BLUE SKY

FLEET UPDATE 2023-11-26

 

Panama Posse

PANAMA POSSE 

FLEET UPDATE 

November 26, 2023

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, 

but the parent of all the other virtues.”

—Cicero

TOP NEWS  

  • Season 7:  Registration Is Open  222 Yachts From 21 Ensigns Signed Up !
  • Season 7  Posse Seminars And Events Past And Future
  • Predictwind And Ocean Posse Weather Routing Seminar
  • Kick Off Weekend In Barra De Navidad
  • Pacific Routes Presentation
  • Thanksgiving On The Water
  • The Holy Grail Of Shipwrecks
  • Macaws: Tropical Birds That Mate For Life
  • Macaws: Tropical Birds That Mate For Life.
  • Marina Buenaventura 🇵🇦
  • Good Nautical: Bahia Careyas 🇲🇽
  • The Barcadere Marina 🇰🇾
  • Meet The Fleet: Sy Viva
  • Offshore Medical Kit Medicine
  • Sunken Pirate City At Port Royal
  • Boats For Sale
  • Wind Roses Explained
  • Posse News From Around The Oceans 
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1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

View of Turquoise water at Great Inagua in the Bahamas 🇧🇸 from MV CELT

Sunrise over Haiti as MV CELT makes their way.

MV CELT 🇺🇸 Gerry & Angela - Nordhavn 43′

CELT CELT
WIndward

Pierre and Marie reunited on the water.  Starting Season 7 with pride.

SY VIVA 🇺🇸 Pierre & Marie - Amel 52′ 

VIVA VIVA
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Stretching their sea legs on the Beach at Cabeza Negra 🇲🇽 

SY SERENITY 🇺🇸 Mark & Kathryn – Antares 44′

SERENITY KathrynS ERENTIY

2) SAVE THE DATE : 

#1) PREDICT WIND & OCEAN POSSE

Weather Routing while under way.

Friday, December 8, 2023⋅11:30am – 1:00pm

Complex weather analysis made easy.

Panama Posse

Don’t spend hours plotting a course and checking forecasts to ensure a safe passage. PredictWind Weather Routing takes care of the heavy lifting to give you the perfect route, in seconds.

Join us for an informative session on Weather Routing with PredictWind.

SAVE THE DATE : 

#2) RSVP FOR PANAMA POSSE

KICK-OFF WEEKEND IN BARRA DE NAVIDAD

https://oceanposse.com/events/23-24-panama-posse-kick-off-weekend-%f0%9f%87%b2%f0%9f%87%bd-barra-de-navidad-mexico/

Thursday December 7, 2023    

   @ 10:00 PANAMA POSSE INTRO AND OVERVIEW  and Fleet Tracking

   @ 13:00 ROUTE PLANNING & NAVIGATION    

   

Friday December 8,  2023

    @ 10:00 DANGERS & SAFETY

    @ 13:00 COMMUNICATIONS, WEATHER,

    @ 17:30 PANAMA POSSE KICK OFF PARTY

Saturday December 9, 2023

    @ 10:00 PANAMA POSSE SWAP MEET

    @ 13:00 SATELLITE CHARTS / OPEN CPN / GOOD NAUTICAL

    @ 17:30 PANAMA POSSE OVER THE TOP POT LUCK RED CUP DOCK PARTY

-> details here on how to win the galley god/ess award ->

 

Sunday December 10, 2023

     @ 10:00 AM  Swap meet

    @ 13:00 PROVISIONING, WHAT TO SEE AND DO, RECAP, Q&A  

Salon
RSVP FOR THE  KICK OFF WEEKEND 

 CAN'T GET THERE BY BOAT  ?
THE RESORT HAS A SPECIAL EUROPEAN PLAN   $3,199 MXD x night at the Hotel Grand Isla Navidad Resort email reservations@islaresort.com.mx

Resort Isla Resort Barra de Navidad

Stay at the Grand Isla Navidad Resort located across Barra de Navidad and you will discover the comfort of our rooms and suites and the excellence of our personalized 4 Diamond award service. 

In addition, we have a variety of activities available: on-site golf on our 27 hole championship course, spa services, tours and excursions of the surrounding area, arts & crafts shopping.

Resort

"Staying in barra is like a little slice of heaven - or a Mexican Monaco in the making"

Salsero

"Salsero"  in Barra de Navidad @ El Rinconcito Mexicano

SAVE THE DATE : 

#3) PACIFIC ROUTES PRESENTATION:

Vallarta Yacht Club 🇲🇽 MX

South Pacific Posse and Panama Posse 

December 11 2023

15:00 pm – 17:30  

https://www.vallartayachtclub.org 

VALLARTA YACHT CLUB

Captain Dietmar will be presenting on Pacific Routes or the Panama Posse.

3) MORE PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Panama Posse & Belize

Thankful for plenty of fruits and veggies @ Super 99 in Rio Hato, 🇵🇦 Panama

Veggies

Dozens of trucks with agricultural merchandise - coming from Tierras Alta –  left David early Monday morning, heading for Panama after sections of the Inter-American highway in Chiriquí that have been closed for the last 20 days, due to protests over the mining contract, were gradually reopened. The trucks are monitored by the National Police. The authorities will ensure that the trucks will arrive in Panama City this afternoon, after weeks of shortages. Most supermarkets do not have vegetables such as lettuce, tomato, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, among others.  

Trucks w veggies

Ricardo Martinelli founder of 99 supermarkets is the son of Ricardo Martinelli Pardini and Gloria Berrocal Fábrega. He completed his secondary education at Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia, in the United States. In 1973 he graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration degree from the University of Arkansas. He was the 36th president of Panama from 2009 to 2014.

Martinelli

SY CARINTHIA 🇺🇸  Dietmar & Susan - Lagoon 44′

Dietmar CARINTHIA suzanne CARINTHIA Maxi
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Felicita is on the WATER!

SY FELICITÀ 🇺🇸 Gretchen & Tim – Catalina 42′

felicita felicita

Anchor down in Clarence Town, Bahamas 🇧🇸 

SY CERCA TROVA 🇺🇸 Bruce & Lynette - Manta MK IV 42′

NO REGRETS Bruce NO REGRETS Lynette

4) SUPPORT VICENTE 
  

Capitan Vicente

Our good friend Vicente has lost his wife his son and his grandson and his livelihood ! We are starting a Vicente support fund for him. All funds donated will be donated directly to Vicente ( - credit card processing fees ) .To donate please follow this link https://panamaposse.com/donate-vicente 

Our good friend Vicente has lost his wife,  his son and his grandson and his livelihood !

VICENTE
  •  SV CARINTHIA - Suzanne & Dietmar have already donated $ 500 
    add your name to list !
OTIS

A letter from Vicente:

To whom it may concern: Present.

Through this channel I report the events that occurred on October 24 of this year with the ship Rosemary Cristine, which sank on the day of the arrival of Hurricane Otis in the port of Acapulco. At approximately 11:00 p.m., Hurricane Otis began to blow strong winds and waves that caused the boat to lose stability and break loose from where it was anchored. The engines also did not respond to me and each time the waves increased in size. To such an extent that only the boat withstood three large waves of six meters causing it to sink, that night I was accompanied by my family who was always with me, my wife Maria Hilaria Delgado Valdovinos, my son Luis Sebastian Herrera Delgado and my grandson Luis Alberto Lopez Sarabia. That day only I survived, I was shipwrecked all night and was rescued by the Navy but my family was lost at sea. Today I ask for help to recover the remains of my family since I have a feeling that they were trapped in the aforementioned boat. I remain at your service. and hoping to be favored with your support to search for my family missing at sea.

Sincerely, Acapulco Guerrero, November 24, 2023

Captain Inocente Herrera Carrillo 

Address: Adolfo Lopez Mateos Street Block 42 Lot 9 Colonia Fuerza Aire Telephone: 7444398184

Watch Otis rip through Acapulco with the force of a cat 5 hurricane - this video was taken from the now destroyed Acapulco Yacht Club

To donate please follow this link  https://panamaposse.com/donate-vicente 

An antique line engraving of the Mexican port city of Acapulco

An antique line engraving of the Mexican port city of Acapulco

5) SEASON 7 AWARDS

Flor de Cana

ANNUAL AWARDS INCLUDE:

  • BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT*
  • PICTURE OF THE YEAR
  • YODA OF THE YEAR
  • SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD
  • THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD
  • MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD
  • HIGHEST WIND RECORDED
  • SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION
  • GALLEY GOD(ESS)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR
  • BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR
  • COURAGE AWARD

Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

SUBMIT ENTRIES ON THE LINE AP OR EMAIL TO EDITOR@PANAMAPOSSE.COM

Share the adventure

beachpotluck

Photo of the year nomination S6 Credit SV PATHFINDER

 
6) SEASON 7 PANAMA POSSE EVENTS 

events

Impromptu & scheduled PP gatherings along the route.
Celebrate your adventures life and make new friends' of a lifetime. 

(1) PANAMA POSSE 
KICK OFF WEEKEND
DEC 7 – 10, '23
BARRA DE NAVIDAD 🇲🇽 MX 

BARRA RSVP 
Secundino Harbormaster

Secundino Alvarez - Harbor Master
Vessels Must be  registered with the Panama Posse  prior to Oct 31st to receive Posse discounts at Marina Puerto de la Navidad.

GOlF Course

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

harbormaster@islaresort.com.mx

TEL +52 (314) 337 9014

Barra

(2) CLUB DE PESCA 
YACHT FEST 
SAT, JAN 13 '24 CARTAGENA 🇨🇴 CO

SAT Jan 13, 2024 CLUB DE PESCA CARATGENA 🇨🇴 COLOMBIA
YACHT FEST RSVP 
 Club de Pesca - Ileana

Ileana Stevenson Covo  - GM
For those coming from the lesser Antilles this will be the first event in full on Latin style in Colombia - come celebrate the great food and culture that is Colombia in it's premier yacht club. 

Cartagena

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

gerencia@clubdepescadecartagena.com

TEL  +57 (5)  660 6615

Walled citry of Cartagena de las Indias

(3) OCEAN POSSE PARTY PANAMA + SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 

FLEET MEET UP

SAT. FEB 3 '24
SHELTER BAY MARINA 
🇵🇦  PANAMA

SAT Feb 3, 2024 Sheleter BAY 🇵🇦 PANAMA

IMPORTANT: This event is in the middle of high season.  The Shelter Bay Marina will be near capacity  so make reservations early.  Additionally, we are also going to organize a shuttle bus to get folks to this event from alternate locations.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 

Juanjo Boschetti

Juanjo Boschetti - GM juanjo@shelterbaymarina.com
Tel (+507) 433-3581

RSVP FOR CARI
Shelter Bay

(4) PANAMA POSSE AWARDSFUN ACTIVITIES, GOLF, POOL, DJ LOUNGE, + MARINE EXPO 

SAT. MAY 11 '24 BUENAVENTURA MARINA  🇵🇦  PANAMA

SAT May 10-12, 2024 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 PANAMA YACHT FEST

This is a very exclusive signature event in the Hamptons of Panama. The upscale resort Buenaventura is just 80 minutes west of Panama City and is one of the most charming and reserved places on the Pacific coast of Panama.
Only 60 nm from the Las Perlas.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

Cesar - Marina Manager
cesar@bv-marina.com 
Tel: +507-6616-7531  

RSVP FOR YACHT FEST
Buenaventura

SAVE THE DATE 
 PANAMA POSSE BELIZE YACHT FEST 
APRIL 6 2024

PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 
@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

BELIZE PLACENCIA YACHT FEST 🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

Placencia Yacht Club

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W

>> RSVP HERE <<

Placencia Yacht Club

CONTACT:

 Beat,  Caroline, dogs & Heyson Garcia - 
YES PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB IS UBER DOG FREINDLY 

>

We, Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich are running this place since January 2021. We moved from Switzerland to Belize in 2019 and found this treasure while looking for a dock for our yacht.

Simplicity on a high level is our aim and to make our guests happy.

 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MOORINGS @ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

info@clearwaterexploring.com

www.placencia-yacht-club.com

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181

VHF 68

SAFE APPROACH 

SAFE APPROACH

SAVE APPROACH   @ 16° 29.9333′ N 088° 20.9266' W

Watch this video on how to grab life in Belize ! 

BELIZE

7) THANKSGIVING ON THE WATER:

NEW PLACES, NEW FRIENDS

Many Panama Posse members had the fortune to spend Thanksgiving on the water in new places, with new friends.  

Thanksgiving in Rio Dulce, 🇬🇹 Guatemala

SV MARIA NOA 🇩🇪 Hans-Joerg & Brigitta - Lagoon 40′

MARIA NOA Brigitta MARIA NOA Hannes

Happy Thanksgiving Nicole and Keenan!

Thanksgiving in Quepos, 🇨🇷 Costa Rica

SY MAISON DE SANTÉ 🇺🇸 Nicole & Keenan -  Cal 46'

MAISON DE SANTE KeenanMAISON DE SANTE Nicole

First Thanksgiving dinner on the boat with all the fixin's

SY CERCA TROVA 🇺🇸 Bruce & Lynette - Manta MK IV 42′

NO REGRETS Bruce NO REGRETS Lynette

Thanksgiving Fest in Paradise Village, Banderas Bay, 🇲🇽 Mexico

SY DAWN PATROL 🇺🇸  Laney & Mark  - Outbound 46

DAWN PATROL - Mark DAWN PATROL - Laney
Thanksgiving onboard Carinthia

Thanksgiving in Panama Pacific Coast #buenventura 

Buenaventura Marina's outgoing Harbormaster Emilio Lua, Dalis, Walt from SV Knot Right, David and Suzanne from SV Carinthia 

KNOT RIGHT WALTDietmarCARINTHIA suzanneCARINTHIA Maxi

8) THE HOLY GRAIL OF SHIPWRECKS

MAY HAVE BEEN FOUND:

MANY LAY CLAIM TO HER TREASURES

“And in this sort of race, there’s no silver medal for finishing second.” – Henry Jones (aka Indiana Jones)

PANAMA POSSE AMAZON SIDETRIP

A Samuel Scott painting, “Wager’s Action Off Cartagena,”.

 This painting shows an attack by British Commodore Charles Wager on the San José in 1708.  The Spanish galleon, the San José , set sail from Seville, Spain in 1706 with 600 people aboard and a cargo that estimated worth over $20 billion today.  The ship is thought to have sunk with a huge amount of treasure aboard, including 200 tons of silver, emeralds and eleven million gold coins.

A treasure lost in one thing and a treasure found is another thing entirely.  It is believed that the location of the sunken San José has been found.  Granted there is debate as to who found it first and, more accurately and most importantly, WHO has rites to said treasures.  

