Trips in 2023, 2024

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Key: Blue = Club Sponsored Trips                   Green = Sailing Opportunities

Day sailing in the Duluth/Superior Harbor and near shore of Lake Superior

Members who are experienced keelboat sailors can be certified to use the DSSA’s larger cruise boats with auxiliary motors. Cruise boats are available for day sailing in the Duluth Harbor and the near shore of Lake Superior

J-Fore: In 2014 we were blessed with the donation of a Cal 24. This 24′ fixed keel cruiser is in great shape and is a joy to sail. She is equipped with a electric tilt 4 stroke and a roller furler for ease of use. She has a magnificently well balanced helm and sails well.

Over Easy: Our Catalina 25, is a spacious boat and a joy to sail. It has a swing keel and very easy to handle. It has a 4 stroke outboard engine and is sure to be very comfortable for outings.

Contact DSSA directly: 

Day Sailing on Lake Pepin

Most Summer Saturdays, 10am-3pm

New club member Tom Hale invites members to join him for day sailing on Lake Pepin. He writes: "I'm going to be sailing on Lake Pepin (Lake City Marina, Slip 864) during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Looking ahead, I sail (almost) every Saturday from 10am-3pm. 

I can take up to 2 guests for each day trip on the lake.  Guests will need to provide their own PFDs and will be required to wear them at all times.  I do expect guests to crew while onboard (docking/sailing/helm). "

Text Tom Hale directly if you want to go. 612-750-1855 

His boat is "Diamond Girl" a 1979 32 foot Pearson 323 

ASA 105 - Costal Navigation

Taught by Captain Joan Gilmore, Sail Away Sailing School, LLC,
151 Glen Creek Road NE, Fridley, MN 55432

10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays: October 21, October 28, November 4,
November 11, November 18 - Exam

This challenging 20-hour classroom course is certified by the American Sailing Association (ASA) and taught by ASA Instructor Evaluator, Captain Joan Gilmore. Gilmore has a master’s degree in adult learning styles and gets excellent reviews from her Coastal Navigation students. You will learn how to navigate using a chart and nautical instruments. You will learn advanced skills, such as lines of position, running fixes, calculating danger bearings, distance off, tides and currents and 3 ways to calculate set and drift. This course is valuable for both power boaters and sailors. Allow for 20+ hours of homework time.  Included in course fee: textbook and class materials, training chart, exam, and ASA 105 certification upon successful completion.  

Please bring to class: pencil, eraser, calculator, dividers ($15-$25), parallel rulers ($17-$25). See to purchase. Registered students get 30% discount. 

This course is a prerequisite, along with ASA 104-Bareboat Chartering, in order to take ASA 106 - Advanced Coastal Cruising.

Questions? Contact Captain Joan at or 612-871-8101. 

Please register by September 15th. $349 per person. Registration Form

Sail in the ABACOS in 2024

Feb 3- Feb 10, 2024 (Early boarding 4pm Feb 2, 2024 included) 

(2 openings as of 8/23/23)

Boat, Fuel, and Carefree Pkg $1440/person
($1440/person based on 8 people) 

Carefree Pkg Includes: damage waiver insurance/full coverage, welcome pkg, final cleaning, bed sheets & towels, dinghy, outboard motor & fuel, propane gas, full water tanks, snorkeling equipment. Other expenses- provisioning, mooring balls, airfare.
Optional: restaurant meals, hotels, personal trip insurance 

Enjoy beautiful white sand beaches,
crystal clear water, snorkeling,
swimming pigs, and so much more.  

Interested? Questions? Send an email to:
Marilynn Kaplan 

Corsica and Sardinia

September 7, 2024  through  September 21, 2024

Join us for a 14 day adventure sailing around Southern Corsica and Northern Sardinia.

Corsica is the fourth-largest island in the Mediterranean and has over 620 miles of coastline that is best explored by sea. Despite being French territory since 1768, it retains a distinctly Italian feel with some beautiful quaint medieval ports. Other highlights include unspoiled nature reserves, excellent food and reliable winds.

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean behind Sicily and is an Italian territory. It is approximately 168 miles long and 90 miles wide. The island is rugged and the highest point is 6,017’ above sea level. The island has over 1,100 miles of coastline. With its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, rugged coastline, ancient archaeological sites and fascinating culture, Sardinia is waiting for you to come and explore.

You will be sailing aboard either a Bali 4.3 or Bali 4.1 Catamaran. The boats are the 4 cabin, 4 head design and outfitted with the usual amenities you would find on a charter vessel of this size. The boats are berthed at the Tino Rossi Port in Ajaccio, Corsica.

The cost for the boat will be $1935 per person and does not include food, fuel, port/mooring fees, national park fees, transportation, or incidentals. An initial deposit of $700 will hold a spot on the trip. The cheapest airfare I found the other night was $1643 out of Minneapolis. Although this trip will be classified as a sailing opportunity, NLSC trip rules will apply.

Once your initial deposit is accepted, you are liable for the boat cost of $1935. Refunds will be honored if a replacement crew member is found. Trip insurance is highly recommended.

If you are interested in participating please send a check for the initial deposit made out to Jay A. Biggs. Please send the check to: 1590 110th Court West, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at: If you are planning on participating please email me of your intentions.

Fair winds! Jay