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

Yup, stuck once again

13 September 2011 | Charlevoix, MI
Bob, windy, very cool, cloudy
Am I starting to sound like a broken record? We just cleared out one storm system and oops, here's another. This one brings some promise for northerly winds giving us a chance to boogie south down Lake Michigan. But, right now the good ole lake is a little angry and we'll stay put for a while letting things settle a bit.

We did finally get our sail on Lake Huron; the winds were still NE but what I call a sailable velocity when it's on our nose. We sailed from Harbor Beach just south of Saganaw Bay overnight to Mackinac City arriving with day break, 06:30. The wind was very cooperative lifting us up over the islands east of Alpena and then letting us run NW for a while before dropping below five knots. There is still so much to explore around Huron, north channel, Georgian Bay and so many Michigan and Canadian harbors. But, those will have to be a next year's journey for now we are focused on making our Chicago destination sometime before its snows, ha ha! Seriously though the fall weather pattern makes it a little stressful for us to make some desired longer passages. We need at least two or three wind predictable days for us to overnight down the lake. For the last two weeks the sailable winds have been only a day or so before another cold front swings by whipping up the waters. And you know, we old folks don't enjoy getting beat up as much any more. There was a time when the stronger the winds the better, now, ah well, if we have to reef and pound we'd rather drop the hook, watch a movie and share a glass of wine or two or three.

I think I mentioned the Erie canal is closed from Locks 2 - 22 so cruisers heading south now have to change plans and head for Chicago. They'll get their cruising baptismal sooner than they had hoped.

So today we'll explore this town, meet with local people and learn about its history. We'll probably walk down to the harbor entrance and check out the lake.
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
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Created 22 February 2010
121 Photos
Created 11 June 2009