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Calgary Club Night - Down the Rivers of the Great Loop

HMCS Tecumseh, 1820 24 Street SW Calgary, AB T2T 0G6

07 Jan 2020 1900h - 2130h  

Members $5 / Non-Members $10

calspeakers@bluewatercruising.org

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! Rowland and Alexandra Harrison, Calgary’s first presenters of 2020, will tell us about 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 worth doing? Because it’s there and because its a unique way of journeying through the eastern US states.

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.

Rowland and Alexandra completed the Loop (“crossed their wake”) in Florida in November 2017.  About three years ago, they did a presentation for the Calgary Chapter 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. In total, they covered approximately 6500 miles over five years in TOSCA II, their 1990 Tollycraft 44.

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