America’s Great Loop Cruisers Meet in Charleston, April 6-9

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The America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association just announced its annual Spring Rendezvous and Reunion. The three-day long festivities, seminars and workshops will take place on April 6-9, 2009. The boats will be moored at the City Marina and the Rendezvous seminars and events will be held at the Town & Country Inn on Savannah Highway in Charleston, SC.

The Spring Rendezvous & Reunion is the very first meeting that the Great Loop cruisers attend on their year long journey on the waterways of the eastern portion of North America – including the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, the Canadian Heritage Canals, and the inland rivers of America’s heartland. Many Loopers meet at the event for the first time, keep in touch during the journey and make lifelong friendships. Many potential Loopers or those that are in the planning stages travel to Charleston, SC, by a boat, car or plane to participate in the Reunion which gives them a chance to learn more about the Great Loop. The Spring Rendezvous features presentations about the waterway journey from South Carolina to Georgian Bay in Canada, seminars on safety, vessel safety checks and valuable cruising information about the Intracoastal Waterway, Chesapeake Bay and other parts of the Great Loop. Traditionally, the event features its ever-popular Looper Crawls that allow attendees to visit Loopers’ vessels.

This year’s spring event will also feature a couple of sessions conducted by two highly experienced female ship’s captains, Captain Patti Moore and Captain Carol Cuddyer. Captains Moore and Cuddyer, two of the most renowned professional women boaters, are owners and operators of SEA SENSE, the Women’s Sailing and Powerboating School, with a combined 50 years on the water, and both holding Masters licenses from the U.S. Coast Guard. They will openly discuss issues specific to Lady Loopers in specialized boating seminars conducted by women for women.

Since Charleston, SC, is such a wonderful historic destination and a perfect stop for a Great Loop layover, the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association planned a special Charleston Chariot Tour on Friday, April 10. The tour provides a wonderful way to experience the historic city, an opportunity to taste some great Southern food and end the exciting and educational week in style, Charleston style that is. The tour includes a private, professionally guided tour of downtown Charleston, a private tour of “Charleston’s Revolutionary War House”, known as the Heyward-Washington House, built in 1772, and lunch. Cost of the tour is $60 per person and space is limited.

The event is limited to AGLCA members; however, the association offers trial memberships for those who are interested in learning about the Great Loop and the association. Space is limited and an early registration is required. Registration is $279 per person and covers all events, seminars, side sessions and group meals. Captains Moore and Cuddyer will be available before, during or after the Rendezvous for on-board Boat Handling and Close Quarters Maneuvering on member’s boats. They can take up to eight women at a time in four hour or eight hour sessions for $500 per day plus expenses. If you are interested in this hands-on-training, call Carol or Patti at 800-332-1404.

AGLCA is an organization of boaters who have cruised or dream of cruising any or all of North America’s eastern waterways, known as the Great Loop. The association is committed to sharing navigational and cruising information that will enhance the enjoyment and safety of those cruising these waterways. AGLCA membership is a great gift, starting at $49.00 per year to U.S. addresses. Various levels of sponsorship are also available. Please visit http://www.GreatLoop.org, for more information or to register.

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