Starting the Loop after 25 Years of Dreaming…

We made it! We are finally Loopers after dreaming of this for 25 years. We’re at Waterside Marina in Norfolk, VA where we will officially start our Loop. The AGLCA (America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association) Rendezvous starts tomorrow with four days of seminars on cruising the Loop. So excited!!

Captain Dave Delivers!

We’re not newbies when it comes to cruising in Grand Banks but BellaBlue is a larger boat than DJ’s Folly and with all the latest electronics they didn’t have 25 years ago, we needed some training. Captain Dave Skolnick safely delivered us to Norfolk for the rendezvous and taught us as much as he could in two days. Dave, you were a pleasure to have on board. See you down the road!

Our First ‘Docktails’

Evening ‘docktails’ are something to look forward to! We met two other Grand Banks’ owners in the marina where we have been readying BellaBlue for departure on the 28th. Sally and Rick graciously invited us over to their boat for a wonderful spread of hors d’oeuvres and drinks. They introduced us to Pam and Grant from Ottawa, Canada. We had a lovely evening and hope to meet up again with both couples on the Loop.

Rex’s Retirement Party 4/20/18

James and everyone at CC West put on a great retirement party for Rex and wished us ‘Bon Voyage.’ For those who don’t know, James, our son, is taking over  the helm and I will work part-time remotely and return home every month or so to check in. Henry Alvarado started with us Day 1 and came to see us off after almost 22 years to the day – very special!

Out of Storage

BellaBlue is heading to the water. With new bottom paint and all polished up, she is  ready to go. BellaBlue is finally seeing the light of day after six months of being locked away. Norfolk, VA – next stop. Leaving Oxford, MD on the 27th of April.

Heading to BellaBlue in 7 Days

Hello, we are Donna and Rex Couch from Austin, TX. For over 25 years we have dreamed of traveling the waterways of America’s Great Loop. In seven days we will head to our boat, a 49′ Grand Banks Eastbay named BellaBlue. After purchasing BellaBlue in October 2017, we put her in heated storage for the long winter in Oxford, MD. Now, it’s finally time to depart. We will provision and ready the boat with all the last minute details before heading to the AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA. We are looking forward to meeting other ‘Loopers’ and learning all about this fantastic voyage. Norfolk is where we will head north and begin our adventure on the Great Loop. Gracie, our dog, is not quite as excited as we are!