Costa Rica

FLEET UPDATE 2019-02-18

1) First of all we are
101 Vessels of 8 flag states - a.k.a.
MULTINATIONAL FLOTILLA  

  

Hip Hip Hooray to the 2018-2019 Panama Posse 





Thank you to all participants, sponsors and ambassadors for all the
wonderful detailed 
and up to date info you share for the next Panama Posse
(6 Vessels have already signed up for next season hint hint ) 



2) Show off these Burgees !


LUNA SEA at Marina Puerto de la Navidad, Barra de Navidad, MX


3) The 2,000 nm Panama Posse route has a few challenges and
will test you, your crew, your gear and your vessel, but unlike the
Puddle Jump - the proximity to land and hundreds of anchorages and
marinas provide you with plenty of "outs" and ports to mend things.
Some of the more heralding stories and challenges will come from Octopus Garden, Simple Life and Paradise.


Things break, rip and fall apart, Long lines, a.m.o.  - Sails,
Engines, Generators, Water-makers, Standing Rigging, Running Rigging,
Batteries, Solenoids, Toilets, Pumps, 
a.m.o.

We sail where the coconuts grow !







4) Marina Sponsor Banana Bay Marina, Golfito, Costa Rica 


has a few tags of their own now !



5) Somewhere along the Pelican Ridge Coast 




I can't believe I could possibly ever enjoy motor sailing, but here I am
racing to get to the anchorage before sunset, but with only one engine
to save fuel, etc, and trying to squeeze every bit of speed from only
8kts of wind. We're doing 7.5k, where usually one engine alone gives us
about 5.5. But hey, we're still racing! Racing the sunset!!


Juan & Michelle
AY CARAMBA !




6) Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Getting tired of the rock and rolling of all those anchorages SE of
Playa Cocos? We anchored in Puerto Jimenez a couple nights ago - very
fine conditions here, no swell, no wind chop last two nights, great
sleeping finally. Although anchoring is a challenge, as described in
SVSerena's book. Find a spot on the slope where depth goes from 80 to 5
feet in a few yards. The town is very plain but there are a couple good
restaurants, small grocery and hardware stores. Easy beach access with
dinghy, sand, no waves, lock to tree, but going at high tide is easiest.
.

Douglas & Luom


GYPSY SOUL

(note please email us the exact lat and long of where you dropped the anchor)


7) Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama - SW of the stunning Islas Secas 



Carinthia, Sprezzatura & Free Spirit passing each other in Panama.

8) Sailing on land - one of my pet peeves - chart accuracy.

We had our Central America chip in our chartplotter and decided to check out chart accuracy - we hate to tell you -
NOT SO MUCH !
So trust your eyes - ears - depth sounder and satellite charts with OpenCPN - See the difference below at our patch through

@ Canal Isla Canal Afuera

And the view behind our path through - stunning area

Dietmar & Suzanne

CARINTHIA

9) Huatulco, MX
Klickitat II had a good Tpec crossing until the last 12 hours where we
had 20-30 knots on the nose with waves to match - had to motor tack a
bunch of times to finally get into Bahia Tongolunda. Whew! A bit of a
reverse T-pecker - SSW winds, stronger than forecast by about half. But
all is well aboard now with cocktails in hand! Also sailed about half -
pleasant until the last part.


Bill & Katy

KLICKITAT II

10) SAFE THESE DATES

Flor de Caña Rum Tours                    
                    @ Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua - (Dec-Apr)

Papagayo Survivors Party
- anytime !               
     @ Coconutz , Playa Cocos, CR (Early Feb’19)

Golfito Marina
Village an IGY Destination
Party
    @ Golfito, CR (May 1st, ’19)

Official Panama Posse Rally Completion Party
     @
Vista Mar Marina, Panama (May 25th, ’19)

