The Voyages of s/v Lucky Bird

21 August 2019 | Straits Marina, Mackinaw City
06 August 2019 | Village of Brockport
30 July 2019
27 July 2019
21 June 2019 | Wickford Cove Marina
20 May 2019 | Antlantic Yacht Basin
13 May 2019 | Homer Smith Marina, final Salty Dawg Destination
21 April 2019 | Frenchtown, St. Thomas V.I. Easter Celebration
20 April 2019 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas VI
11 April 2019 | Nanny Cay Marine, Tortola, BVI
28 March 2019 | Green Cay Marina, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
25 March 2019
24 February 2019 | Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua

No - Mo Boat Show

23 October 2009 | Annapolis, MD
Bob, gray skies waiting for a frontal passage
Quite some time since we signed on and sent along a blog update. No excuses just Alice and I worked our senior citizen off.
I figured the boat shows would be an experience worthy of investing three to four weeks. Well little did I know the extent of the experience. MANUAL LABOR times one hundred.

Up at 6:00 in the dark, temps in the 40ties, ride the dinghy to shore to report for work at 06:30. Out onto the docks to build a floating city in three days. Monday morning there was nothing at the Annapolis Harbor Basin, by Tuesday at noon there were floating docking, pilings driven, tents and sailboats were arriving.

Those of you familiar with Annapolis may recall the area called Ego Alley. It's where the bigger boats tie up to stroke their egos as the public passes by and gawks. We'll it was emptied out Sunday evening and then by Tuesday it was filled with boat show boats each assigned a specific space with floating docks for their displays. Each floater has to be transported across the Severn River and then installed by the water crew, that's me and about twelve other unsuspecting soles. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining but I have to admit that I was overwhelmed by the amount of work, the nature of the work and then length of the work days. I would get back to the boat by 22:00. It is truly an amazing feat, an amazing accomplishment of logistics and sometimes brut force was the only solution. I can report that no boats were scratched, captains and owners were very pleased and the sailboat show was a tremendous success. It is a site to behold and my words fail me in attempting to describe the physical, emotional, the human-to-human relationships and the fatigue.

Enough said I guess, I could go on about so many things that occurred to Alice and me but the bottom line is it is over and in fact this concludes the first phase of our journey. We now shift our focus on the Caribbean 1500.

Tonight we've invited two other cruising couples who also worked the show to have our own debriefing and story telling. Tomorrow or the next day we once again turn southward heading for Hampton, VA where we will me up with Randy Wurtsbaugh and Jeff Merrill who will join us for the cruise to Tortola. Can you believe it, we may be finally finding warmer waters and temps. Oh I hope so. The last nights have been four blanket nights. Sitting for dinner with breath vapors filling the cabin and condensation dripping off all the metal parts. Enough, enough of this cold stuff; shorts for ever!!!!!
Vessel Name: Lucky Bird
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Moody 425 cc
Hailing Port: Kenosha, WI
Crew: Robert & Alice Smith
Alice and I have spent considerable time together on the water; cruising and racing on the waters of New England, the Caribbean and Lake Michigan.

Sailing is our passion and together we've been fortunate to experience the thrills, the camaraderie and the enjoyment boating provides. [...]

We seek the freedom, excitement and challenges of voyaging.

Lucky Bird's Photos - Main
This is our second journey south to the Caribbean. This time we've chosen to exit Lake Michigan and proceed south through the in-land waterway system to Mobile. We'll start around Labor Day and take our time exploring the history of middle America.
207 Photos
Created 28 July 2017
30 Photos
Created 12 July 2013
101 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Bob and Alice return to Lucky Bird after spending the summer in Addison.
31 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
Heading into the Windward Islands and further south
108 Photos
Created 22 February 2010
121 Photos
Created 11 June 2009