Bob and Peggy Olsen

Bob and Peggy Olsen have been lifelong boaters starting with a 14 foot day sailor on the East Coast and progressing to a series of 26-30 foot sailboats on Lake Superior for 25 years. They are members of the Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) and America’s Great Loop Cruising Association (AGLCA).

Their home cruising ground was the beautiful Apostle Islands National Lakeshore area with yearly summer vacation cruises to Isle Royale National Park, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and the Canadian North shore.  They have also chartered sailboats in the Caribbean and trawlers in the Pacific Northwest. In 2005, they purchased a 32 foot Grand Banks trawler in the Chesapeake and brought it back to Lake Superior. Knowing little about power boats and armed only with paper charts and a hand-held GPS, they journeyed 1,500 miles of the Great Circle Loop in 3 vacation weeks, had a series of breakdowns and character-defining moments, but got hooked on doing the whole Loop upon retirement.  After upgrading the boat’s electronics and mechanics as well as refurbishing the interior and brightwork to make it a safe and comfortable home, they embarked on a 2 year Great Circle Loop voyage of 7,200 miles in September 2008.  Their trip is detailed in their blog--

Although their land residence is now in Denver, they have been liveaboards every summer in the Grand Traverse Bay area of Lake Michigan as well as the North Channel and Georgian Bay area of Lake Huron, and are currently investigating switching back to sail.  When not on the water they enjoy land adventures in their RV touring the national parks of Colorado and Utah.  Bob enjoys flying, has a private pilot’s license and flies with Civil Air Patrol in Colorado.