FLEET UPDATE 2020-10-25

PANAMA POSSE FLEET UPDATE 2020-10-25

 19° 11.9788′ N 104° 41.5086′ W

Kick Off Events confirmed Dec 3-7th, 2020  Barra de Navidad, Mexico

Follow this link for kick-off week details >>>

Marina Puerto de la Navidad

Tentative Itinerary and Reservation Details >>>

REMINDER THERE WILL BE A  PANAMA POSSE POT LUCK RED CUP PARTY **
Here is a link to a list of which dishes you should/could bring >>>

 ** outside social distancing event rules apply as per resort and local authorities
We'll be wearing masks this season for the kick off and hand sanitizer will be flowing along with rum and margaritas ...

 

GMT-7REFER A FELLOW CRUISER TO THIS WEEKS  
PANAMA POSSE WEBINAR

 
On October 29th at 17:00 PDT GMT-7 we'll have a live webinar for  vessels interested in signing up for the Panama Posse.

It is hosted by Ullman Sails and the Seven Seas Association.
To sign up for the webinar or to invite a friend send an email to ullmanseven@panamaposse.com and we'll send you a zoom invite. 

Originally planned to do be held at the Ullman Sail Loft in San Diego but due to an increase in case numbers in San Diego County we opted for a zoom version. 
You must REGISTER to attend - all are welcome.

 

PANAMA POSSE "PODS" ARE GATHERING 

PANAMA POSSE pods  

Based on seasonal gathering spots here are the "sub pods" with line calls after the 
main calls starting Mondays in Novemebr to save everyone's time
 (great suggestion Eric Sprezzatura)  

  1. San Diego / Ensenada / Cabo / La Paz / Mazatlan /  PV --> Barra de Navidad 
     "coconut run
  2. Pacific Panama / Costa Rica --> North Bound  suggested "counter posse"
  3. Barra de Navidad -->  Panama Canal South Bound    "original posse"
  4. Barra / Cabo / La Paz / PV  --> North Bound suggested  "bashers"
  5. Florida / Mexico Caribbean - Panama / South Bound suggested "gold runners"
  6. Colombia / Caribbean Panama --> Florida / North Bound suggested "rum runners"
  7. Lesser Antilles via Colombia --> Panama Canal Bound suggested "spice runners"
  8. Bocas del Toro --> Cayaman Islands / Roatan / Rio Dulce suggested "pirate runners" 

If you want to be part of one of these pods please ping us in LINE and we'll set up a time

 

 

NEED CREW ?

We have been receiving crew submission so if you are vessel in need of crew for the Panama Posse please let us know and we'll forward you these crew seeking vessel requests - go to https://panamaposse.com/crew and sign up as a Panama Posse vessel seeking crew.

The crew section also displays mayor airports and has tips on what makes good crew. 
Please note if crew "jumps' ship"  in a foreign port you are responsible for re-repatriation flights so we recommend establishing a crew bond.

cerw
 

PANAMA POSSE SETS THEIR SIGHTS ON  
🇭🇳  HONDURAS - BAY OF ISLANDS 

... find out more >>>

SPONSORSHIP MARINAS IN 🇭🇳  HONDURAS - ROATAN

Barefoot Cay Resort Marina
Barefoot Cay Resort Marina

🇭🇳 BAREFOOT CAY RESORT & MARINA >>>

JONESVILLE POINT MARINA SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

🇭🇳  JONESVILLE POINT MARINA >>>

FANTASY ISLAND MARINA

🇭🇳  Fantasy Island Marina >>>

Barefoot Cay

 

SAVE AND SHARE YOUR ROUTES

Please record all tracks in either your chart plotter or opencpn and email them to us for integration in to Good Nautical's route Library - for extra bonus save a NMEA 0183 data stream...  We'll go over this in the OPEN CPN Seminar in early December >>>

 

 

 

MUST VISIT PLACES ON THE PANAMA POSSE ROUTE  >>>
 
Yaxchilan

🇲🇽 Yaxchilan is an ancient Maya city located on the bank of the Usumacinta River in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. During the height of its power the kings of Yaxchilan built gleaming temples, pyramids, and luxurious palaces clustered along the grand plaza and was one of the most powerful Maya states along the course of the Usumacinta River, with Piedras Negras as its major rival. Architectural styles demonstrate clear differences that mark a clear boundary between the two kingdoms. learn more ... >>>

 

 

 

History of disasters  ...

