FLEET UPDATE 2020-04-26

in this weeks fleet update

  • Pictures of the Week
  • Nicaragua to Mexico Notes on Arrival
  • Country Updates
  • Vessel Locations
  • Severe Weather Alert 
  • a non-Panama Posse vessel's actions in Costa Rica during the lock down
  • Official Dinghy Dock Petition in Zihuatanejo, MX
  • A BIG thank you to our Sponsors
  • Sign up for next Panama Posse season
  • Send in your fleet updates
  • Opt-Out

Much as our ancestors did ages ago, we thrust forward into the unknown.

Pioneers set forth on an uneasy course, just as we are now facing history and
certain adversity while we aim to thrive.

1) Pictures of the Week

The shark ate my tuna...

Sharks
          ate my fish
Sharks 2 Bonzai 0 for tuna dinner while under passage.

Don

BONZAI

Bob & Margie

BLESSED LIFE

Pool under construction at Chiapas Marina

Bill & Lisanne

ROCINANTE

Catch of the week !

Jeffrey & Paula

SEA LARKS

Brian & Tracy

WOODWIND 1

Finding one part on board tearing it all apart aka boat yoga

Nick, Gema & crew

MOIRA

Admiral's dress code under stay in place orders

Suzanne & Dietmar

Carinthia

2) Nicaragua to Mexico - Arrival

We just wanted to update you, that Happy Dance arrived in Chiapas Mexico at 0700 April 26. We had an easy 3 day passage from Puesta del Sol, and we're very happy to report that we'll be going to check into Mexico in the morning!!
One funny note, (at least it's funny now), is that an email from the US Embassy was sent to my inbox two hours after we left the dock in Nicaragua, advising us that the Nicaraguan government had agreed to let us stay! Timing is everything..ha!
I should also note that in all the confusion while we were figuring out the situation in Nicaragua, the people at Puesta del Sol couldn't have been nicer. Robert, the owner, was making calls on our behalf, Juanita was keeping us informed, the Navy was friendly, and of course all our fellow cruisers were offering plenty of moral support. Special thanks to Vicki on Taliesin Rose for getting us groceries!
We plan to stay here for the month of May while we fix the prop seal, and wait to see what happens next in Mexico.
Happy
          Dance

All the best,

Sue & Marty

HAPPY DANCE

3) Country Updates

Mexico 13,8421,305†
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.
Several ports have restrictions on movement - clearing in and out of Chiapas and Ensenda is still possible
Guatemala 473 13†
full lock down - no entry permitted - Curfew extended
El Salvador 298 8†
full lock down - no entry permitted

Honduras 627 59†
full lock down - no entry permitted

Nicaragua 13 3†
closed as of this week - no entry permitted
On Wed Apr 22 unofficially
(and not publicly) closed its borders to entry of recreational boats.
From this moment Marina Puesta del Sol will not be able to receive boats.

Costa Rica 695 6†
full lock down - no entry permitted
existing tourist visas have been extended curfew to may 15 th

Panama 5,538 159†
Panama - 14 day quarantine has been obtained by some in internal movements

The Civil Aeronautical Authority (AAC) of Panama extended the suspension of international flights to the country until May 23.
The airports have been closed since the early hours of Monday, March 23, as a sanitary measure due to the advance of the corona-virus. The measure was originally adopted for a month, but this Monday, April 20, the AAC announced that the ban will be extended for an additional month.
The resolution was published in the Official Gazette, and bears the signature of the AAC director, Gustavo Pérez. These actions are based on information provided by the Ministry of Health, regarding the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic in other countries.
Read here AAC Resolution No. 53 of April 14, 2020.
https://www.gacetaoficial.gob.pa/pdfTemp/29006/78214.pdf

4) Vessel Locations

NAME LOCATION STAY IN PLACE MOVE ON TO  LOGISTICAL ISSUES
1 BAJA FOG Barra de Navidad, MX
John & Monique
3 TALIESIN ROSE puesta del Sol, Nicaragua
Victoria & Rowan
4 THISLDU Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua
Garrett & Audrey
5 LUNA barra de Navidad, MX
Bob & Kris
9 CARINTHIA barra de Navidad, MX
Dietmar & Suzanne
10 SEAGLUB san jose del cabo
Chris
12 JEAN ANNE Chiapas, MX
Steve & Chelsea
13 SINGULARITY Vista Mar, Panama  undefined future
Robert & Carol
16 © ENJOY in bocas del toro - hanging well  getting a lot of work 
Don & Nina
19  ©  KNOT RIGHT Vista Mar Marina, Panama separation - nothing 
Walt & Jeariene
20 ©  COMPROMISE Marina Chiapas, Leave boat on the hard  no issues leave 
Ronald & Karen
23 TOP CIDER Chiapas, MX
Chuck & Sharon
25 HALF MOON Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua
Brain & Elizabeth
26 MADELEINE vessel in el salvador
Huibert & Maaike
27 ANGELIQUE Florida
Dan & Angela
29 DELTA SWIZZLER Tenecatita - 9 vessels
Mark & Cindy
30 FIREFLY las hadas 
Brenda & Ted
34 ONE LIFE barra de Navidad, MX
Doug & Mary
37 WISHLIST las hadas - life copy 
Chris Brenda
40 AVANT Shelter Bay, Panama - vessel is in panama - we are in rainy Canada linton bay marina - are abel to accept vessels and able to update to - 
Rob & Debra
48 © DENOVO Boat is Puerto Pensaco. MX - we are in canada
Andre, Naomi & crew
50 ANDURIL Chiapas, MX
Alice & Greg
51 GREEN FLASH California - vista mar in boat 
Bob & Joan
52 BONZAI key west florida - cases are climing in mx - all marinas are closed - anchoring out in key west
After 1.5 years from leaving California we have now arrived in Key West Florida. 
As Mexico is escalating into a level three for the virus we recognized things in the
US were on the back side of the bell curve and found a weather window. 
Bonzai utilized an agent that is on staff at Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina and it was
worth every penny for efficiency. 
450 miles later in 60 hours we are here.

processed thorugh staff - cbp roam app - ke west maintain social distancing 
Don
54 STAND DOWN vista Mar Marina, Panama
Richard & Nancy
58 KATHLEEN barra de Navidad, MX
Robert & Karen
59 RAVEN barra de Navidad, MX
Neil, Tammy, & Jan
61  © WILDEST DREAMS chiapas, MX
Grant & Michelle
64 SECRET WATER la paz, mx
Annie & Chris & Crew
65 WOODWIND 1 paradise village - boat projects - rest down - yacht club does take out - run 
Brian & Tracy
67 CHIMERA costa rica
Dennis & Margaret
69 ALIZANN still at red frog marina  remain in place full lock down - week to week decision - keeping the boat top operational 
Martin & Suzanne
70 FLOATING STONES bahamas
Bryan & Cheryl
74 MAISON DE SANTE barra de Navidad, MX
Keenan & Nicole
85 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME San Diego
Allan & Rina
88  © SEA LARKS Chiapas - fleet start moving - en route to 
Jeffrey & Paula
95 WAVE DANCER costa rica
Vladimir & Galinda
96 MALOLO in manzanillo - las hadas from ixtapa 
Matt & Britt
99 HO’OKIPA Barra de Navidad, MX until further notice all good 
Lisa & Lucky
100 VOLARE Barra de Navidad, MX
Jessica & Adam
109 JOY Barra de Navidad, MX
Jeff & Roxanne
117 PILIALOHA maina chahue with a care taker - we are in hawai 
Rick & Maria
121 ANKYRIOS barra de Navidad, MX
Dennis, Brandy & Crew
124  © INDEPENDENCE  raotan  barefoot key marina went way for the hotel - west end - smoky - serious - sneaking in - still on lock-down - people are hanging low 
Larry & Jamie
125 LILY ROWAN marina chahue
Jim & Zyanya
129 © NESHUMA on the hard at mazatlan marina
Carl & Cynthia
131 MAR Y SOL Marina Vallarta, MX
Bob & Marisol
138 BLESSED LIFE doing great at marina pez vela - weather rain - contract end of fall  tip with the boat bond - 
Bob and Margie
143 ©  SEA GLASS panama
Chris
149 © MOIRA in bahia ballena - weeks and weeks - plan is weathe r- may to hawai 
Nick, Gema & crew
152 © SUSIMI Barra de Navidad, MX
Paul & Hazel
157 SOL GOOD boat is in vitsta mar - cornado panama  all 
Jeff
161 ©  SPREZZATURA Curfew expanded to the end of may  sat and Sunday closed down 
Eric
171 GenM in marina la paz - maintence - all on lock down  canal not go out after 10 PM - 
Marvin and Laurie
176 REEF DANCER staying put for the foreseable  duffy is very quiet …
Jerry & Debra
178 Happy Dance Chiapas, MX

5) Severe Weather Alert
...EARLY TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN THE EASTERN PACIFIC...

NHC is issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Depression One-E, centered as of 8 a.m. PDT over the open waters of the eastern North Pacific Ocean about 730 miles (1175 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

This marks the earliest formation of a tropical cyclone in the eastern North Pacific basin since the satellite era began in 1966.

