Panamá Posse Rally Starts December 5, 2019 from Mexico to Panama

October 18, 2019 - Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico

Panamá Posse Rally Starts December 5, 2019 from Mexico to Panama

The third annual “Panamá Posse” rally sails to seven countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. The rally starts at its official headquarters Marina Puerto de la Navidad in Barra, Mexico. The adventure concludes at the Marina Vista Mar near the Panamá Canal on May 30th, 2020. Panamá Posse delivers the adventure of a lifetime, giving participants six months to complete a 2,000 nautical mile rally.

There are many benefits to joining the Panamá Posse, among them are fleet safety and security, discounts at marinas, 350 verified anchorages, accurate and detailed custom and immigration procedures, cultural land excursions and group parties, contest and special events at most marinas. And of course, lifelong-friendships.

The Panamá Posse rally has grown from 83 boats in year one to 150 boats this third season. Motor and Sail boats ranging from 27 feet to 225 feet, representing 15 countries have participated thus far and will spend an estimated $6 Million annually across the seven Central American countries.

Marina Puerto de la Navidad, is offering discounted slip fees for all Panamá Posse registered vessels for the month of November and early December. The launch party will be held with an open bar at Marina Puerto de la Navidad on Saturday, December 7, 2019. During the week, seminars will be held to cover the following topics, navigation, route planning, weather, safety, Open CPN satellite overlay on electronic charts, provisioning, cultural points of interest, land tours and intro to the Good Nautical web site exclusive to Panamá Posse registrants.

Panamá Posse Sponsors
Downwind Marine - San Diego, CA

Marina Puerto Vallarta - Puerto Vallarta, México

Marina Puerto de La Navidad - Barra de Navidad, México

Marina Ixtapa - Ixtapa, México

La Marina Acapulco - Acapulco, México

Marina Chiapas - Chiapas, México

Marina Bahia del Sol - Bahia del Sol, El Salvador

La Palma Moorings - Bahia del Sol, El Salvador
Bill & Jean - El Salvador Rally, El Salvador

Marina Puesta del Sol – Aserradores, Nicaragua

Marina Papagayo – Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Marina Pez Vela – Quepos, Costa Rica

Banana Bay Marina – Golfito, Costa Rica

Vista Mar Marina – Coronado, Panamá

Shelter Bay Marina – Christobal, Panamá

Red Frog Marina – Bocas del Toro, Panamá

Pre-events for Cruisers in San Diego

Organizers are presenting Panamá Posse at a series of three ‘Cruisers Welcome’ meet and greet events, where Captain Dietmar USCG 100t & Yachtmaster Ocean 200t will be on hand to answer any questions about the route, and to encourage participation in this nautical adventure.

Meet Captain Dietmar and learn more about Panamá Posse

· Saturday, Oct. 26 - 9AM - 4PM - Downwind Marine - San Diego

· Tuesday, Oct. 29 - 6PM - 8PM - Downwind Marine - San Diego

· Sunday, Nov.3 - 1PM - 6PM - Ha-Ha Kick-off Party at West Marine - San Diego - Hosted by Mexico Tourism

Additional Information and event sign-up at

PR Contact:
Suzanne DuBose +1 (702) 509-0320

Captain Dietmar Petutschnig +1 (858) 848-NESW

Barra de Navidad

FLEET UPDATE 2019-10-13

This is the first fleet update of the 2019-2020 Panama Posse season.
If you have something to share / ask, please simplyplease reply to this email !

1) Special offer for Panama Posse friends who can watch you sail off
- come and visit the Resort at Marina Puerto de la Navidad

Rates are per room per night valid from Dec 1 to Dec 23, 2019

Single Occupancy: $2,464 MXP (approximately $129 USD)
Double Occupancy: $2,718 MXP (approximately $143 USD)
Triple Occupancy: $2,974 MXP (approximately $156 USD)

·  Deluxe room
·  Taxes and service charge
·  Daily turn down service and bathrobes in room
·  Welcome tropical cocktail and fruit basket
·  Buffet or American Breakfast at the Grand Café restaurant
·  Wireless internet in public areas
·  15% discount on SPA treatments
·  Use of the fitness center and daytime tennis

Reservations can be made by calling
US +1 (855) 278-2683  from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mon-Fri and 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays.

or via email at  Just mention Panama Posse

Adrian G. Schjetnan Director  of Sales  & Marketing Grand Isla Navidad Resort

2) 98 Vessels are registered already - yippee !

This season promises to be the biggest fleet yet.
Thank you for participating and make the Panama Posse possible and so many vessels have decided to sign up again and we are truly appreciative of this !