 

🇸🇻 JOYA DE CEREN - EL SALVADOR

aka the POMPEII of Central America

 

The eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano caused 33 feet / 10 meters of debris to settle over the site. The site was remarkably well preserved due to the low temperature of ash and very fast ash-fall, a a thick layer having blanketed the town in the space of a few hours.  ... more >>>  
 

🇲🇽 SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS 
 is a city and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of Chiapas. The historic center, has maintained its Spanish colonial layout, with narrow cobblestone streets, roofs covered in red clay tile and wrought iron balconies with flowers. The facades of the buildings vary from Baroque to Neoclassical and Moorish, painted in various colors. ... more >>> 
San Cristobal de las Casas
MV CONTEXT GOT THEIR BURGEE  

Here is John MV CONTEXT and Walt of SV KNOT RIGHT in SAN DIEGO at the Point Loma Yacht Club

WELCOME BACK TO THE PANAMA POSSE !
 

walt & john
 

To get your burgee please email registration@panamaposse.com

 

QUARANTINE UPDATES 
How to not loose your mind.  Keep checking this section for most recent updates  ...more >>>

 

NOT PART OF THE 20·21 POSSE ?

SIGN UP FOR NEXT SEASON !

115 VESSELS ARE ALREADY REGISTERED 

IF YOU SIGN UP BEFORE NOV 1ST YOU'LL SAVE $25  

 

 

SIGN UP 

SEE WHO IS ON THE ROSTER >>

see who
CHART ACCURACY ALERT 
 

IN CERTAIN AREAS ALONG THE ROUTE  
YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE RELY ON CHART ACCURACY
One of the reasons we recommend you familiarize yourself with OPENCPN with sat chart overlays ( covered in the kick off seminars in December)   

HERE IS WHERE THE ACTUAL POSITION IS vs THE CHART ABOVE

 

 

GOOD NAUTICAL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT  
 

Good Nautical received a generous $5,000 seed donation from the 
DuBose-Petutschnig family foundation and is eager to roll out more features important to you.

The goal for this season is $ 50,000  and Good Nautical is a bonafide 501(c) non-profit organization so please add us to your holiday donation list. 

We know that some of you are seeking year end TAX deductions and GOOD NAUTICAL is here to preserve and safeguard  nautical knowledge.
GOOD NAUTICAL'S  EIN: 83-1649603 for verification with the IRS ...>>> 

 

 

 

MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION NOW 
 

MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION IN YOUR NAME 
PLEASE MAIL A CHECK TO GOOD NAUTICAL INC. 9811  W. CHARLESTON BLVD  SUITE 2-262 LAS VEGAS, NV 89117 or donate via PAYPAL https://www.paypal.me/goodnautical

PANAMA POSSE PARTICIPANT WEBSITES 

Here is the link to Past and Present Participant Websites and Blogs. 
Lot's of goodness here ...more >>>
 

 

1st CONTEST ENTRY 
 UNINVITED VISITOR CONTEST ENTRY  more >>>
 

FIRST CONTEST ENTRY OF THE SEASON ...   by SY GARGOYLE  

 

 

 

PICTURE OF THE WEEK 

 

SECOND CONTEST ENTRY OF THE SEASON ...   by SY MAISON DE SANTE 

 

 

 

IT WOULD NOT BE A RALLY WITHOUT A CONTEST 

by the end of May 2021 we will announce the winners in these highly competitive fields 
 

BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT 

HIGHEST WIND RECORDED  

BIGGEST MISHAP aka THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD  

MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD 

SPEEDY GONZALEZ AWARD

PANAMA POSSE YODA OF THE YEAR 

PICTURE OF THE YEAR 

GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR

GALLEY GOD(ESS) - DISH OF THE YEAR (AWARDED DURING KICK OFF WEEK) 

 

 

AS ALWAYS SEND US YOUR UPDATES AND WE'LL INCLUDE YOUR STORIES IN NEXT WEEKS FLEET UPDATE via email to news@panamaposse.com

 

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

SEVEN-STAR YACHT TRANSPORT 
SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE 
 
 

Detailed video of a MY being loaded onto a Seven Start Transport ship VIDEO ... >>> 
Here is their route schedule for next season ... >>>
To get a quote email kris@sevenstar-usa.com

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FLEET UPDATE 2020-10-17

 

PANAMA POSSE 20·21 OCTOBER FLEET UPDATE

California to Key West
and every anchorage in between

It's only one month from the official start of the Season 4.
In preparation below are a few items to check for validity and or expiration.1) Passports with at least 9 months to expiration
2) Current Vessel Documentation
3) Credit Cards / ATM Cards (bring a few extra)
4) Drivers License
5) Photocopies of the above items
6) Courtesy Flags and Q Flag(s) for every country you plan to visit
7) Medications and prescriptions
8) For a list of travel and remote area health information follow this link  >>
9) For a list of recommended items to have on board follow this link >>

 

THE 20 · 21 BURGEES ARE  HERE


To get your free burgee which is included in your registration, please email registration@panamaposse.com with your vessel name and how you'd like to receive yours.

