FLEET UPDATE 2020-03-29

  • COUNTRY UPDATES
  • Extraordinary C-19 Call log 2020-03-28
  • PANAMA - how to figure things out
  • Panama Logistics - Considerations
  • Picture of the Week - active boat quarantine
    pictures
  • Zihuatanejo, MX
  • Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, CR
  • Mazatlan, MX
  • Marina Puesta del Sol - Nicaragua
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"I am not afraid
of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship."

Louisa May Alcott

1) COUNTRY UPDATES

Mexico     848 cases 16 †  

Mexico  - vessels can enter and exit in both ports
Ensenada & Chiapas

Marina Coral / Ensenada can also drive across the border (US)
as they have commercial license plates and pick up and drop
off crew.

Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at some
of its airports.  Passengers with abnormal temperatures and
travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional
health screening.

Guatemala    34 cases 1 † 



Guatemala
- full lock down - no entry permitted  -
Curfew extended to April 28th 

        
The U.S. Embassy has now individually notified all confirmed
travelers for the State Department charter flights departing
from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport on
Saturday, March 28th and Monday, March 30th.  These flights
are now fully booked.
There are two additional State Department charter flights
scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st. The U.S. Embassy will
notify confirmed passengers by Monday, March 30th if they are
confirmed for the Tuesday, March 31st flights. 


El Salvador    24 cases   0 †    
El Salvador - full lock down - no entry permitted 

 
Humanitarian Flights
* Saturday, March 28 – Houston, TX (IAH)
* Sunday, March 29 – Houston, TX (IAH)
* Monday, March 30 – Washington, D.C. (IAD)
* Tuesday, March 31 – Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Honduras    110 cases   2 † 


Honduras - full lock down - no entry permitted 


Nicaragua    4 cases   1

Nicaragua - Check in with Marina Puesta del sol 2 days ahead
of time
- they will coordinate to send a health inspector out - after
which customs, immigration will clear you in 


Costa Rica    295 cases   2
Costa Rica - full lock down - no entry permitted 
- exit not
possible due to lack of staffing at govt offices


Panama    901 cases  17
Panama -  no entry permitted   14 day quarantine has been
obtained by some in internal movements
- curfew w 1 hour movement x day for mots with 30 minutes
based on ID number - no alcohol sales - 



Total lock down.

“Tue, 03/24/2020 - 18:20
The President of the Republic announced this Tuesday, March
24, that the total quarantine (for 24 hours) will be
implemented from tomorrow, from 5:00 in the morning.

"As a government, our responsibility is to preserve the health
and integrity of Panamanians at all costs. As of 5:01 am on
Wednesday, March 25, I declare total quarantine in the
national territory indefinitely, with exceptions," Cortizo.”

People will be allowed out based on the last number of their
national id, resident visa or passport. Details to be released
shortly.

Planned Military Repatriation Flights (US)
The Embassy is working on two evacuation options via military
flights for those U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
(LPRs) accompanying U.S. citizen family members wishing to
depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the
space available.
There are two U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 2
and 4 with a limited number of seats available; we are in the
process of notifying individuals who have already expressed
interest in being evacuated from Panama about these flights. 

* April 2, departing Panama Pacifico at 9:05 p.m. and arriving
Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL, to arrive 1:15
a.m. April 3.
* April 4, departing Panama Pacifico at 4:53 p.m. and arriving
Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX, to arrive 8:43 p.m.
Requirements, restrictions, and helpful information:
* The flights are restricted to U.S. citizens and LPRs
accompanying U.S. citizen family members.  All passengers must
be in possession of a valid U.S. passport or I-551 (green
card) in order to qualify for a flight.


FRENCH POLYNESIA 30 cases   0

- IS SHUT DOWN / CLOSED 



Colombia 608 cases   6
- IS SHUT DOWN
Colombia orders 19-day nationwide quarantine


Ecuador 1,823 cases   48
Is Shut Down 


USA 124,683 cases   2237
Entry for US vessels only

U.S. Citizen Travelers:

Enroll for alerts at step.state.gov.
In Case of Emergency: Call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S./Canada);
+1-202-501-4444 (overseas);
or contact the nearest embassy: go.usa.gov/xduQM

CANADA 5,655 cases   63

Dear Canadian,

You are receiving this email because you are registered with
the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad
(ROCA) service. This notice is to ensure you were informed
about the quickly evolving situation related to the Corona
Virus (COVID-19).

Panama airspace is closed and there are no new evacuation
flights being planned at this time. However our Embassy is
preparing a list of Canadians in seeking evacuation to notify
them should a flight become available in the future.

To have your name placed on this list, we kindly ask you to
please provide the following information for our list if you
wish to be notified in case of an available flight:

1. Full name:
2. Valid passport number:
3. Date of birth:
4. Current location in Panama:
5. Telephone number:
6. Transportation means if a flight becomes available:
7. Number of people in group:

The above information is needed for each member of your group.
This message is not intended as a guarantee of a flight but
the Embassy will do what we can.

Please share the link to register on the ROCA to any Canadians
you may be aware of who are still in country
https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration

Best regards,

Lilly Nicholls,
Canadian Ambassador in Panama

any one has any additions to this please let us now

2) Extraordinary C-19 Call log 2020-03-28

NUMBER NAME LOCATION STAY IN
PLACE
MOVE ON
TO 
LOGISTICAL
ISSUES
1 BAJA FOG Barra shelter inplace  maybe fly back 
John & Monique
2 ANGELIQUE
OF VANCOUVER
Mike & Jacquie
3 TALIESIN
ROSE
Puesta del sol  no restrictions
Victoria & Rowan
4 THISLDU
Garrett & Audrey
5 LUNA
Bob & Kris
6 KAI LANI
John
7 EIONE
Darrin & Linda
8 APHRODITE
Thomas & Mike
9 CARINTHIA
Dietmar & Suzanne
10 SEAGLUB San Jose del Cabo airport to PV car to ferrry downtown
everyting is closed local restaurants are open 1/2
tables 
Chris
11 BONZER
Michael & Vicki
12 JEAN ANNE huatulco  banderas  lu
Steve & Chelsea
13 SINGULARITY vista mar  shelter in place inde
Robert & Carol
14 SLOW
DANCER
Dale & Kenneth
15 ELAN
Paul
16 © ENJOY
Don & Nina
17 AVALON
Rick & Karen
18 PERSPECTIVE
Brad, Sarah &
Sydney
19  ©  KNOT
RIGHT
vista mar  stay in place  play it by ear 
Walt &
Jeariene
20 ©  COMPROMISE Chiappas  Huatulco non
Ronald & Karen
21 BLOOM
Jason & Lisa
22 DUE WEST
Kirk & Heidi
23 TOP CIDER
Chuck & Sharon
24 RAIREVA
Marek
25 HALF MOON
Brain &
Elizabeth
26 MADELEINE
Huibert & Maaike
27 ANGELIQUE
Dan & Angela
28 JO
Phillip Jay & Kelley
29 DELTA
SWIZZLER
Santiago bay 9 other bay stay i  stay in the area 
Mark & Cindy
30 FIREFLY
Brenda & Ted
31 © EL GATO
Eric & Annie
32 ©  MORNING
STAR
David, Stella
& …
33 LITHA
Justin, Kimberly and Crew
34 ONE LIFE barra Shelter in Place
Doug & Mary
35  © FOOTLOOSE
Michael & Lisa
36  © KOKOPELLI
Karen & Ron
37 WISHLIST
Chris
38 ANGELIQUE
II
Brian & Hiromi
39 HUMAN
HOLIDAY
Alan & Robin
40 AVANT shelter bay  in canada - vancouver  keep an eye out on colon
Rob & Debra
41 ANDANTE
Kevin
42
©
ROCINANTE
Bill & Lisanne
43 RHAPSODY vista shelter  shelter place
Sarah & Bob
44 ©  MAKANI
Frederic
45 ©   XENIA
Tara & Mike
46 SINGLE D
Tod & Donna
47 WIND
SWEPT
Scott & Jan
48 © DENOVO
Andre, Naomi & crew
49 SIRENA
Greg
50 ANDURIL
Alice & Greg
51 GREEN
FLASH
Vista Mar  sheltering in place  watching repatriation  flights
Bob & Joan
52 BONZAI Isla Mujeres Cancun sheltering in place  jumping to florida 24 q dock  jumping to florida
Don
53 GARGOYLE
Kevin & Carla
54 STAND
DOWN
Vista Mar  sheltering in place  watching repatriation flights legfal to
consume drink 
Richard &
Nancy
55 SONAMARA Red frog marina shelter in place  curfew - marina is on lock down 
Louis & Patrice
56 NAMAHANA
Curtis & Jill                          
57 ANTIPODES
Ian & Aldo
58 KATHLEEN
Robert & Karen
59 RAVEN
Neil, Tammy, & Jan
60 BLUE
OASIS
Barry & Kathy
61  © WILDEST
DREAMS
Anchored in Golfito  stay in place - or head back to mexico  deciding - no zarpes - banana bay - shut
down april 12 th 
Grant & Michelle
62 SHEARWATER
Pati & Eric
63 SECOND
WIND
Laurin
64 SECRET
WATER
Annie & Chris & Crew
65 WOODWIND
1
Brian & Tracy
66 PARADISE
Sid & Manuela
67 CHIMERA
Dennis & Margaret
68 KACHINA
Robert
69 ALIZANN
Martin & Suzanne
70 FLOATING
STONES
Bahama oster island  west coast sitting 
Bryan & Cheryl
71 MOONRISE
Stephen & Ana Veronica
72 KOUMBA
BANG
Abdoulaye
73 ENTERPRISE
III
Martin & Elzane
74 MAISON DE
SANTE
barra  sheltering in place
Keenan & Nicole
75 BELLA
SIRENA
Bryon
76 ISLAND
DRIFTER
Ken
77 EURYBIA
Marie & Jon
78 SALPARE
Jeff & Fran
79 DESTINATION
Chris & Anne
80 DAD’S
DREAM
Rick & Brenda
81 AY
CARAMBA !
Juan &
Michelle
82 BULA
Kenny & Cari
83 SKY POND
Carl & Roxy
84 VENTURE
LIBRE
Shane & Karen
85 FOLLOW
YOU FOLLOW ME
Allan & Rina
86 CONTEXT
John
87 EL GATO
Jules & Jeff
88  © SEA LARKS
Jeffrey & Paula
89 QUE SERA
Rick & Mary
90 QUEST
Daniel
91 DANCES
WITH WINDS
Eric & Ana
92 BAIT ‘N
SWITCH III
John & Laurie
93 PASEO
Nan & Doug
94  © MARIAH
Trish & John
95 WAVE
DANCER
Vladimir & Galinda
96 MALOLO
Matt & Britt
97 YOSHAN
Nate
98 DOUBLE
DEUCE
Ron & Karen
99 HO’OKIPA Barra stay in place
Lisa & Lucky
100 VOLARE huatulco  no issues - some stores closed 
Jessica & Adam
101  ©  KIANGA
Beat & Daniela
102 CELESTIAL
Scott & Donna
103 LILIPAD
Bruce & Kirk
104 © MIDNIGHT
BREEZE
Richard & Caroline
105 SALISH
DRAGON
Steve & Tracey
106 CAYUSE
Brent & Jill
107 CYCLADES
Daniel
108 © SEDNA VI
Ken & Cheryl
109 JOY
Jeff & Roxanne
110 KARVI
Dan & Nancy
111 SEAQUEL
Michael
112
©
SALTAIR 3
Brad, Krista & Cole
113
©
TAKMOANA
Gary & (Wendy) Louise
114 STRAY CAT
Derick & Barb
115 NOETA
Patrick &
Alexa
116 SOUTHERN
CROSS III
Stephen & Janet
117 PILIALOHA
Rick & Maria
118 BELLE VIE
Benjamin,Andrea & Emma
119 © TRANCE
Dan & Marlene
120 SANNA
Dave & Marie
121 ANKYRIOS Barra  decision next wek 
Dennis, Brandy & Crew
122 HERITAGE
Thomas
123 EPIPHANY
Bill and Julianne
124  © INDEPENDENCE
Larry & Jamie
125 LILY
ROWAN
Jim & Zyanya
126 EVIE
Joel, Ane & Crew
127 SHAZAM
Jeanette & Neill
128 © AMANDLA
Lisa & Captain Fabio
129
©
NESHUMA
Carl & Cynthia
130 SIMPLIFY
Randy & Marina
131 MAR Y SOL
Bob & Marisol
132 IMPOSSIBLE
DREAM
Tom & Gale
133 BIG CITY
FISH
Rick & Linda
134 DOTTIE
SUE
Bobbie, Neil & Chuck
135
©
TIVOLI
Judy and Torben
136
©
TRYST
Tony and Michelle
137 © EMMY KATE
Eric and Sharon
138 BLESSED
LIFE
costa rica pez vela shelter in place  panama all open - slowed down - 
Bob and Margie
139 © FALKOR
4.2
Patrick, Sherrie
& Crew
140 © FIRST
LIGHT
Don & Julie
141   NAUTILUS
Michele &
Randy
142 © AZAYA
Riley, Sharon
& Crew
143 ©  SEA GLASS
Chris
144 
©
ELSKA
Ben & Mary Jane
145 © ZOE
Sergio & Gemma
146 ROSA-LEE
Gary
147  GRASSHOPPER
Jeffrey &
Cheri
148 © ELEVEN 11
Tim, Kim &
149 © MOIRA
Nick, Gema & crew
150 MILAGRO
Robert & crew
151 ROSA DOS
VENTOS
Ted & Barbara
152
©
SUSIMI barra laggoon  puerto penasaco  enjoy call
Paul & Hazel
153 ALTERÉ
Terrence
154 YAHTZEE
Andy & Jill
155 © LEILANI
Richard & Tracy
156 © EVOLIAS
Warren & Erica
157 SOL GOOD
Jeff
158 TIDAL
DANCER
Dan & Ella
159 © DEVINE
DESTINY
Bruce & Barbara
160 © TOUCHÉ
Judith &
Haakon
161
© 
SPREZZATURA
Eric
162 © CHELSEA
KRU
Charles
163 ©  LORIEN
Julie & Chris
164 © KJALOHA
Jürg & Catherine
165 © AD ASTRA
Erik & Daniela
166 © MANUREVA
Jon
167 © ZARZAGAN
Paul Antoine & Monique
168 CONVERGENCE
Randy
169 © WOLFHOUND
Steven, Louise
& Sam
170
©
BAD BUNNY
John & Hye
171 GenM Chamela Bay  local relaxed once a week - back 
Marvin and Laurie
172 © AMEKAYA
Maris and Linda
173 © BISOU Bocas del Toro  stay in place curfew 
Robin and Tad
174 ARROW bahia tenecatitia bahia chamela  12 boats here calm quiet in la manzanilla
Maurisa & Mike
175 VAGABUNDO
DOS
Zihuatenjo  papanoa heading south  chiappas 
Grant & Donna
176 REEF
DANCER
Barra  shelter in palcae
Jerry & Debra

3) PANAMA - how to figure things out

How to figure out what the he11 is going on

A rough guide by Rob on Avant

I have been pretty diligent at finding and sharing information
with the group. Now that we’re back in Canada, I will slow
down on my information gathering and sharing. I appreciate the
many private messages thanking me for my efforts and thought
that I would prepare a rough guide on how I did it so others
can step in (and step up).

