Our Team

Following a passion for sailing and a deep fondness for water, we here at Sail Superior strive to treat every guest to the very best Thunder Bay has to offerSharing with clients a new perspective of the city while telling of stories entwined in the regional geography, everyday becomes a new adventure. Fuelled by the joy and ever present gratitude of our guests, the sincere awe and pure happiness is a triumph like no other.

Privileged to be a memory accompanied by a smile, we’re honoured to share this ‘once in a lifetime’ venture. With years of experience, our knowledgeable Captains deliver safe yet exhilarating opportunities for discovery and exploration encasing each adventure in a sense of wonder and curiosity.  

Owner Captain, Gregory Heroux

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MASTERS LIMITED < 60 TONNES: LAKE SUPERIOR. SENIOR INSTRUCTOR/EVALUATOR, ISPA SAIL AND POWER. ENGLISH & FRENCH.

Captain Gregory started sailing at a very young age here in Thunder Bay. When he was 10 his father and uncle purchased a 23ft sailboat.

"We sailed often and Lake Superior became a huge part of my childhood."

Greg moved away in his early 20s and travelled the world for the next 15 years. Wherever he went he would always head to the marinas and boat yards. In 1999 Greg moved back to settle in Thunder Bay, and, with his father they established Sail Superior.

In 2001 they purchased their first 40ft sailboat known by many as 'the big green boat'. Many years and thousands of sea miles later, Sail Superior has grown into a small fleet and become a full time business, "and my love for sailing is rewarded season after season, year after year".

Captain Instructor, Leanne Miller

female captain at the helm

MASTERS LIMITED <60 TONNES: LAKE SUPERIOR. ENGLISH.

Leanne spent her childhood aboard boats on Lake Superior and the west coast of Newfoundland. In 2005, her family purchased a 38 ft sailboat on which she has since completed many voyages across Lake Superior.

Her love for sailing grew in 2010 when she began competitive racing on a 37 ft sailboat out of the Thunder Bay harbour. Since 2010 she has raced many different sailboats around the world from Lake Superior, St Maarten, and New Zealand. She most recently completed a month-long sailing adventure in the South Pacific Ocean of New Zealand.

Leanne’s passion for sailing continues to grow as does her desire to share it with others.

Captain Marketing, Launi Weber

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MASTERS LIMITED <60 TONNES: LAKE SUPERIOR. ENGLISH.

Never one to be satisfied with 'settling', curiosity and adventure have driven much of Launi's life.

With the outdoors underlying so much of her life and an inclination towards activities such as camping, horseback riding and traveling, perhaps the only sure thing about the future was the involvement of this wonderful world. Yearning for a more open-ended degree that would complement a passion for traveling, Launi turned to Thunder Bay and Lakehead University to pursue a double degree in Outdoor Recreation Parks and Tourism along with Geography.

With a long held association between water and comfort, Launi met her introduction to sailing through a research trip with Sail Superior from Thunder Bay to the Slate Islands. Eager to continue the learning and share the hidden wonders of the region, she's climbed aboard to join of our crew!

Captain Maintenance, Alaric Eamon

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SMALL VESSEL OPERATORS PERMIT/ RIDGID HULL INFLATABLE OPERATORS TRAINING. ENGLISH.

Alaric has always been drawn to new adventures taking him from coast to coast to coast. Whether its playing with polar bears in Hudson's Bay, fishing for shrimp or "prawning" and climbing mountains in British Colombia to operating boats on the east coast, Alaric is always looking for new excitement.
Growing up at a lockstation Alaric spent much of his time exploring the nearby waterways, fascinated with the boats passing by each day. This interest in boats would eventually meet his desire to help others and lead him to the Canadian Coast Guard's inshore Search and Rescue program. Based in the Atlantic region, Alaric learned the skills to operate small boats effectively. Upon returning to Thunder Bay to persue a Master's degree Alaric now uses those skills make every Superior Rocket trip a thrilling and safe experience.

Captain Instructor, Rodney Swatton

smiling Rodney

MASTERS LIMITED <60 TONNES: LAKE SUPERIOR. ENGLISH & FRENCH.

A love for the water and passion for life, sailing has been a part of Rodney's life for a long time.

Chef Catering, Jen Sauve

Porphyry Island, Lake Superior

ONBOARD CATERING 

Working alongside Sail Superior for a number of years, Jen shares our love for the water and familiarity with life on a boat. With over 20 years of experience ranging from restaurants to catering and the world of food trucks, she incorporates a diverse culinary background. A passion for creating and an inclination towards culinary exploration, Jen delivers a fun international flair with every dish.

Aboard our team as an option for the Private Tour Catering Add-Ons, Jen presents a savoury selection of appetizers, mains and desserts, listed here on our menus page.

Known for her infamous hotdog creations, the vast experience and talent she brings as a partner to the Sail Superior team is sure to leave a lasting impression.

 

First Mate, Thunder

thunder at the helm

CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND STAFF SUPPORT 

Sure to bring smiles and adventure everywhere she goes, Thunder plays an integral role in the Sail Superior Crew.

Always with a watchful eye and wagging tail, time spent in her presence is often sealed with a big slobbery kiss and furry hug. With as much personality as the rest of the crew combined, Thunder runs a tight ship here at Sail Superior.

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