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Celestial Navigation I: 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 3rd, 2019  –  Fri, Oct 4th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-3pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 Days
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Celestial Navigation II: 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 5th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 6th, 2019
9am-4pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 Days
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Celestial Navigation III: Navigating by the Stars

Navigating by the stars is the oldest form of celestial navigation and has been used for millennia by seafarers to find their way on the seas. This is the third course in our celestial navigation series and will introduce you to taking and working out sights from the moon and…
Mon, Oct 7th, 2019  –  Tue, Oct 8th, 2019
Day 1: 1-9pm; Day 2: 9am-3pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon
1 Day
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Craft of Sail

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…
Sun, Jun 16th, 2019
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
Sun, Aug 18th, 2019
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matt Nesheim
1½ Days
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Hand-Sewing the Sailor's Ditty 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,…
Wed, Nov 20th, 2019  –  Thu, Nov 21st, 2019
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
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 from Grand Marais to Knife River, along Minnesota’s North Shore. Rigorous sailing on open water is to be expected. Each night we will stay at an all-weather anchorage along the North Shore such as Taconite Harbor or Silver Bay. If weather allows,…
Fri, Jun 28th, 2019  –  Tue, Jul 2nd, 2019
Day 1: start at 5pm, Day 5: arrive in Knife River at 3pm
Instructors: Mark Gordon, Katya 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 freshwater lake…
Thu, Sep 5th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 14th, 2019
Day 1: 5pm start; Final Day: 3pm finish
Instructor: Mark Gordon
6 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

Join us for an adventurous sail training expedition from Knife River to Grand Marais, along Minnesota’s North Shore. Rigorous sailing on open water is to be expected. Each night we will stay at an all-weather anchorage along the North Shore such as Taconite Harbor or Silver Bay. If weather allows,…
Tue, Aug 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 1st, 2019
Day 1: 5pm start; Day 6: 3pm finish
Instructor: Mark Gordon
11 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Slate Island Exploration

Ask anyone who has sailed far and wide, and they will tell you the Canadian North Shore of Lake Superior is some of the best wilderness sailing in the world. The water is cold, clear and clean; the anchorages are amazingly beautiful, plentiful, and incredibly secure. In addition to that,…
Wed, Jun 5th, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 15th, 2019
Day 1: 5pm start; Final Day: 3pm finish
Instructors: Mark Gordon, Katya Gordon