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

Elk Rapids, MI

08 July 2015
Ok so we're a member of the Great Lake Cruising Club and Alice and I decided to go all in and signed up for all three rallies.

The trip from Kenosha was rather benign, some sailing some powering until the last piece from South Manito island to Elk Rapids. Not much wind in the morning I mean really early, say around 6:00. Then as we approached the tip of Grand Traverse Bay yup it started blowing out of the south west, arg, right on our nose heading to the first rally location. Tick tack, tick tack, back and fourth we sailed. Now in our J/105 this would have been a piece of cake, but in our 42 foot center cockpit cruising boat and, being as old as dirt, tacking was a bit of work. But wait, we were up to the task. We tacked up the east bay for some twenty miles as the wind increased from a mild 10 or so knots to 18. We knew a cold front was coming so we really wanted to find a safe home for the night. No stress, no pressure, not too much anxiety just fun sailing our home on the water.

After getting settled in our slip, the parties started. New people to meet, new stories to listen to and, on our side to offer up. To me this what sailing is all about. Working hard to get somewhere and then finding people you can not only relate to but people who ask about us. So much of our time ashore, that's at home, is spent listening to people talk only about themselves. They never seem to ask the question "tell us about what interests you?"

The people we meet here are sailors and power boaters with common interests and wow, it is so less boring to join with them in conversation.

Right now there is no wind after yesterday's 17 knots from the northwest. Tomorrow we start out again heading north and east.

Another rally on Rogers City. Maybe 100 boats and some 250 cruisers, now that's cool.
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