s/v Sunshine

The Cruising Adventures of the Thoreson Family

14 July 2009
08 July 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
13 June 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama- still
06 June 2009 | Empire, MI/ SB Marina, Panama
15 May 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
15 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
14 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
12 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
11 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
10 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
10 April 2009 | 9.3691,-79.9503
10 April 2009 | 9.3797,-79.9345
09 April 2009 | Lake Gatun, Panama
09 April 2009 | 9.3442,-79.9075
09 April 2009 | 9.2718,-79.9234
08 April 2009 | Panama Canal
08 April 2009 | 9.2176,-79.8913
08 April 2009 | 9.0159,-79.6118
08 April 2009 | 8.905,-79.5307
07 April 2009 | Playita Anchorage Panama City

Many Sea Life All Around

01 April 2008 | Corinto, Nicaragua; 12 02.948 N, 86 42.548 W
Pulled up anchor earlier today. Needed to tighten the fan belt on the engine, so that took a few more minutes too. I guess it was around 6:30- that's what Dad and Jim said, I thought it was more around 7:15. Early on we saw flying fish and whatever it was that was trying to get them..And around 8:45 we had a whole school of dolphins join us. Maybe 30, or more, 40? They stayed with us for nearly 45 minutes, as we were going past Corinto. It was absolutely so cool! Then they left. Then the kids saw another area of jelly fish and other sea life. Later we saw a couple large turtles. This next anchorage we were heading to, suggested by the on line cruising guide, was nothing more than basically like pulling along side the road, it was not protected, and between us and the shore were HUGE rocks and breakers. Our first attempt here made us uncomfortably close to these rocks, so we pulled up and went farther out, it was difficult finding shallow enough depth, but not too close to those darn rocks! I couldn't believe this was even suggested to anchor here! Since the winds were still not nice to us, and almost always out of the wrong direction- right on the nose, we did some solo sailing & tacking and got great speed, but then to come back in we hardly made any headway, and again decided to just motor/ motor sail. It stunk using so much fuel, both literally and figuratively.
Vessel Name: Sunshine
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Ed Horstman Tristar Trimaran
Hailing Port: Traverse City, MI
Crew: Jim, Amy, Bridget, Micah, & Jenaya
We have been married almost 19 years, Bridget is now 14, Micah is almost 8, Jenaya is 5. We have a strong Christian/Catholic Faith, love spending time together & exploring this beautiful World. [...]
We purchased Sunshine in Feb. '07. She was in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. We flew down in Nov. '07, spent 4 months getting her ready, building a new, larger dinghy, enjoying El Salvador & the friends we made. We then took the next 2 1/2 months sailing from there to Panama City. Now the next leg [...]
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The Thoreson Crew

Who: Jim, Amy, Bridget, Micah, & Jenaya
Port: Traverse City, MI