1. Download and install google’s chrome browser (it auto
translates from source languages to your language if it has
adequate bandwidth).
2. Find and bookmark links to reliable information in the
chrome browser. In Panama, I used la prensa ( https://www.prensa.com ), metro
libre (https://www.metrolibre.com/
), and tele metro ( https://www.telemetro.com/
). These are (near as I could figure) the three leading
reliable news sources in Panama. There will be other local
sources in other countries, seek them out. Check them about a
couple of times a day. In Panama, the best times are about
lunch time and at the end of the day (about 1930). The
government seems to schedule press conferences for the end of
the day, so that’s when you get the most news. English
language expat focussed news sites tend to be both late and
light on their coverage.
3. Create a google search for “Panama coronavirus” (or other
country as appropriate). Select ‘news’, and under ‘search
tools’ select ‘last 24 hours’. Use this search and refresh the
page a couple of times a day. 
4. Use Facebook. Search for Panama (or other country) groups
(Panama expats, Americans in Panama, Canadians in Panama,
Panama cruisers, various embassies in Panama, etc.) and join
them. Note the ones you join and visit the pages regularly.
All the news will not necessarily show up in your feed.
5. Register with your embassy. If possible, register with
other embassies (USA and UK in particular) for email updates.
Register with your government’s program for citizens abroad so
they push out emails to you. Remember to check your junk mail
folder in case stuff they send you lands there. Like and
follow their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts as well.
6. Find the locals and local expats who are ‘connected’ and
make sure you touch base with them frequently (whether by
WhatsApp, face to face, whatever). They often know stuff and
don’t share because they’re busy. In shelter bay, that’s
Juanjo, elsewhere I don’t know.
7. visit noonsite ( https://www.noonsite.com
) and join it/ create an account. Usually not as up to date as
this group, but good for information on nearby areas, where we
don’t have Posse ‘feet on the street’.

Then, when you find something out that’s real (as opposed to
rumour) and useful, SHARE IT HERE, and SHARE IT ON NOONSITE.
Here for obvious reasons, on noonsite because it’s a primary
source of information for cruisers coming into this area from
elsewhere who aren’t in the Posse yet.

Panama Curfew

Panama lock down mechanics: you get an hour, plus 30 min on
each side for travel.

Departure time per person:

If the ID ends at 7: you can leave at 7:00 am
If the ID ends at 8: you can leave at 8:00 am
If the ID ends at 9: you can leave at 9:00 am
If the ID ends at 0: you can leave at 10:00 am
If the ID ends at 1: you can leave at 1:00 pm
If the ID ends at 2: you can leave at 2:00 pm
If the ID ends at 3: you can leave at 3:00 pm
If the ID ends at 4: you can leave at 4:00 pm
If the ID ends at 5: you can leave at 5:00 pm
If the ID ends at 6: you can leave at 6:00 pm
All adults over 60 years of age, regardless of their ID
number, may make their purchases between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

According to the authorities, each citizen will be allowed to
leave 30 minutes before their corresponding time and arrive at
their residence 30 minutes later, this means that each person
has one hour of mobility, plus an additional hour.

Everybody stay safe and healthy!

Debra
Rob

Rob & Deb AVANT

4) Panama Logistics - Considerations

Everyone should be made aware of several cases down here.  It
may affect decisions.

1. A Canadian citizen and his wife were cruising.  He needed
to go back to Canada to work for a couple months but they’re
trying to save money so they decided that she would stay on
the boat at anchor in Boca Chica.  Two problems.  Panama
closed the airport to international travel with very short
notice and he couldn’t join her. She’s a German citizen and
they’re only common-law married, so even if Canada made
available an evac flight, she couldn’t get on it.

2. A different German citizen wanted to catch the German evac
flight to Germany.  He thought he had done everything
correctly but then the local airport closed to commuter
flights and he had to rent a car to get to the main airport.
But he didn’t count on needing extra time to get through the
road blocks enacted at the provincial borders and wasn’t able
to make the evac flight.

3. A sailor who is crewing on boats thought they had a
position and traveled to Panama City.  When that gig fell
through, they had to spend over 10 hours with the police to
get back to Vista Mar because the government was restricting
all travel from the capitol city to the outer provinces.

It’s easy to say in hindsight that they should have done this
or that but sometimes events override our plans.

The point of these explanations is that even if you think
you’re being prudent, it’s best to make decisions VERY early
and allow as much time as possible.  If you think that you can
wait until the last minute, you may have the rug pulled out
from under you by fast moving events.

Bob
Carol

Bob & Carol
SINGUALIRTY

Nicole
Maison
Keenan
Nicole

5) Pictures of the Week -  active boat quarantine
pictures

Selfie of Nicole / Maison de Sante in Barra de Navidadwith Carinthia in the Background
Nicole up on the Mizzen Mast  - Barra de Navidad

Keenan & Nicole

MAISON DE SANTE

Z
            town
Rick
Karen

6) Zihuatanejo , MX
Avalon is currently Zihuatanejo
where the beaches are slightly quiet but with school’s about
to double the Easter holiday starting next Friday they could
get busy.
Stores (larger) are for the most part fully stocked with lots
a customers out, look forward to seeing you as we make our way
sloowly back to PV

Rick & Karen
AVALON

7) Quepos, Costa Rica
SV BlessedLife in Quepos marina Pez Vela. Beautiful! We
will move on in a few days

Quepos
Quepos
Quepos
Margie
Bob

Bob & Margie

BLESSED LIFE

Mazatlan
Mazatlan
Inner Anchorage
Good Nautical Anchorge details
Chris

8) Mazatlan, MX

SeaGlub anchored, Outer Anchorage 35'

Inner Dock

Inner Anchorage
Chris

SEAGLUB

9) Marina Puesta del Sol - Nicaragua

This is one of the undisputed relaxing gems along this
Panama Posse route and a welcome respite in a serene and
tranquil setting.

You can leave your vessel and explore this incredible
interesting country.  If you are a political junky there is
are a lot of geopolitical  layers to explore here.

Visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites of Leon, Lake
Nicaragua and Granada from here is as easy as renting a car
and driving on well paved roads.

Plus you get to visit the Flor de Caña Rum Factory nearby.

Entrance

Clearing in is fairly easy - for south bound vessels - its a
short
sail from the Golfo de Fonseca via a well marked entrance into
a lovely estuary.

Puesta del Sol

To check out the 27+ anchorages and UNESCO sites visit Good
Nautical
http://www.goodnautical.com/gma/nicaragua?field_gma_value=NI

Here is the track
http://www.goodnautical.com/route/marina-puesta-del-sol-puerto-sandino-outer-anchorage

Tarck
Marina

Aerial View of Marina Puesta del Sol

Below are the costs to clear in and out of Nicaragua which
can be done at the Marina -
just let them know when you plan to arrive

CHECK
IN
CHECK
OUT
IMMIGRATION U$ 20.00 per boat U$ 20.00 per boat
  U$ 12.00 per person U$   2.00 per person
PORT CAPTAIN U$   FREE U$ 30.00 International Zarpe
    or U$ 20.00 a National Zarpe ( to San Juan
del Sur for example )
CUSTOM U$ 10.00 per boat U$ FREE
AQUATIC TRANSPORT FEE U$ 25.00 per boat U$ FREE
Juanita
Marina Puesta del Sol

To book ahead and get your 20% Panama Posse Marina discount
contact Juantia Garcia

Tel: + (505) 8880-0013
       +(505) 8880-0019     
       +(505) 8883-0781

email: administracion@marinaps.com

10) Please reply to this
email with

– your updates - self quarantine
contenders for picture of the week

– relevant blog posts – and of course your
valuable suggestions

and we’ll include it in the next FLEET UPDATE
– Keep em ‘coming

Dietmar
Suzanne

Dietmar & Suzanne
Sheltering in place in Barra de Navidad
SV Carinthia

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FLEET UPDATE 2020-03-22

  • Extraordinary Fleet Call 
  • Vessel Location in order of signup
  • The governor of Jalisco
  • A big Thank You to our Sponsors
  • Dangerous Bar Crossing in El Salvador
  • Pictures of the Week
  • Carnival Floats in Zihuatanejo, MX
  • Update from Ullman Sails - Puerto Vallarta, MX
  • Update from Marina Puerto de la Navidad, MX
  • Update from Shelter Bay Marina, Panama 
  • Update from Chiapas Marina, MX
  • Update from Red Frog Marina, Panama 
  • Update from Marina Vallarta, MX
  • Update from Marina Ixtapa, MX
  • Panama Posse Event Vallarta Yacht Club postponed to
    later
  • El Salvador, Activities 
  • WILDERNESS FIRST AID & OFFSHORE EMERGENCY
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1) Extraordinary Fleet Call Sat Mar 21, 2020

As of today  March 21th 2020 here is where each country stands


Mexico 

USA and Mexico - border closings but commercial entry
permitted

Guatemala - full lock down - no entry permitted 


El Salvador - full lock down - no entry permitted 



Honduras - full lock down - no entry permitted


Nicaragua - Check in possible  with Marina Puesta
del sol ahead of time - they will coordinate to send a health
inspector out - after which customs, immigration will clear you in

Costa Rica - no change but upon entry you may be asked
about prior countries / health issues - crew flying in from
overseas will be subject to questioning at airport(s) 


Panama - no entry permitted  but a 14 day quarantine has
been obtained by some - vessel must stay at anchor ( this will be
supported by marinas with deliveries of items at cost of water /
food and basic supplies )  in the Atlantic side come into colon -
in colon you can anchor out and Juan is delivering water
provisions and uncertain - entry to Panama -
vessels which went to San Blas and 3 boats got into marina and had
not been outside from uncertain - come into marina 


This is a
quick summary of issues in Panama regarding Covid. Panama will
halt international travel Sunday 3/22/2020 at 23:59, no personnel
in or out. Time frame was established as 30 days. I believe all
200 active cases are in the district of Panama City. If you enter
that district, you will not be able to leave it. Some Panamanians
who live in one district and work in another may get a permit to
travel between them. There are bio-borders set up internally to
the districts and also at district borders. I believe that
temperatures are taken at those location, and hence travel is very
long and drawn out. All marinas are closed to bringing in new
boats. They require 14 days at quarantine anchor before they
consider you coming into port. If you are coming into Panama from
another country, then and agent might be able to get your boat
checked in, but you won’t be able to get to the customs office for
your visa. Shelter bay is helping by bringing out supplies if
necessary. Green Flash left Vista Mar and told that there would be
no problems coming back, but that changed within two days. They
are currently anchored off of the marina. As to transit the canal,
check with an agent, but there is no way of getting lines and
fenders to the boat, as well as line handlers. Even if you have
that equipment and personnel on board anyhow, the Canal Authority
does not want to risk the measuring advisor or the transit
advisor. If they get sick, that prevents them from using those
resources when restrictions are relieved.
Shelter in place, and hope you have enough CERVEZA, because they
also have halted sale of that commodity. The restaurants are take
out only, grocery stores are limiting the number of people in the
building, and there is a curfew from 2100-0500 and it is
DEFINITELY being enforced. A Cruisers plans are written in sand at
low tide. Stay safe everyone. Walt

Puerto Rico  - many marinas are closed - coming through
Vieques culebra  closed  9 PM- 5 AM curfew 


Hawaii  - 14 day quarantine

Colombia - closed with 19-day nationwide quarantine


Ecuador Is  Shut Down 


French Polynesia IS SHUT DOWN

is any one has and specific additions to this please let us now

BUrge

2) Vessel Location in order of signup https://panamaposse.com/2019-2020-vessels

VESSEL NAME LOCATION STAY IN PLACE LOGISTICAL ISSUES
1 BAJA
FOG
Barra de
Navidad, MX
stay in
place
 
John & Monique
 
 
 
2 ANGELIQUE
OF VANCOUVER
na    
  Mike
& Jacquie
   
   
3 TALIESIN
ROSE
     
  Victoria
& Rowan
   
   
   
4 THISLDU Puesta del
Sol, Nicaragua
   
  Garrett
& Audrey
   
   
   
5 LUNA      
  Bob
& Kris
   
   
   
6 KAI
LANI
     
  John
   
   
   
7 EIONE      
  Darrin
& Linda
   
   
   
8 APHRODITE      
Thomas & Mike
 
 
9 CARINTHIA Barra de
Navidad, MX 
   
Dietmar & Suzanne
 
 
 
10 SEAGLUB San Blas, MX en route to
San Jose del Cabo 
 
Chris
 
 
11 BONZER      
  Michael
& Vicki
   
   
   
12 JEAN
ANNE
Chiapas, MX    
  Steve
& Chelsea
   
   
13 SINGULARITY Vista Mar,
Panama 
   
Robert & Carol
 
 
 
14 SLOW
DANCER
     
Dale & Kenneth
 
 
 
 
15 ELAN      
Paul
 
 
16 © ENJOY bocas del
toro panama
  reasonable
  Don
& Nina
   
   
   
