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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!


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Sailboats by the Numbers

2016-06-26 09:24:36

As boats are donated, I’m often curious to compare them by the numbers against boats that I’ve sailed before. If you’re one of those people who likes to dig into this kind of stuff, here are a couple of good resources for the numbers.

One place that makes it really easy to compare one boat against another is Tom Dove’s Sail Calculator: I like this one because it’s simple, no ads or other stuff to sort through. It also includes some numbers like Capsize Ratio and Motion Comfort ratings:
Tom Dove’s Sail Calculator

Here’s another that that a larger database and may have links to other related boat owner forums and reviews.
Sailboat Data

Finally, If you want to know what all those numbers mean : ), Ted Brewer’s design site gives good descriptions of each of the terms used.
Ted Brewer Yacht Design

Have fun!

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2016-06-15 10:54:47
It’s time for our first GOAST of the season! So here’s the idea behind GOAST (Get Out And Sail Tonight!)…pick a nice day, put the grill on, invite folks down to throw something on the grill and get out and sail. Meet new sailors, get out on boats new to you, bring a friend down and introduce them to sailing etc….
Come On Down and Join us this Saturday night  (June 18th) from 4:30 till dusk! 
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Sailing Season is here!

2016-05-31 19:49:47

Well the pier is looking good and we’ve got a few boats in the water! Come help us celebrate the beginning of the season by stopping in for one of our two scheduled open houses. The first one is this coming Saturday the 4th of June. The second will be on the 11th. Both will offer opportunities for free boat rides, food and a chance to meet staff and board members while finding out more about summer programs. Bring your neighbors and friends down between Noon and Four and join us as we celebrate the start to summer.

Our official open sailing schedule will begin Friday June 10th, with hours of operation from Noon till dusk daily (weather permitting). Remember to check the official calendar here on our web site for pier closings and special events. You can also stay in touch with us via our Facebook site at

See you on the water!

Tim Ingersoll

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