Mike Sheehy of Stowe has received his BaccaLOOPerate degree from America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association.
The degree recognizes completion of a unique adventure: America’s Great Loop. Boaters doing the Great Loop are on a 6,000-mile journey that circumnavigates the eastern part of the U.S. and Canada, cruising up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, through the New York State canals, into the Great Lakes, down the inland river system, across the Gulf of Mexico, and around the southern tip of Florida.
Sheehy made the loop aboard Dash Away, his Monk 36 powerboat. In addition to facing the challenges inherent in long-distance cruising, Sheehy enjoyed unparalleled views of the U.S. and Canada from the water’s edge.
Unlike most who pursue the journey, Mike completed this journey solo.
He enjoyed the Loop so much, he has decided to continue cruising and make the Loop again.
About 100 boats complete the Great Loop each year, making it a feat more rare than swimming the English Channel or climbing Mount Everest.