The depression is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). This general motion is expected for the next day or so, followed by a turn toward the west on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is anticipated today. The system is forecast to become a remnant low by late Sunday. It is not a threat to land.

The next advisory will be issued by NHC at 2 p.m. PDT - https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#One-E

Rob & Debra
AVANT

6) a non-Panama Posse vessel's actions in Costa Rica during the lock down

... based on your recent lock down update we spotted a boat named Malolo and his owner /captain Rick Appel. (not Panama-Posse)

...this boat showed up here right before Samana Santa (Easter) directly from Panama.
Borders closed and he landed on our fuel dock. No zarpe no nothing totally illegal in every way.
The agencies and Peninsula management went nuts because Panama is considered a Covid 19 hot spot and the border is closed to prevent these arrivals.
He basically showed up and said I don't care what you have to do,
I am out of fuel and on my way to California. If you have to arrest me then go ahead and arrest me.
.... to say this was a complete fiasco is an understatement. It took our lawyers and all of the agencies working
overtime to workout a solution for this idiot. In the end Immigration, the health ministry, the Port Captain and
Aduana all agreed the best solution was to sell him the fuel and send him away.
We had to suit up one of our guys in haz mat gear to pump the fuel.
... still dealing with the fall-out from this as we still could be fined for allowing the boat into the marina.
This has placed our concession at risk because this was ultimately considered a Health Ministry violation and they have a lot of power in Costa Rica.
The issue is, we didn't allow him to come in. No radio call no nothing he just charged in and dropped lines before my guys could get to the
end of the fuel dock placing the marina, our staff and fellow mariners at risk.

Marina Papagayo

7) Official Dinghy Dock Petition in Zihuatanejo, MX

In 2019 we officially petitioned Zihuatanejo to put in a dinghy dock - this was 14 months ago.

While cruising is severely impacted by the C19 virus our petition still stands.

If you know of any other locations you wish to have a dinghy dock please let us know

DINGHY DOCK

- Well maintained stable floating dock to adjust to tides and water levels protected from waves
- Handrails from shore to the Dinghy Dock with non skid surface on the plank - Small strong galvanized marlin cleats with ability to run chain through
- Long Painters on Each Dinghy & Dipping the Eye Use only one line. Do not tie bow and stern.
- Ability to lock dinghy to dock with a long chain and padlock
- Do not lock out other dinghies - Throw-able Life ring with floating line - No fishing allowed / No Swimming / No fish cleaning - Well lighted area with 24/7 video surveillance - Guarded or in “shouting” range of authorities - In cellphone and VHF rage of the main anchorage
- Nearby road to hail taxis, buses or uber and walking distance to town - Ability to load and unload packages and provisions
- Establish a No Wake Zone
- Potable water spigot to take on fresh water / wash dingy
- Trashcan
- Message Board for relevant announcements
- Do not lift engine up to avoid damage to other dinghies

8) A BIG thank you to 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

9) The 2020-2021 Panama Posse is forming
and 38 vessels have signed up already.

This season will end on June 1st - Line group will stay open - but not monitored
and we may continue the Saturday extraordinary calls for another few months.

Our goal is to expand the Panama Posse route in 2021 with a northbound
leg from Panama to the Keys in the Caribbean a.m.o. stay tuned for details.

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

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

SuzanneDietmar

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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FLEET UPDATE 2020-04-19

  • A special thank you to our sponsors 
  • Add comments while you are sheltering in place and bored
  • Country Updates 
  • Vessel Locations and plans
  • Lighting Mitigation 
  • Pictures of the Week
  • Exiting Panama - en route to Nicaragua
  • Long term plans - heading to Chile
  • PANAMA - Burning a “stuffed man” in effigy - the traditions is that of the Muñecos
  • Reply to this email
  • One season ends but 38 vessels have already signed up for next Panama Posse
  • Opt-out

1) A special thank you to our sponsors

  • 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

2) Things you can do while sheltering in place ... Add you comments  !!!

Log into Good Nautical and make your relevant comments in any of the places you have been goodnautical_make_comments

Please make your reports - simply ADD A NEW COMMENT in Good Nautical for each spot

Posse

2)  Country Updates 


Mexico   7,497  650†
- border closings between USA and Mexico but commercial entry permitted - outbound and inbound vessels still possible 
- certain ports are closed or locking down and exit zarpes are issued electronically for a fee via agents if required this
includes Puerto Vallarta and Areas of the Sea of Cortes      

Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at all airports and many road checks.  Reduced flights and Capacity.
Passengers with abnormal temperatures and travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional health screening.

The Mexican government declared a national health emergency on March 30 and imposed restrictions on non-essential activities in the public, private, and social sectors until April 30.  On April 16, the Mexican government extended the health emergency and the accompanying restrictions in most municipalities until May 30.  Essential activities include medical services and supplies, grocery delivery services and stores, restaurants (for delivery and carry out only), public safety, fundamental economic functions, government social programs, and critical infrastructure.

Mexico Visa Extensions

Cruisers with visas expiring in April were able to renew for 180 days in La Paz Mexico yesterday.
Those with visas expiring in May were told they would have to wait until next month

Mexico Port Closings
This is direct from Antonio at Marina Fonatur San Blas as of 4/14/2020.
The marina is not letting any new boats in. Boats currently inside are allowed to depart.
The port captain is not allowing anchoring in the estuary in front of the marina. Anchoring in Bahia de Matanchen is just fine.
The fuel dock at Marina Fonatur San Blas is open, and they will sell you fuel (diesel and unleaded are available). No one is allowed off the boat though, and you must immediately leave after fueling up. If it helps, at low tide the shallowest we saw was about 7' deep when entering the river.”
Jalisco, Mexico new requirements

The Governor of Jalisco announced today that beginning tomorrow, wearing a mask will be required whenever you leave your home. He also stated that parks, etc. are all closed to recreational activities. Whereas up to now the preventative measures have been voluntary, now they are obligatory and people can be fined for being out for anything but essential business.

mexico corona virus masks

*People may leave their homes only for essential business. *A mask must be worn any time one leaves the home. *The use of public spaces for sport or recreational purposes is prohibited.
The following groups are not permitted to leave the home at all:
- over age 60 - pregnant - high blood pressure - diabetes - chronic cardiac or pulmonary disease - liver or kidney dysfunction - suppressed immune system

Guatemala 257 7†

- full lock down - no entry permitted  - Curfew extended to April 28th
It also banned cruise ships from docking.  All nationals, residents and diplomats are required to be quarantined upon arrival.
President Alejandro Giammattei also banned travel between the different departments inside of the Central American country before and during Easter.



El Salvador    201      7† 
-  full lock down - no entry permitted †

El Salvador’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that  the government
cannot arrest people accused of having failed to comply with a mandatory household quarantine nor confiscate vehicles or property.
But El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele said on Wednesday he would not accept several Supreme Court rulings
meant to stop him from enforcing some measures to curb the spread

  
Honduras    472    46†
Honduras - full lock down - no entry permitted - all borders closed except for cargo.
    
Nicaragua -  10   2†
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 

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Wednesday that the country “has not stopped working” and that it will maintain its vision of responding to the emergency without social confinement.


Costa Rica    660  4†
- full lock down - no entry permitted - Curfew expected to be extended

 
Panama   4,273  120†Panama -  no entry permitted   14 day quarantine has been obtained by some in internal movements 

- curfew w/ 1 hour movement x certain day for with 30 minutes based on ID number and day and gender - no alcohol sales -
Fines for curfew violations

4) Vessel Locations and plans from the Saturday 18th Extraordinary 6th Line call ( these calls will continue every Saturday at 16 UTC until further notice
line.me app weekly call

NUMBER NAME LOCATION STAY IN PLACE MOVE ON TO  LOGISTICAL ISSUES
1 BAJA FOG Barra de Navidad, MX
John & Monique
4 THISLDU Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua
Garrett & Audrey
10 SEAGLUB San Jose del Cabo 
Chris
12 JEAN ANNE Chiapas, MX
Steve & Chelsea
13 SINGULARITY Vista Mar, Panama  because so many people violating 
Robert & Carol
14 SLOW DANCER bocas marina  no lifting of restrictions 
Dale & Kenneth
19  ©  KNOT RIGHT Vista Mar Marina, Panama all good - 
Walt & Jeariene
20 ©  COMPROMISE chiappas, mx - co
Ronald & Karen
23 TOP CIDER isla ixtapa will sail further  good snorkeling
Chuck & Sharon
29 DELTA SWIZZLER tenecatitia,  making water  alge 
Mark & Cindy
30 FIREFLY las hadas  everything the ame  3 boats beaches are empty patrol boat comes around 
Brenda & Ted
40 AVANT Shelter Bay, Panama  in canada - 3 western states are coordianting openings - boats are free to move
Rob & Debra
43 RHAPSODY vista mar marina, Panama
Sarah & Bob
50 ANDURIL Chiapas, MX
Alice & Greg
51 GREEN FLASH san clemente , wet and well and cold  away - to get to panama 
Bob & Joan
67 CHIMERA Costa Rica - have not seen enough - really don’t have we will wait it out  - 
Dennis & Margaret
88  © SEA LARKS en route to nicaragua - puesta del sol  may go to chiapas 
Jeffrey & Paula
95 WAVE DANCER florida in costa rica
Vladimir & Galinda
96 MALOLO isla grande - been here - quiet - propane  dingy ashore -  leaving to 
Matt & Britt
99 HO’OKIPA Barra de Navidad, MX
Lisa & Lucky
100 VOLARE Chiapas, MX
Jessica & Adam
101  ©  KIANGA in la cruz marina - everything very quiet waiting 
Beat & Daniela
117 PILIALOHA we are in hawai'i vessel is in marina chahue  longing 
Rick & Maria
124  © INDEPENDENCE barefoot cay honduras boat maintenance - boat in perfect shape - varnished -
Larry & Jamie
129 © NESHUMA on the hard at mazatlan marina
Carl & Cynthia
131 MAR Y SOL Marina Vallarta, MX
Bob & Marisol
138 BLESSED LIFE how is the vessel clearing in from  weather in costa rica 
Bob and Margie
144  © ELSKA vista mar marina  - shut down  4 boys - bring the boat 
Ben & Mary Jane
147  GRASSHOPPER Chiappas,  remain here - few months - comfortable - but restaurat baos is closed 
Jeffrey & Cheri
152 © SUSIMI tenecatita  10 - 15 boats - since Thursday  hoping to head north 
Paul & Hazel
173 © BISOU bocas del toro 
Robin and Tad
176 REEF DANCER barra de navidad, MX
Jerry & Debra
178  HAPPY DANCE  playa samara  have a leak on the prop shaft - limping to puesta del sol  thunder storm

