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. In addition to that, only a handful of sailboats transit the area every year, and you have the makings of a cruising experience second to none. This area is not without challenges, though. The weather is often unpredictable, help is a long way off if you get into trouble, and with thousands of rocky reefs, navigation can be a challenge, to say the least. However, with an experienced captain, a stout boat, and an intrepid crew, the doorway opens to a truly magical sailing experience.
Join Captain Mark Gordon aboard Amicus II as we explore the spectacular waters between Grand Portage and the Slate Islands in the far northwest corner of Lake Superior. Our ambitious goal will be to make it to the remote Slate Islands, home of one of the few remaining herds of Woodland Caribou on Lake Superior. Even if we don’t get as far as the Slate Islands, there are myriad bays, islands, and rivers to explore along the way. Because of the potential for rough weather, extended sailing days, and overnight sailing, we suggest either taking one of our other sailing trips first or bringing along a strong sense of adventure. This is a sail training expedition, so participants will be encouraged to take part in all aspects of the trip including standing watch, navigation and sail handling.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions about this trip. Note: participants will need to have a valid passport and obtain a Remote Border Crossing Permit prior to the trip. This trip is 10 days in length and starts and ends in Grand Marais, MN .