Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Spring AGLCA Rendezvous, Norfolk VA, 2012, Part 1

There are two reasons that we are in Norfolk. First, it is the location of Mile 0 of the Atlantic ICW, the end, so to speak, of the first big leg of the entire Great Loop. There are seven more or less distinct legs or regions on the trip: The east coast (Chesapeake / Delaware Bays, New Jersey, New York harbor and Hudson River), The Erie Canal and a small chunk of Lake Ontarios, The Canadian Canals, Lake Michigan, the Western Rivers (Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Tombigbee), the Gulf Coast (including the Florida Keys), wrapping it all up with a sprint up the ocean side of the Keys and south Florida to cross our wake at the 16th Avenue Bridge in Pompano Beach, FL. The second reason is to attend the spring rendezvous of the American Great Loop Crusiers Association.
At the Rendezvous
Monday, May 7th was a light day with only a time for registration, a cocktail party and a dinner. Everyone was incredibly friendly and we met a lot of great people. Part of this introduction was for all of the current loopers to stand and introduce themselves. When it was our turn I used the opportunity to ask if anyone knew how to fix a Raritan Crown head. Sure enough when the festivities ended another looper gave me the name and number of a guy right here in Norfolk that only fixes marine heads. Bingo! Just what was needed.

On Tuesday, May 8th, the first full day was filled with seminars that were very useful indeed. Lisa and I attended the first two seminars together: The Chesapeake Bay, and the Delaware Bay, New Jersey and New York harbor. After lunch we split up. Lisa attended a seminar about what is called The Down East Loop, a smaller sub-loop exploring the more eastern provinces of Canada including Montreal. I attended a seminar about boat construction. After that there was a boat crawl where boat owners opened up their boats for other loopers to visit. Why Knot is on the crawl schedule for today, May 9th.

So far so good.