1) Left for pick up @ Marina Puerto de la Navidad, MX starting in November
2) we can mail the to any address in the US
3) Left for pick up @ Shelter Bay Marina in Panama  starting in November
4) Left for pick up @ Vista Mar Marina in Panama starting in November
5) For an extra fee we can mail them to you anywhere in the World
 
 

SPECIAL EVENT PANAMA POSSE SAFETY SEMINAR 

Ullman Sails San Diego hosts the Seven Seas Association presenting the 20·21 Panama Posse

INVITE A CRUISING FRIEND !
Thu Oct  29th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
@ Ullman Sails Harbor Island San Diego
32° 43.50' N 117° 12.38' W
Masks will be provided, physical outdoor gathering, attendance space is limited and subject to local ordinance. MUST RSVP via email ullmanseven@panamaposse.com

DOCK TALK SPREAD THE WORD

If you are in a Marina please print out the linked NOTICE OF A RALLY and display it in your marina so other sailors can find out about the Panama Posse. 

 

PANAMA POSSE NUMBERS :
AS OF 2020-09-30 97 REGISTERED VESSELS - compared to 75 last year

PANAMA POSSE KICK OFF AND SEMINARS DEC, 3-7 2020
HQ Marina Puerto de la Navidad, MX


The Kick of Events will be held  in accordance with distancing guidelines and masks.
We will also broadcast it over our PANAMA POSSE LINE GROUP and
will make the recordings available  on demand. For details follow this link >>
 

Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 @ 13:00
ROUTE PLANNING  & NAVIGATION >> 

Fri Dec 4th, 2020 @ 13:00
COMMUNICATIONS, WEATHER, SAFETY  >>

Sat  Dec 5th, 2020 @ 13:00
SATELLITE CHARTS / OPEN CPN / GOOD NAUTICAL >>  

Sun Dec 6th, 2020 @ 13:00
PROVISIONING, WHAT TO SEE AND DO, RECAP, Q&A >>

 
 

38 PANAMA POSSE SPONSORSHIP MARINAS

  1. California Yacht Marina, San Diego, Chula Vista, USA
  2.  Marina Coral, Ensenada – Mexico
  3.  IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas  – Mexico
  4.  Marina de la Paz – Mexico
  5.  Marina el Cid – Mazatlan – Mexico
  6.  Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta – Mexico
  7.  PANAMA POSSE HQ  – Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de Navidad – Mexico
  8.  Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico
  9.  La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco – Mexico
  10.  Marina Chiapas – Mexico
  11.  Marina Pez Vela – Guatemala
  12.  Marina Bahia del Sol – El Salvador
  13.  La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol, El Salvador
  14.  Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua
  15.  Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica 
  16.  Marina Pez Vela – Costa Rica
  17.  Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica
  18.  PANAMA POSSE PACIFIC HQ Vista Mar Marina – Panama
  19.  Shelter Bay Marina – Panama
  20.  IGY Red Frog Marina – Panama
  21.  Bocas Marina – Panama
  22.  Linton Bay Marina – Panama
  23.  ClubNautico Cartagena – Colombia
  24.  Club de Pesca Marina Cartagena – Colombia
  25.  Marina Puerto Velero Colombia
  26.  IGY Marina Santa Marta – Colombia
  27.  Royal Jamaica Yacht Club – Jamaica
  28.  Montego Bay Yacht Club – Jamaica
  29.  The Barcadere Marina – Cayman Islands
  30.  Barefoot Cay Marina – Roatan – Honduras
  31.  Fantasy Island Marina – Roatan – Honduras
  32.  Jonesville Point Marina -Roatan – Honduras
  33.  Marina Nana Juana Resort & Boatyard – Guatemala
  34.  Thunderbirds Marine – Placencia – Belize
  35.  Marina Makax – Isla Mujeres – Mexico
  36.  Marina V&V – Quintana Roo – Mexico
  37.  Marina El Cid – Cancún – Riviera Maya – Mexico
  38.  Marina Marlin Nautica Cayo Largo – Cuba

UPDATES ON QUARANTINES & CLEARING IN AND OUT

Covid-19 has a mayor impact on the entry and exit of vessels and crew

  • We keep in touch via live LINE calls every week
  • Local marinas, embassies and service providers give us updates
  • Here is a link for best practices and recommended steps to take on board

https://panamaposse.com/quarantine

 

USA – OPEN – w temp checks   (TO US VESSEL) AND CANADIAN VESSELS IN EXPLICIT TRANSIT
MEXICO – OPEN – w temp checks  
GUATEMALA – OPEN  - entry with negative PCR covid test within 72 hours or 15 day quarantine 
EL SALVADOR  - OPENING - PCR covid test for arrival by air - Bill and Jean are still waiting for protocol for visitors arriving by sea.
HONDURAS – OPEN  - entry  requires negative PCR TEST or 14 day quarantine
NICARAGUA – OPEN entry requires health check
COSTA RICA – OPEN requires 14 day quarantine or negative  PCR TEST and covid insurance available in country
PANAMA – OPEN   with 14 day Quarantine
COLOMBIA – Opening with humanitarian exceptions now – Sea border to OPENS OCT 1
JAMAICA – OPEN with TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION / negative RT-PCR COVID Test and Quarantine
CAYMAN ISLANDS – CLOSED   BUT YOU CAN TAKE ON FUEL WATER - EXPECTED OPEN OCT 1
 BELIZE – CLOSED – EXPECTED OPEN OCT 1  negative RT-PCR COVID Test and Quarantine
CUBA OPENING – EXPECTED OPENING Sep 30th – Treasure Dept June Decree Closed to US Flagged vessels - Working on a Maritime Sea Survey Exemption with Treasure and Good Nautical for 15 vessels