Of course the Spanish say that the ship is theirs and therefore any treasure recovered is theirs as well.  There are also the Columbians who believe it is theirs as it is in their waters.  There are Indigenous who may lay claim as the original excavators of the treasures under the duress of the Spanish Empires bidding.  Further complicating matters, there is an American investment group who says they found the wreck and provided the coordinates of the wreck to the Columbian Government and are entitled to half the value of anything found.  Among the Columbians there is debate as to whether this treasure should be excavated or left and investigated in place. 

gold

11 million gold coins are thought to have been on board

Perhaps the most interesting question rising to the surface amid the debate of who, how, when, and why is: How much money has the Spanish Empire brought from the New World to the Old World and back again?  And how did their wealth of old affect Spanish wealth and development today?  Travelling in Central America one sees clearly the Spanish Empire's dominion and influence from the 1500's onward.  However, for all their glory and gold, while they used their riches for trade and expansion, they did not develop very much industry internally in their homeland.  

The debate may have reason to get heated and resolved in the coming years.  Colombian President Gustavo Petro has deployed search units to recover the San Jose and aims to have it completed before his term ends in 2026.

More @ https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/10/world/americas/san-jose-galleon-shipwreck-treasure.html

Galeon

 9) SHARING YOUR ADVENTURES  

is the heart and soul of the Panama Posse 

Please share pictures of your adventures, your award entries, your breathtaking sunsets, and picturesque anchorages on our group communications platform for others to enjoy in real time and/or email Maurisa at editor@panamaposse.com to share in the upcoming newsletter.  Maurisa is a sailor among us.  She is part of the Ocean Posse crew and enjoys writing fun and helpful updates to the Panama Posse. 

10) MACAWS

TROPICAL BIRDS THAT MATE FOR LIFE
  

Macaw in the wild.

Maccaw

Macaws inside their aviary at the Rio De Janeiro zoo in Brazil

Inside the Macaw aviary at the Rio de Janeiro zoo a large net enclosure keeps the birds sheltered from outside predators.  Interestingly, the Rio de Janeiro Zoo has one very rare WILD Macaw that has been visiting the aviary from the outside almost every day for two decades.  This Macaw has been named Julieta by zookeepers and is believed to be the last remaining wild specimen of her species left in Brazil.  The Canindé macaws are blue-and-yellow macaws; they once flew far and wide in this environment.  

Canindé macaws can live into their fifties, and when one finds a partner, it's for life. (Tuane Fernandes for The Washington Post)  

Meet Romeo, identifiable by his missing eye, inside the aviary. 

(Tuane Fernandes for The Washington Post)

Julieta, left, and Romeo. (Tuane Fernandes for The Washington Post)

Their story is both impressive and inspiring, yet sad and dangerous.  There are different theories as to why, how and, when Romeo and Julieta met and became faithful.  And there are varying theories on what can be done to shift their love story from one of separation to one of true union.  A solution in nothing short of complicated as one bird is in the wild and one is in captivity.

Nonetheless, Romeo and Julieta's reality is quite unique.  Blue and Yellow Macaw were once abundant in the forests in and around Rio de Janeiro.  However, over the last two centuries between heavy trophy hunting, city development, and urban expansion very few to only one have been seen in and around Rio de Janeiro.  The one, Julieta, risks exposure to predators every time she flies between her forested nesting area and the zoo aviary where she visits Romeo almost daily.  She calls upon her arrival and flies to greet her.  They nuzzle and they visit.  And yet, because they are separated by the zoo enclosure they cannot consummate their love and reproduce.  

This partnership is 20 years strong.  There have been times when the zoo relocated the aviary and zookeepers wondered and worried whether Julieta would be able to find Romeo and their ritual continue.  And of course she does.  Their love is a heartwarming tale of loyalty and connection.

11) BUENAVENTURA MARINA  🇵🇦

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

   08° 20.5166' N   080°09.7683' W

BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 SPONSORS DE PANAMA POSSE

 CONTACT 

VHF Ch 18 & 16

TEL +52  (322) 221-0275, 221-0722,

TEL+52 322 221-0650

TEL +52 322 115-7063

BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 SPONSORS DE PANAMA POSSE

SERVICES & AMMENITIES 

  • Fuel 
  • Water 
  • Electricity
  • State of the art floating composite docks
  • Protected inland basin
  • 60 docks for boats up to 60 feet with adjustable cleats
  • Shore power supply @ 30Amp and 50Amp
  • Bathroom & Showers 
  • Laundry services 
  • Five restaurants
  • Two Beach Clubs with pool area
  • Marriot hotel with discount thru marina 
  • Golf (marina discount)
  • Zoo to look at wildlife in a safe zone
  • Equestrian Center 
  • Shuttle to nearby supermarket & express bus stop to Panama 
  • events every month to motivate social life

SPECIAL PANAMA POSSE RATES: FIRST NIGHT FREE !!

 monthly $0.8   3 months  $0.7  long term $0.55

   

LOCATION 

  • 50 nm from Punta Mala 
  • 50 nm from Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal 
  • 63 nm Isla Contadora - Las Perlas
  • 62 nm from Isla San Jose - L as Perlas 
 State of the art floating composite docks Protected inland basin 60 docks for boats up to 60 feet Shore power supply @ 30Amp and 50Amp

12) GOOD NAUTICAL: 

BAHIA CAREYAS 🇲🇽

Good Nautical Logo
Good Nautical Costalegre

Bahia Careyes is a small bay which has been developed for luxury living and upmarket tourism. Moorings and tour boats tend to occupy the more sheltered parts of the three coves which make up the bay.  That said, there is still space to anchor outside the mooring field off Playa Careyes in the southern cove. Anchorage is possible in the northern lobe however the holding is poor and the beach is private property.

Even during the winter months swell diffracting between the islands tends to make this a rolly anchorage.

Approaches

Keep good lookout for isolated, uncharted rocks as you approach the anchorage from the south-west.

Anchorage

Anchor outside the moorings in 7.3m on sand. Check your anchor is well set as the holding is moderate. Playa Careyes is buoyed for guest swimming and cannot be approached by dinghy. Instead go ashore at Playa Rosa in the central cove.

Facilities

A couple of restaurants can be found at Playa Careyes and Playa Rosa. Swimming and snorkeling are heavenly in the crystal clear waters.

Anchor Down in Careyes.  Looking good Voyager!

SY VOYAGER 🇺🇸 Ed & Liz - Hylas 54'

VOYAGER Liz

😄  FUN FACT 
 portions of KILL BILL II where filmed in Careyes 

KILL BILL II

 "Beatrix finally catches up with Bill at his hacienda, which is the estate of Sea" and Heidi Klum at Costa Careyes,  on the western coast of Mexico.

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13) THE BARCADERE MARINA 🇰🇾 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

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HI POSSE

Neville has decided that we will join the Panama Posse  !

DISCOUNT

We will offer the Panama Posse group a 15% discount for slip fees.

Utilities will be charge on consumption with no discounts applied.

FUEL – VALVTECT MARINE FUEL

SCOTTS LANDING, our dockside fuel station, is the islands exclusive dealer of ValvTect Marine Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel and Valvtect Marine Premium 93 octane gasoline. Our fuel is guaranteed to be free from water or any other contaminants and is the highest quality fuel available anywhere in the Cayman Islands.

We also offer complementary dockside sewage pump-out to marina customers and duty free fuel for vessels leaving the island on presentation of your outbound clearance, which represents a substantial savings of CI$0.85 per imperial gallon for diesel and CI$0.75 per imperial gallon for gasoline.

Call 1(345)943-3743, visit www.valvtect.com for more information, or hail us on VHF channel 16.

It would be preferred if in coming boats contact info@barcadere.com prior to arrival to send Boarder Control information and we like to make sure that every Captain has received the approach to the Barcadere Marina.

Also note that we are not able to except any boats with a draft higher than 8′ do to the North Sound conditions and any boat higher than 7′ would be requested to arrive during high tide.

info@barcadere.com

enquiries@barcadere.com

+1 (345) 949-3743

Regards,

Denise

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AMENITIES

Individually metered power and potable water is provided to a dock pedestal for every slip. We can supply 120/208 volt, 60 hertz, through twin 30amp or 50amp single phase outlets to every single slip and offer twin 100amp single phase or twin 100amp three phase power at designated slips. We also offer free WiFi and luxury washrooms, all in a safe, secure and well lit environment with nightly security provided.

On-site service center, chandlery, haul out & boat yard

 Popular On-site restaurant, bar and pool

Dockside ValvTect Marine Fuel (duty free fuel available for transient vessels).

Fixed concrete and hardwood docks with berthing for vessels up to 150′ in length

30, 50, 100 & 200 amp single phase, or 100 & 200 amp 3 phase, 60hz, power.

Potable water supplied directly to every dock pedestal and individually metered.

Complimentary sewage pump out service available to our customers.

Free Marina-wide Wireless Internet.

Private changing rooms with showers.

Safe, well-lit environment, with nightly security.

 

DINING AND RELAXING

The GEORGE TOWN YACHT CLUB (GTYC) is located on the waterfront at The Barcadere Marina, Grand Cayman, and is the perfect place to relax after a day out on the water, unwind poolside after a day in the office, to share your fish stories or simply hang out with good friends. The Club is conveniently located near the airport and a is a great pit stop for breakfast or lunch before a flight.

The Barcadere Marina

14) MEET THE FLEET:

SV VIVA

Pierre and Marie's first date was on a sailboat in 1987 in Kingston, Ontario, isn't that romantic?!   Now fast forward 35 years, after completing fulfilling careers and raising two beautiful daughters, cruising life has finally arrived. VIVA and crew left Portland Oregon in Sept 2022 and made their way down the coast to join the Baja-Haha rally in San Diego. This is where they first met Captain Dietmar and were exposed to the Panama Posse.  They joined Season 6 last year and are returning members  in Season 7!

Viva spent summer 2023 on the hard in Puerto Penasco and are happy to report that season 2 has just started.  SY VIVA splashed on Oct 20 after a month of grueling yard projects.  Plans for this upcoming season are to spend more time exploring the beautiful Sea of Cortez, then mainland Mexico (south of Banderas bay this time) and planning to do the big jump to the south pacific in April 2024.

-Pierre and Marie

SV Viva

SY VIVA  Pierre & Marie - Amel 52′

VIVA VIVA

15) POSSE SWAG

SHOP
 GET A PANAMA POSSE  HAT ! 
ORDER ONE NOW 

 

16)  GET YOUR  💊  PHARMACEUTICALS

Last week we posted an article about outfitting your vessel's offshore medical kit.  This week we will expand and share that Mexico is a great place to beef up your offshore medical kit.

LIST OF PHARMACEUTICS AND 

DOC TALK !

Here in Panama and in Mexico  there are a lot of vessels prepping for the Pacific Crossing and the South Pacific Posse and the journey to  the Marquesas and luckily one of the vessels is skippered by a doctor  who speaks on all sorts of medical topics on the local morning net at Vista Mar Marina.

He recently shared with us details about Antibiotics which he keeps on board and when he would use them.

THEIR INTENDED USES  FROM A DOCTOR WHO WENT CRUISING

Keflex/Cephalexin

Boat stores:40 tablets 500 mg

Infections of the skin and periphery-infected cuts, stabs, thorns, legs and arms.

Dosing: 1 pill every 6 hours till redness gone plus one day then stop. Also let’s say a penetrating wound or open wound.

This is the antibiotic to use for prophylaxis.

https://panamaposse.com/pharmaceutical

Levofloxacin

Boat stores:250mg. 20 tabs 2nd line but powerful.

Reason: can be associated with tendon tears, peripheral nerve and central nerve issues later on.

Pneumonia, severe uti, urogenital infection, kidneys, anthrax, plague, severe stomach infections, chronic bronchitis

Dosing: for pneumonia or severe infection:750mg once a day. For Uro 250mg once a day for 3 days. GI issue: 500mg x 3-5 days.

Azithromycin

Boat stores: 250mg 20 tabs

Acute sinusitis, pneumonia, respiratory infections but also gonorrhea, chlamydia Lyme disease

Dosing: Always taken same way: 500mg first day, then 250 each day after. Usually for 5 days

AND MORE...

for additional recommendations, dosage and usage see this link: 

https://panamaposse.com/pharmaceutical

17)  MUST SEE: 

🇯🇲  SUNKEN PIRATE CITY AT PORT ROYAL

“The earth opened and swallowed many people, before my face, and the sea I saw came mounting in over the wall, upon which I concluded it impossible to escape.”

Edmund Heath, survivor and eyewitness to the devastating 1692 earthquake wrote these words in a letter from the safety of a ship moored in the city’s harbor, overlooking the ruins of his city. Port Royal, once called “the most wicked and sinful city in the world” was famous the world over for its booze—the blackout-inducing Kill Devil Rum, its pirates, and its sex workers. Needless to say, when the city was nearly destroyed, there were some parties that saw it as a convenient solution to an ugly problem.

The English and their pirate friends were relatively new to the area. Jamaica had been held by the Spanish since Columbus first declared it “the fairest island eyes have beheld” in 1494. Lacking gold or other obvious exploitable wealth, the Spanish held it but did not focus much energy there. It came under English power in 1655, after Cromwell sent English raiders to invade and capture the Spanish stronghold at Hispaniola (now Haiti and Dominican Republic, then the center of Spanish trade in the Caribbean). Cromwell’s men failed spectacularly at taking Hispaniola and turned to Jamaica as a second choice, better-than-nothing option.

Located on the southeast coast of Jamaica, the natural harbor at Port Royal became the center of English life in Jamaica. By the late 1600s it had become one of the largest European cities in the new world, second only to Boston. It had also become the infamous home of pirates, sex workers, and Englishmen on the make. Far from home, they made their livings off of the slave trade, slave labor in plantations, and the money that the pirates brought in from their looting forays against the Spanish.

It may be seen as an indicator of the caliber of vice in Port Royal that in 1675 the notorious pirate Henry Morgan became the Lieutenant Governor. In fact, Morgan began to crack down on overt piracy as the grand era of privateering he had been part of began to enter its waning phase. He died just four years before the earthquake struck and was buried in the Palisadoes cemetery.

On the morning of June 7, 1692, a massive earthquake estimated at a 7.5 magnitude hit the island. The city, largely built over sand, suffered instantly from liquifaction, with buildings, roads, and citizens sucked into the ground. Geysers erupted from the earth, buildings collapsed, and finally the city was hit by tsunami waves, dragging what had not been destroyed out to sea. In the end, some 33 acres of the city disappeared under water, four of the five forts were destroyed or submerged, and 2000 people were killed. The cemetery where Captain Morgan was buried slipped into the sea, its bodies floating up to mix with the freshly dead.

Even before the earth stopped shaking, locals reported that the looting began, one writing: “Immediately upon the cessation of the extremity of the earthquake, your heart would abhor to hear of the depredations, robberies and violences that were in an instant committed upon the place by the vilest and basest of the people; no man could call any thing his own, for they that were the strongest and most wicked seized what they pleased….”

