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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 freshwater 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. North House 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 around our anchorages and for 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. 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 for adults. Maximum number of participants is four, discounted rate for groups of four.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the length of this sailing trip and the difficulty in finding replacement passengers on short notice, passengers cancelling more than four months in advance of the trip will receive a 50% refund. Passengers cancelling fewer than four months in advance will not receive a refund.


Thu, Sep 5th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 14th, 2019

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

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Your instructor will contact you with a complete packing list.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.