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Craft of Sail

Course Overview

Spend a day aboard the Hjørdis and learn the basics of sailing a 50’ gaff-rigged schooner on Lake Superior. This course offers a mix of in-class preparation and on-the-water experience: topics include points of sail, seamanship, rope-work, sailing terminology, and boat handling technique. Wind, weather, and waves vary greatly on Lake Superior, and students will take an active part in evaluating the prevailing conditions; the sailing experience will be tailored accordingly. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and get out on the water.


Required Tools

  1. Warm layers and rain gear (conditions vary by the minute on Lake Superior).
  2. Good shoes
  3. Hat and sunglasses
  4. …and keep an eye on the forecast!

Optional Tools

To get the most out of this class, please read The Craft of Sail by Jan Adkins, Invitation to Sailing by Alan Brown or some other reference on the basics of sailing (and bring it with you to class). The North House School Store often has these publications on hand; call to inquire.

Session Information

Early Bird Discount

Register before July 11, 2021 to receive a $20 early bird discount.


Please Note: North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible.  Students must participate in a daily health screening and temperature check, agree to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols in some cases, regardless of their vaccination status. See the full details of our COVID-19 protocols here.


Sun, Aug 22nd, 2021

Course Details

Hours: 9am-4:30pm
Tuition: $200.00