5) Lighting Mitigation
lighting mitigation for vessels in central america

Lightning mitigation and preparation: what we did on Avant.

When in lightning prone areas, we buy jumper cables at an auto parts store and connect them to the upper shrouds and drop the loose end (in the water) or connect to jack stands (when on the hard). This increased the grounding of the vessel and may help make you less of a target or mitigate a strike.

Open flat areas are worse than areas with prominent tall geographic features.

Being next to a larger boat with a taller mast, or a catamaran or other lightning friendly target is also a good strategy if you can arrange it.

Rob & Debra
AVANT

Carinthia (Cat) spend the summer of 2018 in Vista Mar Marina in Panama and we deployed the following lighting mitigation

- top of mast has a lighting rod - taller and thicker than the VHF antenna
- base of the mast ( deck stepped) has a attachment point and a thick electric cable is lowered into the water below the keels
- we dropped our anchor in the marina in our slip and wrapped a short chain around the base of the mast and connected this chain to the deployed anchor chain
- at the shroud deck-plates just below the turnbuckles we attached truck battery charging cables and dropped them into the water below the keels
- disconnected most electronics from power and all network connections
- 2 catamarans did get hit that season with a lighting strike  - Wine'n'Down ( lateral hit ) & Samara Explorer (direct hit 800 K damage )
- 1 catamaran Sugar Shack got hit in the Southern Costa Rica the following season (direct hit)
- check your insurance policy

Dietmar & Suzanne

CARINTHIA

6) Pictures of the Week
BLESSED LIFE SAMARA

Samara, CR

BLESSED LIFE DOG

Samara, CR
BLESSED LIFE Samara

Bob & Margie

BLESSED LIFE

Still life - Two fish, cutting board and knife
Thisldu

thisldu
Garrett & Audrey

THISLDU

7) Exiting Panama - en route to Nicaragua

An update from Happy Dance traveling with Candine.  We left Punta Balsa yesterday planning on a three day run to Nica. When we reached the Gulf of Nicoya we started seeing squalls. This soon turned into major thunderstorms that wrapped around us even as we tried to change course. Long story short we eventually escaped by heading toward shore. We tried anchoring in Domicelito but the swells were running straight in. We then went to the southern Manuel Antonio anchorage and planned to wait out the afternoon storms. Unfortunately we ended up with the wind blowing onshore and big thunderstorms over us. That's also when the GuardaCostas arrived! They politely asked for our passports and papers and went off to look them over. In the meantime the anchorage was deteriorating rapidly. The GC then came back and said to raise anchor and follow them. We didn't know why, but since they had our passports we thought it might be a good idea to go. 🤣 Getting out of the anchorage was a challenge now that it was a dangerous lee shore with large rollers coming in, blinding rain and a headwind. Not fun. They led us to the northern Antonio anchorage where we are now. Much safer and tranquillo.
The GC guys were very friendly and asked many questions about our health, where we'd been, etc. After a good hour of them talking on the phone they finally brought our passports and paperwork back and told us we were not allowed to go to shore. We'd already tried to explain that we had no intention of going to shore, that we only stopped due to weather. Since the weather was pretty bad right then, I think they got it! All this to say that they were helpful and polite and gave us their phone number in case we needed it. We're leaving in the morning to continue towards Nicaragua. Hopefully the rest of the GC are as easy going if/when we stop again. Just wanted to share our experience in case others are planning to travel through Costa Rica while their borders are closed. Cheers!⛵

Nora decided to go on today and is heading to Chiapas. We're going to be stopping at night the rest of the way...

drive shaft happy dance

Update on the drip! The grease helped slow down the flow substantially! We sailed most of the day so that helped too. The weather is great, slight onshore breeze, thunderclouds over the mountains. Mucho mejor !!!

We're staying at anchor for now and have the leak wrapped up and slowed down substantially. We're setting up the boat to be ready for a major fail 😬 but will hopefully get to Puesta and then to Chiapas. We're waiting for Wildest Dreams to get here so we'll also have a buddy boat if needed. Fingers crossed!!!🥴⛵️

Marty & Sue

HAPPY DANCE

8) Long term plans - heading to Chile

SV Sänna plan to head down the Pacific coast to Ushuaia Chile beginning around October-ish for the southern hemisphere spring and summer. They’re teaming up with Jimmy Cornell to route-plan. Sänna are happy to forward their route planning to any Pacific-side boat who might be interested in making this passage. You can contact Dave at dave@sanna-uk.com.
Good Nautical CHILE
Chile

Dave & Marie

SANNA

9) PANAMA - Burning a “stuffed man” in effigy - the traditions is that of the Muñecos
These life sized effigies are an old Panamanian tradition Muñecos or Judas Dolls

Judas Dolls

They are stuffed with firecrackers and are lit and beaten at the stroke of midnight on new years eve.
According to folklore, by beating and setting the effigies aflame, the sins and evil spirits of the old year are destroyed. 
Making way for good fortune in the new year. The fire crackers are said to help drive the evil forces away, since ghosts are afraid of light and noise.
The Muñecos are usually made to look like well-known politicians or movie stars from the outgoing year....

Posse

10) Please reply to this email with

– your updates - self quarantine info
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

DietmarSuzanne

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

11) This 2019-2020 Panama  - officially ends on May 31st
but you can already sign up for next season  and 
here is the list of valiant entrants, explorers and adventurers

https://panamaposse.com/2020-2021-vessels

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FLEET UPDATE 2020-04-12

“all that is true is rare and difficult”
― Unknown

We want to thank the 39 vessels which have already
signed up for the next 2020-2021 Panama Posse Season

( to do so reply with "sign me up again" )

SIGN
        UP

1) As a affirmation to LIFE, the camaraderie with fellow seaman
and as a demonstration that we shall overcome this virus as a species
please join us and fellow Panama Posse vessels in your area
at 17:00 LOCAL TIME and emit 3 prolonged (4-6 seconds) blasts know as "show blasts"

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      prolonged blasts given by cruise ships are called the "show
      blast"
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      prolonged blasts given by cruise ships are called the "show
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      prolonged blasts given by cruise ships are called the "show
      blast"

A special thank you to
Ho'Okipa, Joy and Dragonfly here in Barra for participating

2) PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT UPDATE FOR VESSELS UNDER 65 FEET

3rd party  Panama Canal update:
Our boat Lazy Travels, with Ohana and Nutmeg just crossed the Panama Canal from Atlantic to Pacific
Here are the details for how it happened for us:
We were allowed to use 4 line handlers for the entire 3 boat raft. Each boat had a transit advisor provided by the canal.
We were not allowed to use Canal line handlers, we had to find boats to transit with us that in combination would provide us with enough crew for the raft (4 line handlers, 3 captains, and if any children onboard someone separate to look after them. Seriously you need all 4 line handlers to be able to give their undivided attention at all times).
We were also unable to rent lines, fenders or tires to reduce contamination. We had to make sure that we had enough to meet the requirements (4 long lines, plus enough fenders for the raft and canal. Personal recommendation is to have a lot of fenders, and a few big round ones).
It seems like you must use an agent at this time, although we only used one to process our payment and paid a reduced fee ($150 USD, name Roger, organized by Shelter Bay Marina).
Shelter Bay Marina with the help of cruisers themselves organized the measurement of the boats. There is currently an excel spread sheet that lists all boats that want to cross the canal with their information. This is not an official document, but makes it easier to coordinate with all the yachts.
Basically we had to organize our own: measurement, crew, lines and fenders. The most difficult part was finding 3 boats who together meet all the requirements and were ready to cross. 
Our transit advisor said HIS OPINION is that the canal will continue to stay open for small vessels.  I think this is based on need, and how smooth everything went using reduced line handlers.