 

  COLOMBIA'S MARINAS 

 
Club de Pesca Cartagena Colombia

Marina Puerto Velero
Hello Panama Posse, thanks for the interest in linking our marina.
The rates are on our website and we can offer your affiliates a 10% discount on these rates.
For reservations the phones are: +57 304 228 7282 / +57 311 286 2836
Email: info@mpv.com.co
I remain pending that other things need, cordially,

 

 

 

 

 
Colombia's Caribbean coastline, anchorages, mayor points of interests and Marinas are all in Good Nautical.

MEET A FELLOW PANAMA POSSE PARTICIPANT
This edition meet Chris on KANIWI
 

Chris hails from Vancouver, BC and is on a Saga 43'
59yr old originally from New Zealand, but live in Vancouver and have been for the last 30 some years.  Bought Kaniwi on the east coast of the states and have been through some of the Caribbean, on to Bonaire and now caught up here in Panama.   The long term plan is to sail to New Zealand...
 

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San Cristobal de la sCasas

🇲🇽 San Cristóbal de las Casas

🇲🇽  San Cristóbal de las Casas is a city and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of Chiapas.

San Cristobal de la sCasas

The historic center, has maintained its Spanish colonial layout, with narrow cobblestone streets, roofs covered in red clay tile and wrought iron balconies with flowers. The facades of the buildings vary from Baroque to Neoclassical and Moorish, painted in various colors.

Diego de Mazariegos founded San Cristóbal in 1528 as the Spanish regional base.

 

Its Spanish citizens made fortunes from wheat, while the indigenous people lost their lands and suffered diseases, taxes and forced labor.

San Cristóbal is considered to be the “cultural capital” of the state and a designated in 2003 a "Pueblo Mágico" (Magical Village) in 2003, Mexcian President Felipe Calderón recognized it as “The most magical of the Pueblos Mágicos” and is located in a small valley surrounded by hills in the mountains with a 2,200-meter elevation 7,218 feet gives the city a crisp and cool climate.

San Cristobal

Much of it's large indigenous population made up of Tzotzils and Tzeltals continue to provide and continue to foster traditional culture.

The making of textiles, especially weaving, with amber another important product. Ceramics, wrought iron and filigree jewelry can be found as well. The area is for crafts is the tianguis at Santo Domingo. The city hosts an annual Amber Expo at the Centro de Convenciones Casa de Mazariegos.

Amber

 

A more traditional Mexican market is located just north of the Santo Tomas Church. It is open each day except Sunday, when its vendors go to the surrounding communities in the municipality to sell at their markets which serve traditional dishes such as saffron tamales, sopa de pan, asado coleto, atole de granillo, a drink called posh made from sugar cane and the delightful Chiapanecan Coffee.

 

coffe

The city’s attraction for tourists has also led to a number making San Cristobal their permanent home. Foreign influence is the city’s noted cured meat tradition, which can be traced back to both the Spanish and the Germans These are featured in a number of dishes including chalupas. The pedestrian-friendly cobble-stoned streets and pastel dwellings are hugging the hillsides and add to San Cristobal’s charm.

San Cristobal de las Casas

It’s a convenient hub for travelers to base themselves for further explorations and things to do all throughout the state of Chiapas.It's nightlife music scene offers reggae, salsa, techno and more.

In the early 90's a guerrilla group, known as the Zapatista National Liberation Army named after Emiliano Zapata, a popular hero of the 1910-1917 Mexican Revolution who defended poor peasants’ rights to free land seized from wealthy landowners, has caused skirmishes with the Federal Mexican Government in the area and back in 1994 even occupied the main plaza - all of which adds to the bohemian flair, sporting mannequins in balaclavas, playing revolutionary music and selling T-shirts. Images of Che Guevara mix with those of Subcomandante Marcos, the poetic, pipe-smoking political philosopher who declared that the “fourth world war against neoliberalism and oblivion”. ...

Zapatisitas

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Yaxchilan Bridge -Rendering

🇲🇽 YAXCHILAN

Yaxchilan is an ancient Maya city located on the bank of the Usumacinta River in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. During the height of its power the kings of Yaxchilan built gleaming temples, pyramids, and luxurious palaces clustered along the grand plaza and was one of the most powerful Maya states along the course of the Usumacinta River, with Piedras Negras as its major rival. Architectural styles demonstrate clear differences that mark a clear boundary between the two kingdoms.