17 AVALON      
  Rick
& Karen
   
   
18 PERSPECTIVE      
Brad, Sarah & Sydney
 
 
 
 
 
19  ©  KNOT
RIGHT
Vista Mar
Marina, Panama
   
Walt & Jeariene
 
 
 
 
20 ©  COMPROMISE 15 miles
east of puesta del sol nicaragua
We may be out of range. We plan on crossing the Papagayos to
Puesta del Sol. One foot on the beach, so to speak. We will
try to attend.
s/v Compromise
  chiapas
Ronald & Karen
 
 
 
 
 
21 BLOOM      
Jason & Lisa
 
 
 
 
 
22 DUE
WEST
     
  Kirk
& Heidi
   
   
   
23 TOP
CIDER
Chiapas, MX    
Chuck & Sharon
 
 
 
24 RAIREVA coming in     
Marek
 
 
 
25 HALF
MOON
Puesta del
sol, Nicaragua
   
Brain & Elizabeth
 
 
 
 
26 MADELEINE Netherlands    
Huibert & Maaike
 
 
 
27 ANGELIQUE Kingston,
Jamaica advised us to self quarantine bahams isand turks 
  key west -
got marina reservation 
Dan & Angela
 
 
 
28 JO barra    
Phillip Jay & Kelley
 
 
 
29 DELTA
SWIZZLER
Zihuatanejo,
MX
  barra de
navidad 
Mark & Cindy
 
 
 
30 FIREFLY      
  Brenda
& Ted
   
   
31 © EL
GATO
Marquesas ?   chiapas
  Eric
& Annie
   
   
   
32 ©  MORNING
STAR
   
David, Stella & …
 
 
 
 
33 LITHA      
Justin, Kimberly and Crew
 
 
 
34 ONE
LIFE
isla ixtapa    barra
Doug & Mary
 
 
 
35  © FOOTLOOSE bocas del
toro red frog 
   
Michael & Lisa
 
 
 
 
36  © KOKOPELLI      
  Karen
& Ron
   
   
   
37 WISHLIST      
Chris
 
 
38 ANGELIQUE
II
     
  Brian
& Hiromi
   
   
   
39 HUMAN
HOLIDAY
     
Alan & Robin
 
 
 
 
 
40 AVANT Shelter Bay,
Panama 
stay in
place
no flights 
Rob & Debra
 
 
41 ANDANTE      
Kevin
 
 
 
42 © ROCINANTE chiappas    North
  Bill
& Lisanne
   
   
43 RHAPSODY vista mar -  stay in
place
 
Sarah & Bob
 
 
 
44 ©  MAKANI      
Frederic
 
 
 
45 ©   XENIA vista mar     
Tara & Mike
 
 
 
46 SINGLE
D
barra     
Tod & Donna
 
 
 
47 WIND
SWEPT
     
Scott & Jan
 
 
 
48 © DENOVO barra     
Andre, Naomi & crew
 
 
 
49 SIRENA      
  Greg
   
   
50 ANDURIL on the hard
in chiapas - 
  fly back to
cananda
Alice & Greg
 
 
51 GREEN
FLASH
Quarantined
in place - situation in the pacific site
   
Bob & Joan
 
 
 
52 BONZAI      
Don
 
 
 
53 GARGOYLE  Puesta del
sol -Nicaragua
  shelter in
place
 
Kevin & Carla
 
 
 
54 STAND
DOWN
Vista Mar
Marina - 
   
Richard & Nancy
 
 
 
 
55 SONAMARA Bocas del
Toro 
   
  Louis
& Patrice
   
   
   
56 NAMAHANA      
  Curtis
& Jill                          
   
   
57 ANTIPODES      
Ian & Aldo
 
 
 
58 KATHLEEN      
Robert & Karen
 
 
 
59 RAVEN Barra    
  Neil,
Tammy, & Jan
   
   
   
60 BLUE
OASIS
Shelter Bay
Marina, Panama 
  head to
tampa
Barry & Kathy
 
 
61  © WILDEST
DREAMS
Puntarenas,
CR
   
Grant & Michelle
 
 
62 SHEARWATER      
  Pati
& Eric
   
   
63 SECOND
WIND
Puesta del
sol Marina 
   
Laurin
 
 
64 SECRET
WATER
Barra    
  Annie
& Chris & Crew
   
   
   
65 WOODWIND
1
     
  Brian
& Tracy
   
   
   
   
66 PARADISE      
Sid & Manuela
 
 
67 CHIMERA Bahia Drake
/ Quepos Pez Vela
  roam in
Costa Rica towards golfito

bonding - stay in costs a little etxra 

Dennis & Margaret
 
 
 
68 KACHINA Bahia el
Sol, El Salvador
  new owner
trying to fly into el slavador to take posession
Robert
 
 
 
69 ALIZANN red frog     
Martin & Suzanne
 
 
 
70 FLOATING
STONES
Bahamas    
Bryan & Cheryl
 
 
 
71 MOONRISE in marina
chahue in there for the long haul
   
  Stephen
& Ana Veronica
   
   
   
72 KOUMBA
BANG
     
Abdoulaye
 
 
73 ENTERPRISE
III
     
Martin & Elzane
 
 
 
74 MAISON
DE SANTE
barra shelter in
place
 
Keenan & Nicole
 
 
 
75 BELLA
SIRENA
     
Bryon
 
 
76 ISLAND
DRIFTER
     
  Ken
   
   
77 EURYBIA      
  Marie
& Jon
   
   
   
   
78 SALPARE      
Jeff & Fran
 
 
79 DESTINATION shelter bay
- anne in CR flight 
   
  Chris
& Anne
   
   
80 DAD’S
DREAM
Marina
shelter bay 
  flight out
of the ccountry 
Rick & Brenda
 
 
 
81 AY
CARAMBA !
Puerto Rico   looking for
location 
Juan & Michelle
 
 
 
 
82 BULA      
  Kenny
& Cari
   
   
83 SKY
POND
     
  Carl
& Roxy
   
   
84 VENTURE
LIBRE
     
Shane & Karen
 
 
85 FOLLOW
YOU FOLLOW ME
MARINA LA
CRUZ, MX
stay in
place 
all good
  Allan
& Rina
   
   
   
86 CONTEXT Shelter Bay    in san diego 
John
 
 
87 EL
GATO
     
  Jules
& Jeff
   
   
88  © SEA
LARKS
Banana Bay
Marina, CR
shelter in
place 
get to
calfornia 
  Jeffrey
& Paula
   
   
   
89 QUE
SERA
     
  Rick
& Mary
   
   
   
90 QUEST      
  Daniel
   
   
91 DANCES
WITH WINDS
La Paz,
stationary 

   
Eric & Ana
 
 
 
92 BAIT
‘N SWITCH III
los angeles
- marina papagayo costa rica 
   
John & Laurie
 
 
 
93 PASEO      
  Nan
& Doug
   
   
   
94  © MARIAH Bay of
Honduras - roatan - Hondursa with 24 vessels 
lock down -
Marshall law
 
Trish & John
 
 
 
 
95 WAVE
DANCER
Fish Hook,
Golfito 
  panama in
the next 2 months propblay fly back to the us 
  Vladimir
& Galinda
   
   
96 MALOLO Zihuatanejo    barara / pv
/ sea of 
Matt & Britt
 
 
 
97 YOSHAN      
Nate
 
 
98 DOUBLE
DEUCE
     
  Ron
& Karen
   
   
99 HO’OKIPA Barra de
Navidad, MX
shelter   
  Lisa
& Lucky
   
   
100 VOLARE Chiapas, MX   no port
closings or south borders stared to 
  Jessica
& Adam
   
101  ©  KIANGA      
Beat & Daniela
 
 
102 CELESTIAL      
Scott & Donna
 
 
 
103 LILIPAD      
Bruce & Kirk
 
 
 
 
104 © MIDNIGHT
BREEZE
     
Richard & Caroline
 
 
 
105 SALISH
DRAGON
Arizona-
vessel in PV -
   
Steve & Tracey
 
 
 
106 CAYUSE      
Brent & Jill
 
 
 
107 CYCLADES      
Daniel
 
 
 
108 © SEDNA
VI
     
  Ken
& Cheryl
   
   
   
109 JOY      
  Jeff
& Roxanne
   
   
110 KARVI Zihuatanejo    heaidng to
barra few more people with face masks - went to port captain
enforced - no more thena 2 peple in port captina soffice at
a time - firelfy inn ixtapa marina - FP basically to come in
to get fuel and provisions they will send you home
  Dan
& Nancy
   
   
111 SEAQUEL      
Michael
 
 
 
112 © SALTAIR
3
Barra    
  Brad,
Krista & Cole
   
113 © TAKMOANA      
  Gary
& (Wendy) Louise
   
   
114 STRAY
CAT
     
Derick & Barb
 
 
 
115 NOETA      
Patrick & Alexa
 
 
 
 
116 SOUTHERN
CROSS III
     
Stephen & Janet
 
 
 
117 PILIALOHA Huatulco -
in care with local marina chahue 
   
  Rick
& Maria
   
   
   
118 BELLE
VIE
Marquesas in
Port 
   
Benjamin,Andrea & Emma
 
 
119 © TRANCE PV    
  Dan
& Marlene
   
   
   
120 SANNA Vista Mar -   shelter in
place
 
Dave & Marie
 
 
 
 
121 ANKYRIOS Zihuatenjo   Puerto
Penasco 
Dennis, Brandy & Crew
 
 
122 HERITAGE      
Thomas
 
 
 
123 EPIPHANY      
Bill and Julianne
 
 
 
124  © INDEPENDENCE Roatan -
lock down till the 29th 
   
  Larry
& Jamie
   
   
   
125 LILY
ROWAN
purchased
visa in mexico for MXD 575 at airport - 5 - 45 minute
transaction 
  huatulco
chahue marina
Jim & Zyanya
 
 
 
 
126 EVIE      
  Joel,
Ane & Crew
   
   
   
127 SHAZAM      
  Jeanette
& Neill
   
   
   
128 © AMANDLA marina
palmira la paz

Lisa Dorenfest and Fabio Mucchi. Crew Steve
Kelly joined in Zihuatanejo and will be disembarking in La
Paz.
We are en route to La Paz and will arrive
tomorrow mid-day. 
Plan to spend week or two in marina as Captain
still recovering from 2 ribs fractured in Zihuatanejo.
Will then cruise the Sea of Cortez before hauling out in
Puerto Peñasco.
Visas good in Mexico until early June. In the
event the situation in the US worsens, hope government
will allow visas to be extended in country as an emergency
measure, 
Any tips you have on extending visas here
under the circumstances would be appreciated. I believe
current laws require exiting and reentering the country to
renew visas

  captain rib
fraction isolate in place

 cases 25
reporovisonied

Lisa & Captain Fabio
 
 
 
129 © NESHUMA on the hard
at mazatlan marina
   
  Carl
& Cynthia
   
   
130 SIMPLIFY marina
chahue - 
  stay in
Place
Randy & Marina
 
 
 
131 MAR
Y SOL
Marina
Vallarta, MX
   
Bob & Marisol
 
 
 
 
132 IMPOSSIBLE
DREAM
     
  Tom
& Gale
   
   
133 BIG
CITY FISH
zihuatanejo   heading to barra
Rick & Linda
 
 
134 DOTTIE
SUE
     
Bobbie, Neil & Chuck
 
 
 
135 © TIVOLI      
Judy and Torben
 
 
136 © TRYST      
Tony and Michelle
 
 
137 © EMMY
KATE
     
Eric and Sharon
 
 
 
138 BLESSED
LIFE
Bahia
Herradura, CR
   
Bob and Margie
 
 
139 © FALKOR
4.2
     
Patrick, Sherrie & Crew
 
 
 
 
140 © FIRST
LIGHT
     
Don & Julie
 
 
 
 
141   NAUTILUS      
Michele & Randy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
142 © AZAYA      
Riley, Sharon & Crew
 
 
 
 
143 ©  SEA
GLASS
Panama     
Chris
 
 
 
144  © ELSKA      
Ben & Mary Jane
 
 
145 © ZOE      
  Sergio
& Gemma
   
   
   
146 ROSA-LEE      
  Gary
   
   
147  GRASSHOPPER      
Jeffrey & Cheri
 
 
 
 
148 © ELEVEN
11
     
  Tim,
Kim &
   
   
   
149 © MOIRA      
  Nick,
Gema & crew
   
   
   
150 MILAGRO I'm in Bahia
Bellena Costa Rica with no crew. I'm planning to remain here
until things change. This is a beautiful place to be stuck
in.
   
