Kenosha’s tall ship Red Witch is now offering special themed sails.
The 49-passenger Red Witch offers 70-minute public sailing excursions and private charters on Lake Michigan through the summer season.
Here are special events on its calendar:
Children’s Pirate Sails at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.
Dog Sails at 1 p.m. on Sunday and Aug. 25.
Theatrical sails feature Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Five actors will portray 20 roles while sailing. The dates are Aug. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 and Sept. 3 and 5.
A Drum Circle at 9 p.m. on Aug. 9 and Aug. 31. This will be led by two renowned percussionists.
Full Moon Sails on Aug. 15 and Sept. 14.
Moonlight Sails on Aug. 17, Aug. 29 and Sept. 13.
Twilight Sail on Aug. 22.
Costume Party at 9 p.m. on Aug. 24.
Concerts aboard Red Witch include:
Solo guitarist/singer Colby Millea at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. today and Aug. 23.
Celtic band D’Rogues at 4 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. Aug. 25 and 4 p.m. Sept. 8.
Solo guitarist/singer Matt Meyer on Aug. 8 and Sept. 5.
Energetic jam band Earthmother at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 and Aug. 30.
Excursions depart from Kenosha’s south harbor wall at 54th Street and Fifth Avenue. For the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit
Red Witch will be the lead vessel in a “Parade of Sail” on the afternoon of Aug. 1 for the Kenosha Tall Ships festival and will be one of two ships offering sail-away tours on Lake Michigan Aug. 2-4.
Red Witch, a replica of a Great Lakes working schooner from the mid-19th century, is 77 feet long and weighs 41 tons. Her two gaff-rigged masts carry 2,500 square feet of sail.
Owner/Capt. Andrew Sadock is a licensed United States Coast Guard master captain and has been piloting large sailboats in San Francisco Bay and Lake Michigan since 1988.
Waves on Lake Michigan crash into the north pier near the lighthouse on Jan. 7. The view may change as city officials consider a $3.65 million pier extension to help stop silt and sediment from building up at the mouth of the harbor.
Above, the sun rises slowly over Lake Michigan’s dark, churning waters off the Kenosha lakeshore on a recent morning. At top, the tall ship the Red Witch sits at its moorings alongside the Kenosha Harbor.
This image was taken by a Kenosha couple of local teens in swimming attire on the north pier who were seen jumping several times into Lake Michigan on Friday.
Shrouded by fog
Fog on Lake Michigan Wednesday partially obscures the Red Witch, a reproduction of an early 19th century Great Lakes schooner that regulary cruises the local coastline and is homeported in Kenosha.
The Thomas family enjoying an early evening walk down by the Kenosha pier on Lake Michigan (Jake, Camryn, Samantha and Darin)
Submitted by Taylor Thomas
Casting for a bite, Tyler Niemeyer of St. Charles, Minn., makes his way back to shore to change lures while fishing Lake Michigan off the Pike River. Fishing columnist Bill Kloster believes the bite around town from the shoreline at Lake Michigan, although presently bleak, has the potential of providing “extra angling excitement that keeps fishermen awake at night.”
Brian Erwin, of Kenosha, get his foil-equipped board out of the water while kiteboarding near the Pennoyer Park Sesquicentennial Band Shell on Lake Michigan.
Brian Erwin, of Kenosha, get his foil-equipped board out of the water while kiteboarding off of the Pennoyer Sesquicentennial Band Shell on Lake Michigan.
Behind the Lens - Kiteboarding
Brian Erwin, of Kenosha, get his foil-equipped board out of the water while kiteboarding off of the Pennoyer Sesquicentennial Band Shell on Lake Michigan. When I headed to the lakefront to take photos of him in actino, I packed our longest lens, a 400 mm and brought a converter as I was expecting him to be out on the lake. To my surprise, he stayed pretty close to the shore and I found myself with a little too much of a zoom. This photograph filled the entire frame of the camera.
Charles Matalonis Jr., of Kenosha, starts his kiteboard from the beach by the Pennoyer Park Sesquicentennial Band Shell on Lake Michigan.
Some peace of mind
“I like open space. I don’t see the end of it, so that gives me peace of mind,” said John Kramarz as he fished at the Pike River outlet into Lake Michigan at Pennoyer Park on Sunday.
STANDALONE WEATHER FEATURE
A wild ride on the Lake Michigan waters
A kiteboarder plays in the waves along Simmons Island on Thursday. It won’t be much warmer today, despite mostly sunny skies in the forecast. Winds will be easterly from 10 to 20 mph today, and waves on the lake will be from 5 to 9 feet high. For more on the lake boating advisory and the AccuWeather forecast, see Page A12.
Andrew Sadock, owner/captain of the Red Witch, oversees the dry dock procedure from the bow last fall at Southport Marina. The 77-foot double-masted schooner served 3,232 customers over summer 2017 in Kenosha. It is back in Lake Michigan this year and the ship will lead the procession of the Tall Ships Festival back to Kenosha in 2019.
Another home game postponement for Kingfish
Kenosha Kingfish grounds crew members Nathan Hansen, left, and Drew Dyer (grandson of Kingfish manager Duffy Dyer and son of hitting coach Brian Dyer) fill in a muddy infield patch at Simmons Field on Wednesday afternoon. Wet field conditions delayed the midday game against the Lakeshore Chinooks before it was eventually postponed. It will be made up July 3 at 4:05 p.m. as the first game of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games. Wednesday was the second consecutive day the Kingfish had a home contest postponed after rain washed out Tuesday night’s tilt against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. That will be made up Aug. 2 at Simmons as part of a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.