Our sailing voyages are authentic learn-to-cruise adventures. Crew, right along with Mark and Katya Gordon, take part in all aspects of the sailing life. As a crew member aboard Amicus II, you will cook and clean, stand watch day and night, trim sails, learn to navigate, and assemble and launch our dinghy. In remote anchorages you will have opportunities to explore via kayak or trail. At night, the cabin turns into a bunkhouse. Always, you are part of a tightly knit group that is exploring the wildest lake on earth, learning how this lake is changing, and engaging with regular citizens about that change and what we need to do. Prepare to learn, be challenged, and have an insane amount of fun.
The real work of our Young Adult trips begins when you walk into the first classroom and engage with students about the impacts of climate change on Lake Superior and it's coastal communities. We also cover topics such as invasive species, microplastics, and the impacts of climate change on the boreal forest. You will lead small group discussions on carbon cutting projects, be a tour guide for our "Open Boat" sessions and engage with the larger community during our community presentations. Arctic explorer and climate champion Will Steger said that the key to solving the climate crisis is citizen engagement. Since our first trip in 2014 we have engaged with thousands of students and community members around Lake Superior.
This year, 2023, will have a different type of schedule from previous years. We will be focusing wholly on the north shore of Minnesota for both sailing and programming, the trip will be shorter, and there will be variations in our crew make-up and daily schedule. There will be unique opportunities for crew looking for a 20-day experience that includes new flexibility and down time, but is still part of an intense, beloved, tried-and-true program.
May 6-26, 2023
Pay what you can. Most participants pay $400-$700. This is still less than 50% of the actual cost of the trip. Our goal is to ensure accessibility for all applicants, with grants and donations making up the difference. Fill out an application to apply (see below).
Place: Trip departs from and arrives back at the Knife River Marina in Knife River, Minnesota.