Celebrations are underway aboard Angel Louise!

Celebrations are underway aboard Angel Louise!

Ed & Sue Kelly are the first ever to complete both the American and European Great Loops.

By Daria Blackwell - 27/01/2018

Ed and Sue Kelly have completed exploration of America’s connecting inland waterways, the AMERICAN GREAT LOOP in 329 days, and now are the first boat in history to complete both American & EUROPEAN GREAT LOOPs.

The American Great Loop is a system of waterways that encompasses the eastern portion of the United States and part of Canada. It is made up of both natural and man-made waterways, including the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, the Rideau Canal, the Mississippi River and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The entire loop is approximately 6,000 miles long.

On the European circuit, they voyaged from the North Sea to the Black Sea, via the Rhine, Main, and Danube, thru Istanbul the Seas of Marmara and Aegean, as well as the Mediterranean and North Atlantic (London to London in 494 days, 6,200 miles).

They completed two transatlantic passages in between the two circuits. Ed noted, "When you hit your 70s there is not a whole lot that's more grand than exploring on your own vessel. So many in the OCC inspired and informed our exploratory cruising."

Ed and Sue have now visited 49 countries on 5 continents in the last 11-1/2 years! Angel Louise is a 30-yr-old classic English-built catamaran.

Ed & Sue, on Angel Louise, lying Stuart’s Sunset Bay Marina and Anchorage

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