This may sound like a dangerous boating maneuver, but actually it’s a reason to celebrate culmination of a unique lifetime experience! When America’s Great Loop cruisers complete their 5,000 – 7,000 mile Loop (there are many optional side trips) at the same port they embarked, it is said that they “Cross their Wake.”
Today Rhonda and I were privileged to welcome Harlan and Sarah Vince aboard their 27′ Sea Ray Sundancer “In-Vince-Ible” back to their home port of Grand Haven, Michigan, 5228 miles and 366 days after they embarked on their Great Loop.
Last Fall, early in our Great Loop adventure we met the Vinces at Green Turtle Bay Marina on the Cumberland River, where many of us rested from the rigors of the Mississippi River.
We joined Harlan and Sarah and other Looper friends Craig and Nikki for a gospel music concert and worship service in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, and have followed In-Vince-Ible’s progress along the Loop through their Facebook blog. Today we used boating app “Nebo” to track the last few miles of their voyage. We waved and greeted them from the Grand Haven pierhead and then drove to Grand Isle Marina to join family and friends congratulating and welcoming them home.
Loopers mark this memorable moment by removing the white America’s Great Loop Cruising Association burgee and flying the gold ALGCA burgee, flown only by “the few, the proud” who have indeed Crossed Their Wake.
Congratulations, Harlan and Sarah! We look forward to an evening soon when we can hear more of your story!
And we eagerly anticipate getting back aboard R&R later this Fall to continue our own maritime adventure!