BAYFIELD — Glistening sun-dappled waters, warm summer breezes, and the majestic Apostle Islands. That’s the magic experienced aboard “Sarah’s Joy,” a 34 foot charter sailing yacht captained by Paul Bratti of Bayfield.
Bratti, a retired Chief Petty Officer who commanded the Coast Guard Station in Bayfield from 1989 to 1993, has been assigned to various ports of call including the Florida Keys, Hawaii, and Antarctica. The Bayfield Station and Lake Superior was his last stretch of duty. Never really wanting to be too far away from the water following his retirement, Bratti and his partner and brother-in-law, Peter Schuchardt combined their love of sailing and created Animaashi Sailing Company.
“Pete bought the boat and I’m the captain. It’s a nice little family business,” Bratti said.
Bratti is the only USCG-licensed captain for the company. His season is mid May through the first weekend in October.
Bratti said the majority of his cruises are half-day rides offered twice a day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
Full-day trips and evening cruises are also available for charter. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor, a novice, or a confirmed landlubber, any of these trips are guaranteed from beginning to end, to be alternately peaceful or exhilarating, depending upon the wind.
Full-day trips leave the dock at 9:30 a.m. and return to port at 4:30 p.m. Evening cruises are two or more hours of end-of-the-day sheer enjoyment. “Sarah’s Joy” is located at the first finger pier at Bayfield’s Main City Dock. Reservations are required for full-day trips and evening cruises. (Call for costs)