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

We've Turned Another Corner

17 August 2011 | Poughkeepsie, NY
These smiling faces are the family crew of Randy, Rachael, Patty and Steve. The glamour girl in the back is my Alice. Picture taken at Crescent Beach, Block Island. Now for the cover story.

Once before while sitting in Grenada contemplating sailing to Trinidad and then rethinking that choice, changing our minds and turning north instead, we have changed direction yet again. This time after touring pretty much all of southern new england waters from Block to Chatham, from Cuttyhunk to Nantucket, we have decided to return to Lake Michigan. We have experienced the islands and all their history just as we did the Chesapeake. We weathered big blows in Edgartown, Block and Chatham, we motor biked around Nantucket, spent many hours absorbed in the history of whaling on the island, visited Cutty several times, hiked around its perimeter and made three trips to Block. Newport is still our favorite with all the sailing activities, we are always impressed with that sailing town.

Patty, Rachael, Steve and Randy from our family spent four whirl-winds days with us, arriving on Sunday, sailing from Wickford to Newport, Newport to Block, Block to Cutty, Cutty back to Newport. We were on the move and yet had time to enjoy Crescent Beach on Block, walk to the top of Cutty and have a family dinner in Newport. Good times, great folks, thanks.

So back to turning another corner. It's time to head home, re-acquaint ourselves with our dog Kody and bring Lucky Bird back to Chicago, closing a very large loop of almost 8,000 miles. So after dropping off our family quests we checked back into Newport for one last time. Charlie and Jennie on Lady were there so one last visit, cocktails and stories. Since then we've been moving down the coast of Rhode Island, the full length of Long Island Sound, down the east River, through Hell Gate, under the Brooklyn Bridge and now here we are halfway up the Hudson River. This time we'll take the shorter route to the Great Lakes, the Erie Canal with Kody, Oh MY!!

Southern New England island sailing is similar to the Virgins. Plenty of harbors, medium length sailing passages, chances for strong weather, add in the fog and what more could a sailor ask for? So we start the last chapter of this journey with some uncertainty just how to handle our dog, yet all-the-while looking forward to future journeys on Lucky Bird and more time with family. It's been a hoot.
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