Serious thank you to all the cruisers and staff at Shelter Bay Marina who basically made this happen.

To many more happy canal crossings !!

Posted from FB Panama Cruisers by SV Singularity

Bugree

3) Country Updates

Mexico    4,219    273†
- border closings between USA and Mexico but commercial entry permitted - outbound and inbound vessels still possible
- certain ports are closed or locking down and exit zarpes are issued electronically for a fee via agents if required this
includes Puerto Vallarta and Areas of the Sea of Cortes      
Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at all airports and many road checks.  Reduced flights and Capacity.
Passengers with abnormal temperatures and travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional health screening.

REPORT FROM HUATULCO

A little bit more color on what is occurring in Mexico (from our perspective of being in Huatulco):

  1. There was some slowing of the town a month ago (Cruise ships and tourists stopped coming then) but everything has got much tighter in the last week.
  2. Restaurants, bars, hotels are all closed. Just the supermarkets, gas stations and Oxxo’s are open.
  3. A very few restaurants have switched to take-aways but that is comparatively rare. The city is a ghost town.
  4. The mayor has posted municipal police in road blocks at multiple points across the city, questioning the purpose of any trip.
  5. The airport is now also closed to domestic flights, with the exception of one single flight a week to/from Mexico City.
  6. The Federal Highway remains open but many (if not most) exits are blocked off -  by municipal police in the case of organized towns and by groups of locals (unarmed, so far as we can tell) in the smaller communities – refusing entry to outsiders. That seems to now be the norm, everywhere.
  7. It would therefore now be difficult to get out of here by either air or by road (unless you drive non-stop - you would likely find no hotels on route).  
  8. The “social distancing” thing seems to be misunderstood – not all police wear face masks when they question you (up close). Moreover, these local groups (they can feel more like mobs) blocking roads are congregating in groups of 20, 30 or more, missing the entire point of the lock down.   
  9. The Navy has stationed a vessel at the entrance to the harbor (at least during daylight hours). We haven’t actually seen any boat attempt to leave the harbor (not even one single panga), to know what the navy’s orders are – but we understand the harbor master is instructing vessels not to leave (although we have heard there is an exception for foreign vessels leaving the area or the country but do not have first-hand knowledge on that).
  10. While there seems to be no actual restriction on 3rd party contractors, working on boats, the reality is that many of the local workers voluntarily stopped work. Our mechanic reported that his employees simply abandoned him, some ten days ago, making it hard to continue offering any service.  
  11. On a personal note, we are still working on the rebuild of the engine. Getting the parts across the US: Mexico border was challenging (we had to find someone with an essential job who was authorized to travel in both California and across the border). Nonetheless, provided no new restrictions are implemented, we are hopeful it will be complete within a few weeks / a month max. Provided we successfully get away, we will head to Bara Navidad. Please note, however, that we spoke to Miriam today and she advised that she is not certain she can accommodate us, as the marina is nearly full.    

Stephen & Ana Veronica
AnnaStephe

MOONRISE

Guatemala  155   5†
- full lock down - no entry permitted  - Curfew extended to April 28th

El Salvador    125      6†
-  full lock down - no entry permitted †
 
Honduras    393    25†
Honduras - full lock down - no entry permitted
   
Nicaragua -  9   1†
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    577  3†
- full lock down - no entry permitted - Curfew extended to end of April

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose (8 April 2020)
Location:  Costa Rica – Level 4: Do Not Travel
 
Event: Costa Rica has now confirmed 502 cases of COVID-19 in the country.  Costa Rica today announced that the borders will remain closed to non-citizens and residents until April 30, an extension of the previous closure announcement. 

NOTE:Just to let you know that today (6th April) the Costa Rican government announced that they will keep the border closed until 30th April.

The U.S. Embassy will be closed Thursday April 9 - Monday April 13, due to observance of local holidays.  If you have an emergency requiring Consular assistance, please call 506-2519-2000.

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose and the U.S. State Department have coordinated with United Airlines to offer a commercial flight from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica to Houston, Texas (IAH) on Friday, April 17.  The flight will depart SJO at 11:30 am and arrive at IAH at 4:30 pm.  This flight is open to public booking; you are encouraged to book ASAP as seats are limited. 

 
 
We have received reports of social media notices purporting to provide assistance in receiving COVID-19-related checks from the U.S. government.  These notices claim immediate support and contain a link which requests personal information. Do NOT provide personal or financial information to businesses you don’t know or haven’t verified.  For official information regarding economic impact payments, see the websites of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Treasury (DOT). 
 
As always, Americans who need assistance can contact us at the numbers or email address below.  
 
Actions to Take: 
-    Follow instructions of Costa Rican authorities. Not doing so could result in arrest and potential fines.
-    Visit the Costa Rican Ministry of Health's Facebook Page for updated information.
-    Visit our Embassy COVID page for information on conditions in Costa Rica.
-    Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 
-    Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. 
-    Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 
-    Work with your airline, travel provider, or hotel/lodging directly regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
-    Call Costa Rican emergency number 911 or COVID hotline 1322 right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.
 
 Assistance:
 U.S. Embassy San Jose
 +506-2519-2000
 ACSSANJOSE@state.gov
https://cr.usembassy.gov/
State Department - Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

 

  
Panama   3,234  79†
Panama -  no entry permitted   14 day quarantine has been obtained by some in internal movements
- curfew w/ 1 hour movement x certain day for with 30 minutes based on ID number and day and gender - no alcohol sales -

This was posted via email by Marina Pez Vela:

Pursuant to Administrative Resolution DM-RM-0852-2020, issued by the Ministry of Health on April 2, from April 3 at five in the afternoon and until April 12 at midnight, the marina will be closed to the public.
During this period there are to be no offered services including, but not limited to: issuance of zarpes, issuance of floats plans, repairs, haul out or launches, among others.
After April 12, it is expected to be able to return the Marina to operations and therefore apply the following protocols until the Government declares the state of Emergency ended.
We appreciate your understanding and we ask you to abide by the regulations to avoid sanctions and above all in support of this campaign for the health of all concerned.

Marina Pez Vela is a company and a family, which has always distinguished itself by its solidarity and commitment to the social, cultural and environmental causes of the surrounding community. In the past few weeks and foreseeable future, this general commitment also must include meeting the standards of prevention and containment of the global pandemic known as COVID-19. The project not only has a commitment to the health and security of our clients, contractors and staff, whom we care for in all aspects, but also to fulfilling our National Responsibilities as a Marine Concession.  Our concession requires that  we must comply with a series of general provisions, legal parameters old and new, such as those established on March 10, 2020 by the Executive Decree number 42221-MP_S  as well as the National Law on Emergencies and Risk Prevention, Law 8488 of November 22, 2006, both of which outline our legal responsibility to support in the prevention of pandemics and any other health risks, and specifically in reducing the contagion curve of COVID-19.
Therefore, we respectfully request and urge you to take the following steps:
- Minimize and avoid, if possible, the use of your boats for unnecessary purposes, and that the boat remains docked to your respective slip or dry dock (as the case may be). These measures of limited use have been suggested by the Costa Rican Health Ministry in relation to asking everyone to stay home so that the presence of the workers, captain or owners of the boat is only for the purposes of required maintenance, care, and security.

- For all boats that are for private, recreational use: In the event that you are required to navigate due to an emergency, required maintenance, provisioning, or other reason that is of absolute necessity, all navigation must  be done  in accordance with the float plan.  Boat capacity will be restricted to half the normal number of people (including captain and crew) No navigation plans will be authorized to any other port of landing or marina as a point of arrival, except in cases of emergency.

- Always request your due Float Plan at the main office, in the event you are stopped by the Coast Guard, it is important for them to know what your port of Origin is.

- We urge vessels that maintain their operations within the marina (tourist fishing vessels, catamarans, diving vessels) to minimize their operations for a reasonable period, until the authorities remove the national alert and restrictions. Also, please abide by the rules of distance between one person and another to avoid potential exposure to one another, and decrease the number of guests, clients or persons on board by at least 50 percent of the boat's capacity.

- Extreme basic hygiene measures inside your boats should be taken, insuring that any and all aboard can wash with antibacterial soap, alcohol gel, disposable paper towels, and trash cans with lids for disposal.

- In the case of vessels that are under temporary importation, have the National Zarpe issued by the Port Captain Office.

- Additionally, we urge all clients and visitors, workers or collaborators of the Marina to rationally use public services, especially water, since this is a resource that is of utmost importance for sanitary reasons and is already being rationed in many parts of Costa Rica.

- As a Marina, we cannot deny the use of your boats, however, we urge you to stay at home to avoid the spread of the virus.
We are always at your disposal to assist you.

