Graduate Testimonials

Here are just a few testimonies from satisfied Lake Superior Sailing School graduates.

“I just wanted to inform you that the sailing class with captain Jack (not Sparrow) Kosten in Manitowoc was a hit!!!!  I went into it with a considerable amount of apprehension and trepidation and emerged with a comfort level, understanding and knowledge I never expected. Captain Jack’s passion for sailing was communicated through his teaching and coaching and instruction. Both my husband and myself thoroughly enjoyed the entire weekend … Just thought you should know.”   –Roberta Godson (Ripon, WI)

“It has been a week since I took your sailing class and I do not think I adequately expressed my appreciation for the instruction given by Captain Jack Kosten. He fielded every question thrown at him both about sailing and the sailboat and followed that up with many practical and personal examples. I greatly appreciated his instruction and efforts.”    Jim Godson (Ripon, WI)

“We just wanted to send a quick email with some feedback on our 3 day basic sailing class in Lake Pepin this past weekend. We had an unbelievable time!!!! It far exceeded ALL expectations of sailing lessons!! Jim was excellent – we would highly recommend the course and especially Jim as an instructor! I can’t say enough about him. We hated to leave on Sunday! He was so full of information, history and just fun! He was so personable, patient, and knowledgeable. Kevin and I both feel we learned so much in the past 3 days and feel very confident to charter a sailboat on our own. Thanks again for everything…”   Laurel and Kevin Kiecker (Brooklyn Park, MN)

“Thank you for a wonderful sailing instruction experience! Carol and I had an exceptional time and learned a lot!  We definitely will be chartering a sailboat in the spring if not sooner in Florida. TA [Capt. Terry Anderson] was awesome as an instructor too! Thanks to the whole team at Lake Superior Sailing School!”   Dave Nicholson and Carol Weis (Maple Lake, MN)

“Lake Superior Sailing School provided outstanding service, from arranging for an additional class to providing a top notch instructor. My wife and I couldn’t have been more pleased.”   Jeffrey Girard (Oneida, WI)

“The on-the-water sessions were far beyond our greatest expectation. Our instructor was the finest gentleman, instructor, and entertainer that we have met in a long while.”   Dr. Sheldon Ivers (Great Falls, MT)

“The material presented during my on the water instruction was clear, interesting and obviously well organized … I absolutely feel more confident about my ability to handle a cruising auxiliary, without a doubt.”   John Dakins (Hazelwood, MO)

“Your sailing class was one of the highlights of my life.”   John P. Graham (Chicago, IL)

“I liked the home study program, you can watch it over and over again if you need to.”   Vicky Debre (Antioch, IL)


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We are united by a genuine love of sailing, and we share this love with our families, our friends, and through relationships with the broader sailing community.

Sailing School Locations and Dates

Enjoy the Apostle Islands just outside of Bayfield, Wisconsin on beautiful Lake Superior. Or the relaxed river town of Lake City and is located 65 miles southeast of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota).

Go from student to sailor in three days

In just three days, our students can complete a certification course that fully prepares them to sail any vessel on any water. We turn novice into know-how, in other words, and we instill confidence and competence into every participant. The proof? Over 12,000 sailors since 1980.