“My crew and I really appreciated the help from our instructor, Captain Mayers. We had a great time and would recommend this trip to anyone.”

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What The Course Entails

The Advanced Sailing Course is a five-day sailing class designed to create more competent, confident sailors. You will improve your sailing skills and experience night sailing, standing watches and sailing offshore in varying weather conditions.

Everyone is involved in planning the passage. The instructor will review navigation procedures, use of charts, dead reckoning, radar, and GPS in an easy to understand and relaxed environment. This exciting adventure covers over 200 nautical miles (weather depending) with destinations such as Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw Peninsula, and Grand Marais, MN.


Your Classroom

Our Advanced Sailing Certification class takes place on 36 - 41 foot boats which serve as your classroom and overnight accommodations. You will sleep onboard the boat in harbor with complementary boarding the evening prior to the first day of your instruction, and you'll spend all other nights at anchor or at other ports with the instructor aboard. There are heads and a galley on all boats. Bring sleeping bag or bedding and towels.


Sign up Alone or with Friends

This course requires four people minimum / maximum. We highly recommend a three or four day course to help you prepare for this long distance cruise.



Included in the cost of this package.



$1,036 per person - Early Season

$1,295 per person - Prime Season

$1,166 per peron - Late Season


To Reserve Your Space

Just $300 per student deposit will hold your place in any course. The balance due will be collected when you arrive for the course.


Sign Up - The first trips have been scheduled for 2019!  Call us at 715-779-5124 to book your spot!


Prime Season Trip - $1,295 per person + tax

Boarding: Tuesday, 

Sailing:  Wednesday - Sunday, 


Late Season Trip - $1,166 per person + tax

Boarding: Tuesday, 

Sailing: Wednesday - Sunday, 



You will set sail from the Apostle Islands with an overnight passage to Isle Royale,

then on to Grand Marais and back to the Apostle Islands over the course of five days.



The evening before the course begins. Relax, settle-in and get to know your crew.


Day One
Prepare the boat for departure and begin a leisurely sail through the Apostle Islands while you become familiar with your boat and discuss the open water passage. A late afternoon departure from the islands will ensure your landfall at Isle Royale in daylight on Day Two.

During the night crossing the crew will keep watch in teams of two in four hour shifts. Keeping a lookout for shipping traffic, you will learn watch-keeping skills using radar, the "rules of the road" and interpreting ship's navigational lights.


Day Two
Landfall at Isle Royale . Navigating the fiord-like entrance to Windigo will challenge your piloting skills. Rocks and reefs are numerous and a good lookout on the boat is important. The afternoon provides the crew with free time to go ashore to hike the trails or just sit back and relax.


Day Three
Day-long sail to Grand Marais. Another chance to experience open water, wind and waves. After tying up in the marina, you can enjoy hot showers and a walk into town.


Day Four
In the morning you will depart for your crossing back to the Apostle Islands . Arriving in the evening you will anchor in the islands, well positioned for a day sail back to Superior Charters.


Day Five
Weigh anchor and sail back through the islands discussing the trip and enjoying the view, off boarding by 4 pm.


Throughout the trip there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion of offshore sailing strategies, communication systems, weather forecasts, heavy weather strategies and safety. You will be encouraged to experiment with navigational tools onboard such as binoculars with integrated compass, hand bearing compass, digital chart plotter, etc.

Superior Charters Inc, 34475 Port Superior Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814 -- 1.715.779.5124 -- sail@superiorcharters.com
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