Please do not hesitate to call or email with questions or to make a reservation.
Do I need to bring a life jacket?
We provide life jackets for all passengers. If you have one you would rather wear you are welcome to bring it along.
Can I bring small children?
We encourage families with children of all ages. Our children started sailing at 6 weeks old.
Are pets allowed?
Well-behaved pets are welcome on private charters.
What will the weather be like?
Weather conditions will vary depending on when you do your trip. For trips in May and June you can expect temperatures to be chilly out on the Lake and warm jackets and hats are usually required. Trips in July and August are generally warmer. If the wind is out of the northeast you can expect it to be cool on the Lake. If it’s out of the southwest you can expect warmer temperatures. September often has glorious sailing in relatively warm conditions. It can be cool while sailing on Lake Superior anytime during the summer so we strongly encourage you to bring a warm wind layer on any trip you do.
Do I need any sailing experience?
No sailing experience is necessary--just a willingness to be part of a great adventure! You will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the trip from raising sails to steering the boat. Or, just sit back and enjoy the ride - we want you to participate at whatever level you feel most comfortable.
How many people can go on a trip?
There can be a total of six guests on the trip plus Mark (the Captain) and sometimes a deckhand.
How long is the trip?
Most trips are two hours long. We take up to four trips a day, leaving at 9:30, 12:00, 3:00 and 6:30 daily, seven days a week, unless we are out on a multi-day trip.
How much does it cost?
$40.00 for adults and $30.00 for kids 12 and under for a two hour ride.
What is the sailboat like?
Amicus II is our custom designed, 40-foot steel cutter. She is rugged and seaworthy--built to sail the world’s oceans. She has an 11.5’ beam, 5.5’ draft, a full keel and weighs close to 30,000 lbs. A 54 hp diesel engine provides plenty of power when the wind dies. She is equipped with both solar panels and wind generator and rarely needs shore power. She carries 70 gallons of diesel fuel and 100 gallons of water and has both composting marine head (toilet) systems. Together, these lower our carbon footprint and greatly extend our cruising range away from marinas. Her comfortable cockpit is protected from both sun and rain by a hard dodger. Inside, she sleeps eight, has an ample, functional galley and has storage space for weeks of travel. A diesel cabin heater keeps the cabin toasty warm on those chilly Lake Superior evenings. In a nutshell, Amicus II embodies our priorities: safety, self-sufficiency, simplicity, and sailing comfort.
Who will be the Captain?
Mark Gordon, co-owner of Amicus Adventure Sailing, will be the Captain. Mark has been a licensed Captain and EMT for more than 20 years and holds a 100 ton Masters License. He and his family have sailed thousands of miles on Lake Superior and beyond. He has been a Sailing Instructor and Instructor Trainer for both the American Red Cross and American Sailing Association. He has an extensive background as a wilderness instructor and has directed wilderness programs in both the public and private sector. He has climbed, skied, hiked and canoed throughout North America. He bought his first sailboat in 1985 and has been sailing ever since.
In 2013 Mark, his wife Katya and their two daughters (Cedar - 11 and Lamar - 9 at the time) completed their second sailing trip to the Bahamas and back from Lake Superior, covering 5,000 miles in just over 10 months.
FAQ DAY SAILS
Can I do a Private Charter?
Yes, you can charter the boat for your own private trip. Many groups, families and couples who are celebrating special occasions choose a private charter. The cost for a private charter is $200.00 for 2 hour trip, $375 for 4 hours and $500.00 (Monday – Thursday), $650.00 (Friday – Sunday) for an 8 hour sail. You can have up to six in your group.
Where will we be sailing?
All day trips leave from and return to the Knife River Marina in Knife River. Rather than pick a specific destination for the trip we will pick the best wind angle for sailing to maximize the sailing fun. The two hours goes by very quickly and we are generally within three or four miles of the marina.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
There is a bathroom on board but we encourage you to go on shore before your trip.
Can I bring food and drinks?
You are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
What if we have to cancel or there's no wind?
Please go to our Book A Sail webpageto learn our cancellation policy.
What should I wear?
Regardless of how warm it is on shore please bring a warm jacket and windbreaker. For trips in May, June and September bring gloves and a stocking hat as well. Tennis shoes are best to wear on your feet but any type of footwear will do.
What safety equipment is on board the boat?
Safety equipment on board includes: all US Guard required safety equipment (life jackets, flares etc...) Person Overboard Recovery System, EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), 3 VHF radios, Cell phone, first aid kit and liferaft.