Sail Champlain

Adventure on Lake Champlain by sail (and oar) in a traditional wooden sail boat


2020 Expedition Dates: July 11-July 18
Standard Tuition: $1000
Member Tuition: $950
Financial Aid: Available


About Sail Champlain

Sail Champlain is an eight-day overnight teen expedition that gives you the chance to experience our shared history of sailing and rowing on Lake Champlain. Participants will work as a crew to navigate the museum’s traditional wooden sail boats (built by our own boat building students).

This unique expedition sets off from the museum campus two boats to explore the magnificent waters of Lake Champlain. On an eight-day journey, we will sail (or row when the wind is uncooperative) along the lake, stopping along the way to explore, learn, cook, and camp each evening.

In this expedition, we will work as a team to get to know the water, wind, and waves of Lake Champlain, master sailing and rowing skills, learn maritime and wilderness skills, and experience the ecology and history of our region. 

Before the invention of steam or gas engines, wind and oars were some of our ancestors’ primary means of transportation across Lake Champlain. This expedition is a special chance to dive into these traditional advanced sailing and rowing skills and become a true mariner of the lake.

Participants should be prepared to pitch in and work with their fellow expedition-mates to set up camp, cook, clean up, break down camp, and support each other along the way.

We practice low-impact camping and there is little to no running water or bathrooms along the way.


2020 Expedition Dates: July 11-July 18
Standard Tuition: $1000
Member Tuition: $950
Financial Aid: Available


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