Yaxchilan

In 1882 archeologist Desire Charnay named it City Lorilla but Yaxchilan was a large center, important throughout the Classic era, and the dominant power over such smaller sites as Bonampak and was a rival of Palenque, with which Yaxchilan warred in 654.

The site is particularly known for its well-preserved sculptured stone lintels set above the doorways of the main structures which contain hieroglyphic texts describing the dynastic history of the city.

Yaxchilan

Yaxchilan is located on the south bank of the Usumacinta River at the apex of a horseshoe-shaped river bend.
This loop defends the site on all sides except for a narrow land approach from the south. This natural barrier protected the city from invasion from outside forces. However, the river was in a high flood stage during the six month rainy season, during this time Yaxchilan became an island due to the swiftly flowing waters of the engorged river which encompassed the city. An all-weather passage across the treacherous river was a necessity in order to gain access to the farmlands to the north of the city.

Yaxchilan river bend in Good Nautical

Yaxchilan had long been known to include an unusual raised terrace beside the river and pier in the river; these structures were long theorized to be the remains of a bridge thought to have been a suspension bridge built by the Maya across the River. If so, it would have been the longest bridge discovered in the ancient world. Yaxchilan required a dependable passageway to provide an uninterrupted flow of traffic across the river on a year-round basis.
Yaxchilan Bridge -Rendering

The prevailing theory is by constructing a 100-meter long suspension bridge featuring three spans extended from a platform on the grand plaza of Yaxchilan crossing the river to the northern shore. This span would be the longest in the world until the construction of the Italian Trezzo sull'Adda Bridge in 1377 and this unique feat of engineering has been virtually reconstructed by computer by archaeoengineering techniques by Engineer James A O'Kon PE. Results of this hypothesis were presented to the archaeological and engineering world in the pages of National Geographic magazine in 1995.

Yaxchilan
The First Panama Posse gang to visit Yaxchilan was SV RESPITE / MY CROSSROADS AND SV CARINTHIA utilizing local knowledge by LUIS a Chiapas based bilingual tour-guide which still operates in the area. The Area and adjacent world heritage sites are bets accessed via a multi-day excursion from Marina Chiapas a sponsor of the Panama Posse.

 

MY CROSSROADS

 


🇩🇪 MEDIA - GERMANY

🇩🇪 Panamericana zur See,

oder: Mancher Umweg ist gar keiner!

Von Panama City zu den Marquesas Inseln (französisch Polynesien) segelt man in der Regel den direkten Weg und der ist auch noch ganzjährig befahrbar.

Allerdings waren wir ständig dem Einfluss amerikanischer Segler ausgesetzt, die von Kalifornien kommend, alle unisono das Mexiko Lied sangen. Es muss phantastisch dort sein (... und das war es auch). Also sollten wir da nicht auch mal die Pazifikküste von Panama über Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala nach Mexiko hochsegeln? Alles Länder, vor denen das "Auswärtige Amt" Reisende ständig warnt? Nun, wir hatten schon zuvor erfahren, dass unser lichtgraues Boot nahezu unsichtbar ist: Weder wir finden es wieder, noch mag der Zollhund an Bord kommen. Selbst die schwimmenden Händler auf Dominika gingen lieber zu den großen Yachten. Also was soll uns schon passieren? ... und dann gibt es noch die schützende Hand des "Panama Posse", einer virtuellen, aber sehr effektiven Segelrally, die von Kalifornien, USA nach Florida verläuft.

Der Name "Panama Posse" bedeutet soviel wie "Panama-Bande". Hier bekommt man einen prächtigen Stander, Rat und Tat via Internet und natürlich Rabatt auf die Marinagebühren unterwegs. Nicht zu vergessen die Funkrunden, für die man aber einen speziellen UKW Kanal benötigt (also Kanal 22b, eine Art ADAC Ruf für Segler). Und obendrauf gibt es noch nette Bordparties und in El Salvator einen leibhaftigen Stützpunktleiter, der den Namen mehr als verdient hat. Zudem bemerkten wir, dass die Erde eine Kugel sein muss, denn von Mexiko zu den Marquesas ist die Strecke 1300 sm kürzer als von Panama aus.

Also neben all den "World ARCs", die ständig unterwegs sind und einer gewissen Komik nicht entbehren, wenn noch während des Anlegemanövers gefragt wird, an welchem von 3 Ausflügen man morgen früh teilnehmen möchte ... ist der Panama Posse eine preiswerte und nützliche Veranstaltung. Eigentlich mal konzipiert, um den netten US-amerikanischen Seglern zu helfen, ihr Boot vom Atlantik in den Nord Pazifik zu bringen.

