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 offer. Sharing 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
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 Cameron
MASTERS LIMITED <60 TONNES: LAKE SUPERIOR. SVOP. 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, Joshua Shultz
MASTERS LIMITED <60 TONNES: LAKE SUPERIOR. SVOP. ENGLISH.
Joshua, a native of Southern Ontario, discovered his passion for sailing when he participated in the Lakehead University Tourism and Outdoor Recreation sailing program. His exceptional aptitude for sailing quickly became apparent, leading to an invitation to join the Sail Superior team during the summer months. The vibrant outdoor lifestyle offered by Northern Ontario perfectly aligns with Joshua's interests and complements his sailing pursuits.
When not out on the water with Sail Superior, Joshua continues to expand his knowledge and skills by pursuing his university studies during the sailing off-season. His enthusiasm and expertise make him a valuable addition to the team, and he is always eager to share his love for sailing and the outdoors with others.
Captain, Mark Vukovic
MASTERS LIMITED <60 TONNES: LAKE SUPERIOR. ENGLISH.
Mark just loves to sail. A lifelong boater, racer power boater, pretty much anything that floats. Loves his labradors and vacations in the south. If he's not on Superior he's on Dog Lake. Experienced with both the Zodiac, monohull and catamaran.
Captain Instructor, Rodney Swatton
MASTERS LIMITED <60 TONNES: LAKE SUPERIOR. SVOP. ENGLISH & FRENCH.
Rodney, originally from Montreal, has always had a deep love for the water and a passion for life. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoys a variety of activities such as kayaking, canoeing, and skiing. Sailing, however, has been a significant part of his life for many years.
For the past 15+ years, Rodney has been teaching with the outdoor program at Lakehead University, sharing his enthusiasm for outdoor adventures with countless students. As one of the main instructors in the sailing program, he has introduced many to the joys of sailing and has played an essential role in shaping their skills and appreciation for the sport.
In addition to his instructional role, Rodney has taken on ambitious sailing adventures, such as assisting with the delivery of Welcome our Lagoon 500, 50 ft catamaran from Montreal to Thunder Bay. His outgoing, friendly, and enthusiastic personality is contagious, making him a beloved figure among students and fellow sailing enthusiasts alike.
Deck hand , Scott Wittaker
Scott started to sail with a brief introduction to sail, then just kept coming back. Soon we he will be a summer captain, already a full time teacher. Until then a great deck hand - captain in training
Captain & Chef, Jen Sauve SVOP
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.
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.
ZODIAC SVOP Captain.
First Mate, Second Mate and Third Mate: Thunder, Ukko and Solo
CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND STAFF SUPPORT
Sure to bring smiles and adventure everywhere our mascots go, "The kids" play an integral role in the Sail Superior Crew. (but they don't actually sail on our tours - unless requested) 400 lbs of dog and hair can be quite overwhelming.
Always with a watchful eye and wagging tail, time spent in their presence is often sealed with a big slobbery kiss and furry hug. With as much personality as the rest of the crew combined, our mascots runs a tight ship here at Sail Superior. You can meet them at the dock where they spend most of their time hanging out and welcoming passers by.