Best Wishes for a wonderful New Season of Boating Adventures, from the crew of SEA SENSE!!
The 2019 dates for Powerboating Courses for Women in St. Petersburg, FL are now posted on the Powerboating Courses page. There are 2 scheduled classes, in February, March and April.
Bad News on the Great Loop: Army Corps of Engineers Will Close Six Locks on Illinois River in 2020
Here’s some bad news for anyone thinking of tackling the Great Loop in 2020: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing six locks and dams on the Illinois River, that part of the Loop connecting Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, from July 1 to October 31, for major infrastructure repairs.
The options for Loopers are to stay in the Great Lakes and leave Chicago on November 1, although as someone who has lived in Chicago, I can safely say you might get a bit cold then. You also need to determine how many marinas and other facilities would be open at that later-than-normal date.
Another option is to head down the Illinois River before the closings on July 1. This totally depends, of course, on where and when you can start the Loop that spring, and the speed of your boat. You also could haul the boat near Chicago and ship it to the Mississippi, although that could be expensive, again depending on the size of your boat.
The Army Corps hopes to make all the closures and complete work on the locks and dams in a relatively short time frame to make the impact on recreational and commercial shipping as small as possible. There is little doubt, however, about the need for repairs. Indeed, the Corps said that the current gates at Starved Rock lock and dam in Ottawa, Illinois, are “on the verge of failure.”
Here’s the complete list of closures and work needed from the Army Corps:
Published in CRUISING ODYSSEY 107, 11/23/18
Please note the date change on the women’s sailing course from Anacortes, WA from May to June 2-6, 2018. Also, the class is now 5 days instead of 7 days, at a reduced price of $2550. More information can be found on our sailing schedule page. Space is limited, so call us now at 727-289-6917.
The date has change on the April powerboating course in St. Petersburg! This live-aboard women’s class will now be held on April 16-20, 2018.
The Loop-ready 36′ PDQ powercat “Magic” is available for sale. Currently docked in St. Petersburg, FL, “Magic” has just completed the Loop with her owners Nelly and Jacques, who will now return home to France. She is a turn-key vessel, ready and eager for more cruising adventures. If interested, contact Nelly and Jacques at 727-478-7481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
After a grand adventure in the US and Canada, Jacques and Nelly are also thinking of new cruising adventures to come. Perhaps you’ll see them exploring the Pacific Northwest next!
So much water, so little time!
See the newest information about Italy sailing September 9-16, 2017. Come sail the Amalfi Coast, leaving from the charming island of Procida, just off the coast of Naples. For dates and all the details, call us at 727-289-6917 or click on Sailing Courses.
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