Cleveland to Toronto

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Aug 2- Aug 10, 2013

Depart: Cleveland, Ohio
Arrive: Chicago, Illinois
Length: 8 Days
Focus: Charity sailing adventure




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Young Adventurers Program

September 5-9, 2013
This family oriented trip aims to extend the summer just one more weekend! This is a perfect excursion for those who were busy working through the summer months. Take a long weekend escape, or start the school year off with an educational adventure!

Beginning in Cleveland, this 5 day sail will carry crew across the waters of Lake Erie, towards the Welland Canal. After a brief visit to Niagara Falls, Sea Dragon will explore the waters of Lake Ontario, and dock in vibrant Toronto, Ontario.

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The Young Adventurers Program

Sailing experiences for youths and their families, aged 12 and up

Contribution: $600/person

This price includes:

  • 4 nights aboard Sea Dragon
  • all meals (please note that no alchohol is provided on board)
  • Training materials
  • crew uniform
  • Tourism activities.

The cost of the trip does not include transportation in between port cities or any personal expenses while on shore.



Are you looking for an exciting and unique summer activity?

Want to learn about environmental research while having fun learning to sail?

The Young Adventurers program is designed to introduce young people and their families to the exciting worlds of sailing and research science. You are invited to join us aboard our 72’ research vessel, Sea Dragon, for a voyage through the unique Great Lakes ecosystem.

This expedition is designed to allow young people and their families to experience the joy of sailing, and learn more about the importance of the  fresh water ecosystems that support  North America. Guest crew will get an extraordinary opportunity to learn to sail with Captain Eric Loss while exploring beautiful Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The expedition will involve a passage through the famous Welland Canal, an incredible feat of engineering which allows the passage between the two lakes. There will be an opportunity to visit the world renown Niagara falls. Guests will also have a chance to be a part of our outreach events in local communities.

This is the perfect fall getaway for friends or families who want to gain sailing skills  and delve into the world of research science, while spending time together. It is ideally suited for young people looking to start their careers in scientific research, exploration science, or scientific outreach. It will be a fun, exciting way to spend summer holidays, and a great way to get to know other students from around North America.


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On board, guest crew members will learn the techniques and skills required to sail Sea Dragon, and be responsible for helping with the daily operations of the ship. They will also have the opportunity to take part in scientific research, and will help with the collection of data for researchers studying freshwater issues.

During the Young Adventurers program, crew will learn:

The basic elements of a sail boat and points of sail

  • Basic navigation and deckhand skills
  • Log keeping, radio etiquette and small boat handling
  • Emergency, safety, and first aid procedures
  • Research techniques-water sampling, ecological surveys, plastic pollution trawling
  • The history and biology of the Great Lakes ecosystem


Crew will have an opportunity to be personally mentored by sailing instructor and skipper Eric Loss, a seasoned sailor who has singlehandedly sailed around the world. Eric, along with first mate Shanley McEntee, will provide guest crew with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the nautical lifestyle, and will encourage crew members to experience the joys of freshwater sailing. At the completion of the course, students will receive  IYT sail training certification.

Guest crew will gain a unique learning experience through this program, but they will also get a chance to be a part of something even bigger; as a part of the One Water Story, students will be invited to help be a part of the creation of a multi-media project that will aim to tell the stories of the Great Lakes. Students will be encouraged to be a part of the creation of this project through their writing, photography, film making, and art. Their work will be added to that of the other participants in the expedition, and will be published through Pangaea Explorations at the completion of the expedition.

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Travel Itinerary

September 5: Guest crew will arrive in Cleveland and join Sea Dragon at the marina. After a tour of the yacht and a chance for everyone to put away their belongings, Captain Eric Loss and First Mate Shanley McEntee will conduct a tour of the ship, and give a briefing on the expedition. After an evening of getting to know one another, the night will be spent on the yacht, and the expedition will begin at first light the following day.


September 6Sea Dragon will sail East through Lake Eerie, past Buffalo, New York, and towards the Welland Canal.


September 7:  Sea Dragon will begin its passage of the canal. Guests will disembark from the boat, go through customs, and visit the Niagara Falls by bus. After the sightseeing tour, they will return to the Sea Dragon later that evening.


September 8: After entering Lake Ontario, Sea Dragon will spend the day exploring the North Western coast of the lake. An evening cruise towards Toronto will bring the boat into port for the night.


September 9: After a final breakfast on board the boat, guests will disembark for a final time, and return home.


Please note that if need be, guests can fly back in the evening of September 8 (after 9pm).

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All participants will require a valid passport to attend the expedition. The passport must be up to date, and must not expire before December 2013. All crew will go through customs and immigration, and therefore must be prepared with photo identification, and a description of what they will be bringing to the country. Canadian citizens must go through customs upon their entrance to the United States, and again at the first port of call in Canada.

Crew from outside North America may need a traveler’s visa to enter Canada. For more information on visa requirements, please visit Canada’s Border Protection Agency website at:

You will also need to provide:

Warm clothing- dressing in layers in recommended
Hat (1 warm, and 1 brimmed)
Any required medication
Sea sickness remedies (if needed)
Bathing suit and towel
Camera or video camera (not mandatory)
Notebook, pen, or note taking equipment
Good quality deck shoes (rubber soled, non marking)
Spending money for time at port
Snorkel or navigational equipment (not mandatory)
An adventurous attitude
Please let us know if you have any particular dietary restrictions.

We will do our best to provide meals that suit your particular needs.

Please note that our vessel is a dry vessel. We do not allow alchohol or cigarettes to be used on board.