s/v Solstice

John and Shirlee's incredible adventure

10 December 2009 | Cartagena, Spain
11 October 2007 | Long Beach, CA
10 October 2007 | Long Beach, CA
08 October 2007 | Lala land
07 October 2007 | Oxnard, CA
06 October 2007 | Oxnard, CA
04 October 2007
04 October 2007
03 October 2007 | Oxnard, CA
02 October 2007
30 September 2007
27 September 2007 | Morro Bay, CA
25 September 2007
23 September 2007
22 September 2007
20 September 2007 | Monterey, CA
18 September 2007 | Monterey, CA
15 September 2007 | Emeryville, CA
14 September 2007 | Emeryville, CA
12 September 2007 | Emeryville, CA

Happy birthday, Mom!

17 July 2007
Time passed without our paying attention for awhile there, and suddenly it was the 17th! We tried to call but couldn't get a cell phone connection, and the Internet connection we're using fades in and out, so Skype won't work.

We've been anchoring out since we left Kwatsi Bay on the 13th until yesterday afternoon when we got a place at the dock in Sointula. That's only three nights, but we put quite a few hours on the engine: some was traveling, but most were fishing.

John's been trying to catch a halibut. The north side of Malcolm Island is supposed to be good for them, but so far, no luck. Lots of people were fishing, but it looked like they were after salmon. For the most part, the weather has been nice, and I certainly don't mind reading or napping while we're drifting around and John's looking for the elusive fish. We turn the engine off (now that we can do that again), so it's quiet. John did limit on kelp greenling the first day we were off Malcolm Island, so we've had our fish tacos for the week.

We did finally see some whales, both orcas and humpbacks. The orcas were across the channel from us and lots of boats were blocking our view. The humpbacks swam right by us (followed by several whale-watching boats), and the spray from one's blow even got my glasses. That's how close we were. We've also heard and seen them from a distance while fishing.

Sointula is a nice little town. Since we've been here, we've been out for dinner, John has changed the oil, I've done a load of laundry and vacuumed, and we've restocked the larder. Tomorrow we're going to take the ferry into Alert Bay.
Vessel Name: Solstice
Vessel Make/Model: Sceptre 41
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA, USA
Crew: John Forbes and Shirlee Smith
About: Our crew is Märzen (our miniature dachshund) and whoever else is aboard at the moment, if anyone. We welcome friends and family to join us as crew for specific legs of our voyage or to visit at a destination.
Extra: We left San Francisco May 1, 2006, on our proposed 10-year voyage, now reduced to five years due to the economic crisis. Visit our home website for photos, more words, and links.
Home Page: http://www.svsolstice.com


Who: John Forbes and Shirlee Smith
Port: San Francisco, CA, USA