Robert & crew
 
 
151 ROSA
DOS VENTOS
     
Ted & Barbara
 
 
 
152 © SUSIMI zihuatanejo
- barra
  stores are
stocked well in Z
Paul & Hazel
 
 
153 ALTERÉ      
Terrence
 
 
154 YAHTZEE      
Andy & Jill
 
 
 
155 © LEILANI      
Richard & Tracy
 
 
 
156 © EVOLIAS      
Warren & Erica
 
 
 
157 SOL
GOOD
     
Jeff
 
 
158 TIDAL
DANCER
     
Dan & Ella
 
 
159 © DEVINE
DESTINY
     
Bruce & Barbara
 
 
 
160 © TOUCHÉ      
Judith & Haakon
 
 
 
 
161 ©  SPREZZATURA Panama Bocas
del Toro 
 quarantine  
Eric
 
162 © CHELSEA
KRU
     
Charles
 
 
 
163 ©  LORIEN      
Julie & Chris
 
 
 
 
164 © KJALOHA      
Jürg & Catherine
 
 
 
165 © AD
ASTRA
     
Erik & Daniela
 
 
 
166 © MANUREVA      
Jon
 
 
 
167 © ZARZAGAN      
Paul Antoine & Monique
 
 
 
168 CONVERGENCE      
Randy
 
 
 
169 © WOLFHOUND      
Steven, Louise & Sam
 
 
 
 
170 © BAD
BUNNY
     
John & Hye
 
 
171 GenM Brula -
Island Baha Chamela 
  go slow -
play ion beach - happier 
Marvin and Laurie
 
 
 
172 © AMEKAYA      
Maris and Linda
 
 
 
173 © BISOU Off beach in
bocase dle toro stay in place 
away  crazy back
in australia 
Robin and Tad
 
 
 
 
174 ARROW      
Maurisa & Mike
 
 
 
175 VAGABUNDO
DOS
     
Grant & Donna
 
 
 
 
176 REEF
DANCER
Barra in de
navidad
   
Jerry & Debra
 
 

3) The governor of Jalisco has asked everyone to stay
secluded for the next 5 days

Jalisco

4)  A big thank you to all of our sponsors

Official Panama Posse  Sponsors, Partners and Ambassadors

  • Marina Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de Navidad – Mexico 
  • Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 
  • La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco – Mexico 
  • Marina Chiapas – Mexico 
  • Marina Bahia del Sol – El Salvador 
  • La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol, El
    Salvador 
  • Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua 
  • Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica 
  • Marina Pez Vela – Costa Rica 
  • Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica 
  • Vista Mar Marina – Panama 
  • Shelter Bay Marina – Panama 
  • Red Frog Marina – Panama 
  • Bocas Marina – Panama 

Official Panama Canal Agent

Official Panama Posse Ambassadors

Panama Posse Partners

Exit
          Wave
Exit
        Wave

5) Dangerous Bar Crossing in El Salvador

Originally Bill had closed the bar Monday-Wednesday and we
were slotted to leave Thursday. He soon thereafter said the
forecast had changed and we could leave Wednesday. During this
whole time Chris was predicting sizable swell. We walked out to
the bar Monday to take a look. Surf wasn’t that big but we
couldn’t really see well enough to judge from our vantage point on
the beach. We told Bill we’d be happy to wait until Thursday if he
thought it best but he said Wednesday would be fine. Steve took a
drone shot on which it appeared there was a channel with no
breakers. So we went. Jean Anne went first. Bill had them
accelerating and then waiting at intervals to find a break in the
swell. They caught some air, got a bit wet, but made it okay. At
one point Bill in the panga was behind us and called Jean Anne
saying “How are you guys doing? I can’t see you from where I am.”
Once they were clear and we were moving forward, we got the same
instructions. Throttle up here, wait a minute there. As we got to
the worst part of the breakers, we were instructed to wait.
Unfortunately we were too far forward and were already in the
breaking waves. We took two over the bow. The third breaking wave
crashed over Volare, ripping the dodger from the deck, tearing
jerry cans from the rails, and slamming down on us in the cockpit.
The dodger was still attached by the piece that zips to the
bimini, and was lying mangled across the cockpit table. At the
helm, Adam could not see forward so I called out directions for
him to steer us out of the surf. Luckily, no more large waves were
in front of us. We smelled diesel and looked in the gunnel to see
the jerry cans floating in a slush of diesel and seawater. One of
the caps had come off one of the cans and 2 1/2 gallons spilled
before we could right the can. It’s amazing how slippery diesel
can make the deck and your shoes and your hands. We were still in
pretty big swells and trying to hold on while doing damage control
was a challenge. We spent the next hour or so recovering and
assessing the situation. We nearly lost a few lines that were
lying on the coach roof under the dodger but they had snagged on
the rails. Very luckily nothing got in the prop! Everything else
had been tied down. One solar shower was hanging over the side but
was attached to a cleat so we were able to pull it back aboard.
The drinking cups and Adam’s cell phone had been in cup holders
set in the cockpit table. We found them washing around on the
cockpit sole. The jerry can covers were soaked in diesel and had
to be removed and the cans re-tied to the rail. The nylon webbing
with plastic buckles holding them to the toe rail proved no match
for that wave. At first we believed the dodger was destroyed as it
sat in a mangled heap in the cockpit. Once we lifted it up we
could see that the stainless tubes had been pulled out of the cups
with set screws holding it to the deck. The bolt ropes on the
lower part of the front of it had ripped free, leaving the bolt
rope still in the mangled track with ripped stitches hanging out.
A few screws in the bolt rope track were ripped from the deck. We
were able to lift it back up and replace the tubing in the cups.
The frame was miraculously intact! We had to clip the windows up
and out of the way for the rest of the passage to Chiapas. We are
hopeful the bolt ropes can be sewn back into place and the track
glued where it is broken.

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        Wave

We had taken the crossing seriously and prepared carefully, which
is why this isn’t a worse disaster. Everything in the cockpit was
down below, including cushions. Our dog was wearing her life vest
and was tethered to the cockpit table, which is very stout on our
boat. As the waves were hitting us, I was sitting on the cockpit
bench leaning over her. After the wave slammed us, she was soaked
and pretty sad looking, with her life jacket strobe going off, but
she was unhurt. We had removed our paddle boards from their racks
on the bow rail and stowed them below. Had they been in their
usual spot I have no doubt they would have been ripped from the
boat, along with the stanchions to which they were mounted. The
dinghy was on the davits, about six feet above the water. It did
take on water as the wave crashed down, but no damage was done. We
had seriously debated about putting it on the bow and decided
against it. It’s difficult to say now what the right decision
would be. Because our davit system is extremely strong, we
suffered no damage. If the dinghy had been on the bow, it may have
been fine or it may have torn loose or sustained damage. We can’t
know. After surviving that wave, though, I would never leave it on
the davits while entering the bar when the waves come from behind.
We had also removed the motor and placed it on the stern rail,
removing about 100 pounds from the dinghy.
 

Exit

When we arrived in Chiapas last night, we received an email from
Bill apologizing for what happened. He said that the swell was
larger than he anticipated based on the forecast. Because of its
size, he, in the pilot panga, had to move back to keep from
getting swamped and could not see what conditions we were in. I
only wish that when he made that decision he had informed us and
we could have exercised our own judgement. Our instinct was to
throttle forward and get out of the breakers but the last
instructions we received were to wait where we were.  I don’t
think he realized we were stopped in the most dangerous part.

In my hindsight opinion, the bar should not have been open that
day. Chris was absolutely right. From afar he was able to see that
conditions would not be good for crossing and I think Posse boats
should give more credence to those observations. Our haste to
cross and get to Mexico in light of all the border closures led to
us crossing too soon. Just because the bar is open doesn’t relieve
skippers of their responsibility to assess conditions for
themselves and make their own judgement calls. Having zero
experience with bar crossings, we felt that if they opened the bar
it must be okay. It was definitely not okay. The wave that hit us
was massive. As you both know, Volare is a tall boat. She has high
freeboard, a deck salon coach roof, and a dodger that is six and a
half feet above the cockpit sole. For a wave to slam down on that
tells you it must have been insane.
 

We are all healthy and well and glad our sturdy home handled the
waves as well as she did. The force of that wave could have easily
broken bones but it didn’t. We are grateful for that! The message
behind this story is to encourage sailors to take these dangerous
areas seriously. Never assume that you will encounter benign
conditions. Take every precaution you can think of. You won’t have
time to do anything when you’re out there. Do it all and do it
before you go. Listen to and consider all the information. One
source from afar looking at the forecast and saying the swell
looks pretty big should hold as much weight as the local source
saying it looks like it should be okay. Take the most conservative
course of action.
 

This is not to second guess ourselves or diminish the advice of
those who watch the bar every day. Sometimes shit happens. We will
recover from this. We’d just prefer it not to happen to anyone
else. Now you two know our story. Hopefully you can use it to
advise sailors in the future!

Danger

Bill has said he has pictures he’ll send if we want to see them.
I’m not sure I do but in the interest of helping others I will
request them and forward them on to you. Steve and Adam also have
GoPro footage we’ve yet to see.

Thank you for all you’re doing and keep it up! Stay healthy!

Adam
Jessica

Jessica & Adam

VOLARE

6) Pictures of the Week

Rocinante
Bill

Rocinante Shelter in Place

Bill & Lisanne
ROCINANTE

El
      Slavadro Bar Exit

Exiting the Bar El Salvador

Chelsea & Steve

JEAN ANNE

Bahia
      Herradura Costa Rica

Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica

( sorry lost the email so credit is missing )

Carnival
        Floats in Zihuatenejo, MX
Floats
Floats

7) Carnival Floats in Zihuatanejo, MX

No social distancing in Zihua last weekend as thousands watched
the cool floats of Carnival go through town

Kris and Bob
LUNA

8) Update from Ullman Sails - Puerto Vallarta

Ullman Sails will be open and operating as
scheduled during this event.  We will continue as long as
regulations allow as we are a small staff and work isolated.

Our pick up schedules of Tuesdays in Marina
Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta, and Paradise Village, and Thursdays
in La Cruz Nayarit will continue until further notice.

We understand these are hard times and will do
our best to help you keep cruising where it is most likely the
best place to be. 
We wish all of you a healthy and safe future as we all deal with
this pandemic.

Chuck Skewes

+1 619-871-2171

Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta

Mariners
Secundino

9) Update from Marina Puerto de la
Navidad, MX

Puerto de la Navidad for Long term and Hurricane season -
letter from Insurance Group
Secundino Alvarez 
harbormaster@islaresort.com.mx
Marina Puerto de la Navidad

10) Update from Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

Hola Panama Posse !!

As off right now panama in 14
day quarantine for all arriving vessels.  Vessels that have
been in panamá for more than 2 weeks we are trying to get them
to port but need to provide documentation and i need approval
of health dept. and Aeronaval to allow them Access.   Al
vessels at quarantine zone will be visied daily for provision
deliveries!!

The situation with ports
around the world is constanly changing.  I would love to have
everybody come to SHelter Bay Marina, but my advise is, if you
and your vessel are at a secured port, stay there until the
situation is under control, leaving a secured port hoping to
get to another and the be turned around wont be a pleasant
experience.

Shall i be of assistance
please let me know

Saludos,

Juanjo
Boschetti

General
Manager
Shelter Bay Marina
juanjo@shelterbaymarina.com
www.shelterbaymarina.com
+507-6813-5327

Here in Shelter Bay we are in a soft lockdown by
now- soft because 1 person per crew is still allowed to go
shopping by bus. For now. Other than that we are confined to the
marina with a closed restaurant and a closed pool. 
There are many kids boats though and yesterday we
parents had a meeting discussing how best to approach the Corona
virus. With kids social distancing is nearly impossible. They
play with each other and they move freely between boats. We
discussed how to talk to our children about it, how to minimize
the risk of spreading anything and maybe if we should organize
some safe groups activities to keep them occupied while not
being able to move anywhere. Low risk activities can include
treasure hunts or playing soccer. For crafts and arts, everyone
can take their own supplies with them. The kids need to forget
everything about sharing that we ever taught them 🤣. As for
hygiene, in front of every kid boat we placed a bucket with soap
water. Before entering a boat the kids have to wash hands. As
long time as it takes to sing Happy birthday twice ;) . Also as
soon as stepping off a boat the kids need to wash hands again.
That way we hope to make sure no bacteria or worse spreads
between the boats while not locking in the kids. 

daniela.rausch@gmail.com

11) Message from Marina Chiapas, MX

Hello I'm Memo Garcia

manager of marina chiapas
just to remind you that we have always had our support to do
any procedure, in the case of the border the taxi fee is
charged and they are accompanied by a person from the marine
trust, you just have to request it

and we have never had any
problems

UN FUERTE ABRAZO

MEMO

memogarcia@marinachiapas.com.mx

12) Message from Red Frog Marina, Panama


Hi all from Red Frog Marina in Bocas Del Toro Panama. Red Frog
Marina is open to vessels that are checked into Panama and have
been in Panama waters for 14 days or more. When you send in a
reservation, there will be a short questionnaire for you to fill
out.Look forward to hearing from you!

Safe Sailing, Deci

DDavis@IGYMarinas.com

13) Update from Marina Vallarta, MX

We Will try to keep things as normal as possible
but we are taking steps towards being at the office the
shortest time we can.

Vessels as of today are free to enter as long as
they are not coming from other countries.

It is not advisable to leave marina Vallarta at
this time since all ports should be closing soon depending on
the outbreak.

Puerto Vallarta has many hospitals and also
airport only 5 minutes away.

Stay safe and first of all try to stay clean and
not in contact to many people.

God help us all.

Sincerely.

Lic Pablo Fernandez G.
Harbor Master
Paseo de la Marina S/N Interior 3
Colonia Marina Vallarta.
Teléfono (322) 221-02-75 (322) 221-07-22
e-mail pablo@marina-vallarta.com.mx
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México.

14) Update from Marina Ixtapa, MX

Hello Panama Posse ,

I just want to let you know
that Marina Ixtapa has completed the dredging works. Channel
is open now and the depth we have is 4 meters.

Best Regards

Lic. Elsa Zuñiga

Marina Ixtapa

Phone:
011-52-755-553-2180/011-52-755-553-0222

ezuniga@marina-ixtapa.com

reservations@marina-ixtapa.comwww.marina-ixtapa.com

HA

14)
Panama
Posse Event Vallarta Yacht Club postponed

The whole Banderas Bay area is shutting down due to
Coronavirus concerns.
The club has cancelled pretty much all its events that bring
groups of people into the club. We need to postpone your event
too.
Feel free to  give me a call to discuss this. My phone number
is +52 322 181 9109

Regards

Dick Locke

15)
El
Salvador,

We are enjoying ourselves as we make tough choices
in El Salvador. We made it across the bar into Bahia del Sol
less than a week before the country's borders were closed to
foreigners. We were surprised at the dock by our marina
neighbors from San Diego who presented our welcome drinks. We're
lucky to be here and enjoying every minute! We traveled inland
to San Salvador and stayed in a house with a real jacuzzi on the
side of the volcano. We hiked around part of the rim and enjoyed
views of the caldera and the Pacific at the same time. We then
traveled to the town of Suchitoto and soaked up the El
Salvadoran hospitality in this quaint town. Now it's back to the
boats and the decision to continue on or return to Mexico!