Die Strecke führte uns von Panama City in den schönen Norden des Landes mit großartiger Tierwelt im Wasser, weiter in den fjordähnlichen Süden von Costa Rica. Springende Rochen, Wale, Seeschlangen, große Salzwasserkrokodile, Schildkröten, die gegen den Rumpf klopfen und Aras (farbenprächtige Papageien), die um den Mast flogen. Dann segelten wir vorbei am ersten von zwei Passatwinddurchstößen an der Grenze zu Nicaragua, wo auch mal etwas frischer Wind wehen kann, Papagayo-Windjet genannt. Von dort war es dann aber nicht mehr weit bis El Salvador.

Der zweite Passatwinddurchstoß ist der Isthmus von Tehuantepec. Es ist eine Landenge in Mexiko. Mit einer Breite von 216 km ist er die kürzeste Landverbindung zwischen dem Golf von Mexiko und dem Pazifik. Da stürmt es sehr häufig und man sollte die Überquerung gut planen.

Weiter ging es mit 3 Übernachtungen vor Anker an Nicaragua vorbei. Ankern kurz vor der Brandungszone im offenen Ozean erfordert Überwindung und Vertrauen in das Ankergeschirr und die Alarme.

Von Nicaragua ging es dann nachts weiter nach El Salvador. Wir sahen einen aktiven Vulkan, der seine rot glühende Lava den Hang herunter gleiten ließ.

Endlich kamen wir an der Flusslagune von Bahia del Sol an. Ein Lotsenboot ermuntert uns ihm zu folgen und über die Barre in den Fluss zu fahren. Für uns schien es, als steuerten wir durch die Brandung direkt auf den Strand zu. "Bahia del Sol" klingt etwas kitschig, es ist sozusagen das "Sylt" von El Salvador, ein Platz der Erholung und des Feierns. Wir legten in der Lagune im Hotelhafen an. Der Zollbeamte erwartete uns schon und nach 10 Min. hatten wir alle Formalitäten erledigt. Ein mehrtägiger Ausflug mit einem Mietwagen durch El Salvador verlief ohne die vom "Auswärtigem Amt" befürchteten Überfälle. Zu sehen gab es u.A. Ausgrabungen ähnlich denen in Pompeji. Auch hier hatte ein Vulkanausbruch das Leben der Menschen "eingefroren" und so der Nachwelt erhalten. Den Abschied von El Salvador nach 3 Wochen feierten wir mit den anderen Panama Posse Seglern mit einer kleinen Stegparty. Dann brachte uns das Lotsenboot wieder sicher über die flache Barre zurück auf See. Siehe Foto.

Weiter ging es an Guatemala vorbei nach Mexiko, wo wir ein Jahr blieben und kreuz und quer durch das Land reisten. Guatemala ist Seglern nicht zugewandt.

Der erste Hafen in Mexiko war die Marina Chiapas bei Tapachula. Hier war ein längerer Stop geplant. Angekommen in Mexiko schauten wir uns erstmal wieder ängstlich um, sie wissen schon ... das "Auswärtige Amt". Ja, wir wissen auch, dass in Mittelamerika täglich grausame Dinge passieren, aber insgesamt leben hier weit über 140 Millionen freundliche Menschen. Die Kartelle leben übrigens genauso vom Tourismus und alle zusammen möchten, dass wir uns bei ihnen wohlfühlen. Das spürten wir überall, selbst beim Überqueren der Strasse, an der Kasse im Supermarkt oder in der Autovermietung.

Der gute Geist der Marina Chiapas ist Luis (Foto), der uns recht bald an Bord besuchte und uns in gutem Englisch mit dem Land Chiapas und seiner Schönheit bekannt machte.

Für eine kleine Verwaltungsgebühr wurde unser Boot für 10 Jahre in das Land eingeführt. Dazu ging es mit dem Auto an die Grenze von Guatemala. Dank Luis Hilfe ging alles flott über die Bühne ... Also Mayatempel fast vor der Haustür, Kaffeeplantagen, Kakaoverarbeitung und Krokodile alles ganz in der Nähe. Dazu noch fixe Handwerker, die schnell mal die Salonpolster und Bezüge für wenig Geld neu machten. Ein Highlight hätte ich fast vergessen: das ausgezeichnete Baos Restaurant in der Marina, nur 100 m vom Boot entfernt.

Silvester feierten wir dann in Acapulco mit einem großen Feuerwerk. Die Fahrt führte uns vorbei an der (Freunde der seichten Musik aufgepasst:) Sierra Madre de Sur. Wir genossen das Sailfest von Zihuatanejo und die Lagune von Barra de Navidad und erreichten schließlich Puerto Vallarta. Auch die Zugfahrt ins Hochgebirge nach Creel und natürlich die schöne Stadt La Paz mit Baja Californien waren unvergesslich. All das ist auch "Panama Posse".