11) A few Line Fleet Check in's

Weekly Panama Posse call every Monday @ 16:00 UTC

SPREZZATURA - Vista Mar Marina, PANAMA
FREE SPIRIT - Vista Mar Marina, PANAMA
KNOT RIGHT - Vista Mar Marina, PANAMA
NILAYA - Marina Chiapas, MX
SIMPLE LIFE
- Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
PARADISE - Golfito Village Marina, Costa Rica
CARINTHIA - Golfito Village Marina, Costa Rica
FIGMENT - Marina Chahue, Huatulco, MX
SLOW DANCER - Zihuatanjeo, MX
MALOLO - Zihuatanjeo, MX
JO - Zihuatanjeo, MX
EPIPHANY - Isla IXtapa, MX
DESTINATION - Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica

12) PICTURE OF THE WEEK - Carrizal - Slow Dancer with Seaglub

Dale & KennethSLOW DANCER

13) Please reply to
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it in the next Fleet Updates

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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On the reef

FLEET UPDATE 2019-02-11

1) Ahoy Panama Posse 28-19 we like to introduce our latest marina sponsor Marina Pez Vela in central Costa Rica.
They are centrally located in Quepos, Costa Rica. For details and reservations contact them for
discounts ranging from 15 - 33 %

2) Welcome to the 18-19 Panama Posse !

Ay Caramaba !

Human Holiday

Malolo

Wind Swept

3) Acapulco, MX

We stopped in Acapulco for a short stay.  We got in at sunset on a Sunday eve and planned to anchor in Acapulco Bay.  When we arrived, it looked littered with moorings and it would have been tight to find room to anchor and swing.  As we were deciding what to do, Vicente, a super sweet guy and friend to boaters and travelers, rolled up in his boat and told us we could take one of his 5 moorings.  We were relieved as we were hesitant to anchor due to a potential foul sea floor and lack of swinging room, it was already getting dark and the area is fairly busy with traffic.  

We cannot speak highly enough of Vicente.  He made our stay easy and comfortable and he couldn’t be friendlier - classic Mexican hospitality.  He was more than willing to help us out in anyway he could - he stayed late one eve to help us jerry can fuel from the pemex station.  He is also very proud to be associated with the Panama Posse. 

Acapulco was a much nicer place to visit than we had expected due to the negative press and the way it is portrayed particularly by cruisers.  It is a vibrant city and culturally interesting.  It is also full of super yachts and fast boats that don’t much care for the Colregs, but todo bien! 

Bryan & Stephanie

ARGUS

4) Ixtapa, MX

Schooner Winds of the Worlds is making slow progress towards the Panama Canal.

Due to a medical situation at home in Houston, Texas, captain / owner (I) Dan can only afford to be away from home a few days at the time.

With crew member Curtis I returned to Ixtapa, we enjoyed ourselves with a little groceries shopping, filling water bottles and finishing the day with a delightful dinner, including life music, at the Bistro Soleiado, all within walking distance from the marina. The morning of January 17 we finished paperwork at the marina office (one-stop convenience), followed by uncovering sails and brightwork and pushing off at 11:40am, assisted by helping dock hands and escorted out the harbor, until safely past the sandbar at the marina entrance.

Nice, but fairly substantial, rolling waves welcomed us back to open waters. We raised schooner, jib, stay and main sails and were underway to Acapulco with fairly benign sea and weather conditions.

The next day both alternator belts of the Detroit diesel called it quits, a two hour repair job. Due to stronger then expected currents we arrived after sunset into Acapulco Bay and, not being familiar with the local situation and the surprising choice of marinas, made fast at the nice concrete pier of the  Santa Lucia marina (very cliffy waterfront).

Saturday crew member Bernardo, from Mexico City, joined us and again the morning and early afternoon (Saturday!) found us spending time dealing with formalities: both Brenda, in the marina office, and Gabriel, general support, were very professional in assisting. Filling diesel tanks at the fuel dock across the bay with a resemblance of mediteranian berthing technique did proof cumbersome, but it worked.

Onward along the coast, with some times calm sometimes breezy conditions we arrived, after two days, at the bay that holds Huatulco, harbor and marina. The marina Chahue is still off limits for drafts over 4 ft due to sanding, so we dropped anchor not far from the marina entrance, at a location beautiful location described by a fellow Panama Posse participant; thank you!!  A spectacular full moon kept us company for the night.

to be continued . . . .

