June 7, 2017  Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico

“Panama Posse” Cruiser’s Rally launches November 30, 2017 from Mexico to Panama              

The first annual “Panama Posse” rally sails to seven countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and ends at the Panama Canal. The rally, sponsored by Marina Puerto de la Navidad, located just 150 nm south of Puerto Vallarta, is free to join.

Benefits in joining the “Panama Posse” include safety, daily communications net, vessel tracking, details for country check in procedures, over 120 anchorages along the passage, pre-check in at marinas and the Panama Canal.  Information includes list of fuel stations, chandleries, provisions, haul out facilities, dive sites, group excursions on land, special discounts at marinas and parties along the way. “Panama Posse” burgee, hats and shirts with names of registered vessels will be available for a nominal fee.

Eighteen boats have already signed up, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, many have done the Baja-Haha, Pacific Puddle Jump, Transpac, Tahiti-Moorea and Tonga Regattas and multiple countries in the South Pacific, Caribbean and Pacific Northwest.

The official sponsor, Marina Puerto de la Navidad, is offering very attractive and discounted slip fees for all “Panama Posse” registered vessels for the month of November.  The launch party will be held at Marina Puerto de la Navidad on Saturday November 25, 2017. Seminars will be held that week to cover the following topics: provisioning, OpenCPN satellite overlay on electronic charts, weather and safety.

“On behalf of the Marina Puerto de la Navidad we are proud to sponsor this rally – and we look forward in hosting these vessels in our facility so that the participants can enjoy their stay at our world class marina, our outstanding 5 star hotel and its facilities and play golf at the Isla Navidad Golf Course, one of the top 12 golf courses in Mexico according to a recent survey by Robb Report”, said Secundino Alvarez, Harbormaster of the marina.

Information and sign up at




2018 Posse

A few emails to the posse have indicated vessels wanting to stay in Mexico longer - and we agree - do that !

Most of the participants have enjoyed Mexican waters, marinas, anchorages for a season or more and find it hard to cast off again. We are simply leaving allowing us to go on a leisurely pace to get to Panama by June and be "below" the hurricane zone. If you are a Baja-Haha participant - you will find our pace much slower - you will have sailed 1,000 nm in about 2 weeks. The Panama Posse will go 2,000 nm in about 6 months - so you can catch up with us - or stay a season in Mexico. - just sign up for the posse for the following - and you will enjoy our best practices from the prior season.

Alternatively if you plan on coming up the coast from Panama - you are aptly named "the COUNTER POSSE" - and we will gladly wave at you as our ships pass and share our knowledge from up north !


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