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Hornell couple are now “Loopers” after three years at sea aboard the Phoenix


“America’s Great Loop” is a 6000 mile journey

Frank & Beeb Kilcoyne, of Hornell, New York, received their BaccaLOOPerate degree from America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA). 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.

Frank & Beeb completed the Great Loop aboard their 49’ Grand Banks Motoryacht power boat, Phoenix. In addition to facing the challenges inherent to long-distance cruising, the couple enjoyed unparalleled views of the U.S. and Canada from the distinct vantage point of the water’s edge. They had this to say about their adventure:

“After spending nearly 3 years onboard our boat we feel confident in saying that the best people become boaters and the best boaters become Loopers. We certainly have met a lot of them and now have friends from all over the U.S. and even from Canada.”

Approximately 150 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, they relied on America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association to provide them with information and assistance vital to the successful completion of their journey.

For more information on America’s Great Loop, contact America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, 500 Oakbrook Lane, Summerville, SC 29485, 1- 877-GR8- LOOP (478-5667),, email:

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