As news spread of the destruction of Port Royal, it was picked up as a cautionary tale and a sure sign of divine retribution for the lewd behavior of the pirates and sex workers, the pretensions and wealth of the gentry of the town, or the sins of slavery, depending on the city and the audience.

But at any rate, the earthquake did not end Port Royal’s wicked ways, nor its relationship with vice or with pirates who continued to stop by for another 50 years while they preyed on Spanish ships. In fact, in 1720, John “Calico Jack” Rackham was hanged at Gallows-Point in Port Royal by order of pirate hunter—and former privateer—Woodes Rogers (best known for his rescue of the castaway Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe).

click this link to read more about the sunken pirate city at Port Royal:

https://panamaposse.com/pirate-city-at-port-royal

https://panamaposse.com/royal-jamaica-yacht-club

 

18)  PANAMA POSSE BOATS FOR SALE

SV ARROW 1973 CARTER 37 

FULLY EQUIPPED & READY TO GO ANYWHERE

SY ARROW flying her spinnaker in the Sea of Cortez 🇲🇽  Mexico

*37' Performance Cruiser for sale by owner*

Arrow is Fully Equipped and ready to go cruising self sufficiently: water maker, solar and wind power, well insulated fridge, navigation system with radar, GPS chartplotter, AIS, depth sounder and speedo, a quiver of sails for a variety of wind conditions, 10' dinghy with 6hp motor, safety gear including life raft, EPIRB, satellite system, ditchbag, lee cloths for all main salon sea bunks, lots of custom shade and rain awnings/enclosures, topside barbeque, equipped galley down below.  Fully equipped to sail, adventure, and cruise coastwise or offshore.  

Ready for her next adventure; Arrow is a sweet sailing, seaworthy, live-aboard, performance cruiser from a classic period in yachting history. She is a Carter 37 and has been upgraded and maintained to be an excellent, well prepared, self-sufficient yacht with lots of extras.  As her owners we are standing by ready to show Arrow and pass her off to her next Owners/ Sailors/ Adventurers.  

Arrow was designed by Dick Carter and built in Greece. She is a masthead sloop with removable inner forestay. Her large fin keel with lead ballast and skeg hung rudder provide a safe platform for coastal and offshore adventures alike. With a moderate ballast to displacement ratio, Arrow is a great light air boat while at the same time maintains a kind motion in a seaway.

For questions, specs and details contact rockcairn@gmail.com.

$34,000 US OBO

Located in Vista Mar, Panama A DAYSAIL TO THE PERLAS ARCHIPELAGO

SY ARROW on anchor in paradise.

Asking 34k USD

 

19)  PILOT CHARTS 

Every maritime area along the Panama posse has a zoom level pilot charts for each month of the year. 

They depict averages in prevailing winds and currents, air and sea temperatures, wave heights,  visibility, barometric pressure, and weather conditions at different times of the year and is divided into 12 months

The information used to compile these averages was obtained from oceanographic and meteorologic observations over many decades during the  19th & 20th century.

https://panamaposse.com/mexico

Mexico Pilot Chart for the Month of December 

The charts are intended to aid the mariner in selecting the fastest and safest ocean and coastal routes with regards to the expected weather and ocean conditions and many ocean routes are derived from these observations

WINDROSE

EXPLANATION OF WIND ROSES ON PILOT CHARTS : 

Windroses Explained

 

20)  75+ PANAMA POSSE MARINA SPONSORS 

Marinas

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🇲🇽 Marina Puerto Escondido – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Palmira Topolobampo – Mexico

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🇲🇽 Marina el Cid – Mazatlan – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta – Mexico  

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🇲🇽 Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 

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🇬🇹 Marina Pez Vela – Guatemala  

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🇨🇷 Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica  

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🇨🇴 Manzanillo Marina Club – Colombia

🇨🇴 Marina Puerto Velero – Colombia

🇨🇴 IGY Marina Santa Marta – Colombia 

🇯🇲 Royal Jamaica Yacht Club – Jamaica 

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🇯🇲 Montego Bay Yacht Club –Jamaica 

🇰🇾 The Barcadere Marina –Cayman Islands 

🇭🇳 Barefoot Cay Marina – Roatan – Honduras 

🇭🇳 Fantasy Island Marina – Roatan – Honduras

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🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club – Belize 

🇲🇽 Marina Makax – Isla Mujeres – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina V&V – Quintana Roo – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina El Cid – Cancún – Riviera Maya – Mexico  

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🇧🇸 Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina – Bahamas  

🇩🇴 Ocean World Marina – Dominican Republic

🇩🇴 Marina Puerto Bahia – Dominican Republic    

🇺🇸 Marathon Marina – Marathon Keys 

🇺🇸 Pier 66  Hotel & Marina – Ft. Lauderdale, USA

🇺🇸 IGY Marina at Ortega Landing – Jacksonville, FL , USA 

🇺🇸 Oasis Marinas at Fernandina Harbor Marina – FL , USA  

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🇺🇸 Coffee Bluff Marina – Savannah Georgia , USA  

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🇺🇸 Tideawater Yacht Marina – Portsmouth,  USA  

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ON SITE AMENITIES

  • On-Site Customs & Immigration
  • 30 and 50 amps, 125 and 250 volts, 60 Hz
  • Water
  • High Speed Pump Fueling Pier
  • 24-Hour Security
  • Restrooms and Showers
  • Laundry Room
  • Mini-Market
  • Garbage Pickup
  • Free Internet Access
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Infinity Pools
  • Gym
  • Spa and Beauty Salon
  • Taxi and Car Rental
  • Water Taxi to Cayo Levantado Island
  • Parking

21)  PANAMA POSSE SPONSORS 

  • BELIZE TOURISM
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https://www.panamayachtbroker.com/buy-your-yacht/

Thrilled to announce that Panama Yacht Broker has teamed up with the one and only Panama Posse! As a leading cruising resource, Panama Posse brings a world of sailing knowledge and resources to the table. From route planning and local intel to connecting with other cruisers, Panama Posse has it all. We are honored to join that list of resources thanks to our partnership.

Our clients have exclusive access to complementary yacht brokerage expertise, and discounts on listing agreements. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just setting sail for the first time, Panama Yacht Broker has a boat for everyone and can also help you sell your boat when the time is right.

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Cell/WhatsApp/Telegram/Signal:

PA +507 6378-8345

US  +1 305-735-1661

Skype: badoian

E: charles@panamayachtbroker.com

22) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

To arrange for transit with the Panama Canal Authority please contact Eric Galvez our dedicated Panama Canal agent and sponsor of the Panama Posse and the Pacific Posse

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
Panama Canal Map

23) WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES

Waypoint Yacht Services

“Our vision is to provide a top tier service to our customers while covering every potential need they may have when approaching shore. 

Small yachts (up to 38.1 meters LOA) are expected to experience substantial delays, and in the meantime, we will be able and willing to help you mitigate this impact and serve you.

 Contact us today through panama@waypointyacht.com

Thanks and best regards,

Marcus Santana
General Manager
Marcus.Santana@waypointyacht.com

International Business Park Building 3855, office 201 Panama Pacifico / Panama

Phone: +507-310 9891 ext.206
AOH: +507-310 9892 (24/7)
Mob: +507 6427-8099

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25) MORE POSSE NEWS FROM 
AROUND THE OCEANS

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26) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEASON 4 

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QUICK $UPPORT LINK TO  paypal.me/oceanposse >>

THE FOLLOWING VESSELS AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE SUPPORTED VICENTE  

CARINTHIA  $         500 Suzanne & Dietmar OXXO direct
FLOATING STONES  $         500 Bryan & Cheryl Stone 6XP15660ER520214P
SUMMER BREEZE  $         150 Kurtis  Bell 91265796SB059023T
JULIA MAX  $           50 George & Sue  Stonecliffe 5TT345790V606951G
TOKETEE  $           50 Dar & Diane Winkler-Nelson 1VK26536A64680910
DAWN PATROL  $           50 Laney Gale 3SA61021V7740871T
PRIYA  $           50 Brandt Faatz 4UM77562RV1780335
TIDINGS OF JOY  $           25  Jeff &  Joy Dornick 7MW95598CT9583007
SUNDOWNER  $           50 Rhiannon Venier 9NB27856SC8191832
ONE LIFE  $         100 Douglas & Mary  David 2EE12149LD682083G
PINCOYA  $         250 Aimee Souza 0LX24046DS1202441
DELTA SWIZZLER  $         100 Mark & Cindy Miller 5X117812PY9194113
GALATEA  $           25  Sarah & Mark 4A437068TK2197734
MAISON DE SANTE  $         250 Nicole & Keenan Smith 5MG13932NE490613B
 $           50 Elaine Bailey 94V58549H68967630
FORTITUDE  X  $           50 Stefanie & Torsten Schulz 8GY658829T003374K
SJ  $           50 Sarah & Craig Dempsey / Tyler 6TA29742CB557034B
Friend of Maison de Santé  $           25 Devon Dunlap 86A9034844017333M
SUNDOWNER  $         250 J and L Venier 29L8565808983284P
Friend of Maison de Santé  $           25 Tiffany Hsu 7N204496D80905205
Friend of Maison de Santé  $         100 Michelle Hamdani 80L12824KV262480E
Friend of Maison de Santé  $         200 Susanna Tuan 4VV223318P829334S
Friend of Maison de Santé  $           25 Niyati Shah 9SX38318MH305002B
CHEMISTRY  $         100 Sean Anderson 53339991GV461542F
KNOT RIGHT  $         200 Walt Childson & Jearine 5DN30958ST5017002
HO’OKIPA  $         100 Charles & Lisa Lenhoff 3EA41456AE362733P
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BUG OUT BOAT  $           50 Bob Sadler 60Y83478AV953483D
ZORBA  $           25 Limor Zimerman 3U1037802F336525C
FREEDOM  $         100 Sheri Normandin 2SV40080P1104973F
PERCEPTION  $         100 Melinda & James Hall 1GT98666UH570780L
SPLINTERS  $         100 Kim Paulsen 9SB69282Y1026663X
Mandalay Bay  $         100 Alison Gabel 6M531334VY088853R
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SUNDOWNER  $           25 Donovan Kessler 69C28981PR839462T
 $         100 Lauren Empey 75035990NK1627500
Family of Maison de Santé  $         500 Meredithe & Mitchel Katz 11V90558CP2146400
JUNGLE  $         300 Deb & Jim Ellifritt 0MC654870X451620D
TRIUMPH  $         100 Lynn Smith  & Joseph 6FY84227EB9886538
Friend of Maison de Santé  $           25 Cristian Barros 7U072994FF302870S
BOHEMIA  $           25 Thomas Watkins 2TB312220X165541J
WHIRLWIND  $           25 Mike Descheemaeker 6E6841795E951714R
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KRISTINA MARIE  $         100 Kristina Nairne 5H895701A67620925
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Vicente has lost his wife his son and his grandson and his livelihood !
We are starting a Vicente support fund for him. All funds donated will be donated directly to Vicente ( – credit card processing fees ) .To donate please follow this link https://panamaposse.com/donate-vicente 

A letter from Vicente:

To whom it may concern: Present.

Through this channel I report the events that occurred on October 24 of this year with the ship Rosemary Cristine, which sank on the day of the arrival of Hurricane Otis in the port of Acapulco. At approximately 11:00 p.m., Hurricane Otis began to blow strong winds and waves that caused the boat to lose stability and break loose from where it was anchored. The engines also did not respond to me and each time the waves increased in size. To such an extent that only the boat withstood three large waves of six meters causing it to sink, that night I was accompanied by my family who was always with me, my wife Maria Hilaria Delgado Valdovinos, my son Luis Sebastian Herrera Delgado and my grandson Luis Alberto Lopez Sarabia. That day only I survived, I was shipwrecked all night and was rescued by the Navy but my family was lost at sea. Today I ask for help to recover the remains of my family since I have a feeling that they were trapped in the aforementioned boat. I remain at your service. and hoping to be favored with your support to search for my family missing at sea.

Sincerely, Acapulco Guerrero, November 24, 2023

Captain Inocente Herrera Carrillo

Address: Adolfo Lopez Mateos Street Block 42 Lot 9 Colonia Fuerza Aire Telephone: 7444398184

vicente report december 3

PANAMA POSSE Captain Dietmar Present.

By these means I send you a report of the current situation that we are experiencing in Acapulco Guerrero: After the passage of Hurricane Otis, the Port of Acapulco is in total abandonment by the municipal government authorities, which is why we have certain shortcomings such as the docks of the Acapulco marina and Yacht Club closed and destroyed, the reconstruction of the marina is very slow therefore sailors or sea workers do not have work. The mooring ballss are mostly found in their places of origin, almost all of them survived the hurricane. The marina area is guarded by the national guard and the marina therefore is very well maintained and safe. The entire population does not yet have water and electricity, but gasoline and diesel are already available throughout the city for the service of those who request it. The port captain’s office is already working its normal schedules and continues to search for the 55 missing people (captains and sailors). Currently what we need most is to repair our homes, household items such as beds, refrigerators, etc. Since most of us lost our homes. For example, at this moment I am staying with a neighbor because my home was taken away by the hurricane. I say goodbye to you, remaining at his command, Greetings.

Sincerely Acapulco Guerrero on November 30, 2023 Captain Inocente Herrera Carrillo Telephone: 7444398184


fleet update

FLEET UPDATE 2023-11-19

Panama Posse

PANAMA POSSE 
 
FLEET UPDATE 

NOVEMBER 19, 2023


“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”

— Stephen Covey
 

TOP NEWS  

  • Pictures Of The Week
  • Meet The Fleet 🇬🇧 Teulu  Tribe
  • RSVP For Kick-off Weekend In Barra De Navidad
  • Fish On !
  • Picture Of The Year Nomination
  • Panama Posse Events
  • On The Water In Bocas Del Toro  🇵🇦  
  • Solarte Marina 🇵🇦
  • Barra De Navidad 🇲🇽 Mexico  Resource Guide  
  • 🦃 Thanksgiving On A Boat
  • Marina Portobello 🇨🇴 Colombia
  • Belize  🇧🇿 The Garifuna Culture
  • Good Nautical Los Frailes  🇲🇽 Mexico
  • Culture Of The Caribbean 🇨🇺 Cuban Cigars Aka El Habano
  • Marine Weather Center ☁️ Chris Parker  
  • Meet The Fleet Steve And Susan On Sy Oz
  • Barrel of Hope
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PANAMA POSSE Season 7

217 yachts are signed up from 22 ensigns - JOIN THE POSSE 

vessels's ensigns

1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

MY TIDINGS OF JOY and SY SERENITY meet up in Bahia Tenacatita 🇲🇽 Mexico

MY TIDINGS OF JOY 🇺🇸 Jeff & Joy - DeFever 52′

SY SERENITY  🇺🇸 Mark & Kathryn – Antares 44′
tidings of joy Tidings of JoySERENITY KathrynSERENITY - mARK

Pool Party in Marina Chiapas

SY YO-D-YO 🇺🇸 David & Mary – Hunter 45’ 

YO-D-YO David YO-D-YO Mary
image

Egg Island 🇧🇸  The Bahamas

Marsh Harbor 🇧🇸  the Bahamas 

MV CELT 🇺🇸 Gerry & Angela - Nordhavn 43′

CELT CELT

2)  MEET THE FLEET 🇬🇧 TEULU  TRIBE 

Panama Posse

SY TEULU 🇬🇧 Becka & Zach -   Colvic  40'  joins the posse this year

TEULU- Becka & Zachteulu

Buying a boat and sailing around the world was such a distant dream for so long, but, a little naivety and a lot of determination later, we are now doing it, *correction*, bloody doing it!  https://www.teulutribe.com/

https://www.youtube.com/@TeuluTribe

3) PANAMA POSSE SEASON 7  

5,500 nm 
550 ⚓ 
75+ marinas
17 countries
8 months
pure fun 
no schedules 

JOIN THE PANAMA POSSE ANYWHERE ALONG THE ROUTE

Panama Posse Mini Burgees  ▲  are a great way to enhance your pictures

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⚓ in Paradise

Join along the route
the great blue holw

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4) RSVP FOR PANAMA POSSE

KICK-OFF WEEKEND IN BARRA DE NAVIDAD

https://oceanposse.com/events/23-24-panama-posse-kick-off-weekend-%f0%9f%87%b2%f0%9f%87%bd-barra-de-navidad-mexico/
RSVP FOR THE  KICK OFF WEEKEND 
Monkey Business

There will be plenty of monkey business in Barra de Navidad !

