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

Hot Springs Cove

11 August 2007
Hot Springs Cove was good. It was quite a walk to the springs, but it was a walk, as opposed to a hike, on a boardwalk. To me that makes a huge difference. By the time we got there, it was almost dark. Good thing we brought a flashlight. As we were leaving in the dark, young people from the campground were still arriving.

We decided to spend two nights so that John could redo the rigging solution. The new way puts less stress on the sail and seems to be good, but today was another windless day. We motored all the way from Hot Spring Cove to Ucluelet, about 45 miles.

We've been seeing lots of humpback whales, sometimes too many, especially when it looks like we're going to run over them! I don't worry so much about running over them when we're motoring; I'm sure they can hear us. But when we're sailing, I do try to figure out which way they're going and then steer clear.
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