Sailing For All!

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.

The DSSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on donations to run our various sailing programs.  If you can afford to make a tax-deductible donation, this is greatly appreciated.  We are committed to providing sailing opportunities for all, regardless of ability to pay.

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.


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

2024 DSSA Membership

We require all individuals who take lessons or go sailing through the DSSA to first become members. This is necessary for insurance purposes, and to help fund our many programs!


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

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.
  • 2024 Open Sailing Starts June 10th!  Saturdays and Week Days 2pm-9pm, Weeks Days during youth camp sessions 4:30pm-9pm.

2024 News and Events

Friday July 19th, 26th, and August 2nd. 5:30pm-9pm.

Friday night youth race clinics are open to all youth interested free of charge! Race Clinic’s will be from 5:30pm-6:30pm topics will be intro to racing sailboats: right of way rules, start sequence/starting a race, basic tactics, rounding racing marks, different racing courses, and more! Youth that have experience sailing lasers are welcome to sign up for the race series that follows the clinic. Youth sailors will need a DSSA youth, family, or day membership ($10) to participate on the water. Racing will be from 7pm-9pm. Youth that are interested that don’t have laser experience can take lessons or sign up for DSSA youth camps before the series! This clinic and race series will be hosted by the DSSA along with DYC members. Please contact the DSSA with more questions!

Session #3 Mondays July 15th and 22nd 5pm-8pm

Participants need to have at least 2 lessons or have previous sailing experience to sign up for intermediate sailing lessons.  Material covered in this session:  In depth on sail trim, Docking under sail, approaching a mooring ball under sail, Man Over Board Procedures, Heaving to, and right of way rules on the water.

$110 for DSSA annual members or $150 for non-annual members.
Contact us for scheduling. Email: Phone: (218) 260-0961

Youth Camp Dates and Tuition

FULL Jun 24-28 (Ages 12-17)	Basic Sailing Camp	9am-4pm		$325.00

Open Jul 1-3 (Ages 7-17) Beginner morning Camp 8:30am-12pm $120.00

Open Jul 1-3 (Ages 7-17) Beginner afternoon Camp 1pm-4:30pm $120.00

FULL Jul 8-12 (Ages 7-11) Basic Sailing Camp 9am-4pm $325.00

Open Jul 15-19 (Ages 12-17) Basic Sailing Camp 9am-4pm $325.00

Open Jul 22-26 (Ages 7-11) Basic Sailing Camp 9am-4pm $325.00

FULL Jul 29-Aug 2 (Ages 7-17) Beginner Sailing Camp 9am-4pm $325.00

Open Jul 29-Aug 2 (Ages 7-17) Advanced Sailing Camp 9am-4pm $325.00

FULL Aug 5-9 (Ages 7-11) Basic Sailing Camp 9am-4pm $325.00

FULL Aug 12-16 (Ages 7-17) Advanced Sailing Camp 9am-4pm $325.00

How to register your youth sailing campers properly!

DSSA Youth Camp Registration Policy

  • Starting March 1st 2024 only by email can you register your youth camper(s).  You will be emailing to register. 
  • The youth camper(s) you are registering must reside in your household and/or you are legally responsible for them.
  • Each youth camper is allowed to sign up for three sessions each.
    • Beginner camps are for novice and new sailors.
    • Basic camps are open to all no matter their skill level.
    • Advanced camps are for sailors with prior experience and can sail a dinghy independently.
  • If you would like to be put on the waitlist for an extra session please indicate that in the email (waitlist will open June 3rd 2024).
  • Information that needs to be in the registration email.
  • Subject: Parent/Guardian Full name and phone number.
  • Email: Campers Full name, age, and what session(s) you would like to sign up for.  Please add any questions you have or indicate if you would like to be put on the waitlist for an extra session.
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 3-4 business days with the next steps of registration (paperwork and payment).
  • Please call, text, or email at any time if you have questions about the Youth Camp Registration Policy, our youth sailing camps, or our sailing program!

Email: Phone: (218) 260-0961

What I learned from 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!

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.