3) The 19-20 Panama Posse Burgess are here !
There are several ways you can get yours !
- We'll have them in San Diego for you
on Sat. Oct. 26 or Tue. Oct 29 @ Downwind Marine at the Panama Posse seminars
Sun. Nov. 3 @ Baja-Haha Send off Party West Marine
- Nov 16th forward in Barra de Navidad, MX
- We can mail a few to Vista Mar Marina in Panama and hold for pickup
- We can mail them to you anywhere the world (+ S/H)


4) Geeky boat things to purchase and bring with ...

- a USB GPS receiver that works with opencpn 5.0
GlobalSat BU-353-S4 USB GPS Receiver (Black)  ($ 25- 45 USD )  -


-  NMEA 0183 to USB adaptor to record your voyage in openCPN

and our favorite - a raspberry pi 3 Model B+ with a corresponding 32GB micro sd card / noob

A second drivers license
( as a backup if you loose your first one - you may have to loose the current one and find it somehow)

A second  or third ATM card ( in-case you loose your first / second one)

A dual-sim unlocked Android phone with watertight case
( so you can get local sim cards and turn your phone into a WiFi hotpot )
Communications are very good all the way down the coast with only a few blind spots ( more in the seminars)

A strong dinghy lock and thick long cable

Season One of the Panama Posse took the brunt and we have identified areas which are prone to dinghy and outboard theft-

but as always bring your dingy and outboard up at night and lock it with a hard lock !

ABUS 92/65 Mono-block Brass Padlock

5) Panama Posse Seminar Schedule - it'll be fun ... REALLY !!!

We meet here

Thu Dec 5th, 2019  Route planning & navigation

Fri Dec 6th, 2019   Communications,  Weather, Safety 

Sat Dec 7th, 2019  Satellite Charts / OpenCPN / Good Nautical

Sat Dec 7th, 2019 Evening  - the official Panama Posse Kick off Party - with SHOOTING OFF SAFETY FLARES  ! Sun  Dec 8th, 2019  Provisioning & What to see and do - Recap & Q&A
Introducing Harbormaster Secundino Alvarez

Please reserve your slip now as part of the 2019-2020 Panama Posse.

We'll also be in San Diego on Sat. Oct. 26 or Tue. Oct 29
@ Downwind Marine at the Panama Posse seminars
Sun. Nov. 3 @ Baja-Haha Send off Party West Marine

Your goal post is to get to Vista Mar Marina, Panama by Sat May 30th, 2020
for the Panama Posse finale Celebration at Vista Mar Marina, Panama.

and see this man (Cesar) welcoming you !

6) Crew looking for Vessels looking for Crew

We operate under international maritime law.

But we will email every crew to those vessels who have add themselves to
the "vessels looking for crew" list

To add crew go here


Results may vary

Your vessel Your Crew Your Responsibility

8) Get on the LINE app !

Please make sure to sign up with so you can participate in our weekly LINE calls on Mondays; at 16:00 UTC and be part of the 24/7 chatroom

Once you have downloaded it - find dietmarpetutschnig ( carinthia ) and we'll add you to the 2019-2020 Panama Posse group

9) Counter Posse and those further up or down the coast.

About 15% of the vessels are heading northbound - so we have added as section too address this.

If you are going through the canal be sure to contact our very own Panama Posse Canal Agent for assistance
- he can make your passage smooth ! Erick Galvez @

A lot of institutional information is at the Vista Mar Marina in Panama on the pacific Side our HQ in Panama.


All of the nautical knowledge from the last few years resides within Good Nautical .

Good Nautical is a passion project and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization - please consider a donation next tax season.

With your paid registration you will have received your login credentials - please login and check out your route and pints of interest.

We will have a full day of seminars to go over all the details and encourage you to share information in here.

11) Free .mbtiles for all Panama Posse participants which work deliciously with OpenCPN 5.0

Thanks to the incredible work by Rob from Avant we now have 20+Gig of mbtile satellite charts for the entire coastal route available -

Download the whole chart enchilada from

If you are lucky to see Rob or Debra - buy 'em a beer / ice cream sundae - they deserve it having spend weeks compiling this info  !


Rob & Debra

12) Golf anybody ?

We are in early stages of planning our first golf tournament for the Panama Posse
After all the Resort in Barra has an incredible 27 hole golf course
This championship course was designed by Robert von Hagge,
who utilized the amazing natural landscape, the fresh water lagoons,
and the beach to design one of his masterpieces.

- If you would like to get beaten badly let us know via email ;-) 

13) Mexican Culinary Sessions anybody ?

In response to many who have enjoyed the culinary delights of the Mexican cuisine
we also plan to offer a hands on cooking class of classic of Mexican cuisine
- please let us know if you are interested.

14) As always - keep 'em coming - next update in early November.

SV Carinthia

Dietmar & Suzanne