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

Lake Ontario - At Last

17 July 2009
Bob/ Rained all day and it's COLD!!!
From our stopover in Buffalo we took a short hop to Pt. Abino where we sat on a mooring for two days and caught up on our project list. We're finally into the cosmetic type projects although I still have a few items that are more than just cosmetic. But they'll get done, we're on Island Time and what doesn't get done today or tomorrow well maybe in a couple of days.

The Buffalo Canoe Club sailors entertained us with their evening 'round the buoy racing. Their courses where just south of our mooring so it was fun to watch the tactics as they worked upwind and down. We went ashore for dinner last night at the Club and then hit the bunks early for we wanted to get an equally early start for the Welland Canal.

The Canal is principally for commercial ships the 600 foot type so our little 42 footer is dwarfed and is a second citizen in terms of traffic management. We arrived around 09:30, cleared Canadian customs, paid our $200.00 lock fee and then waited till around 11:30 when we were called along with two other pleasure boats to start through the canal. The entire trip took only six hours due to a slow commercial traffic day and not many stops. Eight locks dropped us from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario over 320 vertical feet. There was one point where there were three locks in sequence, into one, drop down right into another and then another each lowering us close to 50 feet. These locks dropped us the height of Niagra Falls, quite something to look back at the hill cars were driving over knowing we had just been lowered the same height.

The weather s...s, it's still very cold and it rained all day. I hope the Mac racers starting tonight and tomorrow from Chicago get better weather at least warmer.

Tonight we're tied up at Niagra on the Lake yacht club, quite the address, beautiful homes, culture out the cazo and lots of sailboats. This C & C heaven; on our walk after dinner Alice and I were amazed that almost every boat in the club was a C & C.

Tomorrow we are planning an early start and a sail toward the eastern end of Ontario. Everybody we meet tells us we have to visit Kingston so if we can't find our friends the Merrills, we'll head straight for Kingston enjoying sailing on Ontario.
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