Welcome

Meeting Sam and David on the dock after crossing
the bar

Adma

Adam at the caldera's edge

Walk

Foxy enjoying the hospitality in Suchitoto

Jacquizzi

The jacuzzi in the nearly 6000 foot elevation house over San
Salvador

Walk

The path around the rim of the caldera at Boqueron
National Park

Adam
Jessica

Jessica & Adam

VOLARE

16) We are planing for next year’s 2020/2021Panama Posse,
and are considering on partnering with WMA and offering a 2-3
day intensive class on the following

*  WILDERNESS FIRST AID
*  OFFSHORE EMERGENCY MEDICINE

these are U.S. Coast Guard approved to satisfy First Aid and
CPR training requirements 
of 46 CFR 11.201(i)(1) for merchant
marine licenses and cost will be around 500- 750 pp stay tuned
for sign up - let us know if interested or any other
considerations

17) Safety reminder

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-

Lock

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
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005UMBCDW/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_kUZODbHH915CZ

18) Get on the LINE app !

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

Once you have downloaded it - find dietmarpetutschnig (
carinthia ) and send a message

we'll add you to the 2019-2020 Panama Posse group

line.me

19) As always -SIGN ME UP AGAIN - if you want to sign
up again for next season - simply let us know

keep 'em coming - reply with any relevant updates
- next update next Sunday

SV Carinthia

Dietmar
Suzanne

Dietmar & Suzanne

Panana Posse

20) to opt out - reply with opt out 


FLEET UPDATE 2020-03-15

  • Quaranta Giorni - 40 days
  • Summary of extraordinary line call
  • Marina Puesta del Sol - Nicaragua Volcano Slay
    Rides
  • Inspirational Picture of the Week
  • Panama Posse Pot Luck - Nicaragua
  • Panama, Bocas del Toro, Isla Bastimento,
    Ngöbe Indians
  • HIP HIP HOORAY - this season's Speedy Gonzalez award
    !!!
  • Uninvited Visitor of the week
  • CROSSROADS SAFETY/SECURITY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
  • A word to our liquor sponsor 
  • Zijuatanejo Guitar Fest, Mexico
  • Uninvited Visitor of the week II
  • THE 2020-2021 Panama Posse is forming
  • Please reply to this email with any 
  • opt-out

1) Quaranta Giorni - 40 days

Quarantine is the restriction of movement of people, animals
and goods intended to prevent the spread of disease or
pests.
Used in connection to limit disease and illness, and preventing
the movement
of those who may have been exposed to a
communicable disease,
but do not have a confirmed medical diagnosis.

The word quarantine comes from a seventeenth-century Venetian
variant of the Italian quaranta giorni, meaning "forty
days
",
the period that all ships were required to be
isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the
Black Death plague epidemic.

Q flag

2) summary of extraordinary line call

As of today  March 13th 2020 here is where each country
stands



Mexico  - no change but upon entry you may be asked
about prior countries / health issues (expect changes in 14
days or sooner to this policy ) 

Guatemala - full lock down - no entry permitted 

El Salvador - full lock down - no entry permitted


Honduras - Isla el Tigre - no info - recommendation is
anchor with Q flag - hail officials - do not go ashore until
given the permission to do so 


Nicaragua - Check in with Marina Puesta del sol ahead
of time - they will coordinate to send a health inspector out
- after which customs, immigration will clear you in 

Costa Rica - no change but upon entry you may be asked
about prior countries / health issues - crew flying in from
overseas will be subject to questioning at airport(s) 

Panama - 14 day quarantine - vessel must stay at anchor
( this will be supported by marinas with deliveries of items
at cost of water / food and basic supplies )
no deduction for travel days 14 days when you get to the
quarantine areas(s)

NO BOAT NAME  NAMES  LOCATION  shelter in place  or move on  HEADING TO  Logistacal issue you may have
01 BAJA FOG John & Monique barra de navidad shelter in place     
04 THISLDU Garrett & Audrey in marina puesta del sol nicaragua waiting
for health check
  south to cost rica  get in to costa rica 
09 CARINTHIA Dietmar & Suzanne  barra de navidad shelter in place     
10 SEAGLUB Chris  in lac ruz   coast cruising mexico to cabo   
12 JEAN ANNE Steve & Chelsea  bahi
del sol  el
salvador
  leaning towards heading south   
13 SINGULARITY Robert & Carol  vista mar  shelter in place     
16 ENJOY Don & Nina bocas del toro red frog marina shelter in place     
19 KNOT RIGHT Walt & Jeariene vista mar  shelter in place    no 
20 COMPROMISE Ronald & Karen  papagagayo marina   Chiapas  
23 TOP CIDER Chuck & Sharon  puesta del sol       
25 HALF MOON Brain & Elizabeth  puesta del sol    costa rica   
26 MADELEINE Huibert & Maaike  netherlands     entering el salvador
27 ANGELIQUE Dan & Angela  angelique      en route 
28 JO Phillip Jay & Kelley chamela bay    barra   
29 DELTA SWIZZLER Mark & Cindy  hard in ixtapa  shelter in place    water in keel 
repairs
33 LITHA Justin, Kimberly and Crew  avant for litha shelter bay    san blas - to jamaica vessels from the san
blas where  stopping charter boats - traveling full
individual boats sail boats are not being stopped 4:30 
 
35 FOOTLOOSE Michael & Lisa enjoy for footloose bocas del toro red frog in a few days then head to shelter
bay 
 
40 AVANT Rob & Debra shelter Bay Panama      
42 ROCINANTE Bill & Lisanne  10 miles out of puesta del sol heading for
chiapas 
  chiapas  
43 RHAPSODY Sarah & Bob vista mar   galapagos
/ french polynesia
 
46 SINGLE D Tod & Donna Delta Swizzler      heading to barra   
49 SIRENA Greg Delta Swizzler  
  puddle jumped   
50 ANDURIL Alice & Greg on passage to chaippas summerin chiappas as
per avant
  chiapas  
51 GREEN FLASH Bob & Joan  vista mar    pearlas  shelter
bay  
engine 
53 GARGOYLE Kevin & Carla     heading to CR  
54 STAND DOWN Richard & Nancy  vista mar       
55 SONAMARA Louis & Patrice  red frog bocas del toro  shelter in place  marina red frog is limiting  in  groups of any new
guest guest coming on board in marinas - noone can get
water  in the
tanks if not in the marina
marina manager focusing on vessel in the
marina only
59 RAVEN Neil, Tammy, & Jan in barra shelter in place     
60 BLUE OASIS Barry & Kathy Shelter Bay Panama   coming in from florida   flying in 
61 WILDEST DREAMS Grant & Michelle anchored in golifito all is well waiting to
see as things to progees hope get to chiapsa
     
64 SECRET WATER Annie & Chris zihuatanejo      
67 CHIMERA Dennis & Margaret  onboard in curu staying costa rica   panama  
74 MAISON DE SANTE Keenan & Nicole  Barra location      
86 CONTEXT John boat away heading back to states shelter
boat 
     
88 SEA LARKS Jeffrey & Paula checked out on pnama - stopping las perlas
en route to golfito 
    canadian crew member cflight home -
contadora back - 
92 BAIT 'N SWITCH III  boat in papagayo marina - in Los Angeles      
95 WAVE DANCER Vladimir in drakes bay bahia drake - around the
corner - was 
  golfito   
96 MALOLO Matt & Britt  zihuatanejo      
99 HO'OKIPA Lisa & Lucky barra location shelter in place     
100 VOLARE Jessica & Adam  bahia del sol el salvador   planning left or right  
105 SALISH DRAGON Steve & Tracey  zihuatanejo as per karvi      
110 KARVI Dan & Nancy  zihuatenejo  south  insurance 
117 PILIALOHA Rick & Maria  vessel in huatulco  sheltering in place in hawaii sheltering in place there   
120 SANNA Dave & Marie  vista mar  shelter in place    fly bck tot the UK
124   INDEPENDENCE Larry & Jamie Larry barefoot cay ruaotan Honduras  islands honduras
provisioing no problem crew boas del toro
     
125 LILY ROWAN Jim & Zyanya acapulco wiaitng for outboard parts huatulco       
128 AMANDLA Lisa & Captain Fabio  in la cruz stay till onday head to la paz      
130 SIMPLIFY Randy & Marina  options huatulco - looking to go south  shelter in place   
138 BLESSED LIFE Bob and Margie  samara costa rica continue to cruise onto
panama step 
     
146  ROSA-LEE Gary  in texas boat is in bahia del sol  heading to vessel how to get back into el slavador
147  GRASSHOPPER Jeffrey & Cheri bablboa yach club - sheleter in palce or
contien 
     
149 MOIRA Nick, Gema & crew in bahia ballena costa rica - crew are in
madrid hopefully get here  - 
     
153 ALTERÉ Terrence bahia del sol - checking out to go copy
puesta del sol 
     
161 SPREZZATURA Eric check out of grand cayman - new crew    bocas del toro 14 day quarantine
171 GenM Marvin and Laurie   chamela bay MX shelter in place  barra MX  
175 VAGABUNDO DOS Grant & Donna  barra   heading to  zihuatanejo  
Panama
          Posse

3) Marina Puesta del Sol - Nicaragua Volcano Slay Rides

View
          from marina restaurant
moonrise over the puesta del sol pool

View from marina restaurant

Moonrise over the Puesta del sol pool

$3.50
            US dinner at Joe's, a 3 minute walk from the marina
Volcan Cerro Negro Welcome Center
You can sled down this mountain
Windy
            at the top of the volcano
Before sledding
Brian kicking up an ash cloud sledding down the
            volcano
After sledding
Lunch at Al Cielo
Post
            lunch nap at Al Cielo
Luis
            tour guide contact
Brian
Liz

$3.50 US dinner at Joe's, a 3 minute walk from the marina

Volcan Cerro Negro Welcome Center

You can sled down this mountain

Windy at the top of the volcano

Before sledding

Brian kicking up an ash cloud sledding down the volcano

After sledding

Lunch at Al Cielo

Post lunch nap at Al Cielo

Luis tour guide contact

Brian & Liz

HALFMOON

4) inspirational Picture of the Week

picture of the week
Brian
Liz

Brian & Liz

HALFMOON

Panama Posse Potluck in puesta del sol, 7 posse boats!

5) Panama Posse Pot Luck - Nicaragua

Panama Posse Potluck in Puesta del Sol, 7 posse boats!

Brian
Liz

Brian & Liz

HALFMOON

6) Panama, Bocas del Toro, Bastimento,
Ngöbe Indians

Hello Panama Posse!

We’ve recently been contacted by a
sailing family of 5 in northeast Panama. They live onboard
their vessel in Red Frog Marina (one of the Posse Sponsors!)
on Isla Bastimento. They work for YWAM Ships and are
attempting to repair/set up/return to operational status a
base on the island. They’ve reached out to us for help (she
found our website after a Google search) but we are on the
Counter Posse heading north (currently in Chiapas, Mexico).
Wrong body of water.

I sent that response quickly in case I lost
service. They’re a family of five with 3 boys from Minnesota
I think. They’ve been in Panama for 3 years, “We have
joined the YWAM ships base, Outpost Panama and are serving
as the operating location leader (base leader).  We are
reaching out to the Ngöbe Indians that live on isolated
islands in this region of Panama as well as local
Panamanians and Ex-Patriots from all over the world who
live here.”

image1.jpeg

We were wondering and hoping that some of
you might be looking for a good cause to help out. They
desperately need a fence built around their base. She says
they also need help with plumbing, electrical/solar, new
construction, and remodeling. They also have some
much-needed repairs to be done on their sailboat (teak
decks, paint the steel, and build bunks). They are in a
situation where they cannot leave the island. It may be that
they need someone to deliver parts/materials that they
order, or just some hands to help with the physical labor.
She says they “cannot pay anything, but would graciously feed
and love
on them while they were working.”  I’m happy
to pass along their contact information to anyone that would
like to learn more. Please reach out to us through email (ankyrios@whereverthewindsblows.org)
or the Line app (Ankyrios).

Thanks everyone!!

Dennis
Brandy
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew

Dennis, Brandy & Crew

ANKYRIOS

winner

7) HIP HIP HOORAY - this season's
Speedy Gonzales award !!!
First Counterposse vessel arrival in Barra de Navidad

Saltair III
Brad
Krista
Cole


Brad, Krista & Cole
SALTAIR III

8) Uninvited Visitor of the week

Crab
            on the Hatch
Brian
Liz

Brian & Liz

HALFMOON

Stan
Diane

9) CROSSROADS SAFETY/SECURITY
TELEPHONE NUMBERS (Diane last season actually called every
number)

U.S. COAST GUARD RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER
    Rescue Coordination Center:  (510) 437-3701.  This is
the number for group receiving EPIRB emergency beacon
distress signals.  They will coordinate with local country
Coast Guards if boater is outside of the U.S. and they have
translators, as the numbers at the local country Coast
Guards in Central America will speak Spanish.  They said it
would be ok to call them in emergency.

CENTRAL AMERICA COUNTRY COAST GUARD CONTACT NUMBERS
    These numbers were given to me by the U.S. Coast Guard
Rescue Coordination Center.  The individuals from these
local Coast Guards will speak Spanish when you call them. 
If you cannot communicate with them, the Rescue Coordination
Center can call them, but that will take more time.
 
  El Salvadore Coast Guard:  (505) 22500210,   Extension
5103
    Nicaragua Coast Guard:      (504)22342507
    Costa Rica Coast Guard:      (506) 22314924
    Panama Coast Guard:           (507) 60451197

CALIFORNIA COAST GUARD OFFICES WHO COULD BE  called
if you cannot reach rescue coordination center, however the
local coast guards will likely just go through the Rescue
Center:
    Coast Guard Sector LA/Long Beach:  310 521-3815
    Channel Islands office:  805 985-9822

VHF EMERGENCY CHANNEL FOR MAYDAY: 16

U.S. COAST GUARD EMERGENCY SSB CHANNELS
MHZ                     UTC time
4.125        2300-11
6.125        24 hr.
8.290        24 hr.
12.290        1100-2300

HAM SSB NETS

World wide emergency Ham net:  14.313    24 hr.
Pacific Seafares Net 14300 @
0300 UTC 
Central America Ham net:  7.083   UTC time 1300

CENTRAL AMERICA EMBASSY CONTACT INFORMATION.  Go to www.usembassy.gov/
for further information.  For Central America embassies,
emergency number is +1-202-501-4444, and press “0”,  from 8
a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.  When dialing embassy numbers below
probably start with “ +” depending on phone service.   

