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Calgary Club Night - The Great Loop - Down the Rivers
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Calgary Club Night - The Great Loop - Down the Rivers

Interested in doing a solo global circumnavigation but your partner wants to sit on the aft deck reading a book and sipping wine? The Great Loop is a great compromise! Tonight's presenters will tell us about a a unique way of journeying on your own boat through virtually all of the states of the eastern US, the Great Lakes and the heartland of the US. Why is it worthwhile doing? Because it's there and because its a unique way of journeying through the eastern US states.

2020-01-07
When: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
1900h - 2130h
Where: HMCS Tecumseh
1820 24 St. SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2T 0G6
Canada
Contact: Pam & Ted Simper

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The Great Loop is a circumnavigation of eastern North America, up the east coast, through the Great Lakes, through Chicago, down several rivers and then across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida.  It has become hugely popular in the last decade or so, particularly among baby boomer retirees. At any time, there are probably 200 boats underway and each year as many as 100 complete the Loop and become "Gold Loopers". Some have done it more than once and become "Platinum Loopers".

Tonight's presenters, Rowland and Alexandra Harrison, completed the Loop ("crossed their wake") in Florida in November 2017.  About three years ago, they did a presentation for BCA on the first half of their Loop (Florida up the east coast, through Canada to Lake Michigan). This second presentation will cover the completion of the Loop in 2016-17 (after a brief overview of the first part). In total, they covered approximately 6500 miles over five years in TOSCA II, a 1990 Tollycraft 44, now kept in Florida.

Is the Loop worthwhile doing?  YES!  Because it's there - and because it's a unique way of journeying on your own boat through virtually all of the states of the eastern US, the Great Lakes and the heartland of the US.

 


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