Best regards,
Carter Ludwing TakacsCédula # 18400124735Administrador Marina Pez Vela

From the Panama Canal Authority effective 09 April:

ADVISORY TO SHIPPING No. A-14-2020
TO :
SUBJECT: Temporary Procedures for Small Craft Transits during COVID-19 Pandemic
Due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Republic of Panama and around the world, through the Ministry of Health (MINSA), the Panamanian government has imposed a total quarantine in the Republic of Panama. Consequently, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) deems it necessary to implement strict measures to reduce the exposure to COVID-19 and protect the health of its employees, the Panamanian people, as well as vessels’ personnel, in order to prevent further spread of the virus. Therefore, the following procedures will be implemented for all small craft below 20 m (65 feet) in length overall (LOA) effective April 09, 2020:
1. Upon arrival at Balboa Anchorage or Cristobal Breakwater, the small craft shall contact the corresponding signal station announcing its arrival and requesting anchoring instructions, if applicable.
2. All crew and passengers arriving in Canal waters on board pleasure yachts are required to remain aboard under observation and surveillance by Panamanian authorities for a period of not less than 14 calendar days, regardless of port of origin or amount of days at sea.
3. Uponcompletionofthis14dayperiod,theywillbeevaluatedbytheMinistryofHealth (MINSA) to determine if there is any risk of contagion. Likewise, the master/skipper shall report to Canal and Panamanian health authorities if any passenger or crewmember on board shows virus-related symptoms or any other sickness.
4. In order for personnel on board to properly maintain quarantine, all transit arrangements shall be made by a representative ashore, such as a local agent or the corresponding marina where the small craft is anchored or moored.
5. The small craft representative shall call the ACP Admeasurement Unit (tel. 272-4577) in order to provide all the required information.
6. Inaddition,thesmallcraftrepresentativeshallsendtoNTOT-AS@pancanal.comthe following information:
- Yacht SIN number, name, flag, length (m), beam (m), arrival date confirmation (provided by the representative or the marina)
- Arrival crew list
- Yacht’s register
- Profile picture of the yacht
- Signed Release form
- Completed Handline Lockage Request form
- Copy of all crew passports
7. Theagentorrepresentativeshallmakearrangementsforplacementofthetransit guarantee, or payment in cash, which shall include tolls and other maritime services, as well as the buffer.
8. Once the guarantee has been confirmed, the representative or marina shall call the ACP vessel scheduler, at 272-4202 to coordinate their transit date.
9. In addition to the master/skipper, the small craft shall have at least four line handlers available, as required by ACP regulations. These linehandlers must have already been on board the small craft during the quarantine period mentioned in (2) above.
10.All other transit requirements remain the same and are available at:
http://pancanal.com/common/maritime/forms/4352-2020.pdf
11.On the day of transit, only the ACP transit advisor will board the small craft and disembark once his assignment has been completed. Only ACP personnel will be permitted to board or disembark the small craft.
The ACP is continuously monitoring the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and will announce any changes to these measures in a timely manner.
ORIGINAL SIGNED
Ilya R. Espino de MarottaActing Vice President for Transit Business

(other destinations)
French Polynesia    51            1 critical case
- full lock down

Colombia    2,709         100†   
- full lock down - Colombia under 19-day nationwide quarantine

Ecuador    7,466         333†    
- full lock down ""

Belize    14       3†  
- full lock down

Cayman Islands    53        1†
- full lock down - able to get fuel and provisions via q dock

Cuba    669       92†

Bahamas    46         8†    
- full lock down

Hawaii  486     8†  
- 14 day Quarantine for US flagged Vessels

Florida 19,347   452†
- reported entry possible via Key West with health checks for US flagged Vessels
For those heading to Key West USA, on return from your Panama adventures, the Stock Island Marina took us in as a temporary safe harbor from overseas on arrival, until we were ready to safely leave in a bit over a week having done our fixes, provisioning, and weather window. A five star facility. Not cheap. But great help in the face of a county government that shut down the Florida Keys.MV ANGELIQUE

California 22,424  634†
- reported entry possible via San Diego t with health checks for US flagged Vessels

4) Pictures of the Week

Ho'okipa - Still Life with Strawberries Kosher Bilge

Kosher
      Bildge

Lisa & Lucky
CharlesLisa
HO’OKIPA

PINK MOON PICTURES

Steve & Chelsea
SteveChelsea
JEAN ANNE

Bonzer

Michael & Vicki
Michael
Vicki
BONZER

Blessed
      Life

Bob and MargieBobMargie
BLESSED LIFE

Carinthia

Dietmar & Suzanne
DietmarSuzanne

CARINTHIA

Moira

Nick, Gema & crew
Nick
Gena
MOIRA

PILIALOHA,Rick & Maria

Rick & Maria

PILIALOHA


Dan & Marlene
TRANCE

5) Location of vessels

  NAME LOCATION STAY IN PLACE MOVE ON TO  LOGISTICAL ISSUES
1 BAJA FOG Barra de Navidad, MX   took a flight on alaska airlines till may 30th  2/3 full - 5 people jet 
John & Monique
 
 
 
2 ANGELIQUE OF VANCOUVER vessel is in mazatlan - currently back in Canada mom passed 
  Mike & Jacquie
   
   
4 THISLDU Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua    
  Garrett & Audrey
   
   
   
5 LUNA Mexico    
  Bob & Kris
   
   
   
9 CARINTHIA Barra shelter in place  
Dietmar & Suzanne
 
 
 
10 SEAGLUB Marina Los Cabos    
Chris
 
 
11 BONZER Barra    
  Michael & Vicki
   
   
   
12 JEAN ANNE Chiapas, MX    
  Steve & Chelsea
   
   
13 SINGULARITY Vista Mar, Panama  shelter in place for 3 more months our home - do some toolling around 
Robert & Carol
 
 
 
14 SLOW DANCER Bocas del Toro     
Dale & Kenneth
 
 
 
 
16 © ENJOY red frog marina - sheltering in place -  weathe ris rainy  
  Don & Nina
   
   
19  ©  KNOT RIGHT Vista Mar Marina, Panama all is well  did not anounce - curve has not reached apex
Walt & Jeariene
 
 
 
 
20 ©  COMPROMISE chiappas - copy heading north ensenada port captain closes at 1 PM      
Ronald & Karen
 
 
 
 
23 TOP CIDER Zihuatanejo    
Chuck & Sharon
 
 
 
25 HALF MOON Puesta del Sol    
Brain & Elizabeth
 
 
 
 
26 MADELEINE Vessel in El Salvador - we are in the Netherlands    
Huibert & Maaike
 
 
 
27 ANGELIQUE Florida    
Dan & Angela
 
 
 
29 DELTA SWIZZLER tenecatita - watermaker issues      
Mark & Cindy
 
 
 
30 FIREFLY las hadas - 4 boats today  sheltering in place  
  Brenda & Ted
   
   
34 ONE LIFE No change in barra - pandemic  staying in place   
Doug & Mary
 
 
37 WISHLIST las hadas bay  stay and boucne around - settle down   
Chris
 
 
40 AVANT Shelter Bay, Panama day patrol - able to go out  IN CANADA - glasd to help   
Rob & Debra
 
 
43 RHAPSODY vista mar  - walking the golf course  sheltering in place eyeing french polynesia 
Sarah & Bob
 
 
 
50 ANDURIL Chiapas, MX -  In Vancouver  
Alice & Greg
 
 
51 GREEN FLASH San Clement California  getting stuff down at home vessel is vista mar  
Bob & Joan
 
 
 
52 BONZAI isla mujeres - carrebeen  good market nearby -  free to to do anything  still issueing zarpes - 2 week quarantine - 
Don
 
 
 
53 GARGOYLE Puesta del Sol Nicaragua     
Kevin & Carla
 
 
 
54 STAND DOWN Vista Mar Marina Panama    
Richard & Nancy
 
 
 
 
59 RAVEN Barra de Navidad    
  Neil, Tammy, & Jan
   
   
   
60 BLUE OASIS blue oasis - came to fuel dock - fueld up - arrived in Tamap    
Barry & Kathy
 
 
61  © WILDEST DREAMS Puntarenas, CR    
Grant & Michelle
 
 
64 SECRET WATER La Paz    
  Annie & Chris & Crew
   
   
   
67 CHIMERA bana bay CR - able to walk into town - shelter in place    
Dennis & Margaret
 
 
 
69 ALIZANN Red frog marina bocas de otoro doing well  plan to stay here - until we have to move - not necessary to move so hoping every one is down - canal is open to small vessel 65 feet - 3 boats went though yesterday successfully - they are slowly alowing boats to transit - requirements  
Martin & Suzanne
 
 
 
70 FLOATING STONES Bahamas     
Bryan & Cheryl
 
 
 
74 MAISON DE SANTE staing in barra  working   
Keenan & Nicole
 
 
 
81 AY CARAMBA ! Florida    
Juan & Michelle
 
 
 
 
82 BULA Mexico    
  Kenny & Cari
   
   
85 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME san jose de cabo - victor gives great service all done - U$ 250 digital zarpe     
  Allan & Rina
   
   
   
86 CONTEXT We are in So- Califoria - record rains here    
John Jan 
 
 
87 EL GATO Mexico     
  Jules & Jeff
   
   
88  © SEA LARKS Banana Bay Marina, CR    
  Jeffrey & Paula
   
   
   
95 WAVE DANCER Vessel fishhook - golifito we are in Florida    
  Vladimir & Galinda
   
   
99 HO’OKIPA Barra de Navidad, MX    
  Lisa & Lucky
   
   
100 VOLARE las hadas, 8 boats anchored  motored the holes   
  Jessica & Adam
   
117 PILIALOHA Vessel is in Marina chahue - we are in Oahu Hawaii - happy to help any vessel en route   q 14 days strict inter island curfew in effect - 11 - 5 AM 
  Rick & Maria
   
