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About DSSA

The mission of the Duluth-Superior Sailing Association is to offer the joy of sailing to the entire Duluth-Superior community, regardless of skill level, physical disability, or financial means. Our  experienced, A.S.A. and U.S. Sailing certified staff provide sailing classes for children and adults of all experience levels, including beginning sailing lessons,  A.S.A. certification courses, and racing clinics. We provide programs for group sailing, adaptive sailing, and special topic sailing clinics and courses. Our open sailing hours are noon-dusk most days in our June-September season, providing many opportunities to get out on the water with our Day Sailer fleet, which includes everything from from 8-foot Optis for kids to racing boats and our cruise boats for experienced sailors. Become a DSSA member today, and join us for a fantastic summer experience!


  • July 24, 2014
    • Youth Class S5
      Starts: 12:00 pm
      Ends: 3:00 pm
      Starts: 5:30 pm
      Ends: 8:00 pm
    • ASA Keelboat Session 4
      Starts: 5:30 pm
      Ends: 8:00 pm
    • GOAST!
      Starts: 5:30 pm
      Ends: 8:30 pm

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News & Events

Getting in the swing!

2014-06-18 20:10:20

Gotta love our spring weather ; ) Our open house on Saturday seemed like a stretch (43 deg and blowing hard!) so it was called off. As it happened, I was down on the point and got a call from a young lady who was wondering why we weren’t there…I ran down and he had a talk and she is now one of our many new members this season!

We’ve had a busy week this last week, between staff orientation, working on pier organization and improvement and getting more boats ready to go! We also had a beautiful night of sailing with the folks from the Courage Kenny center last night!

As for boats, we have the following in the water: Lasers, Opti’s, our two Interlakes, the O’day, Impatiens, the Soling. We also have a newly donated Ranger 23 (Andre) in, with just a little more work needed before she’s ready to sail.

In the coming week we are looking to have the two 2.4′s, the newly donated J-Fore (a Cal T/4) and the Ynglings in the water.

Looking forward to seeing members new and old on the water soon!

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Is THAT what summer feels like! : )

2014-05-27 07:26:04

Yep…I think it’s here! Summer…and my first official sunburn of the season (I’m not bragging – Wear Sun Screen!). Since my last post, we’ve had a couple of really productive work days. Thanks to all the volunteers who have been able to help out! The docks are in, the Lasers and Optis are ready to go, Impatiens and the O’day are in the water and plans to launch more boats are in the works.

Our programming season starts this week with Harbor City International school and even though there still may be ice on the big lake, the weather looks perfect.

We’ll be having our spring open house events on the 7th and 14th of June. The events run from noon till four. This is a great opportunity to come down and meet the crew, eat some food and maybe get out on a boat for a bit! Free rides are offered to potential members and if you’re a current member you can stop down and help us get new folks out!

I’m excited about our staff this year, with many experienced returning staff and two new positive young folk! : ) They are all here to help you continue to learn to sail safely and comfortably on our wide range of available craft.

If you want to keep up to date on events as they come up, drop me a note at and I’ll add you to my mailing list. I use that mailing list to update interested folks on volunteer opportunities and programming events.

I’m excited to see you all on the water!


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2014 Annual Dinner and Silent Auction Sunday May 4th

2014-04-17 12:06:52

Sunday May 4th– 5 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1710 East Superior Street, Duluth.

This is our big spring fund raiser. An excellent time to meet fellow sailors and get excited about the sailing opportunities to come. Whether you are a current member or just interested in finding out more about our organization, please plan on joining us.

Tickets for the spaghetti dinner are:

Adults – $8.00 Age 5 to 11 – $4.00 Under 5 – Free

The Maximum Family ticket cost is $25

You may buy a ticket at the door, but to help with planning, we’d appreciate if you’d reserve tickets in advance! To reserve tickets, or to support the auction, please call Jim Sharrow at 724-6909.

Our Feature presenters this year are Ian Bentley and Robin Ketchum who’s “Voyage to the Sea” presentation documents their passage from Duluth to Maine through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway on their 40′ Beneteau.

Tim Ingersoll – Will also be presenting our summer programming line up with new opportunities to get out on the water.

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