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

As far north as we go

19 July 2012
We are now in Thunder Bay, having sailed, powered and power-sailed from Loon Harbor some 40 miles east. But I must back up to tell a tale of our sail to the Slates from Otter Cove. Otter Cove is in my humble opinion the most spectacular harbor on the eastern Lake Superior coast line. You must wind your way back into this extremely remote place. It's within the Canadian National Park and there are absolutely no roads. We proceeded so so so slowly and finely found 25 feet of water and dropped the hook. Coincidentally we stopped next to a stream, a waterfall and a deserted log cabin. Our imaginations started running wild. We got in the dinghy and went exploring. The log cabin was once a two room building but has long since seen it better days. We had to poll the dinghy up the stream and then to the edge of the bank where we could climb up to the cabin. We tried to imagine why somebody would build a cabin here, so far from everything, so remote so isolated. We then hiked through the forest to this water fall and at the based of the fall, in the pool was a baby loon. Alice and I sat for 30 minutes and just watched this little bird do its fishing. The water was warm so we walked back in the stream to the dinghy. Then we paddled rather than motored out into the harbor and started drifting in the soft breeze. Loon families on both sides, a beaver crossing, slapping its tail and disappearing. We were the interluders, it was their home, we didn't even want to talk. We whispered. Such beauty, such simplicity, so remote from our lives back home. So worth the effort to be here to experience it.

The next morning, really early for us, we pulled up the hook and took off for the Slates; a collection of islands that our guide book suggested could be the result of an asteroid. We ran into fog. Now New Englanders know of fog, it's often referred to as "pea soup" when it is at its thickest. Well we were in the best new England could do and even better. We had some 40 miles or so to sail and we couldn't see much beyond the bow of Lucky Bird. But wait...Lucky Bird has AIS, and Radar. So we set up a watch system where every hour we would turn on the AIS and the Radar and "look" around. NOTHING!!, hour after hour nothing. Finally after a day of sailing and powering the Slates appeared on the radar. Then another angel effect. Within 5 or so miles of the Slates the fog lifted and there they were. We had a super sail to the islands without fog, a nice breeze pushing us along at 7 plus knots. Wow, what a passage and now we had to navigate the Slates.

From the Slates to Rossport to Loon Harbor and Thunder Bay, our journey continues.
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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