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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
Teaser image for Celestial Navigation 1: The Noon Sight for Latitude and Longitude

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 4th, 2018  –  Fri, Oct 5th, 2018
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 6th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 7th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
2 days
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Celestial Navigation III: Navigating by the Stars

Learning to navigate 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…
Sat, Oct 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
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.…
Fri, Jun 29th, 2018  –  Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018
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 7th, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 16th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon
6 Days
Teaser image for Sail Training Trip: Knife River, MN to North House (via the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore)

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. The 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 28th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018
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. Add of that, only…
Wed, Sep 5th, 2018  –  Sat, Sep 15th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon

Past Courses Offered by Mark Gordon

Winter River Exploration