and dynamic way, set against the backdrop of a beautiful and yet unforgiving world of water.

The visuals are stunning and capture the frightening power and isolation of the open ocean. However, it also shows us the breathtaking beauty of the sea, as well, in a way we so often fail to notice.

Wind

Wind wasn’t a huge box office smash, but it is a fascinating movie starring Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame and Matthew Modine. The movie centers around the 1987 America’s Cup, a yachting race that was held off the waters of Australia. While there is some poetic license – it is a movie, after all – the yacht scenes are nicely done. It is a story not many people outside of yachting circles will know of, but it’s still worth a watch, especially if you have been yearning to get out on the water and experience the waves and maybe a little romance.

In the Heart of the Sea

We can’t talk about boating movies without mentioning the story that may have been the inspiration for one of the most iconic boating novels ever written, Moby Dick. In the Heart of the Sea is a historical film directed by Ron Howard. The story comes from a book about the sinking of an American whaling ship in 1820.

It is this event that is thought to have inspired Herman Melville to write the 1851 classic novel, Moby Dick. A classic tale of man versus nature and man versus himself, an all-star cast leads this movie, which received mixed reviews from critics. Yearning for some action on the water? Give this one a try.

Titanic

No “boating movie list” could ever be complete without the granddaddy of all boating movies, Titanic. James Cameron spared no expense in recreating the Titanic down to every last rivet, but his attention to detail and painstaking work paid off to the tune of raking in $2.187 billion dollars worldwide, to date. A love story set amongst the backdrop of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, this movie reminds us that beauty and pride can be overwhelmed by the wrath of Mother Nature.

More Movie Options

There are a number of great films that we couldn’t put on the list, but honorable mentions go to Pirates of the Caribbean, because who doesn’t secretly love a pirate, The Poseidon Adventure, and of course Jaws. As a matter of fact, we can think of lots of movies that show the beauty and power of the water, but this list is a good start to your boating-filled movie marathon.

Get Out on the Water

We know you are aching to get out and enjoy the water. At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, boating is not just our livelihood, it is our passion, and we love sharing it with guests. If you are dreaming of being out on the water for any reason, a wedding, social gathering with family and friends, or even a corporate event, now is the time to make your plans.

We want to help you create the event of your dreams by treating you and your guests like VIP’s. Call us today at (312) 379-3191. It’s never too early to start planning your next charter aboard one of our luxury yachts. The open water is calling, pick up your phone, and let us help you make it happen.


Best Sailing Destinations on Lake Michigan 

When people think of the word “yachting,” they typically think of sun-drenched sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water teeming with brightly colored fish, and mega-yachts anchored right offshore. People are smiling, sipping fruity cocktails, and smelling like coconut sunscreen.

Here at Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we know that yachting can be all that – and so much more. Chicago is nestled on the shore of Lake Michigan, and for anyone native to the area, you know the Great Lakes are a treasure trove of breathtaking sights and a wealth of sailing lore and legend.

There is a rich history in these waters and a beauty that is just as captivating as what you’d find in any of the more tropical waters. For centuries, sailors have navigated the Great Lakes in search of trade routes and goods that could help them make their living. What they left us is even more valuable – rich stories and legends intermingled with sights you’ll remember forever. These are some of the best sailing destinations in Lake Michigan.

Navy Pier

Let’s begin in our own backyard, Navy Pier, which dates back more than 100 years. There is no shortage of fun for all ages at this destination, one of Chicago’s most celebrated entertainment hubs. There are rides and games, cruises, and public art exhibitions that celebrate the rich naval history of the area, plus more contemporary artistic endeavors.

In case you work up an appetite exploring all the sites at the pier, there is an abundance of restaurants to cater to any taste and, of course, plenty of shopping. Let’s not forget one of the most popular attractions at Navy Pier, the biweekly Summer Fireworks show. This amazing display is synchronized to music on Lake Michigan and is a must-see event if you are in the area from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

Just east of the busy and bustling Navy Pier is the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition before it was moved in 1919 to its present site. In 1925, the steam fog signal was replaced by an air diaphone one to increase its range on the water. Today it is an automated active lighthouse with modern technology that hasn’t lost its sense of history.

Bowers Harbor

Amidst the calm waters along the west coast of Lake Michigan sits Bowers Harbor. These relatively peaceful waters offer wonderful views and a perfect place to relax and take in the sights. Bowers Harbor boasts an amazing onshore history, as well, like the Bowers Harbor Inn. Built as a private residence back in 1928, it has since been renovated into a restaurant, but still holds the charm of the past. Bowers Harbor also has its own vineyard, in addition to the beautiful Bowers Harbor Park and Lighthouse Park.

Beaver Island

Towards the north end of Lake Michigan, you’ll find Beaver Island. This area is an outdoors man’s paradise. Also known as America’s Emerald Isle, Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan. Not only are there the expected fantastic spots for fishing, but there are also great areas for scuba diving and snorkeling. The island itself has abundant hiking trails, and its own unique version of Stonehenge called the Stone Circle. It is also one of the best places in the U.S. for stargazing because of its isolated location and dark skies.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Looking to enjoy the water and the sand? You don’t need a ticket to Florida, look no further than Indiana Dunes National Park, situated on the southwest coast of Lake Michigan just 50 nautical miles from Chicago. There are picture-perfect images of blue water lapping against soft sand along the park’s 15 miles of shoreline. There are plenty of outdoor activities, hiking trails, geocaching, and a host of other special interests.

There are also a number of secluded spots on the water that offer nothing but peace and solitude for those looking to get away from it all. This park has something for everyone. It is a diverse natural landscape that is well-deserving of a spot on our list.

Great Travers Bay

We admit it, the Great Lakes have a reputation for being unforgiving in times of inclement weather. They can be some of the roughest waters to cross, and there are numerous shipwreck stories to prove it. Nestled in a well-protected area is Grand Traverse Bay, where the water is calm pretty much year-round.

The bay is filled with ports worth exploring like Traverse City, which claims to be the Cherry Capital of the World due to their abundant cherry orchards lining the bay. Not to be outdone, there are also grapes that produce a healthy wine scene in the area, as well. There are smaller historic ports worth exploring. You’ll even find the town of Charlevoix, the old stomping grounds of a young Ernest Hemingway.

Explore with Anita Dee Yacht Charters

There is so much to explore on the Great Lakes, especially Lake Michigan. Food, culture, history, natural beauty, it is all here on the water ready to be discovered.

Yachting is the perfect avenue for exploring what the water has to offer. At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we are passionate about sharing the beauty of Lake Michigan with others and proving that yachts don’t just belong in the Caribbean.

Are you ready to set sail and see what the waters around Chicago have to offer? Give us a call and let us help you take to the water in style. We are Chicago’s premier private yacht charter group. We cater to you to make your wedding, social gathering, corporate event, or any other special occasion something memorable. We have two vessels to choose from that can accommodate small intimate gatherings or large parties. We even offer catering and onboard event planning, so you don’t have to lift a finger.

Let us show you why we think yachting on the Great Lakes is something special. Call us today at (312) 379-3191 for more information.

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