ABOUT

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This “sail at your own schedule” rally which sails between California and Florida via the Panama Canal in Central American, Pacific and Western Caribbean waters.  Join like-minded cruisers, adventurers and explorers while creating life-long friendships, experiencing new countries and cultures, enjoying the sense of security that safety in numbers afford and most of all having FUN while saving money.  With hundreds of engaged yachts from 17 flag states and fellow mariners you’ll make stories that will last a lifetime. Participants collect and disseminate the latest information, 500+ anchorages and enjoy pre-negotiated discounts in over 40 marinas in 13 countries. This is one of the largest rallies in the world and hundreds of vessels participate every season in this 4,500 nm journey via Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Jamaica, Roatan Bay of Islands, Rio Dulce, Belize, Yucatan peninsula, Cuba and Key West.

 

HISTORY

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  milling about 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, MX

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. 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. The rest is history

 

RULES

>> YOUR VESSEL – YOUR CREW – YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
>> WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

 

OUR VALUES

>> SHARING OF FACTS AND VALIDATED INFORMATION
>> QUALITY SERVICE PROVIDERS
>> DISCOUNTS AND SPECIAL DEALS
>> TRANSPARENCY AND CONSISTENCY
>> AUTHENTICITY
>> ADAPTABILITY
>> LIFE LONG LEARNING
>> BUILDING TRUSTED FRIENDSHIPS
>> adventures and explorers welcome
>> FOLLOW THE GESTALT THEORY – SHARE EXPERIENCES NOT OPINIONS

 

 

LEAD FROM THE FRONT

Captain Dietmar Petutschnig is a life long proponent of the
gestalt theory for transferring nautical knowledge >>
provide experiences, mistakes and first hand account to
participants and allow fellow mariners to arrive at their own conclusion to plan and
execute their own expeditions with better information and decision making tools.

Dietmar                               
>> Founder and leader of the Panama Posse  fleet (sized 27โ€™ โ€“ 225โ€™) 
>> Three-seasons, 2,000 nautical mile journey between Mexico and Panama
>> Proven explorer with both personal and business experience across 55 nations
>> 50,000 nm
>> Fellow Yacht owner
>> RYA Yachtmaster Ocean 200t
>> US Coast Guard 100t Captain licenses

FACTS
>> 2017      15 VESSELS, 3 Marinas
>> 2018     83  VESSELS,  7 MARINAS
>> 2019   123  VESSELS, 12 MARINAS
>> 2020   178  VESSELS, 16 MARINAS
>> 2021   189  VESSELS, 40 MARINAS

 

 

THE ADVISORY BOARD

This is the board that steers the Panama Posse in the right direction striking a careful balance between all stakeholders

KNOT RIGHT WALTWalt SV KNOT RIGHT

CARINTHIA suzanneSuzanne SV CARINTHIA

Dan Marina PapagayoDan GM Marina Papagayo

Crossroads - StanStan MV CROSSROADS

Crossroads - Diane Diane MV CROSSROADS

Pat RainsCapt. Pat Rains, Author

AVANT RobRob AVANT

SEA GLUB Chris   SEAGLUB

 

Threats, RISKS and Vessel Safety

Van  – Resident Knuckledragger

van

With the  aparent demise of Covid 19 we continue to monitor  quarantine
guidelines and best practices for vessels, marinas and service providers – please review them here.

WILDERNESS SELF RESCUE AND HEALTH


HOโ€™OKIPA Lucky Lucky Chucky – MV HO’OKIPA
MAISON DE SANTE Nicole Nicole – MAISON DE SANTE 

 

 

THE PANAMA POSSE SEASONS IN BURGEES

 

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