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

Belize!!

02 February 2018 | Belize City, Belize
We finally arrived in Belize after checking out of Mexico in Puerto Aventuras many days ago. The weather has been very unsettled with winds NE ranging from 15 to 25 and seas in the Caribbean 6 to 8 feet with larger swells from the E.

We waited and waited, maybe too long, because the trip from Espirito Santos to the main ship channel in Belize was mostly a motor sail. Big swells, lots of rolling and despite boat speeds of 7+ knots through the water at times we were only making 3 over the ground,SOG. So we would jibe west to get back closer to the 60 foot line where the current was much less and once in a while favorable. I saw 7.5 SOG a couple of times. Anyhow, the 128 mile overnight trip took us just over 24 hours, a pretty slow passage.

Chris Parker was forecasting another frontal passage Monday into Tuesday with N to NE winds gusting to 30, so that was my motivation to get out of dodge, Espirito Santos. Thinking we would be seeing very strong winds in Belize, I decided with my mates concurrence to find a safe anchorage close to Belize City. We skipped San Pedro where we might have checked in having passed by it in the dark. The main Belize ship channel, cruise ships and large commercial vessels, became my target to exit the Caribbean and enter behind the barrier reefs.

We arrived just after sun up, oops no sun just squalls and heavy rain. It's amazing. Just as we passed the Mexico/Belize boarder the rain started and here it is Tuesday morning and it's still raining. The squalls weren't bad, gusts to 23 knots but the rain was awesome. Torrential!! washing off all our collected salt.

I'm thinking we'll stay put in this very safe anchorage and wait and see if winds pick up to 25 - 30 this evening. Tomorrow things look much better.

So here we are, Q flag flying, and yup I just saw a stronger wind gust, so maybe Chris and the GRIB files were right, we'll see.

BTW, no wine, no rum and getting low on supplies and no $US or $B, only about $400 Pesos, so we desperately need an ATM or some way to obtain cash.
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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
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
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Created 11 June 2009