Noch ein Wort zum Segelwetter: das ganze Gebiet ist der Entstehungsraum des Nordost Passat. Durch die Küstengebirge kommt es aber letztendlich zu schwach umlaufenden Winden und der Dieseltank sollte gut gefüllt sein. Eine aktuelle Strömungskarte war auch hilfreich. Als sehr praktisch stellten sich auch die Räder fürs Dinghi heraus, die wir uns noch in Panama besorgt hatten. Durch den Tidenhub muss man das Dinghi oft mehrere Meter den Strand rauf und runterziehen. Der Wetterbericht ist zuverlässig. Internet Empfang in G4 war auch auf freier See preiswert und schnell. Was für ein Luxus.

www.panamaposse.com

Matthias und Regina SY "Jasina"


🇺🇸 MARATHON MARINA

MARATHON MARINA welcomes the panama posse

 

CONTACT INFO

1021 11th Street Ocean
Marathon, FL 33050
VHF 16/10
Tel:
+1305-743-6575
Email: reservationagent@marathonmarinaandresort.com

SAFE APPROACH and FUEL DOCK


AMENITIES

  • 123 slips, floating & fixed concrete docks
  • Designated transit slips
  • Vessels from 20 feet to 130 feet, controlling depth up to 9 feet
  • 30 – 50 – 100 AMP, 125/250 vac single phase electrical service
  • Securely gated, access code protected facility with 24 hour video surveillance
  • Clean and well-appointed restrooms, showers and laundry
  • High speed WiFi throughout the marina for your streaming convenience
  • Ocean Front park & Vacation Rentals
  • Pet Friendly

Marathon Marina

LOCATION

RATES

 

 

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

https://www.marathonmarinaresort.com/marina/

 


🇳🇮 Granada

🇳🇮  Granada is a stunning city on the shores of Lake Nicaragua and historically one of Nicaragua's most important cities, economically and politically.
Granada had a thriving Indigenous population, but in 1524 Francisco Córdoba a Spanish conquistador the city was renamed Granada
and registered  as  a  city in official records of the Crown of Aragon, and the Kingdom of Castile in Spain.

It’s home to multiple Spanish colonial landmarks that have survived repeated pirate invasions.

The city’s main plaza, Central Park, is dominated by the colorful, neoclassical facade of the Cathedral of Granada, originally dating to 1583.

 

 

The Centro Cultural Convent San Francisco nearby is famed for its displays of per-Columbian statues.

Granada, Nicaragua was the sister capital to Antigua in Guatemala. During the colonial period, Granada maintained a flourishing level of commerce with ports on the Atlantic Ocean, through Lake Nicaragua ( Lago Cocibolca) and the San Juan River. As such the city was victim to many battles with  invasions from English, French and Dutch pirates trying to take control  by sailing up the San Juan River.

It was also where American William Walker attempted to take control of Central America as a ruling president. One of his generals, Charles Frederick Henningsen, set the city ablaze before escaping, destroying much of the ancient city and leaving printed the words "Here was Granada".

Agriculture around Granada is reflected by dry forests and   humid forests which grow on the sides of the nearby 1,344 meter high Mombacho volcano. The volcano is also home to a wide array of wildlife.  The lake is also home to many creatures, both marine and freshwater creatures. It is the only freshwater lake in the world where sharks live.

The Midas cichlid, native to the San Juan River basin in Nicaragua and Costar Rica, is now recognized as a species complex with dozens of species, most or all of them inhabiting extremely reduced ranges.  Fishing in the lake is plentyful and fishermen regularly catch guapote and mojarras, as well as sardines.

Granada's restaurants have received international recognition by newspapers like the New York Times.
Not only do they serve a wide variety of delicious foods, but they seek to do so in a manner that is sustainable and beneficial to the larger community. Granada is quickly becoming a central hub for excursions to other areas of Nicaragua and Central America so if you are in the region, stop by one of the restaurants mentioned on this list for a taste of Latin American hospitality

  • The Garden Cafe
  • Cafe de los Sueños
  • Cafe De Arte
  • Miss Dell’s Kitchen
  • Bocadillos Tapas Kitchen & Bar
  • Monna Lisa


To stay overnight you can book any of these lovely boutique hotels



You can access this world heritage site from the Marina Puesta del Sol in an easy day trip via rental car -
stay a few days to soak in the magnificent history and culture.


🇨🇷 Corcovado

Corcovado NATIONAL PARK 🇨🇷  COSTA RICA - OSA PENINSULA - PANAMA POSSE CENTRAL AMERICAN ROUTE

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Formation of the Peninsula

The history of the Osa Peninsula is steeped in geological mystery. But the Osa Peninsula is part of the tectonic plates collision of the land bridge between North and South America that rose above the surface of the water. The land bridge between these continents is in large part responsible for the incredibly high biodiversity found in this area. The Park within the peninsula is 4,178 hectares (10,324 acres) and  park ranges in elevation from sea level to 745 meters
(0 – 2,444 feet). The Corcovado park exemplifies the tropical rain forest, with a abundance of species, spectacular buttresses, large woody vines and abundant growth and trees and contains the complete tropical insect ecosystem from Mexico to Panama. It has 23 miles of rugged beaches with dense rain forest dropping into the Pacific Ocean.