Kick of event

The open bar on Friday night !

Barra de Navidad
Barra de Navidad Lagoon

⚓  in the Barra de Navidad Lagoon 🇲🇽 MX 

5) MORE PICTURES OF THE WEEK

FISH ON!

Panama Posse & Belize

Nice Tuna Jim!

MY MOCEAN SICKNESS 🇺🇸 Jim & Lynda - Med Yacht 50'  

image

Nice Mahi John!

SY COURAGE 🇺🇸 John & Kristine – Tartan 4100

Nice Mahi Larry

MV PAUSE 🇺🇸 Beth & Larry - Nordhavn 55′

6) SEASON 7 🏆 AWARDS

PANAMA POSSE AWARDS INCLUDE:

  • BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT*
  • PICTURE OF THE YEAR
  • YODA OF THE YEAR
  • SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD
  • THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD
  • MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD
  • HIGHEST WIND RECORDED
  • SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION
  • GALLEY GOD(ESS)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR
  • BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR
  • COURAGE AWARD

Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

SUBMIT ENTRIES ON THE LINE AP OR EMAIL TO EDITOR@PANAMAPOSSE.COM

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7) PICTURE OF THE YEAR NOMINATION

picture of the year nomination 2023

Picture Perfect beach, Cayo Zapatilla, in Bocas del Toro, 🇵🇦 Panama

SY JUBEL 🇨🇦 Leah & Kyle - Gulfstar 44'

JUBEL KyleJUBEL Leah

 
8) SEASON 7 PANAMA POSSE EVENTS 

events

wherever 2 or more Panama Posse burgees meet  ▲ ▼ 
it becomes a PANAMA POSSE PARTY 🎉

(1) PANAMA POSSE 
KICK OFF WEEKEND
DEC 7 – 10, '23
BARRA DE NAVIDAD 🇲🇽 MX 

BARRA RSVP 
Secundino Harbormaster

Secundino Alvarez - Harbor Master
Vessels Must be  registered with the Panama Posse  prior to Oct 31st to receive Posse discounts at Marina Puerto de la Navidad.

GOlF Course

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

harbormaster@islaresort.com.mx

TEL +52 (314) 337 9014

Barra

(2) CLUB DE PESCA 
YACHT FEST 
SAT, JAN 13 '24 CARTAGENA 🇨🇴 CO

SAT Jan 13, 2024 CLUB DE PESCA CARATGENA 🇨🇴 COLOMBIA
YACHT FEST RSVP 
 Club de Pesca - Ileana

Ileana Stevenson Covo  - GM
For those coming from the lesser Antilles this will be the first event in full on Latin style in Colombia - come celebrate the great food and culture that is Colombia in it's premier yacht club. 

Cartagena

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

gerencia@clubdepescadecartagena.com

TEL  +57 (5)  660 6615

Walled citry of Cartagena de las Indias

(3) OCEAN POSSE PARTY PANAMA + SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 

FLEET MEET UP

SAT. FEB 3 '24
SHELTER BAY MARINA 
🇵🇦  PANAMA

SAT Feb 3, 2024 Sheleter BAY 🇵🇦 PANAMA

IMPORTANT: This event is in the middle of high season.  The Shelter Bay Marina will be near capacity  so make reservations early.  Additionally, we are also going to organize a shuttle bus to get folks to this event from alternate locations.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 

Juanjo Boschetti

Juanjo Boschetti - GM juanjo@shelterbaymarina.com
Tel (+507) 433-3581

RSVP FOR CARI
Shelter Bay

(4) PANAMA POSSE AWARDSFUN ACTIVITIES, GOLF, POOL, DJ LOUNGE, + MARINE EXPO 

SAT. MAY 11 '24 BUENAVENTURA MARINA  🇵🇦  PANAMA

SAT May 10-12, 2024 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 PANAMA YACHT FEST

This is a very exclusive signature event in the Hamptons of Panama. The upscale resort Buenaventura is just 80 minutes west of Panama City and is one of the most charming and reserved places on the Pacific coast of Panama.
Only 60 nm from the Las Perlas.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

Emilio

Emilio Lau - Marina Manager
emilio@bv-marina.com 
Tel: +507-6616-7531  

RSVP FOR YACHT FEST
Buenaventura

SAVE THE DATE 
 PANAMA POSSE BELIZE YACHT FEST 
APRIL 6 2024

PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 
@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

BELIZE PLACENCIA YACHT FEST 🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

Placencia Yacht Club

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W

>> RSVP HERE <<

Placencia Yacht Club

CONTACT

 Beat,  Caroline, dogs & Heyson Garcia - 
YES PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB IS UBER DOG FREINDLY 

Beat & Caroline>

We, Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich are running this place since January 2021. We moved from Switzerland to Belize in 2019 and found this treasure while looking for a dock for our yacht.

Simplicity on a high level is our aim and to make our guests happy.

 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MOORINGS @ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

info@clearwaterexploring.com

www.placencia-yacht-club.com

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181

VHF 68

SAFE APPROACH 

SAFE APPROACH

SAVE APPROACH   @ 16° 29.9333′ N 088° 20.9266' W

Placencia Yacht Club
BELIZE

 9) ON THE WATER IN

BOCAS DEL TORO  🇵🇦 PANAMA

Amongst the reefs and mangroves, the colors are spectacular.

Bocas del Toro is a charming archipelago on the Caribbean side of Panama.   Bocas is a young backpackers mecca, a destination for surfers, and has something for everyone who has a soft spot for paradise.  As a private vessel one can explore the islands and anchor out in solitude, go to an island to a little cafe, or stay near the big island Colon where Bocas Town is and enjoy the small town that’s very walkable with its stores, restaurants and night life.  There are multiple marinas and resorts to choose from as well.  There is an airport in Bocas with flights twice a day to Panama City making Bocas a great place for family and friends to come visit cruisers.

PANAMA POSSE AMAZON SIDETRIP

SY JUBEL on anchor in Bocas del Toro.

DOWN WIND MARINE AND THE PANAMA POSSE

The water is so clear.

The beaches are great for relaxing.

This floating bar serves cocktails in the main Anchorage in Bocas town. 

Common Green Snake found on the beach in Bocas

Bocas is pretty awesome. It's cool being in amongst all the reefs and mangroves. All the anchorages are super protected, except escudo de veraguas ( which is also the prettiest). You can get anything you want while you're there, and if you can't find it there, it can be easily imported. All the anchorages are close to bocas town, and most of the time the water is really clear.

SY JUBEL 🇨🇦 Leah & Kyle - Gulfstar 44'

JUBEL KyleJUBEL Leah

Thank you for Sharing your Adventures SY JUBEL!

Bocas del Toro

Lot's of anchorages in Bocas del Toro are in Good Nautical

10)  SHARING YOUR ADVENTURES  
is the heart and soul of the Panama Posse 

Please share pictures of your adventures, your award entries, your breathtaking sunsets, and picturesque anchorages on our group communications platform for others to enjoy in real time and/or email Maurisa at editor@panamaposse.com to share in the upcoming newsletter.  Maurisa is a sailor among us.  She is part of the Ocean Posse crew and enjoys writing fun and helpful updates to the Panama Posse. 

11) SOLARTE MARINA 🇵🇦 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

09° 18.5983′ N 082° 11.8233′ W 

Solarte Marina

Marina Solarte is located in Bocas del Toro.  

We are excited to sponsor the Panama Posse with a 15 % discount for visiting vessels and a special 4 days for the price of 3 discount.

CONTACT

Bocas del Toro. Panamá

Dominik Hasala

CEO

ahoy@marinasolarte.com

+507 6565-1324

Marina Solarte is protected among the mangroves.

AMENITIES

  • NUMBER OF SLIPS  37
  • ​LENGTH OVERALL   20′ – 80′
  • MAX BEAM   45′
  • MAX DRAFT   15′
  • Pet Friendly
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Year-Round Wet Slip Storage
  • 24/7 Security and Staff Available
  • Provisioning, US shipping address,
  • Vessel Maintenance
  • 30 amp electrical services (soon)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Pump-out (soon)
  • Our Photovoltaic system – connected and functional
  • Our LiFePO4 batteries (30kWh) – connected and functional
  • Free Filtered rainwater is available on the whole dock (people love to use it for cleaning their boats or refill the tanks)
  • Free Starlink internet for all guests of our Marina
  • Cold drinks available in the Marina Office
  • Pathways on two islands connected to the Marina
  • Boat brokerage and sailboats for sale
  • Hull polishing, stainless steel work, carpentry, marine electrician, generator repairs, and other services are available
  • We are hosting potluck BBQs every Friday starting at 4 PM (more and more sailors are joining, even anchoring in front of the Marina just to join)

Weekly Potlucks are always fun!

12) BARRA DE NAVIDAD 🇲🇽 MEXICO 

RESOURCE GUIDE  

Sculpture on the malecon at the entrance to Barra de Navidad

Barra de Navidad is home to the annual Panama Posse kick off event. As such many cruisers have spent many, many moons cumulatively over the years.  We have put together a resource guide that is by no means exhaustive BUT is certainly thorough and vetted.  If you are in Barra or heading there, check out this guide to acquaint yourself with this special place.  On the dock Pancho (whatsapp +52 315.104.3289 )  is the go-to guy for all boat issues and has lot's of resources.  There is also an active Facebook group: Isla Navidad Cruiser Group (started by Panama Posse members) that has up to date information and active, helpful participants which can help identify resource and service availability.

Posse Ambassador, Nicole, sharing a cold brew with Barra ambassador, Pancho.

Frigate taking off in the lagoon.

Swing in to Barra, you will love it!

13) THANKSGIVING ON A BOAT
🦃&⛵

Richard Spindler in 2009

Thanksgiving onboard; lots to be grateful for!

All the fixin's.

SY MAISON DE SANTÉ 🇺🇸 Nicole & Keenan -  Cal 46'

MAISON DE SANTE KeenanMAISON DE SANTE Nicole

Many Panama Posse members enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving on their boat.  They may be at a marina or on the hook in Mexico, Costa Rica, or Panama where Thanksgiving is not a local tradition.  For active cruisers:

 Home is where we drop our anchor

& our traditions go with us wherever we go. 

May making a feast among fellow mariners prove quite joyful and heartwarming.  

Wherever you are this Thanksgiving 

May you find much to be thankful for and friends to celebrate with.  

HAPPY TAHNKSGIVING

14) MARINA PORTOBELLO 🇨🇴 COLOMBIA 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

10° 23.2066′ N   075° 31.0866′ W

Portobello Haul-out

SY OZ in the slings at their recent and successful haul out at Marina Portobello

Recently SY OZ went to Marina Portobello.  Their experience and comments are below:

Captain Dietmar thank you for the recommendation and for working out a special with Marina Portobello, Cartagena,  🇨🇴 Columbia.  Overall, I my experience at Marina Portobello was positive:

Initial communication and coordination: Vilmaida was responsive and concise. [used google translate]

Cost Estimates: All estimates go through Luis, Director of Operations. Luis was very easy to work with.  He speaks English, but for business, we used google translate most of the time. Nothing gets done without signed approval from both the customer and Luis. There were no hidden surprises, and no final invoices were more than the estimates.  

Haul out/Yard: The lift looks brand new. The operators were professional and thoughtful about the process. Vladamir dove the boat to ensure the lifting straps were in the correct position. The yard is very clean, and the lift had plenty of room to maneuver.  

Majority of work: I had the bottom sanded, primed, and painted. In addition, we needed some fiberglass, painting and gel coat work done, among other things. Diego, owner of Marine Plus Services took the lead on these projects. Diego comes with over a decade of marine industry service in Ft. Lauderdale. He speaks excellent English and is very responsive. He is very engaging, walking the yard from project to project. I am happy with the final product – good as new!

The Crew: Hard workers and good customer service.

Saildrive maintenance: Carlos Garcia was excellent. Great mechanic and knew Yanmar and Cummins very well.  I actually used him after I spashed to clean out my heat exchanger on my Onan. He charged $60 for 2-hours of work.

Billing/Finance: Professional and responsive. Invoices were clear and payment was easy – I was able to use my credit card through a system called – Wompi.  

Splash: As good as the haul out. I was able to take my time and check engines, bilges, etc. Easy backing out of the slings – plenty of room.

Conclusion: I would definitely use them again. Oz looks as good as new. I’m currently underway and all systems are ‘green’. 

The Yard at Portobello is well maintained and clean.

CONTACT

Luis Carrasquilla

directoroperaciones@marinaportobello.com

Cartagena de Indias – Colombia

servicioalcliente@marinaportobello.com

+57 324 303 3138

SERVICES

PAINT HULL / TOP AND BOTTOM

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC SERVICE

ENGINE  SERVICE & REPAIR

PROPULSION  MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

SEALING AND POLISHING

SPARE PARTS AND LOGISTICS

CARPENTRY

15) BELIZE 🇧🇿

THE GARIFUNA CULTURE

Belize Miss Earth 2021 in Garifuna gift shop

Belize is truly a hidden paradise in the Caribbean. Its ancient Mayan cities, lush jungles, indomitable barrier reef, and sandy beaches kissed by turquoise waters make it the envy of the world.

Whether you are tempted to sail Belize's coastline, trek its Mayan Mountains or explore the marvels of its caves while floating on a tube- there is something for everyone to do in Belize.

