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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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Race Night/ GOAST

2016-07-20 10:21:40

So this Friday (7/22) evening looks sunny, warm with 8-10 mph winds…perfect night for sailing. Lets gather and see how many boats we can get out on the water this Friday again. We had a lot of fun last week, with 8 boats competing in racing and a couple others just out for a sail. Heck, I’ll even bring my bocce ball set down if you just want to hang out.

BTW…for those wondering, of those who raced last week, about half had never competed in a race before, and a couple just started sailing this summer. This is intended to be a low stress racing opportunity…a change to learn new skills and practice what you’ve learned. With the Interlakes in the mix, there is the opportunity to get on board with someone with more experience and see what racing is all about.

As always, bring food to throw on the grill…I can’t afford to feed you all each week, but the grill is there!! : )

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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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