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

St. Barts

17 January 2010 | Gustavia
Bob, cloudy with squalls
We're on the move now, after our passage from the BVI's to St. Marten both Alice and I were hit with the flu, yea gads THE FLU!! For Alice it was the sore throat, headaches and nasal congestion, seven days and counting. For me, an asthmatic, colds usually settle into my lungs and make breathing very difficult, painful. I also had the other stuff but the breathing was tough. It's as if you took in as large a volume of air as you could and with your lungs full tried to restart breathing normally, there's just no room; darn this asthma I really think after some 62 years it's time to move on.
So the net of all this complaining is that we stayed several days in Grand Case, on the French side of the island. At first we didn't even go ashore, and then slowly our energy levels returned to make the dinghy ride in and back. We found this very friendly café on the beach and set up camp there for at least four days. Internet connection was great, the wine, dinners, salads and people watching were just what the doctor ordered for two sick ole fogies. Eventually though it's time to get-out-of-dodge, so with getting to Barbuda high on our priority list we struck out first for St. Barts twelve miles along the way. We sailed around the north east corner of St. Marten between Tintemarre and Ile Pinel; as we rounded, St. Barts appeared on the horizon and just a little further around the corner was tall very majestic Saba. It was a little hazy but beyond Saba we could set Statia, St. Kitts and Nevis, all mountainous islands standing proud.
A quick comment about the east side of St. Marten because it was so striking to me. To this point most of the ground cover in the mountains consists of trees and cactus, here on the east side Mother Nature tried something different. It was if she found the perfect green Berber-textured out-door carpet and gently laid it down over the mountains and the valleys. She tucked it in for a perfect form fit that was strikingly different from elsewhere; wonderful to experience.
We dropped the anchor for the night in the harbor of Ile Fourchue. Barren, something you would expect to see in the southwest deserts. Apparently wild goats completely destroyed the vegetation and ultimately themselves, now astronauts could train here for their trips to Mars.
This morning we travelled a very short two miles to Anse du Colombier, a beautiful harbor on the North West corner of St. Barts. The French government has installed moorings for visitors to this marine park and the price is perfect, zero Euros. We will stay here for several days, recovering, swimming, exploring and planning our next passage to Barbuda. The winds are a little less than favorable for the next few days so this piece of paradise will be our home. We may power around to Gustavia the main town or we may not. Gustavia is home to the Caribbean rich and famous. Cruise ships anchored out in the harbor, mega-yachts everywhere and our little Luck Bird; since we've sailed into St. Barts on other charter trips we may take a pass. Who knows, that's the beauty of time and freedom.

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Vessel Name: Lucky Bird
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Moody 425 cc
Hailing Port: Kenosha, WI
Crew: Robert & Alice Smith
About:
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.
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Created 28 July 2017
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Created 12 July 2013
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Created 17 July 2012
Bob and Alice return to Lucky Bird after spending the summer in Addison.
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Created 4 December 2010
Heading into the Windward Islands and further south
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Created 22 February 2010
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Created 11 June 2009