   
   
119 © TRANCE Shelter Island San Diego    
  Dan & Marlene
   
   
   
121 ANKYRIOS Barra de Navidad, MX    
Dennis, Brandy & Crew
 
 
124  © INDEPENDENCE barefoot cay in roatan honduras  extendend the lockdown to the 19th of  groceries stores are full of supplies  police chief came back to the island with 12 officers with navy personell and got shipped back to  - civil unrest - had extra security 
  Larry & Jamie
   
   
   
125 LILY ROWAN chahue in marina all is well got fuel - next bay - a cat was thieves - next bay - impossible dream -     local supermarket is open well stocked - 
Jim & Zyanya
 
 
 
128 © AMANDLA Marina Pamleira in La Paz  here for the future  port restrictions - in la paz - 96 lock down is a rumor - stores   
Lisa & Captain Fabio
 
 
 
129 © NESHUMA on the hard at mazatlan marina    
  Carl & Cynthia
   
   
131 MAR Y SOL Marina Vallarta, MX    
Bob & Marisol
 
 
 
 
133 BIG CITY FISH Barra in Navidad    
Rick & Linda
 
 
138 BLESSED LIFE Bahia Herradura, CR    
Bob and Margie
 
 
143 ©  SEA GLASS rich boren - cruise hro - was news of a lockdown - lined up with easter weekend  preventing travel  have had problem in the mainland   home depot is open -
strictly adherence to the rules
Chris
 
 
 
147  GRASSHOPPER chiappas marina - plan to shelter in place pool concrete foundation  local supplies -
walmart - and home depot
Jeffrey & Cheri
 
 
 
 
150 MILAGRO I'm still at Bahia Ballena CR with no crew planning to stay here for now    
Robert & crew
 
 
152 © SUSIMI Barra  sheltering in place    
Paul & Hazel
 
 
155 © LEILANI  in shelter bay marina - locked down for easter weekend - well secured -     
Richard & Tracy
 
 
 
161 ©  SPREZZATURA solo again crew left - left for florida - bocas del toro - stay for season    slight wrinkle - boat movement - they are relaxing the movement to allow anchorage to marina 
Eric
 
171 GenM san blas - mexico    weather window - story from milo - 
Marvin and Laurie
 
 
 
172 © AMEKAYA red frog marina - panama down the dock from alizann planing to stay - had plans to go back to the states   
Maris and Linda
 
 
 
173 © BISOU anchored inbocas del toro town  planning to stay unitl Monday morning   
Robin and Tad
 
 
 
 
176 REEF DANCER Barra  sheltering in place dive sites in the area  
Jerry & Debra
178 HAPPY DANCE Leaving Panama - En route to Nicaragua     
Sue & Marty      

6) Line Calls  WEEKLY  PANAMA POSSE FLEET CHECK IN and MORNING NET on MONDAY'S at 16:00 UTC via LINE
These regular Monday call will stay active until May 31st, 2020

We have over 140+ vessels in LINE and the calls are great and very efficient and the Chatroom is open 24/7
It's a new way of doing things - please download and install LINE  https://line.me/en-US/ 
Works on Android / ios / Windows / MAC OS

Line
How to use it ....

- Register using your vessel name as the USERNAME
-
Search for dietmarpetutschnig or SV Carinthia and send a message-
- wait and accept your PANAMAPOSSE GROUP INVITE
- join the group chat

7) Hurricane and Lighting Season


From a long-term planning standpoint you now have 7 -12 weeks
before the begging of the North Pacific Hurricane season
- which typically does not have mayor storms starting until the end of July
- and runs through early November


For details and links please visit
https://www.panamaposse.com/weather#Lightning

8) Update departure from Panama , Shelter Bay Marina - to Twinn Dolphin Marina Bradenton, Florida

Tuesday morning we initiated exit paperwork from Panama with SV Litha(also Seattle flagged).
( we had pre-prepped for this push)
Our plan- get our exit paperwork from Panama and sail to Florida.
Step 1.  Quarantined in place minimum of 14 days at Shelter Bay Marina. We did not leave the Marina premises. Although we did walk around the Marina using social distancing protocols.
Step 2. After the quarantine period, Marina manager requested and received a health certificate from the government.
Paraphrasing- it states we have been in a supervised quarantine at SBM in our named vessel, with no c-19 symptoms at any time or at present.
Step 3 - obtain a Zarpe, which required the health certificate.  To get the Zarpe we were in a bit of a quandary. The Colon Port Captain said we needed to go to Colon to obtain the Zarpe. We did not want violate the quarantine so took that option off the table.
Since we had transited the canal, we had an agent Erick Galvez who had all our paperwork. We had previously contacted Erick and he said he couldn’t help us. The port captain suggested that Erick could use a VUMPA ( not sure but this appears to be an electronic request for Zarpe from a system canal agents have access to) Anyway, agent still claimed it was a two day process including a trip to Flamenco. After some additional inquiries and gentle proding and providing all paperwork again and the new health certificate. We received a Zarpe electronically.
Step 4.  Print your Zarpe and present it to immigration. Fortunately SBM has an immigration office and again the SBM marina manager was a hero and requested that immigration return to the office for a second time in the same day to stamp our passports with the marine exit stamp.
Step 5. Now armed with our paperwork and an extra copy in case we are stopped by Aeronaval or other CG entity. Again JuanJo went to discuss our exit with the aeronaval station watch ( at the entrance to SBM) and advised that 2 vessels would be departing the marina and exiting the Canal Zone breakwater. ( there was a patrol at the canal/colon breakwater)
Step6. Execute the departure from the breakwater and head North. ( this was Tuesday 3/31 mid afternoon).

Route

We are grateful and indebted for all the help from JuanJo at SBM for helping Blue Oasis and Litha get out of Panamá officially in one day.

Next Chapter the sail North, Blue Oasis covered 600nm to Grand Cayman arriving last evening 4/4 .
This was our personal longest non-stop double hand. But wait there is more.

Blue
        OAsis

Port of Caymans is closed for clearance. We knew this but they are providing fuel to private vessels in transit. The very nice port security also asked if we needled groceries. Barry plans to ask for Beer, Rum and ice!

Blue
        OAsis

Of course today is Sunday, no fuel til tomorrow morning Monday.
We plan to top up and proceed to the Yucatán straits then arc north on the gulf loop current towards Tampa. Next update in about a week. Thank you to fellow posse members for support through our satellite comms enroute. You know who you are. We are humbly appreciative.. will be sharing beer, rum, tequila when our paths cross again.

Blue
        OAsis

Our buddy boat Litha is out here too, they didn’t need to stop for fuel top up. So we’ll be chasing them tomorrow to the straits.
All the best to everyone on this uncharted journey we are all on.
Be patient, but focused, be kind, smile it goes a long way.

d

 1400nm 11 nights 12 days at sea. Shelter Bay Marina Panama to Twinn Dolphin Marina Bradenton Florida. Amazing weather windows, nothing significant broke! All our repairs held. We carry 90gal diesel(including Jerry cans) sip it at 1 1/3 gal/ hour. Topped up fuel in Grand Cayman (closed port, but port captain was happy to have us hang on a mooring ball overnight and as long as we stayed on leave our vessel,Saturday the 4th) no fuel on Sunday. Saturday we scrapped our bottom free of barnacles from 5 weeks at SBM.

Blue
      OAsis

Monday the 6th we topped up. After a good mix of wind and current between Colon and Grand Cayman,600nm, there was only 4-5 knots directly behind us up to the Yukatan straits. Motor on. So we wanted to make sure we had enough fuel to cross the Gulf of Mexico if the wind continued to be uncooperative.
We swung into Isla Mujeres for literally a 1 hour stop at the fuel dock. Our great buddy boat Bonzai arranged for us to get fuel (va & ven) and few much appreciated fresh fruits and veg.

Blue
        OAsis

From Isla Mujeres we caught the emerging Gulf Stream North into the deep part of the Gulf. 10 hour spinnaker run, followed by a fast 13 hour reach. Almost 24 hours with no engine at all. Tremendous. Due to a cold front from south US we angled to Ft Meyers, to foot the knock. We were 3nm from the coast waiting for the knock.... 1am Saturday, there it was , like we ordered it. The wind clocked right around to the North to North East off shore. Tack to the Mark!!!! The rest of the night was a beautiful off shore sail 15-20 app Kts, close reach, with the din of USA starboard. Sunrise over longboat key! We made it!

Barry and Kathy
Blue Oasis

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FLEET UPDATE 2020-04-05

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  • NEW PANAMA CANAL CROSSING REQUIREMENTS
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and avoids the storm he cannot weather.”

