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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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2015 Summer Programming in the Works!

2015-05-10 19:04:29

Members and Friends…Summer is on the way! Actually, after the warm weather we had a few weeks ago it feels like summer has come and gone again! : )

There are a couple of pieces of news I’d like to share as we head into this summer. FIrst off, we’re off to a good start with preparations at the pier, but please watch for notifications of work days as help is still needed to get the facility ready and boats in the water.

A few weeks ago, one of our storage sheds was blown over by 50-70mph winds. The roof was damaged and it was laying on its side in the entryway to the pier. Yesterday, we had a good size crew down that was able to get it set back upright after repairing the roof and  then re-shingling.  We also moved the Opti and Laser gear down from the shop and got the ramp on the big dock. These were all significant projects and I want to thank everyone who came down to help out.

Our first programming of the summer will be having the Harbor City International School kids down for a spring symposium the 3rd week of May. Our spring open house events will be the first two Saturday of June, with regular programming and open sailing beginning the 6th. Make sure you check out the calendar here in the web site to keep up on sailing opportunities.

All summer classes are listed on the calendar, so now is the time to get kids and adults signed up for lessons. If you’re a sailor, but not yet a member, come on down and see the fleet….I’m sure we’ll get you hooked on the many great opportunities we offer sailors for getting on the water.

Speaking of which…..our newest donation is a J24! If you are familiar with that boat you’ll know that it is a fun, fast boat and will be a great addition to the fleet.

We’re also hoping to have both Ygnlings in this year, along with all 3 of our 2.4 meter boats. Watch for opportunities to do some match racing this summer with these boats and our Interlakes.

I’m looking forward to seeing my sailing friends, new and old on the water soon. Keep in touch on the facebook site, or contact me at if you have any questions about the organization, lessons, group outings or anything else sailing related!

See you on the water!

Tim Ingersoll
Waterfront Director

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Is Summer Over? Not Quite!!

2014-08-16 10:38:54

All to soon, I’m staring at the end of the season! I’ve been working on staff scheduling and quickly realizing that it is here and much of the staff is heading off to other obligations like school, work and travel in the near future!

We are having our last youth class this coming week and our last adult class today and tomorrow.
With that said, there are a couple of important things you can do to continue to support your organization:
– If you know sailors who have considered joining, let them know that a membership purchased after today (Aug 15th) will carry through the 2015 sailing season.
– If you know folks who wanted to take lessons, but missed there chance this summer…tell them to email me at and ask to be put on our mailing list. That way they will get a reminder as I start to send out emails in the spring about lesson sign up.
– Open Sailing hours WILL be restricted beginning Monday the 25th. Please check the calendar for open sailing times. During the season, you can assume open sailing from noon till dusk unless it says otherwise. After the 25th, specific open sailing times will be posted.
– There will be projects lists coming as we get ready to close down for the year. Please help whenever you can! I will email volunteer opportunities to those on the mailing list. There are likely be shout outs on  Facebook as well.
– Get out and sail! : ) Please take advantage of the beautiful end of summer weather we’ve been having and get out and sail while you can : ) There is still time…..

See you on the water!


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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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