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 ICW

14 May 2011 | Norfolk, VA
Today we finished our trip north in the ICW. We got an early start having spent the night anchored behind Butler Island in about 7 to 8 feet of water. Nice calm spot just off the ICW. An early start for us is now 6:30 to 7:00. Sun is up and it is generally calm. As we got closer to VA and the very busy ports of Hampton, Norfolk and Newport News the number of bridges escalated dramatically and many of them we lift bridges that open on the hour or half hour. Some only open on the hour and we just missed one by about ten minutes, so you wait going is circles, backing up consuming time and trying not to run aground. Then we just got through that one and found out the next one was closed until 4:00 for maintenance. So it's now 1:15 and we have to burn up time until 4:00. I decided to drop the anchor in the middle of the channel figuring no one would care since the bridge was closed. So another two sail boats show up, then about six power boats, two more sail boats and we had a crowd. It was time to get clear of the growing herd so we started pulling the anchor, Oops we caught a log, a very big log.

For any of our readers who followed our trip out the St. Lawrence Seaway, you may recall us talking about our angels. People who show up a just the right moment offering assistance. We guess what, we still have our angels. Picture Alice looking over the bow of the boat with this huge log caught in our anchor chain, boats everywhere in a channel no wider than a two lane highway with wind and current pushing us the wrong way. Not a really good situation until out of nowhere come two guys on Stand Up Boards. Those surf board like things you see people standing on paddling. One of the guys sees the log and immediately paddles over to us and starts working on it. Out of nowhere this guy appears and a moment later the log is gone, the anchor is safely stored and we are clearing out of the mess. How many times do situations similar to this happen to you where you could use some help and voila there it is just when needed? Is somebody watching? You bet!!

We are just about to close a very big loop. back in November of 2009 we sailed out of Hampton, out of the Chesapeake and south to Tortola to begin our Caribbean 1500 adventure. Within a day or so we will sail north across that line officially closing the loop. The pile of memories is awesome, Lucky Bird is simply fantastic and we are so, so fortunate.

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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