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2) Pictures of the Week

Still BAR Life

Stilllive

Lisa & Lucky Chucky

HO’OKIPA

Yesterday while sailing from Huatulco yo Puerto Angel

Lilly
      Rowan

Lilly
      Rowan

Jim & Zyanya
JimLILY_ROWAN_Zyanya.png
LILY ROWAN

Sunset

Jean Anne

Jean Anne

Steve & Chelsea

JEAN ANNE

This morning at Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua

Second
      Wind

Second
      Wind

Laurin

SECOND WIND

Baja Ferries Mazatlan

SeaGLub

SeaGLub
Chris


Blessed
      Live

Blessed
      Life

Bob & Margie

BLESSED LIFE

3) Thank you to 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

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      Posse Burgee

4) Here is where each country stands (cases / deaths)
Map
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

Mexico    1,890        † 202   

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


Mexico - border closings between USA and Mexico but commercial entry permitted - USA inbound vessels US flagged only
Ports with Hotels are closing

Guatemala    61   † 2           
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    62     †  3   
El Salvador - full lock down - no entry permitted 


Honduras    268    †  22  


Honduras - full lock down - no entry permitted 

 

Nicaragua    5           †  1  


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    435     †  2    
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) 
April 13th 






Panama    1,801          †   46
Panama -  no entry permitted   14 day quarantine between ports has been obtained by some in internal movements - curfew w 1 hour movement x day for  with 30 minutes based on ID number sex and day - no alcohol sales
No vessels under 65 allowed to transit




French Polynesia   40            1 critical case

Colombia    1,406        † 32   
Colombia orders 19-day nationwide quarantine

Ecuador    3,646        †  181   
Lock down

Belize    5        †  1

Lock down

Cayman Islands    35        †  1

Cuba    320        † 8



Bahamas    28        †  1

Lock down

Puerto Rico 475   †  20

Lock down

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Hazards to Navigation

5) FOR LONG TERM PLANNING

From a long term planning standpoint you now have 8 -12 weeks before the beginning of the North Pacific Hurricane season
- which typically does not have mayor storms starting until the end of July - and runs through early November.

Hurricane Paths




The Marina in Barra de Navidad has discounts available to all vessels seeking shelter and typically has greatly discounted  summer rates
- many posse boats will spend the summer here and a much discounted summer rate -

contact  Secundino harbormaster@islaresort.com.mx

Secundino Harbormaster Secundino Alvarez

Marina

For those of you in or near Barra you are able to get the Super Hawaiian store from
Melaque to deliver to you our vessels as you shelter in place

Super
        Hawaii

and said store is also doing weekly runs to Costco in Guadalajara.

Barra to
        Costco

Delivery is about 100-120 pesos above the regular bill and done within 2 hours
usually
Costco

To contact the store and place your order send a
WhatsApp message in English with your information to Alex Key +52 314 141 9457 
delivery comes on Panga and takes credit cards via a wireless terminal.

Make sure you mention that you are part of the Panama Posse

Panama
      Posse

6) Puerto Penasco / Rocky Point MX
Post by Cabrales boatyard Puerto Peñasco, MX

Cabrales boatyard will be closed like all years on easter week and is currently scheduled to reopen on Monday April 13th, but there are lots of rumors on government enforcing strict quarantine and business closures. So as of 12:43pm there are no guarantees we will finish out the work week or reopen until the quarantine is over. Also, as of this message there are no reported cases of coronavirus in Puerto Peñasco.

I also just spoke again with the port master in Puerto Peñasco. As you have heard, the new 24 hour lockdown applies to everyone nationwide, it appears that there will be a sanitation barrier or checkpoints located strategically to limit non-essential movements around town.
 
Cruisers are still welcome to arrive from any destination (national or international). The update is that they are required to report to the portmaster directly upon arrival and will not be allowed to disembark until a medical team has cleared them to do so. If you wish to depart puerto peñasco by car it is allowed as long as you're returning to your home country, and then the port master will supply the crew with special documentation allowing such transport.

Needless to say that this situation is unprecedented, and will likely be more updates in the future.

Stay safe,
Salvador

7) 4th Extraordinary Fleet Call 50+ Vessel Reports April 4th 2020 16:00 UTC

# NAME LOCATION STAY IN PLACE MOVE ON TO  LOGISTICAL ISSUES
1 BAJA FOG Barra shelter inplace  flying back to us this week
John & Monique
3 TALIESIN ROSE Puesta del sol  no restrictions - 2 day notification
Victoria & Rowan
4 THISLDU Puesta del sol   
Garrett & Audrey
10 SEAGLUB San Jose del Cabo met with harbormaster email in Mexico - port Vallarta is shutting down - logistical issues - paid for 7 months
Chris
11 BONZER Barra  
Michael & Vicki
12 JEAN ANNE  Zihuatanejo  going north as soon as we can Barra - 
Steve & Chelsea
13 SINGULARITY vista mar  shelter in place inde  
Robert & Carol
19  ©  KNOT RIGHT vista mar  stay in place  limited available beer 
Walt & Jeariene
20 ©  COMPROMISE chiapas   move south  worried about  port clusures
Ronald & Karen
22 DUE WEST Barra  
Kirk & Heidi
23 TOP CIDER en route ti zihuat  
Chuck & Sharon
25 HALF MOON Puesta del sol   
Brain & Elizabeth
26 MADELEINE vessel in El Salvador in need for all repairs Netherlands in Amsterdam health wise - treatment and healthy - huib - he is doing fine bored - 
Huibert & Maaike
27 ANGELIQUE Vessel in Florida key west  clamp down to get into a marina  Jamaica
Dan & Angela
28 JO Barra drove across the border now in san antonio tx  
Phillip Jay & Kelley
29 DELTA SWIZZLER Barra stay in the area   
Mark & Cindy
32 ©  MORNING STAR Shelter bay marina haul out an't thank JuanJo, Eddie, Frank, Carol and all the team in Shelter Bay enough for everything they are doing for the cruisers.  Dave and I are back in the UK,  having caught the last flight out of Panama to Europe, thanks to the British Embassy giving us a link to the necessary KLM web page.  Hope to be back in January.

Thanks to Panama Posse giving us all information and a sense of community in difficult times.

 
David, Stella & …
34 ONE LIFE barra Shelter in Place self isolating  
Doug & Mary
37 WISHLIST las hadas  came to hotel - vessel at anchor 
Chris
40 AVANT shelter bay to be hauled out in canada - vancouver  keep an eye out - - possible to exit colon if you need a zarpe - 14 day quarantines - 
Rob & Debra
43 RHAPSODY Shelter Bay shelter place doing well - 
Sarah & Bob
47 WIND SWEPT LA PAZ  
Scott & Jan
51 GREEN FLASH vessel in Vista Mar - san clemente sheltering in place  embassy list unplanned flight - jumped on that vista 
Bob & Joan
52 BONZAI Isla Mujeres Cancun, MX sheltering in place  changed a bit tightend the bit - at anchor - restrictions to go shopping - vessle 2 week quarantine - first case on the island - long term - standing by until july 
Don
53 GARGOYLE pueste del sol nicarga  Shelter in Place waiting to hear costa rica
Kevin & Carla
54 STAND DOWN Vista Mar  sheltering in place   
Richard & Nancy
55 SONAMARA Red frog marina shelter in place   
Louis & Patrice
61  © WILDEST DREAMS Anchored in Golfito -  last week to banana bay - allowed to leave - extend immigration - to stay - until they opne the border - take through the marina - looking to exit - 
Grant & Michelle
63 SECOND WIND puesta del sol  waiting for development to  get to costa rica  
Laurin
69 ALIZANN bocas del toro red frog maina staying in place staying in the Caribbean conditions is ready to go ready  2 case sof corona v aearol naval - any boats moving - unless you are in a a panga or dinghy for purchases
Martin & Suzanne
70 FLOATING STONES Bahamas  
Bryan & Cheryl
74 MAISON DE SANTE barra  sheltering in place everythign fine 
Keenan & Nicole
88  © SEA LARKS banana bay marina golfito CR hoping to travel north - us embassy 
Jeffrey & Paula
92 BAIT ‘N SWITCH III papagayo marina costa rica -  tips 90 day import permit are extend   
John & Laurie
94  © MARIAH West end Ruatan. Honduras all fine staying waiting for pandemic to blow over - waiting to go up to key west  -  hello all doing fine in west bay of island roatan island have beem locked down for 20 days - can provision 20 vessels on suzy II rally - close to - important - french boats left 
Trish & John
95 WAVE DANCER Florida left the boat in golfito last plane fishhook cost rica - boat will be 1/2 have to bond -  
Vladimir & Galinda
96 MALOLO isla grande  novamar heading to barra heading north - 
Matt & Britt
99 HO’OKIPA Barra de Navidad stay in place nothing 
  Lisa & Lucky
 
 
100 VOLARE zihuatenaje  heading north  
  Jessica & Adam
 
104 © MIDNIGHT BREEZE vista mar marina UK   
Richard & Caroline
109 JOY barra sheltering in place ready to move sheltering  in place
Jeff & Roxanne
111 SEAQUEL Belize sheltering in place  heading up via isla mujeres moving out to the cav - yesterday - could leave the country - could get a stamp getting  - getting fuel - hide - 14 day quarantine in isla mujeres
Michael
117 PILIALOHA vessel in marina chahue  hawaiii spoke with the marina - marina is closed - doing watches - 
Rick & Maria
121 ANKYRIOS Barra   
Dennis, Brandy & Crew
124  © INDEPENDENCE barefoot key ruatan honduras get zarpe to leave hang around there great stores plenty of supplies  florida captain looked around - boats moving around
  Larry & Jamie
125 LILY ROWAN Puerto Angeles tried to get in chahue port answer - closed - Ezequiel - did not want anywhere in the jurisdiction - not here right now - tourist - message - 
Jim & Zyanya
128 © AMANDLA Marina Palmaira Baja / La Paz visas 
Lisa & Captain Fabio
130 SIMPLIFY marina chahue  staying here  decide to leave from hawaii town is closed down - rent bicycles - grocery stores are open - 
Randy & Marina
138 BLESSED LIFE costa rica quepos pez vela shelter in place    solid intel - not due to may - 
Bob and Margie
147  GRASSHOPPER en route to chiapas  
Jeffrey & Cheri
148 © ELEVEN 11 Chahue  We are staying put here in Marina Chahue where we learned this week that movement in or out is not permitted.  The Navy and National guard are here in town and patrolling the waters, and the beaches and resorts are closed.  There are a few restaurants open for takeout and the grocery stores are allowing one person per party to go into the grocery store.  There is a limit on sugar, eggs, rice, and a few other things.  rumor has it, that they are going to shut down alcohol sales here soon, so naturally, we did a huge alcohol provision today!  There is absolutely no room for another item on our boat.  Every nook and cranny accounted for!  We were told that there are roadblocks going into and out of the city and at night, the policia are patrolling the streets playing an announcement.  I'm assuming it's a curfew at night?  Not sure about that. 

