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

Out in to the Carribean!!

11 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
Amy/Sunny, breezy, 90's
We were pulling out the break wall around 6:30 a.m., cloudy, but clearing skies. We weren't anticipating the large choppy waves as we departed the breakwall area, but had we thought it through in advance, we would of realized it. As the large rollers come in the much shallower waters, they create a slushing back & forth & much choppiness to them. We dealt with this for about 30 minutes until we got into 150' plus depth of water. Then it was more rolly than choppy. Although still not what we're used to. With very little wind, and mostly on the nose the entire trip from ES to Panama last year, it was very gently & comfortable. This was not. We also noticed the much deeper color of the water, a cobalt or midnight blue, versus the aquamarine of the Pacific. At about 8, we raised the main & put up the smaller gib sail & were cruising along at 5+ knts. Not bad, okay, wind was out of the north- ne. We would prefer a more easterly. At about 5:45 p.m., while I was on watch, Jim was sleeping, we hear a loud crash, like something fell in the wheelhouse or cockpit. Jim awakes & we look around, not until I look up when I'm standing on the port cockpit do I see our boom has released off to the port side. Jim quickly starts to lash it back down, and as he's doing so, our headsail gets caught on the lower port spreader & all the sudden we hear, zzzzzziiiiiiiip! It splits in 2! Not long after that, while Jim is still taking care of the boom & sail, the auto pilot quits working. We motor, hand steering the entire night, doing only 3-3.5 knots. This is NOT getting me home quickly to my family!
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