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Sail the Apostle Islands

June 9June 14

Summer high school programs, Sailing on Lake Superior

Ahoy! Raise the mainsail, unfurl the jib, and let the journey begin. Sail aboard the tall ship Abbey Road during five days of navigation through the deep waters of Lake Superior. Take your turn at the helm, discover duties of the cabin, and learn sailboat anatomy including halyard, lifeline, keel, and transom.

Experience fantastic sea caves, hike the islands, relax on sandy beaches and get lost in the vast night sky of the Apostle Islands. Develop your sailing and navigation skills as you work with your crewmates to sail the Abbey from one beautiful island to the next.

Students should understand the rustic nature of the accommodations and the potential for challenging weather conditions. There is no shower onboard and all hot water is heated on the stove. Although the Abbey Road is a spacious fifty-two footer, students have limited personal space.

The Abbey Road has an open cabin layout and males and females have separate sleeping quarters. Temperatures on land may be in the 60s and 70s, however, temperatures on the water can easily dip into the low 40’s and even 30’s due to the cold lake temperature in June. Proper clothing is required—please refer to the packing list we provide.


Northland College Outreach Programs charter from Lake Superior Tall Ships, Inc. for this program. Their mission is to 1) teach youth seamanship, personal responsibility, teamwork and self-esteem, while building skills in leadership and citizenship, 2) inspire all generations to be responsible stewards of Lake Superior, and 3) to promote awareness, appreciation and preservation of lake superior’s marine communities and maritime heritage. Learn more.

  • Dates: June 9-14, 2019
  • Grades: Incoming 9-12
  • Location: Northland College campus and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • Program: Sailing, stargazing, day hiking, swimming, campfires
  • Meals: All food included. Please specify dietary needs at registration.
  • Drop off/Pick up: Sunday at 12 pm/Friday at 12 pm at Northland College
  • Cost: $695

Find everything you need to prepare in our high school summer handbook!

Register Today!

Registration closes May 26 or when the session fills.

Registration is closed.


June 9
June 14