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 shore becomes a spectacular destination and an opportunity for extended open water sailing. Join us for an adventurous sail training expedition from Knife River to Grand Marais, a 90-mile stretch along Minnesota’s north shore with a probable stop on the South Shore as well.
As a participant you will have the total sailing experience, as much or as little as you choose: sail handling, coastal navigation, anchoring, steering, liveaboard skills, and engine maintenance. Rigorous sailing on open water, interspersed with light-air sailing or calms, is to be expected. Weather will almost certainly play a role in the schedule, as thunderstorms and strong adverse winds are common. Nights are spent at all-weather anchorages and marinas which dot the shoreline. Other activities include hiking, kayaking, rowing, and swimming. Trips include all food.
We will arrange transportation for those who leave their cars at one end or the other, though you are welcome to make independent plans for pick-up.
2024 dates to be determined
This course is scheduled through the North House Folk School. We do this course from Knife River to Grand Marais and Grand Marais to Knife River depending on the time of the season.
Private groups of up to 5 can private Charter this trip, choosing your own dates for $650 per day.