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Celestial Navigation: From Noon Sight To Dancing with the Stars

Celestial navigation is one of the oldest forms of navigation. For thousands of years, an understanding of the sky 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…
Fri, Sep 11th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020
9am-5pm, times will vary some during class
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 28th, 2020
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matthew Ecklund
Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matthew Ecklund
Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
9am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Matthew Ecklund
Sun, Sep 27th, 2020
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,…
Thu, Jun 18th, 2020  –  Fri, Jun 19th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Ted Gephart
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 federally designated wilderness. The Park consists of one large island surrounded by over 450 smaller islands, located in the largest freshwater lake in the world. Set sail for…
Sat, Jun 13th, 2020  –  Mon, Jun 22nd, 2020
First Day: 5pm start; Final Day: 3pm finish
Instructors: Mark Gordon, Katya Gordon
5 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Learn to Cruise the North Shore, Grand Marais to Knife River

Minnesota’s North Shore is a 100-mile stretch of open water renowned for its scenic cliffs, water depth and clarity, and exposure. Excellent protection for mariners exists, but only sporadically along the shore, rending access difficult for daysailors or beginners. However, with a seaworthy sailboat and a seasoned captain, the North…
Mon, Jul 6th, 2020  –  Fri, Jul 10th, 2020
First day: 5pm start; Last day: ends at 3pm
Instructor: Mark Gordon
5 Days
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Sail Training Trip: Learn to Cruise the North Shore, Knife River to Grand Marais

Minnesota’s north shore is a 100-mile stretch of open water renowned for its scenic cliffs, water depth and clarity, and exposure. Excellent protection for mariners exists, but only sporadically along the shore, rending access difficult for daysailors or beginners. However, with a seaworthy sailboat and a seasoned captain, the north…
Sun, Jun 7th, 2020  –  Thu, Jun 11th, 2020
First day: 5pm start; Last day: ends at 3pm
Instructors: Mark Gordon, Katya Gordon