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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!


  • May 4, 2014
    • Annual Dinner
      Starts: 5:00 pm
      Ends: 8:00 pm
  • May 12, 2014
    • DSSA Board Meeting
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: 9:00 pm
      Location: Location TBD - email if interested in attending
  • May 24, 2014
    • Pier Work Day
      Starts: 9:00 am
      Ends: 3:00 pm
  • May 31, 2014
    • Pier Work Day
      Starts: 9:00 am
      Ends: 3:00 pm

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News & Events

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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Ignore the Weather! Spring is on the way : ) Ways to get involved now.

2014-03-30 09:14:56

Well it’s been a long interesting winter, with more weather on the way! If you are perchance pursuing this site, thinking about warmer weather and sailing and wondering how to meet a few others of like mind…..let me give you a couple of opportunities.

On April 12th, we are going to have a work party at our storage facility in West End Duluth. We’ll meet from noon till around 5pm to organize and clean up the shop. We tend to gather odds and ends that are sometimes worth keeping and sometimes just end up cluttering, so one item on my list is to get rid of the clutter : ) We can also start organizing the equipment and supplies that need to go back to the pier in a couple of months. Doing that now gives us time to fix and buy what we need to get the season off to a quick start. If you are interested in helping out…give me a call (218-251-0560) or email me at

I also want to invite all interested parties to our annual dinner and spaghetti feed on May 5th at 5pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Duluth. I’ll post more on that event, just put it on your calendar knowing that this is a great way to find out about our organization and to meet people with a shared interest in sailing.

Finally…if you’re interested in finding out more about the folks involved in the DSSA, click on the Facebook link and request to join. There are some great pictures on there and I try to keep folks up to date on upcoming events. If you’re not big on Facebook, shoot me an email at and request to be added to the mailing list. No spam…I BCC all notices, but that is my most reliable way of communicating events, volunteer opportunities and program updates.

See you on the Water


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Dead of Winter News : )

2014-02-17 18:57:05

Hey all….Yep…I’m alive!!! It’s been a busy winter for me so I hope no one has been feeling neglected : )  I know we just got another 7″ snow, but it’s time to begin thinking about spring!

This last weekend a few of us got together to dig through sails, getting those needing work out for repair so they’ll be ready to roll when we get boats in the water.

Speaking of boats, did you all know that we’ll have 2 Ygnlings in the water next year? Late in a season a second Ygnling was donated. We now have the opportunity to match race Interlakes, 2.4′s or Ygnlings!

In other news…I’m going to be looking for staff for the upcoming year very soon. If you know someone who might be interested, point them to the web site! Under “About Us” there is a “job” link with job descriptions and an application. Now would be the time to express interest!

Watch for more opportunities as we head towards spring! Our annual spaghetti feed fundraiser will be coming up in a couple of month and additional work days at the shop will be scheduled. Keep in touch year round at our Facebook page (see link on “Contact Us” page)

See you on  the water! – Tim

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