The Greatest Loop is right on track to cross her wake in the Chesapeake Bay in the early part of September. We think the hardest part is most likely behind us – the northern canals, the inland rivers down to the Gulf of Mexico and the unpredictable hurricane season. Any of these could have put a serious dent in our schedule! Yet our crews have been fortunate enough to avoid lock closures, refueling delays on the Mississippi and seriously rough weather.
Some have referred to our challenge as "The Great Loop Gallop," but we could not think of a better way to show how boating can be fun and simple; how much variety the great circle route can offer; and how the Swift 34 is a very capable and comfortable boat with plenty of living space for two or more as well as providing surprising fuel efficiency.
But don't take our word for it, read our interview of John Wooldridge, editor in chief at PassageMaker magazine, who joined the journey between St Louis, MO and Fairhope, AL.
So what's next? About five weeks up the coast at an easy pace, going though Jacksonville, Charleston, and many other fun places until The Greatest Loop returns to Annapolis on September 7th (fingers crossed).
The Greatest Loop just made halt in Fort Lauderdale and was attending an event hosted by Denison Yacht Sales on Sunday, August 5th. On August 7th, she will be leaving to carry on her way up North.
If you're in the Charleston area, join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Beneteau dealer, St Barts Yacht Sales on August 17th & 18th. There will be plenty of activities and seminars as well as factory tours of the nearby Cummins facility and Beneteau's sailboat plant in Marion, SC.
See you on the water!
Director of Marketing
PS: Can't make it to a planned event? Interested in seeing the boat on its way up from Florida to Maryland? Message the crew via www.thegreatestloop.com.