Domestic Charters

Superior Charters unveils Sail Nouveau, which offers fully crewed trips aboard Jeanneau models and others in Lake Superior.

Sailing Apostle Islands

Robin and Mick Groszko are celebrating retirement with a crewed charter through the Apostle Islands aboard Windwalker, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509.Elaine Lembo

Harvest season is in the air in Wisconsin, so it was a fitting welcome to find a fresh baked pie made with apples from a nearby orchard topped off with ice cream from a local dairy aboard Windwalker, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509 we're about to take out with Superior Charters this week.

On our trip over the next few days, cruising the islands and anchorages of western Lake Superior with captain and mate, we’ll introduce the Sail Nouveau crewed yacht charter experience the company’s owners will talk up at winter boat shows and formally kick off in Bayfield, Wisconsin, in June 2013.

Our crew, photographer Marianne Lee and her uncle and aunt, Mick and Robin Groszko, are looking forward to relaxing while the captain and mate sail the boat, cook the meals, and clean up. Yours truly, who’s done plenty of time as galley slave and swab, is pretty pleased, too, for a little change of pace aboard.

Six of the company's 50-boat strong fleet will be available with captain and cook for the sailing season 2013 for trips of at least three nights. Sail Nouveau will also include concierge service, add-on trip bookings to golf courses, inns, campsites, and other custom itineraries, as well as a clubhouse with full kitchen and bathhouse facilities. Two of the boats, a new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509 and a new Jeanneau 57, are a part of the crewed fleet. For details contact the company (www.superiorcharters.com, www.sailnouveau.com).