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

Finally Reaching Costa Rica

03 April 2008 | Bahia Santa Elena, Costa Rica; 10 55.313 N, 85 47.560 W
Shortly into the morning, after most "normal" people are waking up and getting to work, Jim radioed to any vessel for a weather update. Another sailboat answered back and I feel bad cannot remember the name, I forgot to right it down, that they were about 10 miles offshore and going about 8.8 knots. Jim and I discussed the idea of doing the same thing, since the wind nearer to shore where we were was practically non-existent, and decided to go about 5-6 miles off and see what we could do. We hoisted the sails and headed out, got up to 7 knots, usually hanging around 6- 6.5. The waves were really nothing more than choppy, not the large rolling swells. We could have gone faster with the spinnaker up, but figured we were making good time and should arrive at our next anchorage in plenty of time. And we did, we pulled into Bahia Santa Elena, Costa Rica around 3:30. This is the first one of the 3-4 places all along our planned trip that I myself have been most anxious to see! And it didn=t dissapoint! It=s just gorgeous, and calm, and peaceful. The only sign of life was some fish, exotic birds- there are known to be parrots there, and some spider monkeys. As well as one other sailboat who we had briefly talked to on the VHF way back near Bahia Jiquilisco, our first stop after leaving Bahia del Sol. But this cove is plenty big for both of us, and it was actually great to see another cruiser since it=d been 2 weeks since we came across any others.
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