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

Hello Barbuda, Bar-bwue-da not Barbados, Ha Ha!

20 January 2010 | Low Bay, Barbuda
Bob, raining with a few squalls
We are anchored in Low Bay Barbuda about 100 yards off the beach. This beach runs for eleven miles, beautiful pinkish sand for 11 miles and I can't see a single person, OK!! The clouds are rolling in off the Atlantic bringing a few rain showers; the fresh water helps wash off some of the salt.

Our passage from St. Barts was uneventful. We left Anse du Colombier around 06:30, sun up, and rounded the east side of St. Barts. There were some pretty good sized sqaulls out to sea and we were hopeful they would pass north and south of us, guess what? they did. We stayed dry with winds under 12 knots and seas under 5 feet. All-in-all a beautiful passage of some 55 - 60 miles.

Barbuda is flat, the heighest elevation is no more than a couple hundred feet compared to the islands just to the west of us that rise several thousand feet. We could see St. Kitts and Nevis during the entire passage. Guadelupe rose up from the horizon as we approached Barbuda which we didn't see until we were about 6 miles out. Even though Antigua is only 25 to 30 miles to the south it too is very flat and didn't rise above the horizon.

This anchorage is quite different than the bays we've been used to overnighting. Picture this slowly arching beach of some eleven miles, it runs almost north south with a very slight radius. We are anchored near the northen end of the radius facing the east. We are about 100 yards off the beach and nothing but the Caribbean Sea behind us. Looking forward the beach a small hotel and the very flat Barbuda. Turn and look behind us and it is open water. Behind us are some reefs which cut the ocean swell and since the wind seldon blows from the west we are good to go although it feels strange to be as exposed as it seems. We'll probably move around to the southern side of the island tomorrow where there is more protection and people.

There is a huge ppoulation of frigate birds here on Barbuda and we want to take a special boat ride into the colony. After that we want to learn about the island history and about it's people. This our theme now, indulge or inject ourselves into the places we visit with more than just the touristy curiosities.

Another rain shower, now the sun. It looks as though this will be the pattern for the balance of the day.
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