But despite its natural allure, it is the diverse cultures that are woven into the colorful tapestry of Belizean identity that makes the experience even more warm and worthwhile.

Belize

These diverse cultures are a personification of the audacity of hope which was evident when the Garifuna people fled slavery in St. Vincent and migrated to Belize in the 1800s.

They brought their vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, language, and powerful music as they settled in the Stann Creek District and formed the town of "Dangriga" which is translated to mean "standing waters."

Every year in November, Belize celebrates 'Garifuna Settlement Day' to commemorate this infusion that has redefined what it means to be a Belizean. It is a time of festivity.

Attending a Garifuna Settlement Day celebration should be on your bucket list! On November 19, there are huge celebrations across the country with storytelling, dancing, and reenactments of the arrival of the Garinagu in Belize.

Traditional music created by the Garifuna is on full display with colorful costumes and performed throughout the streets of Belize. It is a great time to immerse yourself in the street dances and enjoy Garifuna dishes like 'hudut' (fish cooked in coconut milk) and 'ereba' (cassava bread).

Traditional Hudut (fish cooked in coconut milk)

Belize Street Festivities in November

Garifuna drummers

While a national holiday, you are sure to get a better experience in Dangriga, Seine Bight, Hopkins, and Punta Gorda. With the biggest celebration in Dangriga Town, you just have to make your way to the southeast coast of Belize.

You'll have to be on the beach at the crack of dawn to experience the reenactment of the arrival of the Garifuna on the shores of Dangriga. The group will arrive in canoes filled with traditional drums and lively singing and dancing.

Once they arrive, the celebration will continue on the beach followed by an exciting parade through the main streets. Here you will meet the famous 'jankunu dancers' with unique masks and costumes performing the most unique dance you may ever witness.

Dangriga is also home to the origin of Punta Rock and home to many cultural musical bands. The town offers visitors an opportunity to join in the festivities with live drumming, indulging in unique cultural foods, and dancing.

Migration re-enactment

Belize Minister of Tourism in Dangringa in traditional Garifuna clothing

You can further explore the Garifuna culture by visiting the 'Gulisi Garifuna Museum' which exhibits the migration and the legendary Thomas Vincent Ramos.

Dangriga is also a mainland access point to many popular cayes in southern Belize such as South Water Caye and Tobacco Caye.

Hopkins, a 30-minute drive from Dangriga, is a village you should visit when in southern Belize.

Southern Belize

Upon entering the quaint village, you will be able to indulge in the picturesque scenery of birds and other wildlife basking in the marshes that extend to the entrance.

It is a delightful and friendly village on the coast of Belize with a mix of eco-friendly stays and beachfront luxury rooms to suit your aesthetic. The beach nightlife in Hopkins boasts small huts on the beach with an open-air vibe for dining and a blissful atmosphere to unwind after a long day of adventure.

The village lifestyle features more laidback with great beaches that spread along the coastline. The village is bustling with locals selling art, and cultural food and offering unique cultural experiences such as drum lessons and cooking traditional dishes. Much like Dangriga, Hopkins is also one of the best places to join in the festivities on November 19th. Here you will get to experience villagers celebrating to the beat of the drums and going house to house greeting one another and sharing food and locally made drinks. The festivities continue into the night where you can find several beach parties to enjoy.

In Hopkins, you can also find some of the best fishing spots and further out you can visit the South Water Marine Reserve and go for an adventurous dive.

Nightlife in Hopkins

Dangringa entrance

Did You Know:

1. The Garifuna people have their own flag, which is made of three horizontal stripes: black, white, and yellow.

2. The Garifuna language and culture achieved official recognition by UNESCO in 2001.

Exploring further south...

Further south is Punta Gorda (PG), which translates to Fat Point, a unique coastal town that is a mixture of Mayan, East Indian, and Garifuna people. Although it is the smallest and southernmost town in Belize, Punta Gorda offers excellent fishing experiences, river trips, birding, and ancient Mayan temples.

There is nothing better than to wake up to a calm beachfront with the sun casting shimmers on the glorious Mayan mountains that can be seen in the morning before the tide rises.

While in PG, be sure to visit the street market for local spices, souvenirs, and food. You can also explore the Garifuna culture in PG and take some cooking lessons or drumming lessons at the Warasa Drumming School to brag to your friends back home.  

From Punta Gorda, you can take a 2.5-hour trip to the southernmost marine reserve, the Sapodilla Cayes which boasts over 38 thousand acres of pristine mangrove islands and beaches. This reserve serves as a habitat for threatened species such as corals, marine turtles, and numerous types of fish. Sapodilla Cayes is also considered a world-class sportfishing destination and is well known for the grand slam (bonefish, tarpon, and permit). Here you can also choose to scuba dive or snorkel and experience the unique aquatic life such as parrotfish, angelfish, turtles, dolphins, rays, and other underwater life. It is considered to be the most remote part of the Barrier Reef system.

Another option down south is the Sarstoon-Temash National Park which is home to exotic wildlife such as the white-face capuchin monkey and over 200 species of birds. If you are more daring you can take a boat tour to the most remote national park in the country!

Whether you choose to stay underwater or on the beaches, it is worth the trip. Take a chance to sail in Belize in the calm seas protected by the Barrier Reef and get a chance to scuba dive or snorkel the pristine waters. Or take a break to immerse yourself in the culture, food and people this November!

A tasty spin on the traditional Hudut.

Sources

Belize.com

Belize Hub

National Today

The Blonde Abroad

Travel Belize

M.Goodin

16) PANAMA POSSE 🦃 THANKSGIVING 

Sunsets

This Thanksgiving there are a many things to be grateful for. The open seas, remote anchorages, coves, beaches and oceans are still the best source of fresh air and wellness for explorers and seafarers alike. We reflect on all the things to be grateful for —friends, family loved ones and a well charted course are things to be cherished We want to thank you for being part of this group of exceptional individuals who look at the horizon each day and say “where to next ?”

We are thankful to the 75 Marinas partners and sponsors who will host us and help us to re-provision, refuel and rest so that we can get underway again.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, admirals, captains, skippers, quartermasters and crew.

Happy Thanksgiving to all !

SY Carinthia

17) GOOD NAUTICAL:

  LOS FRAILES  🇲🇽 Mexico

GOOD NAUTICAL
Los Frailes

Bahia Frailes on the Seaside of the southern Baja Peninsula is a very welcome break after rounding Punta Gorda and beating northwards up the east coast towards Punta Arena. Although Cabo Los Frailes is only a minor headland the bay is wide enough for a dozen boats to find shelter close to the north shore and wait for a more favorable wind.

Snorkeling amongst the fissures and boulders at the base of Cabo Los Frailes is surprisingly satisfying and hiking up the steep rugged path to the top of the granite headland is a good workout. The view along the coast and into the inland hills is fantastic.

GoodNautical
Los Frailes

Anchorage

Tuck in close the cliff on the north side of the bay and drop the anchor in 8m on a sandy bottom. Holding is good but watch out for rocks at the foot of the cliff. The bay is open to the south and east and can be rolly in a NE wind. Surf on the beach so taking the dinghy in can sometimes be a bit of an adventure.

Los Frailes

Recent report from SY COURAGE: 18 boats in the anchorage with plenty of room

SY COURAGE  🇺🇸 John & Kristine – Tartan 4100

COURAGECOURAGE

18) CULTURE OF THE CARRIBEAN 🇨🇺

CUBAN CIGARS AKA EL HABANO

The soil and environmental conditions that the Cuban tobacco grow in are unique 

The Pinar del Rio province is the most important for tobacco cultivation in Cuba. It is located at the western end of the island .

Tobacco framing in Vinales

Tobacco framing in Vinales

To those that seek great cigars Cuban cigars are among the world's most flavorful because of the soil the tobacco is grown in.  Specifically, the Vuelta Abajo region, Semi Vuelta, as well as in farms in the Viñales region in Cuba have the perfect climate and soil for rolling Cuban Cigars.  These cigars have three main components: the filler, the binder, and the wrapping tobacco.  Some cigars get their flavor from the outer wrapper.  Cuban cigars get their flavor from the inside - out.  These cigars are so sought after for their flavor that they represent one quarter of the value of the island nations exports.

Rolling Cigars in Cuba by hand

Fully hand-made cigars are highly sought after and usually rolled by women

Cuban Cigars

The Cuban cigar is an icon of the island nation.

Historically the growing, harvesting, drying, and rolling of tobacco may go back as far as Mayan times in the earlier centuries of AD.  Uses may have been recreational, medicinal, or spiritual. Some say, the Spanish were introduced to this herb in the 15th century when ships full of explorers made landfall on what is now the island nation of Cuba.  This land was, in time claimed by the Spanish crown.  Early explorer went ashore and began meeting and trading with indigenous people.  They discovered an herb that was smoked and had a relaxing effect.  As trade began to flow back and forth across the Atlantic, tobacco was among the cargo shipped to Europe.  Popularity spread and eventually it was determined that the best way to bring the tobacco over was rolled in cigars.  The Spanish crown then set up their first cigar factory in Cuba in the mid 1500's.  Cuban cigars made their way around the world over the next 500 years gaining favor, losing favor, and gaining favor once more.  

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In the early 1960's a two events had a dramatic impact on the Cuban cigar and the rise of the non-Cuban cigar: 

1) Fidel Castro nationalized the industry.  With Cuban nationalization came a concentration of resources and the elimination of brands.   

2) The United States imposed an embargo on Cuba.  On February 7 1962, United States President John F. Kennedy, after some say he made a large personal procurement on his favored Cuban cigars, imposed a trade embargo on Cuba to sanction Fidel Castro's communist government.  This embargo made it illegal for American citizens and manufacturers to buy and/or import Cuban products including tobacco.  

The combination of these two events became an opportunity for other nearby island nations such as Jamaica, Canary Islands (Spain), the Dominican Republic (D.R.), Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua to take strains of tobacco from Cuba, replant them in similar environments and begin their own tobacco growing ventures.  Tobacco growing and processing for cigars has become a successful business in many countries.  

That said, for the 8 years of the Obama administration there was an easing of restrictions against the Cuban Cigar.  For this brief period Americans were allowed to buy Cubans outside of the US and bring them back to the states for personal consumption.  In 2020, Trump removed this easing and it is currently, again, illegal to bring a Cuban Cigar into the USA.

Among cigar aficionados the true Cuban Cigar still holds a distinct allure.  Perhaps because it has now long been a forbidden fruit or perhaps because the soil and environment really, truly is perfect for the best tasting cigar tobacco to grow.  

Cuban Cigar Video

MV HO'OKIPA shares their experience encountering Cuban tobacco between the Western US and Panama:

"We rarely smoke Cubans anymore as we have found better cigars elsewhere for a lot less.  This is due to Cuban seeds being planted in other countries (like Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, to name a few) by Cubans who left during the Revolution and Cuban rollers who left too.  We found this in Nicaragua where we visited a small cigar maker on a road trip to the north.  We had a guide who helped arrange an appointment at this place that had about 50 rollers, some Cuban, and saw them make cigars womb to tomb.  It was so fun to watch them in action.  We’ve had excellent cigars made in Mexico and Panama too.  (In Panama City at a cigar club we heard about a good cigar place in Penonome, Panama.  We were on a driving trip and went there and found it was this old woman.  Not sure if she owned it but she was in charge.  She had two woman rollers who worked in a little room making cigars and she kept the bundles of rolled cigars in an old metal barrel.  She only rolled one size, like a corona.  They were about $2.50 a stick (compare to Cohiba that is around $25 a stick) They were so good.  Great cigars.  We bought two bundles and when they were gone we were so sad.  Haven’t found cigars anywhere in Bocas Del Toro.  Another time, several years ago,  in a major city in Canada,  we learned of a man who imports Cuban leaf from Cuba and has 3 rollers who are Cuban roll his cigars and puts his Canadian label on them and ships his “Canadian” cigars to American.  We saw his small operation and sampled them.  They’re delicious.  Had a few boxes sent to us in Los Angeles."

MV  HO'OKIPA 🇺🇸 Lisa & Lucky Chucky - Selene 43′

HO’OKIPA Lisa HO’OKIPA Lucky

19)  MARINE WEATHER CENTER ☁️ CHRIS PARKER  
SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

CHRIS PARKER – MARINE WEATHER CENTER ☁️ SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

CHRIS PARKER – MARINE WEATHER CENTER ☁️ SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

Panama Posse Weather Package Discounts 10- 35 % off 

CONTACT

Chris Parker

Weather Forecasting & Vessel Routing

www.mwxc.com

Marine Weather & Communications LLC (and dba Marine Weather Center)

5130 Medulla Rd

Lakeland FL 33811

all voice calls 863-248-2702

cell for text only 941-915-7608

Panama Posse Weather Package Discounts 10- 35 % off

 20) MEET THE FLEET:

STEVE AND SUSAN ON SY OZ

OZ

Steve and I have lived and have traveled all around the globe on planes✈️, trains🚉, and automobiles 🚘with our three daughters. They are adults now, so the timing was perfect for the two of us to continue our adventure, but this time on a boat.⛵️

We started our adventure in Seattle, ‘The Emerald City’, aboard Oz. She is a 2019 4.1 Bali Catamaran. In August 2022, we joined the Coho Hoho rally from Seattle to San Francisco. Then on Halloween 2022 we joined the Baja Haha Rally. At the same time, thanks to Dietmar’s outreach in San Diego, we joined Panama Posse. We are now enjoying our second season.

Thus far we have made 125 stops at marinas, anchorages, mooring balls, and roadstead anchorages, visiting six countries.

We crossed the Panama Canal on September 16th, 2023. Oz is now in the Caribbean for the first time; made it to San Blas! Oz will make her way to Columbia and eventually head towards Florida (we think?). We have met so many good-crazy (you know who you are), helpful, adventurous, and fun people.  But, most of all, meeting boat dogs and cats has been extra special!

Steve & I are grateful for the wonderful friends we made and know we will make many more as we continue our adventure. Thank you Panama Posse!

Cheers!

Susan and Steve

SY OZ  🇺🇸 Sue & Steve - Catana 40′

OZ SusanOZ Steven

21) BARREL OF HOPE  IN SHELTER BAY 

BARREL OF HOPE

Catch and sign the barrel of hope in Shelter Bay Marina with Juanjo 

JUANJO

22) POSSE SWAG

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23)  SAFETY AT SEA: 

WHAT IS IN YOUR OFFSHORE MEDICAL KIT ?

