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Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation

Course Overview

In the northwestern portion of Lake Superior is a unique and remote island archipelago. Isle Royale National Park preserves 132,018 acres of land that were federally designated as wilderness in 1976. The park consists of one large island surrounded by over 450 smaller islands, located in the largest fresh water lake in the world. Isle Royale's unique ecosystem led to it being designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980. Set sail for an adventure that only miles of wilderness, a seaworthy sailboat, and a seasoned captain can provide. NHFS is partnering with Amicus Adventure Sailing to provide a 10-day circumnavigation of Isle Royale. The island provides an ideal setting to bring you into a world without cell phones and other modern "conveniences." The hundreds of secluded bays and inlets around Isle Royale are ideal for exploring from a sailboat, and we will also bring two kayaks and a rowing dinghy for exploring the bays and streams around our anchorages and accessing the hundreds of miles of hiking trails that lace the island. Bring your sense of adventure and get ready to discover one of Lake Superior's most precious gems as we sail, kayak and hike our way around Isle Royale National Park. As a participant you will have the total sailing experience: from sail handling to navigation and anchoring you will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of sailing and cruising Amicus II. There will be plenty of time for hiking the trails and exploring the bays and streams by kayak and dinghy. Discussion topics throughout the trip include the unique ecosystem of Isle Royale, the biology and geology of Lake Superior, fish and exotic species, and the rich history of the island. By the end of this adventure you will have developed a new appreciation for the lake, formed a unique bond with your shipmates, and gained some incredible sailing experience. This course is open to children (ages 13+) but the tuition rate is the same as adults. Maximum group size is four, discounted rate for groups of 4.


Thu, Jun 7th, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 16th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 10 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Day 1: 5pm start; Final Day: 3pm finish
Intergenerational age: 13+ at full price
Registration Cost: $1,550.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

Your instructor will contact you with a complete packing list.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.