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CANCELLED –The Great Lakes – Summer 2013

We are excited to announce that we have finally fully committed to sailing the Great Lakes on Velocir this summer.

We were unsure throughout the winter, trying to find long-term work, but that didn’t pan out so we are back and focused on cruising and Velocir.


This past winter was well spent enjoying the comforts of a home and raising a delightful dog.  We really couldn’t be happier with Crew, he’s just the sweetest little guy.  But despite our best efforts, he doesn’t like water—yet. So it should be an interesting summer for him!

Crew by Velocir

We plan to depart in late April / early May and head through various canals for Georgian Bay and the North Channel. Most likely (unless we win the lottery) this will be the last hurrah of cruising for us, so we plan to just have a nice time and enjoy it!



Velocir is and Albin Vega 27 built in 1973. She has been redone and outfitted for world cruising by her owners Grant and Amelia.


10 thoughts on “CANCELLED –The Great Lakes – Summer 2013

  1. I’m happy to hear you’re going to make the trip. I’m sorry to hear the job market is so bad….

    Posted by Dan Kerr | February 12, 2013, 11:33
    • On your way back consider; Lake Huron / St.Clair River / Lake St.Clair / Detroit River / Lake Erie. This track Would provide another perspective. Or, Have you been that way already? I was hoping you would go down the St.Clair River and stop in Algoanc. I would treat you to a great stop on the river! and the current would afford you a free three to four knots down river increasing travel time.

      Posted by Dan | February 13, 2013, 20:56
      • Hi Dan, thank you for your kind offer. Amelia is actually from nearby, the Metro Beach area, grew up on that inner cove for many many years. It is possible we will make it that way on our return, but not sure. We will be sure to let you know if we do, thanks!

        Posted by VELOCIR | February 13, 2013, 23:37
  2. Good luck to you both! Ill be starting my mini-cruising this April. Just took ownership of a 25′ O’day and will be outfitting “Compass Rose” for little week / 2 week pocket cruising jaunts. I believe you are familiar with my area, Dragon Point, its a great little spot for cruising the river and not too far from inlets, which is good because I plan on taking her offshore from time to time. Anyhow, good luck again and I look forward to your upcoming videos and have enjoyed them all immensely.

    Posted by Ryan "Fish" Fischer | February 12, 2013, 12:22
  3. I am hoping you take the Oswego Canal route. I am just starting the process with a recent purchase of a 1964 27′ Tartan in need of everything. I live in Oswego and would be glad to help you out if you decide to travel here. Best of luck and keep us up to date on all of your preparations.

    Posted by Joe M | February 13, 2013, 10:20
    • We hope to make it to Oswego! (fond memories as a kid) Also, canals are usually really fun. Grant hasn’t done any yet, so we’re excited! We wish you the best with your Tartan and maybe we’ll run into you this summer.

      Posted by VELOCIR | February 13, 2013, 17:35
  4. Really enjoyed the video blogs…. Got so much great info in such a fun way… ( Don’t you ever argue?)

    We restored a Tartan 27 which took way longer than I first thought and after a growing family we ended up moving up to a Morgan 34 last year.. Another huge… but hopefully rewarding project (Bacon sails have been super btw!) Hope to take the Morgan south at some point and never having been down the ICW was nice to see how you handled it… Funny I feel more comfortable offshore than in confined quarters like some of that sailing..

    Lastly.. I was so, so sad to hear about the Bounty. It sounds like your time with her was truly special, it’s horrible the way such a tragedy has been worsened by the naysayers…

    Really look forward to seeing more from you guys… Fair winds…. Always a mooring for you up on Cape Cod…
    Rich and Mary S.

    Posted by | March 24, 2013, 21:48
    • Hi,

      Thanks for your comment. Cruising has been very rewarding, and it’s great to hear you are planning a trip with your family!

      Also, glad to hear you enjoyed our videos…we actually don’t really argue, and when you are sailing in the Bahamas what is there to argue about?, lol.

      Keep in touch and let us know if you have a blog we can follow.

      Amelia & Grant

      Posted by VELOCIR | April 10, 2013, 13:01
  5. Georgian Bay and North Channel…very similar in feeling to our Islands and bays of Prince William Sound.
    You mentioned “last hurrah”. That sounds like a change for you in future? Long time ahead to get to fall but you must have some futher thoughts on your history with Velocir?
    Capt Dave, Prince William Sound, Alaska

    Posted by Dave Elliott | March 30, 2013, 22:59

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