FIRST AID KIT(S) FOR CRUISING BY ROB MURRAY

When we prepared Avant for offshore six years ago,  we looked carefully at what we would pack for first aid preparedness. We could easily imagine a wide range of scenarios where one or the other of us, or another cruiser or local, was injured (grievously), and needed first aid in an inconvenient, remote location. You know, unconscious bleeding from a compound fracture surrounded by crocodiles while darkness falls in some mangrove swamp, or something like that. We determined that:

  • We needed to be able to react to a broad variety of potential medical emergencies quickly and comprehensively;
  • We would likely be short handed in responding (so the response would have to be easily transported by one person);
  • The emergency may happen aboard Avant, aboard another vessel, or ashore so we would need to be able to move the appropriate materials for response to the injured person, and then move the injured person from the site of the incident back to Avant or from the site of the incident to another place for treatment or evacuation;
  • We would be at least hours, and might be days or even weeks from professional medical facilities and professional medical help (so we would need enough supplies to treat issues for a prolonged period with instructions on how to use them);
  • There were ‘levels’ of response that would be appropriate, so segregating supplies into appropriate kits suited to different levels of response would make sense; and
  • We would need reference materials suited to the kind of ‘medicine’ we would be practicing.

Before you carry on reading, please note that we’re over prepared. Period!

First, we looked for organizations that had worked systematically to solve this set of problems so we could emulate their methods and techniques. The military immediately came to mind, as they have applied science and rigor to responding to emergency medical situations in rustic locations (although they admittedly seem to focus on gunshot wounds and extreme blunt force trauma as the primary sources of injury). We also read up on mountaineering and other wilderness response experiences, and found the ‘prepper’ community had many guidelines, tips and resources that seemed useful. The Ministry of Transport in the UK also had relevant resources. While many sources suggested that buying supplies separately would be cheaper than buying a kit, we found the reverse to be true, and that the kits we looked at offered value as well as convenience.

So after our obsessive research, we equipped ourselves with a simple ‘boo-boo kit’ for day to day stuff.

The full and detailed continuation of this article with kit lists can be found at the following link:

https://panamaposse.com/offshore-medical-kit

In addition to the nitty gritty supplies in an offshore medical kit, it is imperative to outfit the medical kit with medicine.  Medicines that are already taken by specific crew and emergency medicines that may be necessary to take if you are on a passage or too distant from definitive care to get proper medical attention.  

Medicines one may add to their offshore kit include: 

  • An assortment of antibiotics, and infection fighting herbs and medications.  Think ears, eyes, skin, internal organs (high and midline). 
  • Extreme pain meds that will work in a pinch (tramodol is available OTC in Mexico)
  • Cold and/or flu medication
  • Allergy medicine (cream, liquid antihistamine, epi-pen)
  • Burn Cream
  • Medicine for diarrhea and constipation
  • Parasite elimination medication
  • Seasickness oral medication (ie meclizine, dramamine)

24)  MUST SEE: 

 ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL (ATM) 🇧🇿  BELIZE

(the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre)

Today, modern day Belize sits where a major hub of the Maya Empire once thrived.  This makes the land of Belize one of the critical spiritual sites for one of the most prominent cultures in Mesoamerican history.  Many Mayan sites have been discovered in Belize.

Belize Mayan Ruin Map

entry

An Entry and and Exit: A portal between worlds

Th Maya believed there were three layers to the cosmos: 

  1. The Sky (the upper world)
  2. The Earth (the middle world)
  3. The Caves (the underworld)

These caves are particularly fascinating as they offer a window into a time and place when Mayan performed rituals and spiritual ceremonies over 1000 years ago.

Actun Tunichil Muknal, or the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre” (ATM Cave) in Belize

Water drips contantly from Stalagtites

Exploring the cave may only be done with professional guides. 

There are artifacts and ancient pottery in the cave.

Yaxchilan

Perhaps the most enigmatic, significant, & exceptional is this preserved skeleton.

Most of the remaining skeletons are found in a part of the cave that opens up to an area as big as two football fields with stalactites and stalagmites that are 30 and 40 columns of calcium.  There are as many as 15 skeletons in the cave that have been found.  Many are young people (still over 1000 years old).  A small room further in the cave is where the most preserved skeleton remains: the Chrystal Maiden.  Some are now questioning whether this is indeed a man.  Regardless of the gender the intact crystalline skeleton in a wonder to see.  National Geographic named this cave the # 1 most sacred cave in the world.

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE CAVE AND MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE ATM CAVE IN BELIZE:

https://belizing.com/ATM-Cave-Belize/

Chrystal Maiden

The Chrystal Maiden 600 – 900 AD

 

25)  PANAMA POSSE BOATS FOR SALE

SV ARROW 1973 CARTER 37 

FULLY EQUIPPED & READY TO GO ANYWHERE

SY ARROW flying her spinnaker in the Sea of Cortez 🇲🇽  Mexico

*37' Performance Cruiser for sale by owner*

Arrow is Fully Equipped and ready to go cruising self sufficiently: water maker, solar and wind power, well insulated fridge, navigation system with radar, GPS chartplotter, AIS, depth sounder and speedo, a quiver of sails for a variety of wind conditions, 10' dinghy with 6hp motor, safety gear including life raft, EPIRB, satellite system, ditchbag, lee cloths for all main salon sea bunks, lots of custom shade and rain awnings/enclosures, topside barbeque, equipped galley down below.  Fully equipped to sail, adventure, and cruise coastwise or offshore.  

Ready for her next adventure; Arrow is a sweet sailing, seaworthy, live-aboard, performance cruiser from a classic period in yachting history. She is a Carter 37 and has been upgraded and maintained to be an excellent, well prepared, self-sufficient yacht with lots of extras.  As her owners we are standing by ready to show Arrow and pass her off to her next Owners/ Sailors/ Adventurers.  

Arrow was designed by Dick Carter and built in Greece. She is a masthead sloop with removable inner forestay. Her large fin keel with lead ballast and skeg hung rudder provide a safe platform for coastal and offshore adventures alike. With a moderate ballast to displacement ratio, Arrow is a great light air boat while at the same time maintains a kind motion in a seaway.

For questions, specs and details contact rockcairn@gmail.com.

$34,000 US OBO

Located in Vista Mar, Panama A DAYSAIL TO THE PERLAS ARCHIPELAGO

SY ARROW on anchor in paradise.

Asking 34k USD

 

26)  75+ PANAMA POSSE MARINA SPONSORS 

Marinas

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista, USA

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor Ventura Isle -  Ventura, USA

🇲🇽 Cruise Port Village - Mexico

🇲🇽 IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas  – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Marina Puerto Escondido – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Palmira Topolobampo – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina y Club de Yates Isla Cortes – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina el Cid – Mazatlan – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta – Mexico  

🇲🇽 PANAMA POSSE HQ  – Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 

🇲🇽 La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Vicente’s Moorings, Acapulco – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina Chiapas – Mexico  

🇬🇹 Marina Pez Vela – Guatemala  

🇸🇻 Marina Bahia del Sol – El Salvador  

🇸🇻 La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol - El Salvador

🇳🇮 Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua  

🇨🇷 Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica  

🇨🇷 Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica  

🇪🇨 Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇵🇦 Buenaventura Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 PANAMA POSSE PACIFIC HQ Vista Mar Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇵🇦 Bocas Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 Linton Bay Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 La Playita Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Flamenco Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Solarte  Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Turtle Cay Marina – Panama

🇨🇴 ClubNautico Cartagena – Colombia 

🇨🇴 Club de Pesca Marina Cartagena – Colombia 

🇨🇴 Manzanillo Marina Club – Colombia

🇨🇴 Marina Puerto Velero – Colombia

🇨🇴 IGY Marina Santa Marta – Colombia 

🇯🇲 Royal Jamaica Yacht Club – Jamaica 

🇯🇲 Errol Flynn Marina – Jamaica  

🇯🇲 Montego Bay Yacht Club –Jamaica 

🇰🇾 The Barcadere Marina –Cayman Islands 

🇭🇳 Barefoot Cay Marina – Roatan – Honduras 

🇭🇳 Fantasy Island Marina – Roatan – Honduras

🇭🇳 Jonesville Point Marina -Roatan – Honduras  

🇬🇹 Marina Nana Juana Resort & Boatyard – Guatemala 

🇧🇿 Thunderbirds Marine – Placencia – Belize 

🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club – Belize 

🇲🇽 Marina Makax – Isla Mujeres – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina V&V – Quintana Roo – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina El Cid – Cancún – Riviera Maya – Mexico  

🇨🇺 Marina Marlin Nautica Cayo Largo – Cuba 

🇹🇨 South Bank Marina & Boatyard – Turks and Caicos  

🇧🇸 Romora Bay Resort and Marina – Bahamas  

🇧🇸 Elizabeth on the Bay Marina – Bahamas 

🇧🇸 Great Harbour Cay Marina – Bahamas

🇧🇸 Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina – Bahamas  

🇩🇴 Ocean World Marina – Dominican Republic

🇩🇴 Marina Puerto Bahia – Dominican Republic    

🇺🇸 Marathon Marina – Marathon Keys 

🇺🇸 Pier 66  Hotel & Marina – Ft. Lauderdale, USA

🇺🇸 IGY Marina at Ortega Landing – Jacksonville, FL , USA 

🇺🇸 Oasis Marinas at Fernandina Harbor Marina – FL , USA  

🇺🇸 Morningstar Marinas Golden Isles St. Simons Isl. – Georgia, USA  

🇺🇸 Windmill Harbour Marina – Hilton Head South Carolina , USA  

🇺🇸 Coffee Bluff Marina – Savannah Georgia , USA  

🇺🇸 Hazzard Marine – Gerogetown, North Carolina , USA  

🇺🇸 Holden Beach  – Town Dock, North Carolina , USA 

🇺🇸 Portside Marina – Morehead City, North Carolina USA  

🇺🇸 Tideawater Yacht Marina – Portsmouth,  USA  

🇺🇸 Ocean Yacht Marina, Portsmouth, USA  

🇺🇸 Yorktown Riverwalk Landing – Virginia USA  

🇺🇸 Regatta Point Marina – Deltaville, Virginia USA 

🇺🇸 Regent Point Marina – Topping, Virginia USA 

 MONTEGO BAY YACHT CLUB

27)  PANAMA POSSE SPONSORS 

  • BELIZE TOURISM
  • CHRIS PARKER - MARINE WEATHER CENTER
  • DELTA MIKE MARINE SUPPLY PANAMA
  • DOWNWIND MARINE
  • FLOR DE CAÑA
  • HERTZ RENTAL CARS  MEXICO
  • HOME DEPOT PRO MEXICO
  • LATITUDES AND ATTITUDES  
  • PANAMA YACHT BROKER
  • PREDICT WIND
  • SAFE HARBOR SOUTH BAY MARINA EVENT CENTER  
  • SAILMAIL 
  • SAN DIEGO MARINE EXCHANGE
  • SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT
  • WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES
  • WESTMARINE PRO
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS  
     
https://safe-xplore.com/welcome

28) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

To arrange for transit with the Panama Canal Authority please contact Eric Galvez our dedicated Panama Canal agent and sponsor of the Panama Posse and the Pacific Posse

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
Panama Canal Map

29) WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES

Waypoint Yacht Services

“Our vision is to provide a top tier service to our customers while covering every potential need they may have when approaching shore. 

Small yachts (up to 38.1 meters LOA) are expected to experience substantial delays, and in the meantime, we will be able and willing to help you mitigate this impact and serve you.

 Contact us today through panama@waypointyacht.com

Thanks and best regards,

Marcus

Marcus Santana
General Manager
Marcus.Santana@waypointyacht.com

International Business Park Building 3855, office 201 Panama Pacifico / Panama

Phone: +507-310 9891 ext.206
AOH: +507-310 9892 (24/7)
Mob: +507 6427-8099

Panama Canal

 Panama Canal  & downtown Panama

30) STRATEGIC PARTNERS

 

SSCA

Park Avenue Villas – San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

Coconutz – Playa Cocos – Costa Rica

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Pacific Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Cocounta

Coconutz Sports Bar & Restaurant, Playas del Coco Costa Rica

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31) MORE POSSE NEWS FROM 
AROUND THE OCEANS

atlantic posse

ATLANTIC POSSE  
SIGN UP NOW

MOntseratt

Atlantic Posse 24

Atlantic Posse '24

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Atlantic Posse Routes
voyage between  Mediterranean  Spain and  the Caribbean 

Cartagena Spain
south pacific posse

32) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEASON 4 

REGISTRATION OPENS DEC. 1 2024 

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE
SIGN UP FOR SEASON 4 
SPP

South Pacific Posse burgees available after January 15  

SUNSET ALERT

Sunset Alert

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL · YOUR CREW · YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

ocean posse llc 
 @ 9811 W Charleston blvd 2262 Summerlin LV NV 89117  USA

© 2023  Ocean Posse LLC


Costalegre Barra de Navidad Chart

COSTALEGRE

16) GOOD NAUTICAL:

COSTALEGRE: THE HAPPY COAST

GOOD NAUTICAL

Costalegre translates to the Happy Coast.  The 135 nm stretch of coast in Mexico known by this name runs from Cabo Corrientes (the southern limit of Banderas Bay) to Manzanillo.  There are 20+  wonderful anchorages along this stretch of coast that make it a fabulous place to cruise.  As always, choose your own adventure and take your time to enjoy the most Happiness you can along the Happy Coast. Of course the Panama Posse started in Barra de Navidad and we hope to see you at the kick off event staring Dec 7 - and don't forget to bring your  expired flares...

Good Nautical Costalegre

With over 30 anchorages the Costalegre is the Panama Posse playground. The water is usually warm and pleasant with gentle dinghy beach landings, Some of these remote anchorages are solitary with the exception of Tenecatitia which at the height of the cruising season will have up to 50 yachts at anchor.