    COSTA RICA
    +506 2519 2000
    Calle 98 Via 104, Pavas,     San Jose, Costa Rico

    EL SALVADOR
    +503 2501 2999
    Final Blvd. Santa Elena,     Antiguo Cuseatlan, La
Libertad,     San Salvador   

    GUATEMALA
    +502 2326 4000
    Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala Cuidad,
Guatemala

    HONDURAS
    +504 2238 5114 (after hours X4100)
    +504 2236 9320 (per embassy website, but not
communications received:  011-504 2236 9320)
    Avenida La Paz,     Tegucigalpa MDC, Honduras

    MEXICO
    +52 55 5080-2000
    Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtenoc,     06500
Mexico, DF

    NICARGUA
    +505 2252-7100
    Kilometer 5.5 Carreter Sur, Managua, Nicagagua

    PANAMA
    +507 317 5000
    Bldg 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Ave, Clayton, Panama

REPORT U.S. CITIZEN MISSING ABROAD:  1-888-407-4747

GLOBAL MARINE DISTRESS SAFETY SYSTEM:      1-888-407-4747,
press “0” for overseas citizen emergency services.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MARITIME ADMINISTATION, OFFICE
OF MARITIME SECURITY. 

They provide information on piracy and safety and security,
and you can sign up for alerts by going online.
    Emergency:  1-202-501-4444 (8-8 EST, M-F)

Stan & Diane 

10) A word from our liquor sponsor of
the week

Cheers

Cheers to getting stuck in tropical places with good
friends!! :)

Arriba         (glasses up)

Abajo         (glasses down)

Al centro      (glasses to the
front clinking
)

y adeeentrooo   (! gulp it down)

Steve
Chelsea


Steve & Chelsea

JEAN ANNE

11) Zijuatanejo Guitar Fest, Mexico

Guitar Fest

Mark & Cindy

DELTA SWIZZLER

12) Uninvited Visitor of the week II

Uninvited Visitor of the week
Jay
Kelly

Jay & Kelley
JO

13) THE 2020-2021 Panama Posse is
forming - 24 vessels signed up already

PP

To sign up for next Panama Posse season -
please reply with - sign me up !

Suzanne
Dietmar

14) Please reply to this email
with any  updates and we'll include it in the next Fleet
Updates

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

15) opt-out from the Fleet Updates simply
reply with "REMOVE"


FLEET UPDATE 2020-03-08

  • A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS !
  • Picture of the Week - Panama Posse Crew in Chiapas, MX
  • Uninvited Visitors, Chiapas MX
  • Trouble in the Tehuantepec, MX
  • Bar Crossings, El Salvador
  • Road-trip in Central and Southern Mexico
  • Chiapas, MX Additional documentation for the in Mexican Exit Zarpe requirement
  • Sámara, Costa Rica
  • San Blas, Panama
  • San Andres, Providencia, Colombia
  • Papagayos, Nicaragua
  • Bio Security - increased inspections and scrutiny
  • 'tis the season for Long Lines
  • Line.me - live fleet line calls on Mondays
  • Good Nautical is Mobile Friendly
  • Season Finale May 30th at Vista Mar + report
  • Safe Esteem - get your free personal risk barometer app
  • Please reply to this email with any updates
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1) WE WANT TO OFFICIALLY THANK ALL OF OUR SPONSORS

And are delighted to have these key marinas supporting
the Panama Posse.

  • Marina Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de Navidad – Mexico 
  • Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 
  • La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco – Mexico 
  • Marina Chiapas – Mexico 
  • Marina Bahia del Sol – El Salvador 
  • La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol, El
    Salvador 
  • Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua 
  • Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica 
  • Marina Pez Vela – Costa Rica 
  • Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica 
  • Vista Mar Marina – Panama 
  • Shelter Bay Marina – Panama 
  • Red Frog Marina – Panama 
  • Bocas Marina – Panama 
Panama
        Posse Burgee

Official Panama Canal Agent ( DISCOUNT !!! )

Official Panama Posse Ambassadors

Panama Posse Partners

2) Picture of the Week - Panama Posse Crew in Chiapas,
MX

Picture
        of the week

Historically we refer to boat kids as (really good) Panama
Posse CREW

Annie
Chris

Annie & Chris & CrewSECRET WATER

3) Uninvited Visitors, Chiapas MX

Hitchhikers
Garett
Audrey

We have arrived in Chiapas. 475nm and 75 hours after departing
Acapulco. 180nm covered yesterday riding the 20 knot winds but the
favorable current made up for the rough ride. Wind definitely
wraps around point angel so if you have a window that is
forecasting s/sw wind I recommend the B-line route as it will just
build up as you follow the shore north, and the one foot on the
beach route becomes counter intuitive. The wind dropped from 28
down to 20 once we got ~15 miles off shore, and gave us a
beautiful broad reach averaging over 9knts the first 12 hours (our
hull speed is about 6). Today we rested in light winds and prepped
for a night time arrival. Navionics is spot on, and navigational
lights and bouys are well placed and lit as this is a commercial
port. The channel markers disappear after entering the last
channel for Marina chiapas, but again can confirm navionics
remained spot on. Whisky time.

THISLDU

4) Trouble in the  Tehuantepec, MX

If everyone didn’t already realise, I just wanted to say that
this is a fantastic group to be part of and thank @Thisldu for
coming to our rescue yesterday. Susimi is once again back in
Marina Chiapas after getting 43 miles into out Tehuantepec
crossing heading north we heard a strange noise coming from below
the boat. We put it down to either catching a fishing line or a
problem with our sail drive but either way we needed to get in the
water and find out. Sails down and my partner, Paul jumps in. It
didn’t take long to see that the zinc on the sail drive was just
spinning when it should be held in place. Unfortunately we have to
remove the prop to change the zinc so in 50 meters of water and 2
meter swells out there wasn’t the right place to do that. Knowing
the Tehuantepec winds were coming in in about 24 hours we decided
that without a motor in case we did any damage we should return to
marina Chiapas under sail alone. @Thisldu must be psychic as about
10 minutes later called us on the vhf to see how our northbound
crossing was going as they were heading south and knew we would be
in the vicinity. They kept checking to see how we were going along
the way but when the wind died in the evening about 30 miles from
the marina we said they should go on and we would continue as fast
as we could. It was a frustrating night with 1 - 2 kts of wind but
at least we managed to keep the boat pointing towards the marina.
19 hours after deciding to turn back we were still six miles from
the marina with no wind so winched the dinghy off the deck and
winched the outboard down. We hip towed Susimi to the entrance
where @Thisldu came out in their dinghy and made sure we
negotiated all the bends safely into the marina slip. You can’t
imagine how nice it was to be tied to that slip! Thanks again
@Thisldu - you are stars!

Paul
Hazel

Paul & Hazel
SUSIMI

5) Bar Crossings, El Salvador

Rosa Lee

Rosa Lee safely in over the bar at Bahía Del Sol El Salvador !!

And Here is a quick 4 minute video link from SV Jean Anne
on what crossing the bar can be like 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svqxUfq_Hc4&feature=youtu.be

Gary

Gary ROSA LEE

6) Roadtrip in Central and Southern Mexico

We’d originally planned to cross the Tehuantepec in January, but
the weather had other ideas. So leaving the boat in Chiapas, we
hit the road to meet friends in Puerto Vallarta.

Failing to understand the additional charges that would be assess
at the airport counter, we booked our first rental on the Internet
(18 Jan - 22 Jan). The all in rate turned out to be $55 per day
even though we were quoted $6 on line.

For our second attempt at a rental, we first reviewed prices on
the internet as a starting point, then called the companies at the
airport to understand the full-price and negotiated a better rate
(without giving a credit card details to reserve at Eurocar). On
the day of pick-up, we negotiated the rate even further and ended
up renting from Localiza. We paid $26 per day.

The whole community participates in weekend weddings in
Oaxaca, with the party pouring out from the church into the
streets.

We visited the following stops along the way.

Jan 18 San Cristobal

Jan 19 San Cristobal | Day trip to Chamula

Jan 20 San Cristobal | Day trip to Chamula

Jan 21 Day trip to Sumidero Canyon | Tuxtla Gutierez

Jan 22 Day trip to Chiapa de Corzo | Port Chiapas

Jan 23 Salina Cruz (I recommend Hotel Mision San José -
price/quality)

Jan 24 Oaxaca,,Jan 25 Oaxaca

Jan 26 Tula

Jan 27 Tula

Jan 28 San Miguel de Allende

Jan 29 San Miguel de Allende

Jan 30 Puerta Vallarta

Jan 31 Puerta Vallara

Feb 01 Puerta Vallarta

Feb 02 Puerta Vallarta

Feb 03 Puerta Vallarta

Feb 04 Tlaquepaque

Feb 05 Guanajuato

Feb 06 Guanajuato

Feb 07 Day trip to Teotihuatican | San Sebastian  (I recommend
Villa Las Campanas)

Feb 08 Mexico City

Feb 09 Oaxaca City

Feb 10 Day Trip to Yagul and Mezcal Distillery | Oaxaca City (eat
at Casa Del Tule)

Feb 11 Day trip to Mitla | Salina Cruz

Feb 12 Port Chiapas

Map online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-VHzevXmauOA-CgboPO6FIiBmMu462Vy&usp=sharing

We loved the trip and would recommend every destination we visited.

We missed Monte Alban in Oaxaca this time around, but would add it
to the list if you are in the area.

The best (price and quality) accommodation was the Hotel Mision San
José in Salina Cruz. Not a very interesting town, but a perfect stop
over en route from Chiapas to Oaxaca. Our favorite restaurant was
Casa Del Tule near Oaxaca City serving local cuisines in a
comfortable atmosphere for an incredibly low price. And should you
find yourself in Teotihuacan, I highly recommend staying a night or
two at the Villa Las Campanas. 

If you drive, take the toll-roads. They are deemed ‘safer’ and
are speed bump  (toles) free. Our first day out, we took the back
road to San Cristobal from Chiapas and experienced a speed bump
almost every mile.

Lisa
Fabio

NOTE - The tourist office cautioned against driving to Palanque
from San Cristobal given attacks on tourists along the road. 

Lisa & Captain Fabio
AMANDLA

7) Chiapas, MX
Additional documentation for the in Mexican Exit Zarpe
requirements.

The Harbor Master in Chiapas under instruction from the MX MARIAN

is starting to ask for documentation with regards to your
"seamanship" upon exit.

License

If you find yourself in this situation in need for a document you
can obtain a Free document online via
http://www.boatus.org/california/

Takes a little time and stable internet but does the trick -
Any USCG / Captain License / RYA / US Sailing or ASA / CA Proof of
Competency
document will also suffice

Samsara
        - COsta Rica

8) Sámara, Costa Rica

Dennis
Margaret

Beautiful Samara beach Costa Rica

Dennis & Margaret

CHIMERA

9) San Blas, Panama

Guna

Walt from Knot Right,  crewing on Context. Just dropped the hook in
San Blas, Panama.
Dugout canoes approach to sell their wares. The Guna Yala deliver !

Walt & Jeariene

KNOT RIGHT

(note: from Amandla  Enjoy. Here is my (b)log entry from
there if you need any ideas of where to visit
https://lisadorenfest.com/2020/01/18/sunday-evening-a-sail-through-the-san-blas/)

10) San Andres, Providencia, Colombia

sanandres

Bonzai was in San Andres for three weeks prior to New year's and
in Providencia for the month of January.  In each case, it can be
a pill to find a window to leave this time of year.  We only
wanted to spend about a week on each Island. 
San Andres is like Oahu for Colombians and the anchorage is prone
to dragging being open to the east behind the reef. 

Julian Watson is a great agent for San Andres. whatsapp +57
310 2340781

Providencia is like Kauai for Colombians. 
Little more laid back and remote.  Excellent holding and shelter
in the anchorage. 
Alex Newball was an excellent agent. whatsapp +57 310 2138518

You are required to use an agent for both or either island.
It certainly does grease the wheels to send Julian or Alex your
documents before leaving Panama.

Bonzai

DonBONZAI

11) Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's largest lake, a popular spot for wind- &
kitesurfing, offering scenic volcano views.

Blessed
      Life

But today we sailed on lake Arenal ! It was awesome. Ok - that’s
with our kites of course!

Blessed
      Life
Bob
Margie

Bob and Margie

BLESSED LIFE

12) Papagayos, Nicaragua

Anduril

Northbound through the Papagayos

ALICE
GREG

Alice & Greg

ANDURIL

13) Bio Security - increased inspections and scrutiny

BioSecurity

Since COVID-19 - be prepared to be boarded, questioned
and examined
in most countries.
This is in El Salvador - expect similar situations in Panama,
Costa Rica, Nicaragua etc in the near future.
You are required upon entry to a new country to hoist the yellow
Q-FLAG until you are cleared for Pratique by the authorities.
This is a longstanding maritime clearing process.

note: ROSA LEE - El Salvador has implemented a health
check before you can come ashore.
We had to anchor just off of Bahía Del Sol and have our
temperature taken and account for our last 2 weeks.

note: SANNA Breaking news here in Boca Chica, Panama

Although we have completed checkin procedures, we are still
waiting for our cruising permit which we are told will be another
2-3 days. In conjunction with another sailboat checking out of
Costa Rica at the same time here in Boca Chica, we have had to
sign and agree additional paperwork and questionnaire forms
relating to the Corona Virus. We have also endured a detailed
vessel health inspection which, we have been told, is now
mandatory for all vessels both private and commercial entering
Panama from Costa Rica or any other country.

We have also had to provide additional detailed evidence of our
and our vessel whereabouts during the past fifteen days in Costa
Rica, showing domestic Zarpes, Costa Rican customs cruising
permits for checkin and checkout, diesel receipts etc etc.
Worryingly, if Costa Rica declares a corona outbreak then we have
now been told we would either be refused entry or required to
quarantine ourselves on our vessel for fourteen days, presumably
flying a yellow quarantine flag. Also, if any crew member has
joined a vessel within the past fourteen days from any infected
country then they must be quarantined or refused entry - I’m not
sure how that is gonna work tho.

