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Mark Gordon

Two Harbors, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mark Gordon
Mark and Katya Gordon are co-owners of Amicus Adenture Sailing, a small family-owned charter business that operates out of Knife River, MN. Mark (captain) has more than 25 years experience in leading trips and over 18 years as a licensed Captain and EMT. Katya (first mate) is a lifelong sailor and is a veteran of outdoor wilderness experiences, with more than 15 years of experience leading trips in mountains, lakes, deserts, rivers and oceans. Together they have sailed thousands of miles on Lake Superior and beyond with their two daughters Cedar and Lamar.

Current Courses Offered by Mark Gordon

2 Days
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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
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

Past Courses Offered by Mark Gordon

Sail Training Trip: Grand Marais to Knife River (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

Sail Training Trip: Slate Island Exploration

Winter River Exploration