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Sail Training Trip: Lonely Island Tour

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Course Overview

One of the world's wildest cruising grounds, the waters of Lake Superior’s Canadian North Shore are clean, cold, and clear. Lake Superior is home to four very remote and rarely visited islands: Passage Island, the Slate Islands, Michipicoten Island, and the most remote of these, Caribou Island, which is home to one of the last remaining herds of woodland caribou. Sailing in these waters is not without challenges. The weather is often unpredictable, help is a long way off if you get into trouble, and with literally thousands of rocky reefs, navigation can be a challenge to say the least. However, with an experienced captain, a stout boat, and an intrepid crew, the doorway opens to a truly magical sailing experience. Join Captain Mark Gordon and first mate Ned Corkran aboard the 40 foot, steel expedition cutter, Amicus II for this ambitious and challenging sail training adventure in an attempt to visit all four islands on one sailing expedition! 

This is a sailing trip of over 400 nautical miles. Because of the potential for rough weather, extended sailing days, and overnight sailing, this may not be the best choice for your first sailing adventure. We suggest either taking one of our other sailing trips first or bringing along a strong sense of adventure. This is a sail training expedition so participants will be asked to take part in all aspects of the trip including standing watch, navigation, and sail handling, and day-to-day chores such as cooking. Feel free to contact Captain Mark if you have questions about the trip: 218-290-5975.  To find out more about the boat and captain visit his website at

While no sailing experience is required for this course, participants should understand the rustic nature of the accommodations aboard Amicus II as well as the potential for challenging weather conditions and the physical nature of long distance sailing. There is no shower onboard. While Amicus II is a spacious 40 footer, participants will have limited “personal space.” Berths are enclosed by privacy curtains and double as living space during the day. Temperatures can range from the 70s right down to the 40s out on the Lake. Proper clothing is a must. There will be 5-6 people aboard altogether.

Tuition includes all food, lodging, and fees throughout the trip.

Youth ages 13-17 are welcome with an accompanying adult. Due to the nature of this course, the intergenerational discount does not apply.

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

Required Tools

  • A packing list will be sent by instructor
  • Participants will need a current passport or enhanced driver’s license and will need to obtain a Remote Border or Crossing Permit (RBCP) prior to the start of the course



Fri, Jun 21st, 2024  –  Tue, Jul 2nd, 2024

Course Details

Hours: Day 1: 5pm start; Final Day: 3pm finish
Tuition: $2,040.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mark Gordon
Mark Gordon
Two Harbors, MN

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Sail Training Trip: Lonely Island Tour