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Matthew Ecklund

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Captain Matthew Ecklund comes to Hjørdis and Lake Superior from years of experience sailing aboard tall ships in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific. He spends the year migrating between different watery worlds - building canoes in the twin cities, sailing on the North Shore, and teaching high school students aboard a 137' gaff-rigged schooner voyaging from Maine to Puerto Rico. Taking the helm here in Grand Marais, he is humbled and happy to return home to Minnesota to sail on Superior. Ashore, Matthew enjoys painting and drawing, biking, playing the Tahitian Ukulele, learning sea shanties, and telling stories 'round the fire.

Current Courses Offered by Matthew Ecklund

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: Matthew Ecklund
2 Days
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Summer Camp - Youth Sailing

Learn the basics of sailing onboard the traditionally-rigged schooner Hjørdis. This two-day camp will cover a variety of hands-on, practical sailing skills as well as boat terminology, knotwork, and line-handling. Participants will walk away on a brand new pair of sea legs. For ages 12 - 16
Wed, Jul 10th, 2019  –  Thu, Jul 11th, 2019
Instructor: Matthew Ecklund