Tuesday September 12, 2017. After nearly two years on the Loop, today we crossed Lake Michigan from Grand Haven, Michigan to Racine, Wisconsin and “crossed our wake”. It was exciting but also a little bittersweet. Our traveling companions Paul and Taffy (Catalina) and Eric and Robin (Robin’s Nest), along with several other looper boats, continued south from Grand Haven while we turned west towards Racine. We wish them safe passage and are excited for them for the many new adventures they will soon have.
Our crossing was stellar! For the first four hours, we had less than one foot following seas. And then the lake turned flat calm with barely a ripple. We left at 7:00 am just before sunup and arrived in Racine 4:40 pm; the trip was 82 statute miles. Over the course of nine plus hours, the captain was able to take four shot naps while Nancy operated the boat. We were out of sight of land for about five hours. There were no radar or AIS targets at all except for one great lakes freighter.
Flat, Calm Lake Michigan
Our arrival in Racine low key, to say the least. This is because we crossed mid-week and no one knew we were returning. On well. Our good friends Hal and Wendy drove our car up to us on Wednesday and took our picture with our new Gold AGLCA Burgee. Once you complete the Loop, you retire your white burgee and deploy the gold one. We are now known as Gold Loopers! (If you complete the Loop a second time you retire the gold burgee and deploy a platinum one).
The Great Loop is a most excellent adventure! We visited 15 states, two countries, and went through over a hundred locks. We saw things you wouldn’t see on land. Boating provides a whole different perspective. And we met countless new Looper friends, many of whom will be friends for life. Our advice for those considering the Loop . . . . just “Do It!