Media Advisory

 from Lake Erie Marine Trades Association

Contact: Michelle Burke (216) 244-4875


It isn’t often that anyone desiring an actual first-hand experience sailing in the heart of a major city has the opportunity to do it. But, when the 3rd annual Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show opens for 3 days, September 13-15, it will be a big feature of this all-free boat show.

The event will boast nearly 100 power and sailboats when it ties up in the Rock & Dock Marina, appropriately named and located in the shadow of Cleveland’s iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A major show highlight will be the “Pleasure of Sailing Experience” being offered by Cleveland’s Riverfront Yacht Sales.

Riverfront is a dealer for Jeanneau Sailboats and is active in supporting sailing lessons sanctioned by the American Sailing Association (ASA). During the boat show, the free experience will be a 1-hour hands-on sail out on Lake Erie for adults and children 12 & up. It will highlight the basics of sailing, give guests a turn at the helm, and be offered all three show days from the end of Dock B.

Riverfront is also a major supporter of The Foundry, Cleveland’s Community Rowing and Sailing Center. Based at the old Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, in addition to its highly-regarded rowing programs, The Foundry recently developed youth sailing programs that include high school and college students. The organization is also expanding an adult sailing program,

Riverfront offers basic ASA 101 and 103 sailing instruction programs employing a Tartan 10 performance sailboat that provides an ideal learning platform, as well as working with the Erie Islands Sailing School that also offers ASA-based learn to sail courses.

Overall, the boat show will be the center of the weekend’s energy and activity that surrounds the North Coast Harbor. It opens on Friday at 11 a.m. so workers from the many nearby office buildings can stroll down to see the activity. Moreover, it’s expected to attract people now living in the abundance of new condos and apartments that are part of Cleveland’s rapid downtown residential growth. 

“The Cleveland area is a boating hub with clubs and marinas across the lakefront,” says Michele Burke, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association that produces the show. “This whole event is an opportunity to showcase boats and the urban boating lifestyle in the heart of our major market city. Most major boat brands will be represented by dealers from across northern Ohio,” she adds.

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