“There is nothing – absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
“Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all…”Kenneth Graham
Since buying our Robinhood 36 sailboat, Destiny I, in 2006, we have been messing about in boats at every possible opportunity. We spent much of the time not getting anywhere, but had a great time doing it. It was definitely about the journey, not the destination.
When it came time to planning our retirement adventures, we knew that we had to accommodate our love for spending time on the water and our love of travel. When Jeff started studying books on storm tactics and heavy weather sailing, I began to become concerned that he might want to sail around the world- a terrifying prospect!
After much discussion and some research, Jeff came up with an alternate plan. Instead of circumnavigating the globe- we would circumnavigate the eastern United States. This is known as America’s Great Loop. It’s a journey of about 6000 miles that was completed by about 150 boats last year. During the journey, we plan to travel the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the New York State Canals, the Canadian Canals, the Great Lakes, the inland rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico. If you would like to know more about the Great Loop, you can visit the America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Assn. website at greatloop.org.
Of course, in our typical fashion, we will be doing some preliminary travels to prepare for “looping”. We hope that you will join us on our journey and share your comments.