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

Heading Home

06 August 2012 | Frankfurt, MI
We stopped in St.Ignace for a night, met some people we knew from Chicago Yacht club and joined them at the Mackinac Grill for a very enjoyable evening. The next day off we went planning a stop at Beaver Island. Our thinking was to take advantage of a nice sailing day to get further west and south before the big winds came in. The forecast was for 20 plus with gusts to 30 knots from the NW. We anchored in Beaver Island harbor and settled in for what we figured was going to be a fairly long night. Nope, the weather guy was wrong again. The only thing keeping us awake that night was a family of ducks picking bugs off the side of LB. Wack, wack, thump, thump, these ducks were busy, go figure.

We got ansy the next day so around 17:00 with the winds still from the NW we decided to head out. My thoughts were to take advantage of the strong winds on our tail to move us along. So much for the weather guy and my plans. Just before sundset the wind died leaving us rolling in four to five foot waves, here we go again. What's with this rolling.

We powered through the night as far south as the Manitou Lighthouse when the wind filled in from the east. Now wait. We were listening to the weather and there was no talk of an easterly but, it helped, so out with the sails and tally-ho. Two hours later, nothing, and again the rolling. Then westerly, hurray, wow this is stupendous. The wind generator was doing such a great job we had: auto pilot, the refridgerator, running lights, cabin lights and the radio all going just to keep up with the gnerator's output. Mozat at 7.5 knots heading the right direction, sweeet!! But nothing lasts for long and after another two hours the winds backed to SW right on our nose, here's another argg!. We decided not to tack out into the lake but to furl sails and power around Point Betsy. Picture this, four to five foot waves on our nose, six miles to Betsy and we're making 2 - 3 knots over the bottom. Yup it was a long haul.

Now here we are in Frankfurt having dropped anchor around 07:00 this morning. 70 or so miles in fourteen hours. A pretty slow average but most of that was due to the haul around Point Betsy.

We want to be in Saugatuck by the 9th and it's looking a bit iffy now. The winds are forecast to be SW, on the nose for today and tomorrow. Remember, cruisers, especially these old farts, don't like to go to windward unless absolutley necessary. We'll see.
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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.
207 Photos
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