We are taking advantage of being quarantined, by addressing our engine issues. We took out our injection fuel lines to be replaced, we are working on our starter, and various other cosmetic projects and otherwise! 

We hope everyone is doing okay out there.  If you're not where you want to be, hang in there!  We feel for everyone out there who may feel stuck.  We will get through this!  Take care everyone! Stay safe!

engine issues boat pulle din the middle of the night - as  looking for paperwork zarpe - needed paperwork - marina office - sad to see - small vessel - navy patrolling everything - playing a recording - 
Tim, Kim &
149 © MOIRA Bahia Ballena CR It’s quiet here and we are managing to get ashore to get supplies at the local fruit and veggie market and the buses still run to Cobano for supermarket shopping. Our plans for the near term are to stay put but we are thinking ahead to hurricane season. Our original plans for French Polynesia are of course on hold. Possibilities currently are to make for the north of the Sea of Cortez or more likely, Hawaii. A lot depends on how things develop in Mexico.
All the best to you and our fellow cruisers,
Nick, Gema, Oliver and Sofia
 
Nick, Gema & crew
150 MILAGRO  
Robert & crew
152 © SUSIMI barra lagoon Puerto penasaco  opportunity to move north 
Paul & Hazel
161 ©  SPREZZATURA received permit bocas del toro  no movement on yachts Sunday is closed wear masks all the time limited movement kind appeal port 
Eric
171 GenM  la cruz, mx head north boat is in good conditions - heading - mexico has closed all ports with hotels - 
Marvin and Laurie
172 © AMEKAYA sorry missed this info  
Maris and Linda
173 © BISOU Bocas del Toro at anchor - bocas town   stay in place fine 
Robin and Tad
174 ARROW north in chamela stay near to barra   
Maurisa & Mike
175 VAGABUNDO DOS acapulco bay - beaches are closed  heading south  chiappas  heading towards chahue - nicaragua - 
Grant & Donna
176 REEF DANCER Barra  shelter in place  
Jerry & Debra
177  HAPPY DANCE boca chica Boca Chica trying to get to Mexico 
  Sue & Marty

8) PANAMA CANAL CROSSING REQUIREMENTS ( currently only vessels over 65 feet are allowed )

Issued today by the Panama Canal Authority

April 3, 2020
TO : All Shipping Agents, Owners, and Operators
SUBJECT: COVID-19 Vessel Precautions

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), concerned with the threat of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to ACP employees, respectfully requests vessel operators to take precautionary measures before and during the transit of their vessels through the Panama Canal and when making local port calls. These measures are necessary and imperative to prevent any further spread of this virus in the Republic of Panama.

Please note that some of these measures must be implemented before ACP employees board these vessels, and include, but are not limited to the following:

- One hour prior to the boarding of the ACP inspector and pilot, wipe down the boarding facilities, pilot cabin, elevator/stairway, as well as the entire bridge, to include the chart table, navigational equipment, chairs, helm, entire console, handrails, windows, door handles and toilets, with a 5% solution of bleach water or equivalent disinfecting solution.

- Minimize the number of crew members standing by at the pilot boarding station.

- Periodically disinfect any surfaces that the pilot or crew members have come into contact with, such as binoculars, radar control panels, ECDIS control panels and VHF radios.

- Periodically wipe down toilets designated to be used by ACP linehandlers, as well as working area.

- Allow only essential personnel inside the navigation bridge while an ACP pilot is on board.

- Any crew members intending to enter the bridge must wash their hands and face prior to entering the bridge, and once inside the bridge, must immediately wash their hands again.

- A supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer must be maintained on the bridge.

- Close contact should be avoided at all times, maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 meters or more, whenever possible.

- All coffee cups and utensils must be washed thoroughly immediately prior to being used by the ACP pilot.

9) Summary of live talk from the US ambassador to Mexicohttps://step.state.gov/STEPMobile/Default.aspx

Hi all,

We have been asked to summarize the facebook live talk from the US ambassador to Mexico. The video coverage was very spotty, but we got most of it. Here are the major points:

  • If you are here on 180-day tourist visa or you are planning to return to the US sometime soon, it is strongly advised to GO HOME to the US NOW, while there are still some flights available. This may change in the near future, if airlines stop flying and airports close.
  • It is strongly advised to sign up for the STEP program, this will supply you with daily updates on the status of airlines and airports and other things pertinent to US citizens in Mexico
  • https://step.state.gov/STEPMobile/Default.aspx
  • If you are US Citizen with a Mexican residente permanente or residente temporal, you need to weigh the pros and cons of staying in Mexico long-term versus returning home. Each person’s circumstances will be different and require a different answer.
  • US policy is to allow citizens to return to the US whether by car or boat or plane, but they may be asked to quarantine for 14-days, and there may soon be a time when airports close and/or airlines stop flying in the near future which would limit your options to being able to return home easily.
  • If you decide to stay in Mexico, please abide by the Mexican government rules surrounding stay at home, wash your hands, make the best of things. Be safe and stay healthy.
  • Please check your health insurance policies carefully, most health insurance policies are not covering COVID-19 because it is a named world pandemic, (similar to a named hurricane.) Most medevac flights will also not cover COVID-19 situations.

If you have specific questions you may email the US Embassy in CDMX directly to this email address:
acsmexicocity@state.gov

Or call: 55 852 62 561

Hope that is helpful, The Facebook video should be up on the Facebook page for viewing, Facebook.com/Mexico.USEmbassy

Heidi & Kirk

DUE WEST

10) SECRETARY OF THE MARINA - MEXICO # 13

MARINA f, 2020 Unit of Port Captaincies and Maritime Affairs,
Deputy General Directorate of Port Captains.

"Instructions are issued to deny dispatches and departures to dedicated vessels
to the provision of nautical tourism services to third parties, with boats smaller than
Mexican and foreign recreation and sports. "
l. BACKGROUND.
All the Capitanias of Puerto del País.
M. BACKGROUND.
My Various Circulars issued with Instructions regarding Prevention, Care and Control
of the COVID-19 ".
ML. INFORMATION.

On March 24, 2020, the AGREEMENT issued was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation.

by the Secretary of Health, which establishes the preventive measures that must be
implement to mitigate and control the health risks of the disease
by the SARS-CoV2 virus (COVID-19). This Agreement mentions in its third paragraph of

ARTICLE ONE that the civil, military and private authorities, as well as
dependencies and entities of the three levels of government, will be obliged to
Instrumentation of preventive measures against the disease for the SARS-CoV2 virus

(COVID-19), referred to in the first paragraph of this article.
Likewise, subsection €) of SECOND ARTICLE, mentions that the dependencies and entities
of the Federal Public Administration and organizations from the social and private sectors, such as

preventive measure must temporarily suspend the activities of the sectors
public, social and private that involve physical concentration, transit or displacement
of people from the entry into force of this.

Finally, in consideration of the recommendations issued by the Secretary of Health in the

press conference "Report on COVID-19" on Saturday 28 of the current

take actions to prevent the rapid spread of SAR-GpV-2.

IV. INSTRUCTIONS.

This Deputy General Directorate of Port Captaincies in my charge, following the

recommendations issued in the aforementioned AGREEMENT; and based on what

established in articles 37 and 49 fraction IV of the Maritime Navigation and Commerce Law
they are instructed to perform the following action:

1, From the date and until further notice, you must deny dispatches and departures at
boats dedicated to the provision of nautical tourism services to third parties, with
minor Mexican and foreign recreational and sports boats, the above with the
In order to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus (COVID-19).

Log leaders of the Port Captaincy are held responsible for the dissemination and compliance of the
This Circular, with the fact that said measure does not apply to cabotage navigation of
boats and transport of people and supplies, reminding them that they should
observe in all to recommendations regarding the healthy distance,

Mexico City, March 29, 2020.
SECRETARIAT Of Ina Contralmi CG. DEM.
Marina

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