It is our understanding from the health official who presented the
additional documentation forms and notices (in Spanish), that
Costa Rica and the C4 countries are about to declare the same
protocol.

14) REMINDER 'tis the season for Long Lines

... I trust that sailors will not take my attached sketches as
absolutes, but rather a documentation of my observations:  

After un-charted rocks and lightning, the thing that sends
shivers up my spine is the thought of long lines. We have seen
many, hit 4 or 5 and had to dive on the prop 3 times to cut
loose/unwrap them from the shaft. Unfortunately the marking
standard for these nuisances seems to vary from country to
country. What we learned in one country caused us to hit lines in
another country. For instance in Mexico we would run parallel to
the long precession of spaced flags and do an end run around the
last. When we tried this maneuver in Costa Rica we consistently
hit the lines because in that country, it turns out, many of the
fisherman only mark the middle of the line with a black flag.
There are no end markers.Through our encounters with the lines and
with one with a fisherman whose long line we had to cut off the
prop we think we have learned a few things about these obstacles
that we believe is worth sharing. I am sure there are other
variations and not all fisherman follow these unwritten standards
but it is at least a documentation of what we have experienced. I
have attached the various marking conventions we have seen on our
trip south. We are only in Costa Rica now so I am sure we will
have more learning to do in Panama !

Mexico Long Line Observation
The long lines in Mexico were anywhere from ½ mile long to 4 miles
long but seemed to be pretty consistently marked in the below
manner. We did not encounter any at night. We do not know if this
was dumb luck or if they were pulled in before nightfall. Perhaps
someone else has more insight.

Mexican
      Longlines

Black Flags at various intervals up to several hundred
yards apart. Last flag indicates end of line.

Intermediate floats: water bottles, milk juts, oil bottles,
fishing floats etc. between flags.

Guatemala Long Line Observation

The long lines in were poorly marked and the black flags at
each end not always easy to see. Any time we saw a floating
plastic bottle ahead we approached with caution and a string of
them indicated the presence of a line. Like Mexico, we did not
encounter any at night. We averaged about 15 miles off-shore as we
passed Guatemala.

Guatemala Longlines

Black Flag at both ends of line.

Intermediate floats: water bottles, milk juts, oil bottles,
fishing floats etc. between flags. Spacing between floats was
inconsistent with sometimes large spacings

Nicaragua Observations

We did not encounter any long lines off the coast of Nicaragua,
however we encountered many fishing pangas both during the daytime
and at night. They seemed to work in groups and I do not know what
type of fishing equipment they were using. We passed well outside
the mouth of the gulf of Fonseca , so perhaps there were longlines
there; we do not know.

NIcaragua

note: Here is a long-line marker off the coast of
Nicaragua

Costa Rica Long Line Observation#1

The long lines were marked in the middle with a single black
flag and typically extended 1 kilometer in each direction from the
flag (according to a fisherman whose line we ran over and tangled
in our prop.) and there may or may not be a panga on station at
one end of the line. We encountered quite a few lines,
particularly outside the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya. We
day-hopped between anchorages in CR so we do not know if they are
out at night.

CR
        2

Black Flag at center of 2 km long line.
Floats: water bottles, milk juts, oil bottles, fishing floats etc.
with perhaps 40 to 50 meters between floats. The last float will
be about 1 km from the flag. Watch out for a string of floats cut
off from the main flag by another passing boat.

Costa Rica Observation#2
This line is only a couple of hundred meters long and drifts
parallel to the wind. It usually has a large black flag and small
black flag on a float on the downwind side and a small float on
the upwind side. Usually a panga is on station at some point along
the line. We are not sure if this is a net or line. This was only
encountered in bays and close to shore

CR 2

Large black flag and small black flag a few meters away.
Floats: no observed intermediate floats; just the down-wind flag
and an upwind float, mostly with a panga on station.

Costa Rica Observation#3

This line is only perhaps a hundred meters long and seems
designed to drift perpendicular to the wind. It usually has a
black or some other colored flag at each end and single float
½-way between. We do not know if this is a long-line or net. This
was only encountered in bays and close to islands and shores.

CR 3

Black Flag on each end of line Floats: One intermediate
float between flags.

Bob & Joan

Bob
Joan

GREEN FLASH

Line

15) Line.me - live fleet line calls on Mondays
 @ 15:45 UTC  Warm up  @ 16:00 UTC  Panama Posse call (mute your
mikes)
 @ 16:30 UTC 
Counter Posse Call(mute
your mikes)

 Remember to practice muting and un-muting your microphone 

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White mike is OPEN & we can all hear you

– Register using your vessel name as the USERNAME
(example Carinthia or CARINTHIA_Dietmar)
– the LINE system allows for up to 200 live
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16) GOOD NAUTICAL MOBILE FRIENDLY

Good Nautical is now mobile friendly (aka responsive)
so whip out all your cellphones and give it a tab

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17) For the regular Panama
Posse here is your goal post  Vista
Mar Marina, Panama

Sat
May 30th, 2020  - Panama Posse finale Celebration at Vista Mar
Marina, Panama

Vista
        Mar

ENDORSEMENT

Vista Mar Marina has been our home for the past 6 weeks. We
have to say it’s been a great place for us to prepare to cross
to French Polynesia. It is very close to Coronado, which has 4
major grocery stores with good provisioning options, there is an
Abernathy, which is limited, but we’ve been able to find a few
things that we needed. There is a Do it Center, a Novey, and a
RIBA Smith which have been our home away from home.

VISTA
        MAR
VISTA MAR

If you are looking for a fancy marina with a resort and pool this is not the marina for
you, but the price was right for us. We paid around $.40 a
foot with our Panama Posse discount. There is a friendly group
of permanent cruisers here trying to beef up the community and
gain momentum with a cruisers net each morning. Cesare and his
crew in the boat yard we’re amazing. If you plan to dry dock,
it’s a fine place to do it, but not for larger boats (our
opinion). Hope this helps in some way. Happy sailing

BILL
JULIANNE

Bill and JulianneEPIPHANY

Note: happy happy crossing !

Safe Esteem

18) Safe Esteem - get your free personal risk barometer app

Free to try for 6 months for all Panama Posse participants
- safe esteem is a barometer for personal risk and
thanks to
Van - COO of safe-esteeem  who gave a very good travel risk
presentation
during the safety seminars - you can use it for free to see how
your risk score's change along the route.

To download go to https://www.safe-esteem.com/  

scroll down and use the invite code "PP1920"
This is a private beta release and currently only works on
iphones
.

SafeEsteem app

 “Safe-esteem is the map & compass to navigate risks
in our life’s journey and provides a life risk barometer”

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We will not tell you what to do, when or how - we want you to to
figure it out. YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Suzanne
Dietmar

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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FLEET UPDATE 2020-03-01

  1. SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT PARTNERS WITH THE PANAMA POSSE
  2. Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo MX
  3. Cruiser Safety Alert - CUSTOMS @ Border Town Talisman, Chiapas, MX *
  4. Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  5. Picture of the Week
  6. Punta Guiones, Costa Rica
  7. Vista Mar Marina Rates, Panama 
  8. Rounding of Punta Mala, PANAMA
  9. Passing Ships at night, Papagayo Winds
  10. Boca Chica, PANAMA
  11. About heading across the Pacific
  12. San Blas, Panama
  13. * Situational awareness levels
  14. Zihuatanejo, MX
  15. Notice to Mariners: Marina Ixtapa, Channel Closing
  16. Sailing into Playas Del Coco, Costa Rica
  17. Early Warning of new exit Requirements from Mexico in Chiapas
  18. Panama Canal, Successful Passage
  19. Boca Chica, Panama
  20. PANAMA CANAL, PANAMA 
  21. Satellite .mbtiles which work deliciously with OpenCPN 5.0+
  22. Please reply to this email
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1) We welcome our newest Sponsor
SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT PARTNERS WITH THE PANAMA POSSE
Sevenstar is proud to be the logistics partner of choice for the PANAMA POSSE fleet,
and will be providing tailored solutions from Golfito in Southern Costa Rico, Manzanillo, La Paz to Ensenada, Mexico and Victoria,Canada and beyond.

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            - Seven Star Yacht Transport

For more information about how Sevenstar can help your extend your plans or return you back to
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Panama Posse and you'll get your discount as well For more information about PANAMA POSSE and Sevenstar Yacht Transport BV please visit the below websites:

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2) Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo MX
Independence (CounterPosse)  finally left Key West and made it to beautiful
Isla Mujeres
, Quintana Roo MX, where we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise (see attached photo.

Sunrise
Larry
Jamie

We are now in Puerta Aventuras and plan on being to Bay Islands Honduras by this weekend.

Larry & Jamie

INDEPENDENCE

Mexico

3) Cruiser Safety Alert - CUSTOMS @ Border Town Talisman, Chiapas, MX

This is Steve and Chelsea on s/v Jean Anne.
I'm writing to you this morning to please include an alert to all cruisers passing through Chiapas that they should be warned to avoid Talisman, Mexico (Mexico-Guatamala border crossing) under ALL circumstances.

Yesterday, Friday Feb. 28th, we needed to go to the Guatemalan border to deal with a VISA issue. We were told by the Marina Chiapas manager that his immigration friend recommended we go to the border - that the airport was not an option to get our issue resolved. Unaware of which crossing to go to, we headed to the more Northern border known as "Talisman".

When we arrived, we immediately encountered young Mexican men with fraudulant ID badges that attempted to sell us faked Visas. One man claiming to be a Mexican official (with an official, Mexican-sealed and stamped-looking badge) brought us into the correct immigration office, likely to gain our trust. We would learn hours later this man was NOT a Mexican official and was a fraud/criminal looking for money either via tip or by force.  It quickly became apparent that he was also working with at least six or more other males and was doing all of this criminal activity in open-sight on both sides of the border unabated.

While at the border, we were required to cross into Guatemala twice. As soon as we entered, it became obvious there was a significant criminal element working in coordination and absolutely no police presence at all.

A series of incidents occurred while we were at this crossing that could have very easily been life-threatening, including having our passports taken by these unknown men and finding ourselves literally surrounded by five men at one point.
We are warning all cruisers to avoid this border under ALL circumstances, unless escorted by an offical approved by the marina office. 

Steve & Chelsea

JEAN ANNE

(note: we know STEVE coming out of the law enforcement field has ample experience
Carinthia cancelled their tip in 2018 @ Talisman and it was an ok experience albeit slow
- when we went back to Mexico in 2019 the Marina Chiappas advised us
to not go to Talisman but
to opt for the Border crossing customs station at Ciudad Hidalgo, MX @ 14°40'37.9"N 92°08'57.1"W

This worked well but the situation is fluid in many parts due to the migrant crisis in Central America
so
in the area so PLEASE USE CAUTION -
situational awareness * - see item 10) - something we will add to next years safety seminar !

PEZ VELA

4) Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Update from Bait 'N' Switch:
Currently in Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica. The Papagayos are blowing! This update is about Puerto Quetzal, however.
Arrived Marina Pez Vela, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala on Feb 11 at sunset. Radioed Capitan del Puerto on VHF 16 re arrival and they replied something about checkin on boat that evening. Soon after, an older guy named Miguel Oscar came with some papers to fill out. Turns out he was an agent--not an official. He then asked for $440 which he said included $300 for official visit, $90 for 3 passports and $50 for his services. He asked for the funds in cash, payable right away and proceeded to say it would help with the costs for his wife who had cancer and the therapy was expensive. (!?) We paid but made him sign something that he had received the funds and what they were for. We also asked what other costs there would be and he said only $20 for exit zarpe when we left. He went away with our passports and returned about 2 hours later with the Port Captain, immigration officer and customs officer and our 3 passports. All was fine.
We checked in with the marina the next day (Ivan Marroquin, cell +502-4873-7348) at a rate of $2/foot.  There were no services on shore (no wifi, no women's bathroom or shower) although there is water and power on the dock. We were the only transient boat amongst lots of charter sportfishing boats.
Upon checkout with the marina, Ivan (a helpful guy who also oversees the cruise terminal) called the agent who came by asked for the $20 plus $90 for 3 passports. We were very angry about the $90 and called Ivan to intercede and he did help. After a lot of back and forth, we paid the $20 and Miguel Oscar left with our 3 passports. He returned about 1.5 hours later with our passports and asked for $45 instead of $90. We asked for receipts for evertything but he said they were all back at the office. We reluctantly paid and learned a lesson--when using agent, get in writing in advance what it will cost to check in and out and demand receipts for everything. We also heard from an American guy who runs a sportfishing operation there that we don't have to use an agent. I'm not sure how to do it yourself, but I assume you'd need a cab to go to the various offices which are probably near the commercial harbor.
The good: A friend arranged a driver for us to Antigua (1.5 hours). They also have Uber in Guatemala which would have been cheaper.  Antigua is a beautiful Spanish colonial town with cobblestone streets surrounded by 3 volcanoes and well worth the visit. Lake Atitlan is also supposed to be very beautiful. Also, for those who love to fish, this is supposedly the sailfish capital of the world (thus the name "Pez Vela").
The bad: The expensive checkin process. Also, we were assigned an end tie on the floating dock and the surge is very strong. Overnight we popped one ball fender and lost another due to the intense surge.  The surge is manageable if you tie the boat using long lines and lots of fenders.  Being assigned a slip/mooring dock (tie off to pilings)  would have made the surge much more manageable. There is a lot of coal dust when it's windy as there are huge piles of coal at the marina destined for the power plants. (See coal piles behind marina in photo.) Still, we loved touring around Antigua area!
Laurie & John

Bait 'N' Switch III

Santa Maria
Bardin / Spielberg

5) Picture of the Week - Fuel dock at Marina Puerto de la Navidad, MX
500 year old fuel for their twin 350hp diesel engines first spotted in Chiapas a few weeks back.

This 200t spanish flagged replica of the Santa Maria is in the Costalegre area filming
an Amazon miniseries about the legendary Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés developed by Steven Spielberg.
and tapped Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem to play the titular conquistador.

