Queen­stown res­i­dents com­plete unique ad­ven­ture

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QUEEN­STOWN — Richard and Phyl­lis Radlin­ski of Queen­stown re­ceived their Bac­caLOOPer­ate de­gree from Amer­ica’s Great Loop Cruis­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. The Radlin­ski’s com­pleted the Great Loop on April 27 of this year, af­ter liv­ing aboard their 34’ Amer­i­can Tug, Wye Tug, for two years, 10 months, and 28 days while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the chal­lenges of long-dis­tance cruis­ing as they ex­plored the U.S. and Canada from the wa­ter’s edge, pro­vid­ing an un­par­al­leled van­tage point.

“We trav­eled on a great boat, met lots of friendly and help­ful peo­ple, and ben­e­fited greatly by our mem­ber­ship in AGLCA ... it was the ad­ven­ture of a life­time,” the Radlin­skis said.

Ap­prox­i­mately a mere 100 boats com­plete the Great Loop each year, mak­ing it a feat more unique than swim­ming the English Chan­nel or Climb­ing Mount Everest. Through­out this trip of a life­time, the Radlin­skis re­lied on Amer­ica’s Great Loop Cruis­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion to pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion and as­sis­tance vi­tal to the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of their jour­ney.

The de­gree is given in recog­ni­tion of com­plet­ing one of the world’s most unique ad­ven­tures, 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.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

A look at the new on-ramp from Ruths­burg Road onto 301 South.

Richard and Phyl­lis Radlin­ski of Queen­stown aboard their boat, “Wye Tug”.

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