Dan, Steve & Matthew
WINDS OF THE WORLD

5) ALERT ! Caribbean, Roatan, Honduras

Sad news from last season's Panama Posse Veteran Vessel Fred Again  Robert Nutall
His boat is lost on an unmarked reef

Kristin's father Robert Nuttall has had the misfortune of hitting an unmarked reef in his adventure of sailing through the small Honduras islands (he started in his trip in Vancouver). It would be tough to find someone with more experience sailing and tough to find a better man. Robert has suffered a devastating loss as his boat was his home and livelihood as he had successfully been running charters for the past couple years as his retirement. The sailboat is a write off and is uninsurable because of the location but with that being said, thankfully the crew was unharmed. Any donations would be a blessing.

His family has set up a GoFundMe Page at

https://www.gofundme.com/help-shipwrecked-on-unmarked-reef-in-roatan/donate

RobertFRED AGAIN III

5) Line Fleet Update Locations

VOLARE - Zihuatanjeo, MX
Anchored in 16’ in the municipal anchorage in Zihuatanejo MX. Very slight roll but not bad.17°38'08.8"N 101°33'19.2"W

AVANT - Bahia del Sol, El Salvador
remains in Bahia del sol, all is well aboard. We hope to receive our engine parts this week!

SINGULARITY - Punat Cabeza Negra, MX
Anchored 26ft moderately rolly after 2am. No cellullar inside

FIGMENT- Marina Chahue, MX
Figment & Blessed are tied to the cement wall across from the docks in Marina Chahue. Likely will not be available during the group call so sending info at this time. Wish all a great week. Essentially, we were told when we checked to HUX on Mon the 4th, in response to the E side of main pier anchorage having no room for our boats, that we could anchor W of the main pier. We went to Bahia Tongalunda for a few days then decided we wanted to reposition because the Tpec winds were going to reach in & Blessed's owners were flying home for a week and wanted the boat located for that departure. We went to Bahia Santa Cruz. We again checked ut the E side anchorage with nothing that we felt would work. I then dropped the hook W of the main pier, north of the naval base about half way between the W shore and the Volendam which was in port at that time. The navy  guys cruised by and didn't seem to have an issue. Blessed went to the cove south of the nave base and dropped the hook though the exposure of that position seemed to make it unacceptable for the duration of our/their stay.
An hour or so later we were approached by the port captains
Navy captain's patrol boat and told we needed to move. What ensued was a standoff. It went on for a couple hours. My position was we'd be happy to move so long as there was a safe place to which to move. Maintaining that position - will cooperate so long as you can show me something that will work - ended up in an unplanned discussion with the port captain - me sort of at my grubby worst - and him in his immaculate uniform. Result was he called the marina, spoke to the harbor master and we could stay so long as we acknowledged they did not have insurance to cover us in the event we had an issue with underwater objects.
I had previously been in the marina with Figment and our tender and had a good grasp of the depths - which are adequate for our 5ft draft and the tidal change. As sort of validation of our standing our ground if you will is the nave sent their patrol boat to the marina when the Tpec winds started reaching in. Where Blessed had dropped the hook was certainly untenable as it was much more exposed than the navy base.
The cement wall in the marina is subject to surge and hard on fenders and lines. And it works better for our two boats over the next week plus.
Harbor master is Arechiga - my typo
Depth at low tide saw minimum 7ft in main channel inside - deeper by the docks and the wall
At the wall now we have 11.5 ft and are about an hour after high tide

NILAYA - Oaxaca, MX
15°45'40.3"N 096°07'03.6"W

JO / AY CARAMABA ! - Caleta Campos, MX
en route to Caleta de Campos. Buddy boating with Ay Caramaba

SINGLE-D - Puerto Vallarta, MX
en route back to PV

SPREZZATURA - Banana Bay Marina

CARINTHIA- Venao, Panama
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Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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