Los Corrales @ 20 246 N 105° 40 W

Los Corrales @  20 246 N   105° 40 W - 
(exposed to N - NW & W Swell )

Punta Ipala @ 20° 14.2132' N 105° 34.4000' W

Punta Ipala    @ 20° 14.2132' N 105° 34.4000' W  
(exposed to W - SW - S  Swell )

Chamela - N @ 19° 35.0317' N 105° 07.8500' W

Chamela - N  @ 19° 35.0317' N 105° 07.8500' W 
(exposed to  SW Swell )

Isla Pajarera - E @ 19° 33.5505' N 105° 06.6070' W

Isla Pajarera - E @ 19° 33.5505' N 105° 06.6070' W

Isla Cocinas - NE @ 19° 33.1496' N 105° 06.3817' W

Isla Cocinas - NE @ 19° 33.1496' N 105° 06.3817' W

Isla Nerita @ 19° 31.4755' N 105° 05.0901' W

Isla Nerita @  19° 31.4755' N 105° 05.0901' W

Chamela - E Bay @ 19° 30.8433' N 105° 04.8342' W

Chamela - E Bay @  19° 30.8433' N 105° 04.8342' W

Isla Paraiso - E @ 19° 28.6147' N 105° 03.7655' W

Isla Paraiso - E @ 19° 28.6147' N 105° 03.7655' W

Caleta Paraíso @ 19° 28.3383' N 105° 03.6213' W

Cala Paraiso @  19° 28.4782' N 105° 03.5512' W

Caleta Paraíso @ 19° 28.3383' N 105° 03.6213' W

Caleta Paraíso @  19° 28.3383' N 105° 03.6213' W

Bahia Careyes - N @ 19° 26.6418' N 105° 02.1684' W

Bahia Careyes - N @ 19° 26.6418' N 105° 02.1684' W

Bahia Careyes @ 19° 26.5847' N 105° 02.0021' W

Bahia Careyes @ 19° 26.5847' N 105° 02.0021' W

Ensenada Teopa @ 19° 23.9448' N 105° 01.4672' W

Ensenada Teopa @ 19° 23.9448' N 105° 01.4672' W

Tenacatita - Outer bay @ 19° 17.1346' N 104° 52.0404' W

Tenacatita - Outer bay @ 19° 17.1346' N 104° 52.0404' W

Tenacatita - Inner Bay @ 19° 17.8725' N 104° 50.1806' W

Tenacatita - Inner Bay @ 19° 17.8725' N 104° 50.1806' W

La Manzanilla @ 19° 16.8747' N 104° 47.4327' W

La Manzanilla @ 19° 16.8747' N 104° 47.4327' W

Bahia Cuastecomate - SE @ 19° 13.8132' N 104° 43.8949' W

Bahia Cuastecomate - SE @ 19° 13.8132' N 104° 43.8949' W

Melaque @ 19° 13.1810' N 104° 42.5871' W

Melaque @ 19° 13.1810' N 104° 42.5871' W

Barra de Navidad - Lagoon @ 19° 11.5084' N 104° 40.3672' W

Barra de Navidad -  Lagoon @ 19° 11.5084' N 104° 40.3672' W

Ensenada Carrizal @ 19° 05.7860' N 104° 26.2464' W

Ensenada Carrizal @ 19° 05.7860' N 104° 26.2464' W

Higueras Cove

Higueras Cove @ 19° 06.2471' N 104° 24.7503' W

Bahia Santiago - N @ 19° 06.6530' N 104° 23.4890' W

Bahia Santiago - N @ 19° 06.6530' N 104° 23.4890' W

Bahia Manzanillo - Las Hadas @ 19° 06.0977' N 104° 20.6284' W

Bahia Manzanillo - Las Hadas @ 19° 06.0977' N 104° 20.6284' W

Seaglub Anchored in Costalegre

SY Seaglub anchored @ Costalegre

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tidings of joy

FLEET UPDATE 2023-11-11

Panama Posse

PANAMA POSSE 
 
FLEET UPDATE 

November 11, 2023

There are more things to be explored and conquered within the soul of man than on the surface of the earth.

                                                                                                                     - Hernan Cortes

TOP NEWS  

  • Season 7:  Registration Is Open  210 Yachts from 21 Ensigns Signed Up !
  • Season 7  Posse Seminars and Events Past and Future
  • Adventures in the Amazon  🇪🇨 Ecuador to Peru
  • Moorings in Bahia Del Sol, 🇸🇻 El Salvador
  • Barefoot Cay Resort,  🇭🇳  Roatan
  • Visiting Isla Taboga, 🇵🇦 Panama
  • Meet the Gourmet Galley Wench
  • Costalegre, 🇲🇽 Mexico
  • Marina El Cid, Mazatlan, 🇲🇽 Mexico
  • Meet the Fleet: SY AVANT
  • Help the Barrel of Hope Continue its Voyage 🇵🇦
  • SAFETY ALERT: Night Passages and Best Practices
  • SAFETY ALERT: BOLO Vincente
  • Must See: Yaxchilan, 🇲🇽  Chiapas, Mexico
  • Boats for Sale
  • News from other Oceans
PANAMA POSSE Season 7

210 Yachts are signed up - JOIN YOUR POSSE 

vessels's ensigns

1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

A view from Paradise, Paraiso, Bahia Chamela 🇲🇽 Mexico

MY TIDINGS OF JOY 🇺🇸 Jeff & Joy - DeFever 52′

tidings of joy tidings of joy 1

Flew our spinnaker for the fist time and never want to take it down! 🇲🇽 

SY COURAGE 🇺🇸 John & Kristine – Tartan 4100

COURAGE
image

On Anchor at Isla Taboga  🇵🇦  so close to the treasure at end of the rainbow

SY DISCOVERY PASSAGE 🇨🇦  Lance, Tomoko, & Sakura – Hunter 42’

DISCOVERY DISCOVERY

2) WEEKLY LINE CALLS  

LINE

These short and informative WEEKLY Monday live LINE Panama Posse calls are designed to hear you and your progress and provide a friendly voice and quick answers to your questions 

  • vessel emergencies
  • weather along the route
  • logistics
  • long term planning
  • general announcements  

Your time is precious so these calls  are designed to be brief.  The warm up portion of the calls start with general check in's , follow up's to provide a better understanding of what to expect with current changes at ports/areas , reports of storm damages and ongoing bureaucracy changes in countries followed by short general updates.  

Join the PANAMA POSSE for the LIVE LINE CALL this and every Monday 
until June' 24 and  check in with your Posse. 

Installing line successfully can be a challenge - especially on weekends SMS's validation messages on intl. phones seem to have a hard time getting through - for helping getting line to work please visit  https://help.line.me

NOTE: you will need a physical sim to validate your line account - once validate you do no longer need a sim

LINE ME

Background:
Line began in 2011 as the brainchild of engineers at NHN Japan, the Japanese arm of Naver Corporation (formerly NHN) based in South Korea. Today the popular messaging service is operated by Line Corporation, a spinoff company headquartered in Japan, which still remains a subsidiary of Naver. We use line because of the relatively low adoption rate in the Americas - and so that your username can be  VESSEL NAME - First Name 

LINE vs ZULIP

We continued to use LINE as the voice calls for groups is superb ( we have been using it for group and dm calls for over 6 years ) and we are used to line's quirks and hope to eventually switch to ZULIP - think of LINE as the left brains comm channel and ZULIP as the right brain organized chat. Use whichever you prefer for now.

Enjoy Last minute infiormation

With chat tools such as Zulip or Line you get last minute reports of relevant information from your fellow Posse members  - so you are in the loop.

3)  UPCOMING SEMINAR THIS MONTH

PREDICT WIND APP
 
ZOOM SEMINAR 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2023

Zoom Meeting

12:00-13:30 PACIFIC TIME

PREDICT WIND

The PredictWind App and Website are designed for use on cellular and wifi networks. View high resolution forecasts on your mobile, tablet or computer.

Available on iOS and Android.

Forecasts                                Tools

Daily Briefing                                                          Weather Routing

Tables                                                                      Departure Planning

Graphs                                                                     Ocean Data

Wind                                                                         Local Knowledge

Gust                                                                          Observations

Cape                                                                         Validation

Wave                                                                        GPS Tracking

Rain                                                                          YB Tracking

Cloud                                                                        Forecast Alerts

Isobar                                                                       AIS Data

Air Temp                                                                  GMDSS Map

Sea Temp

Solunar

Zoom link to  this free and highly informative Panama Posse seminar

https://oceanposse.com/events/predict-wind-ocean-posse-weather-routing-while-under-way/

#4  SAVE THE DATE  

NEW VESSELS ON-BOARDING  

Saturday - November 18, 2023

14:00 EASTERN  TIME  

13:00 PANAMA   TIME  

12:00 MEXICO   TIME  

11:00  PACIFIC TIME 

Panama Posse

 The welcome calls are designed to  make the most of all the perks of the Panama Posse has to offer including how to get your burgee

PANAMA POSSE SEASON 7  

YOU ARE CORDIALLY  

INVITED TO MEET YOUR PEERS 

        

      NEW VESSELS PP           
 ON-BOARDING ZOOM 

Saturday - November 18, 2023

ZOOM LINK TO WELCOME CALL >> 

 
 

Flor de Cana our rum sponsors

#5) RSVP FOR PANAMA POSSE

KICK-OFF WEEKEND IN BARRA DE NAVIDAD

https://oceanposse.com/events/23-24-panama-posse-kick-off-weekend-%f0%9f%87%b2%f0%9f%87%bd-barra-de-navidad-mexico/
RSVP FOR THE  KICK OFF WEEKEND 

6) MORE PICTURES OF THE WEEK

ADVENTURES AND CELEBRATIONS UNDERWAY

Panama Posse & Belize

On the move in southern California  🇺🇸 

MY MOCEAN SICKNESS 🇺🇸 Jim & Lynda - Med Yacht 50'

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Hoisting flags for Flag Day in Panama 

celebrating Panama's independence from Spanish Rule.

SY WHIRLWIND 🇺🇸 Maurisa, Mike, Russell & Josea – Alajuela 48’

Exploring the Amazon in a Canoe.

SY PATHFINDER 🇺🇸 Jean-Philippe & Nicole - Lagoon 39'

PATHFINDER Jean-PhilippePATHFINDER Nicole

7) SEASON 7 AWARDS

ANNUAL AWARDS INCLUDE:

  • BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT*
  • PICTURE OF THE YEAR
  • YODA OF THE YEAR
  • SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD
  • THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD
  • MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD
  • HIGHEST WIND RECORDED
  • SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION
  • GALLEY GOD(ESS)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR
  • BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR
  • COURAGE AWARD

Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

SUBMIT ENTRIES ON THE LINE AP OR EMAIL TO EDITOR@PANAMAPOSSE.COM

Share the adventure

Highest Wind Recorded

HIGHEST WIND RECORDED PP 20-21 SWINGING ON A STAR 57.2

 
8) SEASON 7 PANAMA POSSE EVENTS 

events

We look forward to meeting you at these events - we do not sail on a set schedule to make your journey more relaxed and take into account ever changing weather conditions.  Move only when the conditions are right and you feel good !

The events in Barra de Navidad /  Shelter Bay / Club De Pesca and Buenaventura will have POT LUCK culinary competition so follow these rules to win the coveted 

RSVP FOR THE BARRA DE NAVIDAD KICK OFF WEEKEND 

(1) PANAMA POSSE 
KICK OFF WEEKEND
DEC 7 – 10, '23
BARRA DE NAVIDAD 🇲🇽 MX 

BARRA RSVP 
Secundino Harbormaster

Secundino Alvarez - Harbor Master
Vessels Must be  registered with the Panama Posse  prior to Oct 31st to receive Posse discounts at Marina Puerto de la Navidad.

GOlF Course

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

harbormaster@islaresort.com.mx

TEL +52 (314) 337 9014

Barra

(2) CLUB DE PESCA 
YACHT FEST 
SAT, JAN 13 '24 CARTAGENA 🇨🇴 CO

SAT Jan 13, 2024 CLUB DE PESCA CARATGENA 🇨🇴 COLOMBIA
YACHT FEST RSVP 
 Club de Pesca - Ileana

Ileana Stevenson Covo  - GM
For those coming from the lesser Antilles this will be the first event in full on Latin style in Colombia - come celebrate the great food and culture that is Colombia in it's premier yacht club. 

Cartagena

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

gerencia@clubdepescadecartagena.com

TEL  +57 (5)  660 6615

Walled citry of Cartagena de las Indias

(3) OCEAN POSSE PARTY PANAMA + SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 

FLEET MEET UP

SAT. FEB 3 '24
SHELTER BAY MARINA 
🇵🇦  PANAMA

SAT Feb 3, 2024 Sheleter BAY 🇵🇦 PANAMA

IMPORTANT: This event is in the middle of high season.  The Shelter Bay Marina will be near capacity  so make reservations early.  Additionally, we are also going to organize a shuttle bus to get folks to this event from alternate locations.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 

Juanjo Boschetti - GM juanjo@shelterbaymarina.com
Tel (+507) 433-3581

RSVP FOR CARI
Shelter Bay

(4) PANAMA POSSE AWARDSFUN ACTIVITIES, GOLF, POOL, DJ LOUNGE, + MARINE EXPO 

SAT. MAY 11 '24 BUENAVENTURA MARINA  🇵🇦  PANAMA

SAT May 10-12, 2024 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 PANAMA YACHT FEST

This is a very exclusive signature event in the Hamptons of Panama. The upscale resort Buenaventura is just 80 minutes west of Panama City and is one of the most charming and reserved places on the Pacific coast of Panama.
Only 60 nm from the Las Perlas.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

Emilio Buenaventura Marina

Emilio Lau - Marina Manager
emilio@bv-marina.com 
Tel: +507-6616-7531  

RSVP FOR YACHT FEST
Buenaventura

SAVE THE DATE 
(5) PANAMA POSSE BELIZE YACHT FEST 
APRIL 6 2024

PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 
@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

BELIZE PLACENCIA YACHT FEST 🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

Placencia Yacht Club

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W

>> RSVP HERE <<

CONTACT

 Beat,  Caroline, dogs & Heyson Garcia - 
YES PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB IS UBER DOG FREINDLY 

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We, Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich are running this place since January 2021. We moved from Switzerland to Belize in 2019 and found this treasure while looking for a dock for our yacht.

Simplicity on a high level is our aim and to make our guests happy.

 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MOORINGS @ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

info@clearwaterexploring.com

www.placencia-yacht-club.com

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181

VHF 68

SAFE APPROACH 

SAFE APPROACH

SAVE APPROACH   @ 16° 29.9333′ N 088° 20.9266' W

Watch this video on how to grab life in Belize ! 

BELIZE

9) ADVENTURES IN THE 🇧🇷  AMAZON 🇵🇪 

PANAMA POSSE AMAZON SIDETRIP

Are those bananas in your bow or are you just happy to see me?

SY PATHFINDER spent 7 days deep in the Amazon. 

We went by canoe all the way to the border of Peru by canoe. Another version of boat life.

DOWN WIND MARINE AND THE PANAMA POSSE

Back to the Basics of life in the Amazon

Lovely accommodations along the river.

My those are some sharp teeth and brilliant colors you have, piranha.

SY PATHFINDER 🇺🇸 Jean-Philippe & Nicole - Lagoon 39'

PATHFINDER Jean-PhilippePATHFINDER Nicole

Thank you for Sharing your Adventures SY PATHFINDER!

10) SHARING YOUR ADVENTURES  
is the heart and soul of the Panama Posse 

Please share pictures of your adventures, your award entries, your breathtaking sunsets, and picturesque anchorages on our group communications platform for others to enjoy in real time and/or email Maurisa at editor@panamaposse.com to share in the upcoming newsletter.  Maurisa is a sailor among us.  She is part of the Ocean Posse crew and enjoys writing fun and helpful updates to the Panama Posse. 

11) BAHIA DEL SOL HEADS UP: 

MOORING AVAILABILITY 🇸🇻  EL SALVADOR

A NOTE FROM BILL AND JEAN
  

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A smooth exit for SY WANDERER out of Bahia del Sol.

SY JUBEL enjoys a welcome beverage upon entering Bahia del Sol

When travelling into Bahia del Sol in El Salvador vessels will be welcomed by Bill and Jean.  Bill and Jean sailed into Bahia del Sol years ago and made it their permanent home.  Now, in addition to being active members of their small island community, they enjoy helping cruising vessels navigate the entrance and exit channel.  Additionally, they maintain moorings in the Bay, and host infamous papusa feeds. 

