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Currently Scheduled Sailing Courses

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Celestial Navigation 1: The Noon Sight for Latitude and Longitude

Celestial navigation is one of the oldest of all forms of navigation and for thousands of years has guided mariners safely across the trackless oceans of the world. It is a traditional craft that is rich in both history and romance. With the advent of modern electronics, one can now…
Thu, Oct 5th, 2017  –  Fri, Oct 6th, 2017
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 days
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Celestial Navigation 2 : Spending the Day with the Sun

Once you've mastered the Noon Sight, it is time to spend a day with the sun, taking sextant sights throughout the day and advancing your position on the chart. This course will take students beyond the noon sight and teach them how to find a position by taking sextant sights…
Sat, Oct 7th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 8th, 2017
Instructor: Mark Gordon
1 Day
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Craft of Sail

Spend a day on Lake Superior aboard the Hjørdis, a traditional gaff-rigged 50’ schooner, learning the craft of sail. This course offers the student a full day of hands-on experience learning points of sail, seamanship, rope-work, sailing terminology and boat handling technique. As a floating classroom, the Hjørdis is a…
Fri, Jul 28th, 2017
Instructor: Matt Thomas
Fri, Aug 18th, 2017
Instructor: Matt Thomas
1 1/2 days
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Hand-Sewing the Canvas Growler Bag

During long passages or when the wind slacked, sailors would busy themselves repairing sails and sewing other useful items. The same skill set and materials required to maintain traditional sailing vessels are reflected in the traditional sailor's ditty bag or canvas bucket. The classic maritime look comes from using leather,…
Mon, Jun 19th, 2017  –  Tue, Jun 20th, 2017
Instructor: Ted Gephart
1 Day
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Lake Superior Coastal Navigation: Traditional and Electronic Methods

Get yourself oriented to the 'rules of the road' and learn the basic navigational skills needed for safe boating on coastal waters from certified U.S. Coast Guard instructor Ted Gephart. This class is an introduction to the basic techniques of traditional coastal navigation. It is a good balance of the…
Sun, Dec 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Ted Gephart
5 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

Join us for an adventurous sail training expedition that combines the rigors of offshore sailing with the more tranquil waters of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The trip will begin at the North House Folk School dock as we prepare for the 46-mile open water crossing to the Apostle Islands.…
Tue, Jun 20th, 2017  –  Sat, Jun 24th, 2017
Instructor: Mark Gordon
10 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Isle Royale Circumnavigation

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…
Thu, Jun 8th, 2017  –  Sat, Jun 17th, 2017
Instructor: Mark Gordon
Thu, Sep 7th, 2017  –  Sat, Sep 16th, 2017
Instructor: Mark Gordon
6 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

This sail training trip is a favorite of the Captain. It has a great mix of offshore sailing and protected island cruising. Our route takes you from Knife River to the Apostle Islands (a 35 mile crossing), usually spending two to three days exploring the Islands before crossing to Grand…
Tue, Aug 29th, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Mark Gordon