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

Antigua, An-tea-ga, can you believe it?

22 January 2010 | Jolly Harbor, Antigua
Bob, Unbelievable
Sailors dream of that perfect passage, the one where everything happens just right, well today was very close to that perfect passage. We left Barbuda this morning around 07:30; we were up to listen in on Chris Parker's weather briefing but the propagation on the SSB was poor. I went online and checked Wind Guru and it looked as though the wind would be 15 to 17 ESE with moderate seas. That seemed pretty good to us so we hoisted the outboard off the dinghy, emptied it of all our stuff, double tied it, hoisted the anchor, pulled out the main and we were off.

Just pass Nine Foot Reef we pulled out the jib and we took off. 199 degrees magnetic with the true wind just behind our beam at about 11 knots. Very quickly Lucky Bird was up to 8.5 to 9.2 knots. We were truck'in. I set the autopilot, turned on the watermaker and we were good to go. Thirty miles to Antigua.

The rain squalls of the previous two days were gone, bright sun, seas running four to six feet on the beam and we were two very happy campers. Our watermaker and autopilot were a bit much though for our wind generator so I fired up our trusty Honda generator; now we were set. Lucky Bird was sailing herself, we were making over 8.5 knots on our rumb line and we were making water to beat the band. Life is good when it all comes together.

We arrived in Antigua around noon and had decided to clear-in in Jolly Harbor on the west side of the island. We rolled the jib then the main and powered into the inner harbor fully expecting that the $15.00 per night moorings would be all taken. Nope, there was one just waiting for us, so tonight there will be no rocking and rolling, that is wave induced ha ha, aboard Lucky Bird. Tomorrow will will clear-in, rent a car and take off to get to know Antigua. Next week there is a Super Yacht Regatta we want to see. This is a beautiful island, so different from Barbuda.

On the way down we could see Montserrat and the volcanic flows. That island's volcano is very active and we could see the plums of ash. We will vist there next after we've convinced ourselves we have gotten under the covers of Antigua.

We have turned the corner and are heading south, we'll visit all the Leeward Islands and then the Windwards. So much to experience, so much to enjoy.

Oh my, it's time for a refill, bye!!
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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