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Captain Joe

Joe had worked for his parents, Rich and Judy Borrowdale, in their family-owned business, the original Free Spirit Yacht Cruises, founded in 1983. A captain for eighteen years on their two luxury yachts, Captain Joe is an expert navigator who’s at his happiest when he’s on Lake Michigan.

Captain Joe and his wife are now the new owner/operators of Free Spirit Yacht Cruises. Joe's wife had been running her own Chicago-based thirty-boat yacht charter brokerage company, Angela’s Charter Service, for eleven years. And we think our skills perfectly complement one another.

Captain Joe keeps our yachts in pristine condition and the operations running smoothly while Angela manages the business and marketing. So now we’re a second-generation, family-owned private luxury yacht charter company.

And despite the fact that we launched our business the same month the recession began (December, 2007), 2008 was a super year for us. So we’re looking forward to many more happy boating seasons in our beautiful city of Chicago.