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

Day One On the River - Filled With Surprizes

07 September 2017 | Joliet free dock
So here we are, just our first day on the river, some 50 or so miles into our 1200 mile journey. Here are my first observations: 1. there is a lot of decay, abandonment and what appears as poverty along the river, 2. the tug boat guys are great, call them on the VHF and they will tell a story, 3. SAND, it looks as though someone placed the Michigan dunes along the river.

Factories abandoned, houses for sale and looking pretty shabby. private docks wrecked and left to die. So sad, sunken boats and boats that probably haven't seen a human in years. But,

Calling a tug with barge, having gotten the name from our AIS, gives me a sense that despite the above there are people out here doing their jobs and doing them well. Call on channel 16, you get a response and a very pleasant comment. Ask a question, shift to vhf 14 and you get a story. We went by what seemed to be miles of piles of sand. Now my friend Tom Flynn might know quite about what is going on here but for us it was astounding to see such piles. One captain pushing a two by six barge told us the sand came from dredging in Morris, barged up here for making concrete for Chicago.

Thanks to Joliet, tonight we have free dockage and free 30 amp power.
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