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Would you like to learn more about North America’s Great Loop? Maybe you’re planning on doing the Loop in the future and want some tips? Are you looking for a year long cruise that will take you through canals, rivers, lakes, swamps, the Atlantic Ocean and even a ditch? Do you want an adventure of a lifetime filled with fun, challenges and camaraderie?
If so, join Tony and Sharon Simion as they share their 5,400 mile long life-changing adventure aboard their Mainship trawler, Summer Recess, from 2013 to 2014. As former sailors, they can also speak to the challenges of doing the Loop in a sailboat. You can start and stop anywhere along the 5,000 to 7,500 mile Loop, just follow the seasons to enjoy extended cruising and a chance to see and experience the sights and history of North America by water.
Our Loop took us from the Lake St. Clair, across Lake Huron, down Lake Michigan counter-clockwise down the Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland, Tombigbee and Black Warrior Rivers down to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile. Proceed east along the Florida Intracoastal Waterway and wait for a weather window to cross the Gulf to the west coast of Florida. The Loop then resumes on the East coast of Florida to start heading north along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to the Chesapeake and then all the way up to New York City. Most Loopers then go up the historic Hudson River and take the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario. Many go through the Trent-Severn Waterway and onward to Georgian Bay, and North Channel. Having visited that area we traveled the length Of Lake Ontario to the Welland Canal and Lake Erie.
This webinar will focus on suggestions for the choice of boat, timing of your trip, preparations needed, working as a couple and lessons learned. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion of the many side trips possible.