Duluth Superior Sailing Association


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 capabilities, or financial means.


Our experienced, ASA or US Sailing certified staff provide sailing classes for children and adults of all experience levels.


We can also provide programs for group sailing, adaptive sailing, and special topic sailing clinics and courses.


Open sailing hours are available weekdays and weekends in our June-September season, providing many opportunities to get out on the water with our day sailer fleet.

Become a DSSA member today!

Duluth~Superior Sailing Opportunities

Youth Summer Camps

Youth sailing and water activity camps are held at the DSSA Pier on Park Point throughout the summer.

Open Sailing

Already a sailor? Then become a member of the DSSA and enjoy the use of our diverse fleet of trainers, racers, and daysailers.

Cruise Boats

With a membership and a small day-use fee, experienced cruisers have access to the DSSA's motorized cruise boats.

Sailors with Disabilities

Sailors with disabilities are encouraged to join us as regular members, free of charge!

Daily Membership

Not ready to buy a full annual membership? We offer daily memberships: $10/day under age 30, and $20/day over age 30

Laser / Anything Goes Races

Check the calendar for the race schedule! Races are usually hosted on Friday evenings.

Private Lessons for all ages

Private lessons are available for adults, students (young adults), families, and groups.

ASA Basic Keel Boat Certification

Offered in conjunction with Sail Away Sailing School LLC.

Our Sailing Fleet

From Day Sailers to Cruise Boats, our fleet has boats for beginning sailors, experienced skippers, and everyone in between!

Pier Calendar

Use our calendar to see open sailing hours and check for pier closings due to weather or special events.

  • Open Sailing will close an hour early if no boats are on the water at that time.

  • The pier will close in inclement or unsafe weather conditions.

DSSA friends and members, we are sharing information regarding the loss of an original member, past president, and inspiring Scott Anderson.

Below is a tribute to Scott.  

Message from Jim Sharrow, Duluth Superior Sailing Association

We are saddened by Scott’s untimely passing and want to extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and associates.

Scott was a long-term leader in our community sailing program. We were formed in 1984 as a joint venture between Duluth Parks and Recreation and the 4H program. Scott became involved during this period and helped the program grow to include adaptive sailing for disabled persons. In the mid-1990s our organization incorporated into a 501 (c ) (3)  non-profit organization that now operates as the Duluth Superior Sailing Association (DSSA). Scott was an early president of the association and was continuously active, supporting our adaptive sailing program up to his death. It was his desire that we establish a fund in his name to support adaptive sailing infrastructure as well as participation by disabled and disadvantaged sailors of all ages.  The fund is named the Scott R. Anderson “sailing for all” Memorial Fund.

We encourage you to view the 4 minute Make a Hero- Adaptive Sailing video that features Scott. In it he relates his motto of playing with the cards he was dealt in life. He describes sailing as “you, the wind and water… That’s it; everything goes away.” His sailing wasn’t limited to participation in our adaptive sailing program that we accomplish in conjunction with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. He was a member of our organization who has sailed often like any other member. He also participated with the Duluth Yacht Club for many years as part of the crew on a 33’ boat in the Wednesday night races on Lake Superior. Scott was an inspirational leader in many ways and will be greatly missed.

Jim Sharrow, on behalf of the DSSA Board of Directors

Duluth Superior Sailing Association

Make A Hero: Adaptive Water Sports, Scott Anderson, Duluth, MN

Scott R. Anderson Sailing for All Memorial Fund

The Scott R. Anderson “Sailing for all”Memorial fund supports both able and disabled sailor participants of all ages at the Duluth-Superior Sailing Association.  Its focus is to ensure that any person can participate, regardless of financial or physical ability.

Donations can be made to the Scott R. Anderson Sailing for All Memorial Fund at the Duluth Superior Sailing Association, P. O. Box 3094, Duluth, MN 55803. Write checks to “DSSA” with the notation “Scott R. Anderson Fund.”

Donations can be made now through DSSA’s PayPal and Zelle accounts.  Use sailingforall@gmail.com for payment.

2023 News & Events 

Cruise Boats will be available for reservation through mid to late October 2023.

The best way to reserve a cruise boat is to text our DSSA phone for reservations.  Phone: 218-260-0961

Wednesday October 4th 2023 Docks out 9am-12pm

Volunteers needed to help take docks out of the water and get our sailing pier ready for the winter!  Please contact the Waterfront director if you have any questions.

Passing the ASA 210 Instructor Qualification Clinic with flying colors!

Congratulations to DSSA staff Sasha Kline, Aren Carlson, Erin Hansen, and Rafael Junco for achieving their ASA 210 basic small boat instructor certification!

What I learned from my first Duluth Sailing lesson by DNT’s Jay Gabler

Duluth News Tribune arts and entertainment reporter Jay Gabler comes to the DSSA for his first sailing lesson!


2023 Advanced Sailing Camp Photos 


DSSA Social Media!

Stay updated on what our sailing program is doing day to day with Instagram!  There will also be updates on the weather, open sailing hours, and Friday racing.

Thank You ShipShape Products!

A big thanks to ShipShape for donating materials to prepare our sails for the 2023 season!

Get in touch


Duluth~Superior Sailing Association
PO BOX 3094
Duluth, MN 55803

Contact Us

Summer Phone: (218) 260-0961 
Zachary Lange, Waterfront Director

(April – October)

Off-Season Phone: (218) 590-1062

(November – March)

Our Hours

MON-FRI 09:00am – Dusk

SAT-SUN 12:00pm – Dusk 

Follow Us

From downtown Duluth, cross the Duluth Lift Bridge in Canal Park. Travel on Minnesota Avenue for about four miles, past Lafayette Community Center on the left and the Rowing Club and Southworth Marsh on the right.

Enter the Park Point Recreation Area. The road curves to the right. Pass the playground on the left and the restrooms on the right. Keep right and enter the parking lot for the public boat launch; our site is on the adjacent pier.

Above: Flying Scot approaching the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Left: J/FORE cruising on Lake Superior