Join AGLCA March 22nd and 23rd in Annapolis to learn about the Great Loop cruising lifestyle!
What is the Great Loop? It's a 6,000-mile boating adventure of a lifetime that circumnavigates the eastern U.S., and a small part of Canada, via an interconnect series of waterways including the intracoastal waterway, historic canals, the Great Lakes, the inland rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, and more.
This event is an introduction to the Great Loop. We'll explain the route, how to do it, and start to prepare you for your own Great Loop adventure. The first day is a half-day of afternoon sessions that focuses on finding and buying your perfect Great Loop boat. On the second day, which is a full-day, we move into practical advice for planning and preparing for the Great Loop with sessions about the route and general boating topics. You'll also hear stories from Gold Loopers about their adventures.
What Is It Really Like to Cruise America's Great Loop?
If you have asked yourselves any of these questions, this seminar is for you!
• How much time and money will it take?
• What kind of boat do I need?
• Is it safe?
• How will I know what to do in an emergency?
• What can I expect to see and do on the Loop?
• How do I leave my home/family for that long?
• How much boating experience do I need?
Get the answers to these questions and so much more! You'll hear from industry professionals as well as Gold Loopers (members who have completed the Loop). Sponsors will also be exhibiting to showcase their products and services that can help you accomplish your dream of cruising the Great Loop.
Registration is $149/person and includes a one-year AGLCA membership (or membership extension) per registrant (so a couple who shares a membership and both register for the seminar will receive a two-year joint membership). After registering for the event, the complimentary membership will be set up within a few days to a week by the Home Port Crew and details will be sent to you about your new membership (or membership extension). You do not need to create a new membership for yourself to register for this event.
Registration will be open through Thursday, March 14, 2024 or whenever we reach capacity for the event.
What Other Attendees Are Saying. . .
"The seminar not only met but exceeded our expectations...thank you. We are looking forward to attending many more in the future."
"The information shared by Gold Loopers was invaluable..."
"Weren't really sure what to expect, but came away with a ton of knowledge!"
"Well done!!! My wife and I really enjoyed it."
A discounted room block has been reserved for AGLCA registrants at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, where the seminars will be held. The discounted rate is $180/night plus tax and the online reservation deadline was February 21, 2024. You can still use this link to make an online reservation but it will be at the current rate or you can call 410-263-2641 and mention group code "1080ZF" to check for any availability in the discounted block after the February 21st deadline, though not guaranteed. Historic Inns of Annapolis offers valet parking for all hotel guests for $35 per night per vehicle based on availability. Parking is limited and not guaranteed. For additional parking options, click here.
Comprised of three landmark buildings in the heart of downtown, the Historic Inns of Annapolis offers boutique accommodations that blend old-world ambiance with modern lifestyle conveniences. Guestrooms and spacious suites feature elegant décor, complimentary Wi-Fi, and 18th century detail. Some rooms also include decorative, non-working fireplaces to elevate the relaxing ambiance. Just steps from the Maryland State House and the United States Naval Academy, the inns are within walking distance of all the city's attractions.
Historic Inns of Annapolis can easily be reached from three major airports: Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Dulles International (IAD) and Ronald Reagan International (DCA). BWI is within 25 miles, making it the closest to the event facility.
Welcome to America's Sailing Capital!
Come early or stay late to explore the city known as “the museum without walls”. Situated on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is steeped in rich history as evidenced by its 18th century, brick-lined streets and beautiful, historic architecture. Originally settled by Puritans in 1650, Annapolis features 33 historic sites that capture the story of this waterside treasure. The Museum of Historic Annapolis highlights the origins of Annapolis and how it has progressed over the years and it’s a great place to start when visiting the city.
The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park conveys the maritime heritage that permeates this area. Oyster-packing, boat-building and sail-making were the water trades that started the waterfront villages and water trades are still a vital part of Annapolis. You’ll find delicious, fresh-caught seafood at restaurants dotted all along Annapolis’ waterfront, including the famous Maryland crabcake, and you can catch a sail race or other water activity in the Bay on any given day.
Whether it’s exploring Annapolis’ history, the US Naval Academy, the hiking and biking trails or the outlet and boutique stores, there’s plenty to do in Annapolis. To learn more about Annapolis and to plan your visit, click here.
For cancellations received up to 2 weeks prior to event, registration fee will be refunded less a $50 processing fee. For cancellations received within 2 weeks of the event start date, registration fee will be refunded less a $50 processing fee if seat(s) can be filled. If the seat(s) cannot be filled, no refund will be issued.