Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SAILING THE GREAT LOOP:  AGLCA 

The Good Life    The Good Life    The Good Life    The Good Life    The Good Life    The Good Life

                              YOUR PERSONAL GPS                                
   You might find your life's destination better if you remember  
SAILING IS THE CLOSEST YOU CAN GET TO NATURE--IT'S
ADRENALINE, FEAR AND A CONSTANT CHALLENGE, AN
ADVENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN.  Daria Werbowy

                        My life is an ongoing, ever changing adventure - D. J. Mectlake                          

       America's Great Loop Cruisers Association, (AGLCA), began with a simple plan.  Form an organization, distribute a newsletter, mine the minds of members, include their stories and sell looper related books.

Members range from experienced loopers to boaters in the midst of looping, those planning on one day cruising the loop and those simply exhilarated by learning of the journey.

I am AGLCA member 16,225.

                                       It's not how old you are but how you are old - Jules Renard                       


AGLCA members are young or simply young-at-heart.  Some are still working, some are retired. Some are working here and there as they make their way around the loop.  People may travel full time and some may just travel every-so-often.  Some sail by powerboat, others by sailboat, trawler, rowboat or even personal water craft.  Most take a year but it has been done in 54 days in a pontoon boat.  I plan to be sailing for eight months coming home for our annual month in Myrtle Beach, again at Christmas, staying home until the end of February as the weather warms up down south, then, meeting Julie in Williamsburg Virginia for a few days and getting home in June.

                                Life is either a great adventure or it is nothing - Helen Keller                          


Members identify themselves by flying a burgee on their bow jack staff.  I have already purchased mine.  Those who are sailing the loop for the first time fly a white burgee.  Those who have completed the loop are awarded the MasterLOOPerate award and fly a gold burgee.  Those who have completed the loop more than once, and many have--once nine times--fly a platinum burgee.

We know that without food we would die.  Without fellowship life is not worth living - Helen Keller

       

Socially, sailing the loop is about like hiking the Appalachian Trail, which I did at age 65.  Unlike the wilderness canoe expeditions where one might go for weeks without seeing another soul, sailors of the loop identify themselves by their burgees and gather regularly for what they refer to as "docktails".  

Sailing the loop becomes an endless series of fellowships from people of all ages, in all situations in life.

                                   Wrinkles simply indicate where smiles have been - Mark Twain                     


The association conducts on going loop related seminars on all aspects of the loop.  There are fall and spring rendezvous, the next in Norfolk, Virginia.  A lot of sailors time their cruise to be in Norfolk at the time of the rendezvous.  

The association also emails a daily forum from those who are on the loop, those who have done the loop and those planning to do the loop.  I enjoy seeing where people are right now.

Although I am not planning upon leaving until mid July, I am daily busy preparing to go.

WALT WRITING HIS FIRST BLOG


MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP THE UNITED STATES

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