The Panama Posse was founded in May of 2017 at the Marina and Isla Navidad Resort in Barra de Navidad, MX.

15 cruising couples and a motor vessel hanging around the lush resort and pool had their hands up interested in heading south towards Panama. AIYA, RAVEN, BULA, LIQUID, XENIA, RESPITE, MAGIC, AVANT ( chimed in from Chiapas) , GEORGIA, CROSSROADS, SHEARWATER, DAD’S DREAM SANS FRONTIERES and EASY are just a few vessels who helped shape the camaraderie and voice of the Panama Posse.

One of the 5 pools in Barra de Navidad

Captain Dietmar and his wife Suzanne who had just returned from an 7 1/2 year excursion to the the South Pacific decided to organize their desire into what is now known as the PANAMA POSSE.

Captain Dietmar & Suzanne

Later on Chris, Monica on SEA GLUB, Walt & Jeariene on Knot Right and Rob and Debra on Avant helped focus the activities and feedback to the Panama Posse Organization and with the help of many volunteers and participants season one grew to 83 vessels. Season two grew to 123 vessels and the Panama Posse created a partnership with over 15 supporting marinas and the 501(c)3 non-profit group GoodNautical. By 2020 The Panama Posse was at 178 vessels from 15 flag states and we decided to expand the route through the western Caribbean northbound – all waters which are usually off the beaten path – adventures and explorers welcome !



The Panama Posse operates under international maritime law,
Captain Dietmar Petutschnig– is a life long proponent of the
gestalt theory for transferring nautical knowledge >>
provide experiences, mistakes and first hand account of others
and participants will arrive at their own conclusion to plan and
execute their own expeditions.

Panama Posse, Founder & Leader, Western Hemisphere                                       2017-20
•    Founder and leader of the Panama Posse  fleet (sized 27’ – 225’) from15 flags states
•    Three-seasons, 2,000 nautical mile journey between Mexico and Panama
•    A proven explorer with both personal and business experience across 55 nations,
holds multi certifications including RYA Yachtmaster Ocean 200t and US Coast Guard 100t Captain licenses.

The First Burgee – designed with the slogan “We sail where the coconuts grow” in mind

SV Carinthia, Captain & Owner, Pacific Ocean                                      2007 – Present
 •    Deep sea, open ocean and coastal expedition experience with over 30 marinas, worldwide
 •    Planned and executed an 11-year, 47,000 nm voyage 7/12 years in the South Pacific
 •    Regular interaction with Maritime Servicers, Port Captains, Immigrations & Biosecurity officers
 •    Administrative experience in the USA, Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, American Samoa and Kiribati

  Maritime Institute | USCG 100 ton Master’s License                                           San Diego, CA 2013-14
  Royal New Zealand Coast Guard | YachtMaster – Ocean  200t                               Auckland, New Zealand
  NYU – SEC | Unix Webmaster                                                                                New York, NY, 1995
  BS Physics | Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (dropped out)          Valparaiso, Chile, 1986

Additional Certifications                                                
•    Oceania (NZ, FJ) | Maritime Communications, Celestial Navigation, Diesel Engine Maintenance, Satellite Chart Interpretation
•    French Polynesia, Tuamotosm, Raiatea, Top Dive | Padi Open Water Diver
•    North America (USA, MX) | Vessel Safety, Basic Keelboat, Performance Cruising, Inter Coastal Navigation, Radar & AIS, HAM Radio Technician, First Aid, Provisioning
•    Asia (CN, JP) | eFellow at Wharton School, Shanghai, Entrepreneurship Certificate – EOU, Tokyo, Japan

Universal Skills: Weather routing & forecasting | Storm Preparation | Celestial navigation | Basic diesel engine maintenance | Sailing | Geography | Photography | HAM Radio | Satellite Image Analysis

International: Lived and worked around the world, and traveled to over 55 countries. Received education and certifications on four continents.

Languages: Fluency in English, German and Spanish. Conversational French, Italian and Portuguese