Chamela

Created and written by Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), the Cortes miniseries will follow Hernán Cortes as he leads a “rebellious expedition” to King Montezuma II’s Aztec empire. Cortes was famous for bringing about the fall of the Aztec Empire and leading the first phase of the colonization of the Americas by Spanish conquistadors.

The epicenter of the filming with lot's of local extras and help from the Panama Posse HQ marina is the backdrop around the Punta Perula / Chamela / Playa Pariso area.

http://www.goodnautical.com/gma/mexico-pacific?field_gma_value=MX-PAC
Here is the Good Nautical Anchorages map of the area.

Suzanne
Dietmar

Suzanne( took the picture) & Dietmar

CARINTHIA

6) Punta Guiones, Costa Rica

Punta
          guiones

Pilot whales playing off the bow in Punta Guiones, Costa Rica !

Pilot
          Whales

Still waiting for your ...

Susimi

Paul & Hazel

(headshots)

SUSIMI

7) Vista Mar Marina Rates, Panama

2020  Rates at Vista Mar Marina. I checked with Cesar to get the accurate information.
The rates below are the US dollar STANDARD rates as of Jan 2020.

Panama Posse 2020 gets a 25% discount off of those rates for a total length of stay of 3 months (90 days), starting the count of days when they arrive. 
Your payment must be calculated and paid on your arrival. So if you pay for a week, but stay for a month you do not get the monthly rate.
Since I've been here for 14 months, Cesar might have cut me a deal. But he mentioned that the 90 days do not have to be consecutive.

Vista Mar

The first number is the Monohull rate second number is Multihull rate.
These numbers are per foot with a minimum of 35 feet.

Up to 60 feet
0- 7 nights 0.75, 1.00
8 - 14 nights 0.70, 0.90
15 - 29 nights 0.65 0.80
Monthly (30 days) 0.55, 0.70
90 days and over0.50, 0.65

61 to 80 ft
0 - 7 nights 0.90, 1.15
8 - 14 nights 0.85, 1.10
15 - 29 nights 0.80, 1.00
Monthly rate (30 days) 0.75, 0.75
90 days and over 0.55, 0.70

81 to 100 ft is very similar, except and 0.05 to 0.10 on multi-hull only

My monthly electric is $20 just for the hook up. My usage was quite small.

I don't have numbers for usage or numbers for shorter terms than a month.

Walt
Jeariene

Water in Panama is potable

Now for some bad news.
The resort pool is owned and run by different people than the Marina. 
They want $75/person for one month access.
$25/person for one day.
Walt & JearieneKNOT RIGHT

8) Passing Ships at night, Papagayo Winds

Saltair3 passing SV Blessed Life off the coast of Nicaragua 20 nm north of SJDS in the heart of the papagayos with 11 knots of wind on a beam reach. Yes!  Hello Blessed Life. Perfect Wx window for this!
4 Posse boats at 11:00pm crossing through the non existent Papagayo winds (currently 8 knots of wind) all boats within 4 miles of each other and 25 nm north of SJDS. 3 heading north and one heading south.
SV Trance, SV Ankyrios
SV Saltair3 and SV Blessed Life. Pretty cool! Lots of fishermen out here too. Be aware and take care.

Brad
Cole
Krista


Brad, Cole & Krista


SALTAIR III

9) Boca Chica, PANAMA

Interim Port of Entry report at Boca Chica.  I’ll write a full report for GoodNautical when I have a little more information after we receive the cruising permit.

Carlos is the go-to guy here in Boca Chica.  He has a dock, boat ramp, and a few moorings.  He can also coordinate the officials from Pedregal.  Carlos is a get things done kind of guy and as ethical as the day is long!  His cell/whatsapp # is
+507 6600-6191

Our rowing dinghy can’t handle the current through the channel, so Carlos picked us up just before 8am and brought us to his place where the officials were waiting.

There were four officials.  Port Captain (Moises), Health inspector, Customs, and Immigration.

The fees totaled $167 because it was a festival holiday.  Non-holiday would be about $30 less.
The cruising permit is $185 and is delayed a bit because of the holiday.  We’ll get it by Thursday.

Diesel Fuel
We were charged $1.00 a litre for diesel, about $4.00 a gallon.
Street price on diesel in Panama seems to be about $3.75 or so, so that’s not a bad markup.
Pick up and Delivery of our jerry cans was an extra fee ($20.00 in our case).

Bob
Carol

Bob & Carol SINGULARITY

10) Rounding of Punta Mala, PANAMA

Punta
          Mala

Green flash and Avant rounding Punta Mala with 12 knots of wind from the north east!  What a beautiful thing!

11) About heading across the Pacific ...

The South Pacific Sailing Network is inviting all sailors heading to the Pacific Islands for a free informative
seminar about Tahiti Tonga Fiji and New Zealand at Shelter Bay Marina on March 1st 10 am to 2 pm.
Drinks will be offered

South
          Pacific Sailing

south-pacific-sailing.com

12) San Blas, Panama

San
          Blas
San
          Blas 2
Dan
Angela

Dan &  Angela
ANGELIQUE

*13) Situational awareness levels - (now you know):

For optimal situational awareness stay in Condition Yellow

6
            stages from
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-develop-the-situational-awareness-of-jason-bourne/

Could not find a better graphic with a mariner /
sailor but maybe we'll get some at the Party @ Vista Mar on May 30th ;-)

In a dynamic situation, situational awareness is embedded in a loop where the environment affects SA
and decisions made under a particular level of SA affect the environment

  • Learn to Predict Events
  • Identify Elements Around You
  • Trust Your Feelings
  • Limit Situational Overload
  • Avoid Complacency
  • Be Aware of Time
  • Begin to Evaluate and Understand Situations
  • Actively Prevent Fatigue

For more on this topic please head to
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/managing-stress-arousal-for-optimal-performance-a-guide-to-the-warrior-color-code/

14) Zihuatanejo, MX

Good
          Nauticcal Zihuatanejo

Cruisers - Welcome to Zihuatanejo      

Here are a few facts to help you out.

Report into the Port Captain to register

Information: listen to the morning Cruiser Net on VHF 22A at 8:30 every morning

Anchoring Protocol for Sailfest boats:

. …during Sailfest please mark your GPS anchor location and use just that spot. This allows Sunset Cruise boats to easily return to their spot at dusk plus allows the Panga guys to get familiar with where to find the boat. The anchorage will get crowded and it helps immensely if everyone stays in the same place.
Dinghy parking and Valet Service:

 on the beach to the right of the pier and before the fishing boats. Alfonso, Jesús, Mateo and whoever else greets the dinghies and watches them 24/7.....a great service. A minimum payment of 20 pesos in and 20 pesos out is suggested.
Concierge Service:

...Ismael and Hilda located beside the Tourist Welcome building. They can be called on VHF 65 and will deliver fuel, water, ice, beer, propane plus local knowledge like who to call for outboard repairs, diesel engine service, parts etc. Tel: 755 108-9161

Ismael and Hilda are our Amazon Mexico drop-off location.Full address is: Paseo de Pescador, No 1-B, Muelle, Col Centro, Zihuatanejo, Guererro 40880

Panga & Water Taxi:

 Coordinator- Jorge- looks after all the guest boarding for the on-the-water Sailfest events as well as providing taxi service from the pier to your boat. Jorge speaks English and can be called at: 755-111-0194. His boat is called 'Rumbo Sur'

Showers. Are available across from Ismael and Hilda's booth at the shore end of the pier…clean and well managed. Cost is: 15 pesos

Laundromat- self-service - located on Vicente Guerrero between Nicolas Bravo and Ejido St. (beside the Banamex)

There are several other laundry services available on La Boquita, which runs along the canal.

Banks:

– most banks Scotiabank, Bancomer, Banamex, Santander are all located on Benito Juarez. There is an Intercam on Morelos

Taxis – generally 35 pesos for the downtown central area, but may increase to 40 pesos to Mega, Sam’s, bus station

- 55 pesos to La Ropa, at night more for return

- 35 pesos Madera, 40 Madera uphill

- 85 pesos Ixtapa Playa Palmar

- 95 pesos Ixtapa Marina

Buses - generally 10 pesos to La Ropa, 9round town

- 14 to Ixtapa

Hospital/Doctors (just to mention a couple)

- Hospital de especialidades 544-7628

- Hospital Clinica Maciel 554-22380

Groceries –

- Merza on Ejido St, good for your basic staples

- Mercado main fruit and vegetable market on Benito Juarez

- Mega Soriana is walkable, by taking the footpath all along the canal.

- Bodega is on the main highway

- Sam’s Club is on the main highway

Liquor

- La Cava on the corner of Nicolas Bravo & Vicente Guerrero

- Andy’s on the opposite corner

- Merza has a selection of spirits

- Mega Soriana

Gas & Diesel

- closest Pemex is on Morales, which is at the top of Cinco de Mayo and to the left. Can be accessed by dinghy a short walk from the head of the Lagoon

Parts and repair supplies:

AutoZone store is on the main highway.

Small Marine Store on the main highway who can order from catalogs

Boat bottom cleaning Memo. 555 127 7446

Restaurants – too many to mention

Music – (a partial list...)

Rock & Roll
- Steve & Friends Thurs, Fri, Sat at Rossi’s on La Ropa

- Jimi Mamou at Daniel's Restaurant Wednesday and Friday

Mexican

- Juanito Zihua at Coconuts on Friday, Santa Prisca on Thursday afternoon (great pozole)

- Jose Luis Cobo plus Musicas en Fuga at El Canto de las Sirenas a special Monday night event from 6:00pm to 10:00

- Zihuana Band – Salsa at Restaurant El Pirata on La Ropa, every Sunday at 3

- Solo Tres – El Pirata Restauranton Playa La Ropa every  Wed at 3. Great harmonies from 3 of the best Zihua guitarists

Blues - Don Scott and Rosanne Licciardi at ------?  Restaurant, ------ night, and other venues around town

Website: Porlosninos Zihuatanejo

Facebook: Zihuatanejo-Sailfest

Groups - Zihuatanejo Let’s Chat

Thisldu Arrived this morning to Roqueta Island out side of Acapulco. Very protected but deep until pretty close to shore. Would be fantastic anchoring in 20 feet on sand but it’s stocked full of “mooring balls”. We dropped anchor and found good holding but was afraid of snagging a mooring line around our prop. Slept a few hours and woke up to a busy tourist spot with glass bottom boats filled to the brim with people, and a few boats pulling tubes wizzing by way to close. We were finally able to get ahold of Club De Yates harbor master Mary (her English is better than my Spanish but communicating over the phone was challenging. Note we did send an email yesterday but it bounced. Any way sh directed us to the fuel dock and then to the office for paperwork. For such a large facility and an important job, they have Mary in a tiny hard to find office just before the boat yard. The marina is mostly Mediterranean ties which we’ve never done before and dreaded with our full keel won’t steer in reverse beast, but were luck enough to get a side tie! The good news. The facilities are beautiful and we are paying $1.75/ft/ night which I think is reasonable, but we got our first night free from our Sausalito Yacht Club membership! I think reciprocity May very by club, but anything is better than nothing! Lastly Navionics charts aren’t even close so Ill try to add my track.

Thisldu Planning on heading south on Saturday after this TPecker chills out and MAYBE catch it’s up coming forecasted lull. (Yes I know it’s too early to plan on that but here’s to hoping!)

Garret
Audrey


Garrett & Audrey


THISLDU

15) Notice to Mariners: Marina Ixtapa, Channel Closing

Doug
Mary

For anyone intending to come into Marina Ixtapa for fuel or Moorage be aware.

The marina entrance channel will be totally closed- 24/7 - for dredging from March 2nd thru March 5th.
eopening the morning of March 6th.

Dough & Mary

ONE LIFE

Blessed Life sailing into Playa Cocos withthe Panama
            Posse

16) Sailing into Playas Del Coco, Costa Rica

Yeaaaa to Costa Rica. Thank you all Panama Posse for the ongoing intel to get here

Anchored in Pappagayos winds with 49 knots of wind
Line
Bob
Maergie

Chatter in LINE.me
Hi Greg- SV Blessed  Life watching right with you! That is directly in front of you -
Greg on SV Anduril is watching it gust to 45 knots in Playa Del Coco. 
Imagine what’s its doing in San Juan del sur, they are Really bad there!
Chimera also here in playa Cocos  the southern part of the bay .
Day 2 of this wind, stronger today than yesterday.
Looks like Monday till we see any improvement.
@SV Blessed Life we saw you coming in to Playa Coco with your spinnaker. You looked great!

Bob & Margie

BLESSED LIFE

17) Early Warning of new exit Requirements from Mexico in Chiapas

Ok- here's a new one. Apparently the port Capt in Chiapas now wants some type of a piece of paper that shows you are "qualified " to be the captain of your boat in order to leave Mexico, not needed on checking in. Two examples of what were accepted today 1) for someone else also checking out- membership in BoatUS or 2) for us, a certificate of achievement from 2012 for ASA 101! Not sure I would accept that from anyone as proof of any kind of competency, but it seemed to work here! None of this has been asked of us either checking in or any other port in Mexico, only as we go out the door!

(Note from ANGELIQUE: a USA state boating license works too. You can get Oregon’s on line for cheap )

Bob
Sarah

Bob & Sarah RHAPSODY

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18) Panama Canal, Successful Passage

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Following a freighter into Pedro Miguel lock at dawn a few weeks ago.

Center chamber all the way through, total transit 13 hours.

Barry
Kathy

Barry & Kathy

BLUE OASIS

(note: CONGRATULATIONS )

Stand Down
Pedegral

19) Boca Chica, Panama

Carlos, son Simone and Rich aboard Stand Down.

Pedregal, Panama. Sarana waypoints are right on.
We left Boca Chica at lowtide in 14ft/60hp skiff .

Pedregal is very industrial. Marina is steel and disappointing.

Richard & Nancy
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STAND DOWN

20) PANAMA CANAL, PANAMA

John
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21) SATELLITE .mbtiles which work deliciously with OpenCPN 5.0+

Thanks to the incredible work by Rob from Avant we now have 50+Gig of mbtile satellite charts for the entire coastal route available -

Download the whole chart enchilada from http://route.panamaposse.com/charts/mbtiles_central_america/

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

SV AVANT

Rob & Debra

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