Skippered Sailboat Rides Metro Area and Greater Minnesota

Enjoy the brisk Spring sunshine, the fleeting fall colors and everything in between as you sail quietly on Lake Minnetonka, White Bear Lake, Medicine Lake, Lake Harriet, Lake St. Croix, Leech Lake, or Duluth Harbor. The boats used are primarily keelboats which are ideal for couples and can easily accommodate up to four people. Several boats are available so rides for larger groups are possible. Each sailing vessel has an American Sailing Association instructor aboard who will sail the boat and work with interested guests to let them sail and control the boat as much as possible.

Northern Breezes offers skippered rides on our spectacular sailboats. A skippered ride is a great way to get out on the water with family or friends and an experienced skipper to show you the ropes.

Our Pearson 26 is a great boat to take out for a day sail.  It comfortably seats 4 adults. Pearson 26

Medicine Lake:  Located in the Twin Cities, just east of 494 in French Regional Park.  We offer rides on our WindRider, a 17' Trimaran, which will accommodate two adults.

The WindRider 17 Trimaran is a great small boat to take for a day sail on a hot day.  It is close enough to the water that all on board can stay cool by dragging their feet in the water. Windrider 17

Lake Minnetonka:  Located at Shorewood Yacht Club, just minutes west of Excelsior on beautiful Lake Minnetonka near the intersection of Highway 7 and County Road 19, Northern Breezes offers rides on our many boats.  These include our 23' Ensigns, a 26' Pearson, a 27' Pearson, and a 28' O'Day  Additional pictures and descriptions of these boats can be found on our boat club page.

Adagio, our 28' O'Day, has a large cockpit and spacious decks topside, plus standing headroom and a marine head down below.

Link to Shorewood Yacht Club: Shorewood Yacht Club


Hunter 23' Sailboat

Lake St Croix:  Located on the St Croix River out of Windmill Marina, our 23' Hunter and 22' Catalina Capri offer room for four adults and are great boats for day sailing on the river.

Scheduling and Pricing:  

Twin Cities Metro Area Skippered Rides:
2-Hours Private (up to four people): $400
3 and 4-Hour rides are available by calling our office.

Please call to discuss pricing at other locations.  Our schedule is flexible and we will work with you to fit your individual needs.

Reservation/Cancellation Policy
Reservations are required as well as a forty-eight hour notice of cancellation in order to avoid forfeiture of deposit. In the event of adverse weather, we will work with you to reschedule; this is not a reservation/cancellation issue. We always try to work with our ride customers.

Weekly Schedule:
Shorewood Yacht Club Schedule:
Monday: 9-11am, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday: 9-11am, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday: 9-11am, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday: 9-11am, noon-2pm, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Friday: 9-11am, noon-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday: noon-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Sunday: noon-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm

Medicine Lake Schedule:
Monday: 4-6 pm, 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday: 4-6 pm, 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday: 4-6 pm
Thursday: 4-6 pm, 6:30-8:30 pm
Friday: 4-6 pm, 6:30-8:30 pm
Saturday: 9-11am, noon-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Sunday: 9-11am, noon-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm

Leech Lake Schedule:
Monday: 10-noon, 2-4pm, 5-7pm
Tuesday: 10-noon, 2-4pm, 5-7pm
Wednesday: 10-noon, 2-4pm, 5-7pm
Thursday: 10-noon, 2-4pm, 5-7pm
Friday: 10-noon, 2-4pm, 5-7pm
Saturday: 10-noon, 2-4pm, 5-7pm
Sunday: 2-4pm, 5-7pm

Rides are not offered the week of July 4, 2016.


# of boats LOA Boat Location
2 17' WindRider Medicine Lake
1 18' Victoria Lake Harriet
1 22' Rhodes Leech Lake
1 22' Catalina Lake St. Croix
1 23' Hunter Lake St. Croix
1 23' Aquarius White Bear Lake
3 23' Ensign Lake Minnetonka
1 24' Hunter Duluth Harbor
1 26' Pearson Lake Minnetonka
1 27' Pearson Lake Minnetonka
1 28' O'Day Lake Minnetonka
1 34' Hunter Duluth Harbor

The Ensign is an ideal family and friends boat. Our boats are equipped with roller furling genoas and mainsails with adjustable topping lifts for ease of use. They also have reliable 4-stroke outboard engines.

Call Northern Breezes Sailing School at 763-542-9707 to register or with questions.

About Northern Breezes Sailing School and Magazine
The Regional Magazine, Northern Breezes, was started in 1990. The online Sailing Magazine,, was started in 1997. Northern Breezes Sailing School started in 1999. The school offers everything in sailing from Youth Sailing Camps, Adult Intro Courses to Offshore Sailing on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and in the Caribbean islands as well as Marine Weather, Coastal and Celestial Navigation ashore classes on Lake Minnetonka and Afton. The owner Captain Thom Burns, a retired navy officer, has over 10,000 miles of sea time on small boats and ocean crossings.

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Northern Breezes Sailing School
3949 Winnetka Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55427
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