In a recent conversation with a posse member, Bill mentioned he only has two moorings free at the moment in Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador. 

NOTE: If you plan to visit El Salvador in your Panama Posse journey this season (highly recommended), please send him an email at <elsalvadorrally@aol.com> with approximate dates for your visit.  He can then determine whether he should add more moorings to his field to ensure he has room for visiting vessels. (Not a reservation, but the registration of your intent).

Bill and Jean look forward to sharing their love of the Bay with fellow cruisers.

Always festive at Bill and Jeans in Bahia del Sol, 🇸🇻 El Salvador

12) ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS  

RICHARD SPINDLER

Richard Spindler in 2009

For those of you who do not know Richard, he is a distinguished figure in the sailing community, notably for his foundational role in establishing the Baja Ha-Ha cruising rally and with the inception of Latitude 38, a sailing magazine.

In addition Spindler is known for his voyages aboard his catamaran named Profligate. For nearly three decades the Baja Ha-Ha, under his leadership has been a staple in the sailing calendar.

Spindler's vision and leadership have influenced the broader sailing culture, promoting adventure and camaraderie across the seas. His dedication to the sailing community and his pioneering spirit continue to inspire many in the maritime world.

And this is why I’m dropping a line to say thanks. Richards' vision steered me into the rally circuit when I joined the Baja Ha-Ha back in '09. It was more than a rally; it was a rite of passage for me, my wife and crew, and many others, I reckon.

Catching up in San Diego just prior to the kick off event, reminded me of the breadth of your wake through the sailing world. The helm you've held at Latitude 38 and the Baja Ha-Ha has not just influenced routes, safe anchorages on charts, but also the course of the community and spirit we all sail by. That's the mark of a true leader – setting the sails not just for a boat, but for the whole flotilla.

Your steadfast hand on the wheel and eye on the horizon have guided more than just Profligate, they've inspired a fleet of sailors to find our own bearings and chase the horizon. The Panama Posse sails in the swell your efforts have created, and for that, we owe you a debt of gratitude.

Here’s to you, Richard, for the paths you've charted and the voyages still to come.

With respect, recognition and thankfulness;

Captain Dietmar 

BRAVO ZULU

13) BAREFOOT CAY RESORT ROATAN 🇭🇳 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

Hello Panama Posse ,

We’d love to participate, and would be happy to extend a 20% savings on dockage to the Panama Posse!

Warmest regards,

Stephanie Bodden

Resort Director

Barefoot Cay Resort | Barefoot Divers

Roatan, Bay Islands

1-866-246-3706 (toll-free to Roatan)

+504-9967-3642 (local)

VHF: 18A​ (monitored 8am-4pm)

email: Stephanie@BarefootCay.com

MARINA SPECS

Convenient south-central location on Roatan

Marina layout comprised of U-shaped basin with sturdy concrete construction and stout cleats (358 total linear feet), plus wooden docks for additional moorage and for tying tenders (243 linear feet of dockspace)

Draft allowance of up to 9 ft

Boat launch ramp

Purified water & shore power with 120V 30A & 240V 50A service; 100A service available in select locations

AMENITIES

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Restrooms with hot water showers

Laundry service (priced per item)

24-hour security

Restaurant & Bar

PADI 5 Star Dive Center

Spa

Concierge desk

Pool

Palapa

Immigration and Port Captain clearing services​

BIP (Bay Islands Petroleum) fuel dock located just East of the Cay

DISCOUNT OFFERED

20% savings on daily, weekly & monthly rates.  Rates are per foot OAL (including extensions), and 15% sales tax applies

14) VISITING ISLA TABOGA 🇵🇦 PANAMA 

THE PAST AND THE PRESENT

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Town of Taboga as seen from the head of the Ferry Dock

 

Rich in historical significance and boasting a relaxed getaway charm, Isla Taboga is an excellent place to visit near Panama City.  The island is so close to the city that there are multiple daily 30 minute ferries that bring people to and from the island for $17 round trip.  People visit to enjoy the beach, restaurants, hotels, multiple hiking trails, and the history.  

Panama Posse parrtty HQ

Anchorage can be found on either side of Isla Morro.

Isla Taboga was discovered in 1513 by the Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa.  Many subsequent explorers who crossed the Atlantic from Seville, Spain would disembark in what is now Portobello on the Caribbean coast of Panama, cross the isthmus of Panama on foot or by horseback until they reached Panama City.  They would then board canoes to the galleons anchored off Taboga.  Deep waters with good holding surround the island and made it an excellent place for large vessels to find safe harbor from which to explore and conquer new lands near and far.

This painting from 1850 shows Ships of old on Anchor in the deep waters off Taboga.

Like the ships of old the same anchorage is used today by modern transporters.

Unlike the days of old however, the ships on anchor in this field today are awaiting their Canal transit.  This ship below, Sunny Bright, just won a transit for November 15th through auction for $4m.   

See this article for details on the current canal transits going to auction:

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/panama-canal-auction-sets-record-4m-for-slot-as-congestion-grows

Going back 500 years again: By 1524 Father Hernando de Luque founded a church in the center of town and christened the town San Pedro.  The Church, while noted for being one of the oldest churches in the Western Hemisphere, is still standing and well cared for.  

A view inside of the Church

A view to the outside from the Church.

In the late 1500’s the island was renamed Taboga.  “Aboga” means “abundant fish” in the indigenous language of Taboga’s early inhabitants.  In the 1500’s many of Taboga’s inhabitants on record were slaves from Venezuela and Nicaragua.  The first Catholic saint of the Americas is said to have been born on the Island.  There is a cross in her honor on a hilltop with a beautiful view.  Today many people think of Taboga as the ”Island of Flowers” for all the flowers cascading over walls (from the most well maintained to the ancient, crumbling ones) and growing in the jungle.  The island is 12 square km; town itself, like many on the nearby islands, is quite densely packed and surrounded by wild jungle.  

Footpath in the town of Taboga

Today, one can travel along all the residential footpaths or in golf carts on the narrow streets in an afternoon and could spend days and days meandering through the jungle in search of treasure, wildlife, or relics of the past.  

Treasure: Early prosperity turned Taboga into a target for piracy.  In the 1600’s pirates became a formidable force in the area and Taboga was no stranger to their presence and pillaging.  Infamous Pirate Henry Morgan among others is said to have sacked the island and used it as a base while attempting to sack Panama City and other nearby islands.  Legend has it that there are ashes of pirates inside the walls of the church and treasures buried on the island.  One can walk to a monument called Los Tres Cruzes to see the three graves of pirates that attempted to disturb the peace on Taboga.  They lost their lives in the fight and have remained as a symbol to all who visit.  Taboga is not to be sacked ever again.  

Wildlife: Taboga is a volcanic Island that rises above the sea with a dense and healthy tropical forest.  While hiking through the forest we were treated to many (74) poison dart frog sightings, the smell of flowers, the sound of rain paddling the canopy overhead, the refreshing cool of mist hanging in the air slowly dripping down to the dark brown forest floor.  On the highest peak we enjoyed being at eye level with the largest and smallest of birds, from the black headed vultures to bright green teeny-tiny hummingbirds.

Relics of the past:  In the 1840’s the Pacific Mail and Steamship Company set up a shipping company on Taboga thinking they would move mail and produce throughout the region.  They ended up moving gold and gold diggers to and from California during the Gold Rush.  There are remnants of their shipyard operation on Isla Morro which is connected to Taboga by a sand spit.  In 1885 a medical center was built on the island while the French were making their attempt at the Panama Canal construction.  Many workers would take ill and go to Tabogo for care and quarantine.  While convalescing on Taboga, French painter Paul Gauguin, painted a scene of the bay that is appreciated to this day.  Additionally, the US military build a base on the island during WWII.  A bunker was built on the highest point with a 360 degree view that today offers a welcome breeze and incredible views of Taboga Bay, Panama City, the perlas Islands, and ships awaiting Canal transit.

An large, old anchor sits on Isla Morro with connecting sandspit and Isla Taboga in the background. 

Poison Dart Frogs are everywhere in the jungle on Isla Taboga

Colorful mushrooms are also abundant on the forest floor.

So many ships on anchor between Isla Taboga and Panama City.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LEGENDS AND HISTORY OF TABOGA SEE THIS LINK: http://cerritotropicalpanama.com/pdf/1Piratetalesandtruths.pdf

 

 

16) GOOD NAUTICAL:

COSTALEGRE: THE HAPPY COAST

GOOD NAUTICAL

Costalegre translates to the Happy Coast.  The 135 nm stretch of coast in Mexico known by this name runs from Cabo Corrientes (the southern limit of Banderas Bay) to Manzanillo.  There are 20+  wonderful anchorages along this stretch of coast that make it a fabulous place to cruise.  As always, choose your own adventure and take your time to enjoy the most Happiness you can along the Happy Coast. Of course the Panama Posse started in Barra de Navidad and we hope to see you at the kick off event staring Dec 7 - and don't forget to bring your  expired flares...

Good Nautical Costalegre

With over 30 anchorages the Costalegre is the Panama Posse playground. The water is usually warm and pleasant with gentle dinghy beach landings, Some of these remote anchorages are solitary with the exception of Tenecatitia which at the height of the cruising season will have up to 50 yachts at anchor.

Los Corrales @ 20 246 N 105° 40 W

Los Corrales @  20 246 N   105° 40 W - 
(exposed to N - NW & W Swell )

Punta Ipala @ 20° 14.2132' N 105° 34.4000' W

Punta Ipala    @ 20° 14.2132' N 105° 34.4000' W  
(exposed to W - SW - S  Swell )

Chamela - N @ 19° 35.0317' N 105° 07.8500' W

Chamela - N  @ 19° 35.0317' N 105° 07.8500' W 
(exposed to  SW Swell )

Isla Pajarera - E @ 19° 33.5505' N 105° 06.6070' W

Isla Pajarera - E @ 19° 33.5505' N 105° 06.6070' W

Isla Cocinas - NE @ 19° 33.1496' N 105° 06.3817' W

Isla Cocinas - NE @ 19° 33.1496' N 105° 06.3817' W

Isla Nerita @ 19° 31.4755' N 105° 05.0901' W

Isla Nerita @  19° 31.4755' N 105° 05.0901' W

Chamela - E Bay @ 19° 30.8433' N 105° 04.8342' W

Chamela - E Bay @  19° 30.8433' N 105° 04.8342' W

Isla Paraiso - E @ 19° 28.6147' N 105° 03.7655' W

Isla Paraiso - E @ 19° 28.6147' N 105° 03.7655' W

Caleta Paraíso @ 19° 28.3383' N 105° 03.6213' W

Cala Paraiso @  19° 28.4782' N 105° 03.5512' W

Caleta Paraíso @ 19° 28.3383' N 105° 03.6213' W

Caleta Paraíso @  19° 28.3383' N 105° 03.6213' W

Bahia Careyes - N @ 19° 26.6418' N 105° 02.1684' W

Bahia Careyes - N @ 19° 26.6418' N 105° 02.1684' W

Bahia Careyes @ 19° 26.5847' N 105° 02.0021' W

Bahia Careyes @ 19° 26.5847' N 105° 02.0021' W

Ensenada Teopa @ 19° 23.9448' N 105° 01.4672' W

Ensenada Teopa @ 19° 23.9448' N 105° 01.4672' W

Tenacatita - Outer bay @ 19° 17.1346' N 104° 52.0404' W

Tenacatita - Outer bay @ 19° 17.1346' N 104° 52.0404' W

Tenacatita - Inner Bay @ 19° 17.8725' N 104° 50.1806' W

Tenacatita - Inner Bay @ 19° 17.8725' N 104° 50.1806' W

La Manzanilla @ 19° 16.8747' N 104° 47.4327' W

La Manzanilla @ 19° 16.8747' N 104° 47.4327' W

Bahia Cuastecomate - SE @ 19° 13.8132' N 104° 43.8949' W

Bahia Cuastecomate - SE @ 19° 13.8132' N 104° 43.8949' W

Melaque @ 19° 13.1810' N 104° 42.5871' W

Melaque @ 19° 13.1810' N 104° 42.5871' W

Barra de Navidad - Lagoon @ 19° 11.5084' N 104° 40.3672' W

Barra de Navidad -  Lagoon @ 19° 11.5084' N 104° 40.3672' W

Ensenada Carrizal @ 19° 05.7860' N 104° 26.2464' W

Ensenada Carrizal @ 19° 05.7860' N 104° 26.2464' W

Higueras Cove

Higueras Cove @ 19° 06.2471' N 104° 24.7503' W

Bahia Santiago - N @ 19° 06.6530' N 104° 23.4890' W

Bahia Santiago - N @ 19° 06.6530' N 104° 23.4890' W

Bahia Manzanillo - Las Hadas @ 19° 06.0977' N 104° 20.6284' W

Bahia Manzanillo - Las Hadas @ 19° 06.0977' N 104° 20.6284' W

Seaglub Anchored in Costalegre

SY Seaglub anchored @ Costalegre

SIGN UP FOR THE 23-24 PANAMA POSSE  

17) MARINA EL CID MAZATLAN 🇲🇽 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

23° 16.062´ N  106° 28.119´W

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Marina El Cid, Mazatlan, 🇲🇽 Mexico

 

Dear Panama Posse

We will love to host members of the Panama Posse in our Marina.

We will honor 15 % discount in our regular rates and for a 7 days stay we will include one day free.

Best regards

Geronimo Cevallos

Harbor Master

CONTACT

Reservation information

Raisa Medrano rmedrano@elcid.com.mx

Email: marinaelcidmazatlan@elcid.com.mx

Tel: +52 669 9163468

TOLL FREE USA & CAN: 1.855.513.4080

https://panamaposse.com/marina-el-cid-mazatlan

AMENITIES

  • Potable water
  • Showers
  • TV Cable
  • Laundromat
  • Beach Club access
  • 110V 30/50 AMP Shore power
  • Access to resort facilities
  • 24 hour security
  • Parking for one vehicle
  • Slips up to 120′
  • Fuel Dock
  • Beach Club
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18) COSTA RICA 🇨🇷 NO ARMY SINCE 1948 

In Costa Rica - December 1st as a National Holiday in commemoration of the Abolition of the Army in the country. 

More details on this here https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/why-did-costa-rica-really-abolish-its-military/

Costa Rica’s armed forces played an important role in building its state infrastructure and creating a sense of nationhood. From defeating an 1857 pirate invasion led by William Walker, to what would be the country’s last military coup in 1917, the military were front and center in the country’s political life. So that made it all the more momentous when on December 1, 1948, the then-leader of the governing junta, José Figueres Ferrer, issued a declaration abolishing the armed forces. More geopolitical details here  https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/why-did-costa-rica-really-abolish-its-military/