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

Waiting for the Uncertain

22 August 2009 | Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Halifax, N S
Bob, A very, very quiet Saturday morning
We arrived in Halifax intending to stay only a day or so but thanks to hurricane Bill it may turn out more like a week. This morning is very quite, last evenings fog has lifted in the harbor and there is a stillness that would suggest just another beautiful day in the maritimes but I don't think it will last very long. I wander through a number of hurricane forecasting websites every couple of hours and the probabilities have increased for Bill to track close to the N S coast as a Category 2.

The RNSYS staff are methodically preparing this place for the storm. There is a calm confidence about their leader a fellow named Wayne who manages the docks and marine facilities. He moved us to a more protected area and we are greatful. I suspect preparation activity levels will peak today and tonight and it is reassuring that this club has invested in their docks and pilings since the last hurricane. They've welded four foot additions to the top of every support piling with horizontal retaining bars at the tops of each piling. In the surge from the last hurricance the floating docks almost broke loose, a tradegy I can't imagine. The chain chafe marks are visible just below the welds of the new sections; a graphic reminder of just how little margin there was between making it through and total disaster. We toured the harbor yesterday in our dinghy and I was surprised at the number of boats tied to far less secure floating docks.

We have an offer from the couple tied next to us to stay at their home in the event we are forced to leave. Throughout this venture at critical points we've had people step up and fulfil a need. Quite amazing and it has effected our behavior as well. Whenever a boat needs some assistance we are right there offering, a bit of paying it forward.

So we wait and wait, just as thousands of other boaters along the eastern seaboard are doing as well. The storm track has moved slightly further west and storm warnings are now being posted along the New England coast.
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