Do you love marine life? Did you miss the Tall Ships when they stopped in Toronto a few weeks ago? You’ll get a chance to board the Sea Dragon for free when it will be open to the public on Friday, July 19, 2013 at the One Water Festival.
The Sea Dragon is a research vessel owned by Pangaea Exploration, a company that conducts marine research and exploration and advocates for conservation. Some of the research activity Pangaea is involved in includes testing the level of toxins in fish, documenting the accumulation of plastic debris in oceans, which threatens the life of birds, and testing CO2 in oceans, which get deposited there as a result of an accumulation of CO2 in the planet’s atmosphere.
Built in the United Kingdom in 2000, Sea Dragon is a 72 foot, 90,000 pound steel hulled sailing vessel that was initially built for the Global Challenge Race. The boat, which can handle severe sailing conditions, is now used for sailing expeditions and leaves a low environmental footprint. Sea Dragon boats was also designed to be operated by a volunteer crew with limited sailing experience. The vessel has a crew capacity of 14, and a cruising speed of 12 knots.
The Sea Dragon will be open to the public with free admission from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Queens Quay Marina.