 

HUMANS ARRIVE

Native tribes arrived on Osa Peninsula as far back as 6,000 BC, and various indigenous groups such as the Chiriquí and Borucas hunted in the area.
The nearby Isla del Caño  has a history of being struck by lightning more than any other place in Central America. This is thought by locals to be because Caño Island was a Pre-Columbian cemetery and the land is believed to be sacred. Exceptional round Diquis stones have left behind by a long lost civilization and several Panama Posse Boats have been on the island to explore and dive via operators from Drake Bay.  
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Round Stones Diquis Costa Rica - isla del Cano

 

EXPLORERS AND PIRATES ARRIVE

In March 1579, during his circumnavigation of the globe in the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake visited the shores of the Osa and eventually based his entourage from his name sake bay Bahía Drake  a small bay on the north side of the Osa Peninsula.  It was used by Drake during his raids on the Spanish Main in the 16th century and the location of one of the British pirate's fabled hidden treasures.


The Area is best approached via the Drake Bay Anchorage on the Panama Posse route from the NW entrance to the park

which provides a spectacular anchorage and a coastal hiking trail towards the park. In addition several tour operators which are also based in Drake Bay for exceptional exploring.

This national park provides the exclusive habitat for Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered inhabitants. Baird’s Tapirs, Jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Red-backed squirrel monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries. It is wet, remote and rugged, but the trails are decent and features several camping areas near ranger stations. It is a tropical rain forest in the purest sense with waterfalls and pools.

The coast and estuaries of the Río Claro and Río Sirena are habitats to hammerhead sharks crocodiles and bull sharks which are common in Corcovado Lagoon. All four of the sea turtle species that nest in Costa Rica also frequent it's shores.

All four of the monkey species (including the highly endangered Red-backed squirrel monkey), and all six feline species found inhabit Corcovado.

 



Over 40 species of frogs including red-eyed tree, rain, glass, dink, and poison arrow varieties, with dozens of snakes including a variety of poisonous and Boas and the dreaded bushmaster, as well as 28 species of lizards.
More than 100 species of butterflies, 400 species of birds including 16 different hummingbirds and the largest number of scarlet macaws and ~ 10,000 other insects species are native to the area

The modern day history also pits the era of the gold-rush, banana plantations, banana corporations, rebels and geopolitics against it each other after 90+ years of human exploitation the jungle won and the park constitutes the birthplace of Costa Rica's ecotourism -> Follow the link below to find out more about it's controversial modern day history.


SSCA

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Strategic Partnership Agreement SSCA & PANAMA POSSE SSCA offers Panama Posse & participants 25% discount on membership fees*  Panama Posse gives to SSCA & members 25% discount on new registration fees*  BENEFITS OF JOINING

What does it cost to become a member?

JoinNot an SSCA Member? Here is what you are missing!

Sample some of the highlights that SSCA membership provides. It is easy and inexpensive to become a member. Join the ranks of thousands of members worldwide who share your interest and passion for the cruising lifestyle. Then you will understand why you can't afford NOT to be a member of SSCA!

What does it cost to join the largest and oldest cruising organization in the world?

$75/year for one member which provides all the benefits seen on this page, including the Cruisers' Bulletin which is the monthly newsletter, downloadable from the website.  Additional members may be added to the membership for $35 each.

 

 

Special Member Offers and Discounts

Here's just a sample of exclusive offers and discounts you'll enjoy as an SSCA member.   

  • Discounts on sailing charters
  • Discounted or free subscriptions to popular sailing/cruising magazines
  • Discounted or free webinars from Seven Seas U
  • Haulout and boatyard discounts
  • Discount on BoatUS membership
  • Discounted marine products and services
  • Special daily rate discounts on yacht delivery services
  • Boat insurance discount
  • 20% discount on rigging items
  • Discount marina rates
  • Lots more!

The list goes on and on and keeps growing, but you need to be a member to take advantage of these great offers. Why not join now?

Members will find a complete list of money-saving offers here.

Special Member Offers and Discounts
 

Marine Equipment Survey

Let thousands of SSCA members help you make informed buying decisions!

SSCA is in the process of updating its Equipment Survey which allows members to provide information about their boats in which they spend meaningful sums of money to espouse a full-time cruising lifestyle by adding, maintaining or replacing marine equipment.  In addition, other members are allowed to view that valuable information; it covers virtually everything you would want to research from stem to stern--the boat itself, anchors, electronics and communications. A new, improved version will be released soon.

Marine Equipment
 

Seven Seas U

Seven Seas U was created by an SSCA member with cruisers’ needs in mind. Seven Seas U is a convenient, interactive, and cost-efficient way to add to your boating and cruising knowledge. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. SSCA members receive a discount on webinar purchases and some webinars are even free.  All members in SSCA receive a FREE membership to Seven Seas University with free unlimited access to all of our free-for-member educational webinars.Can’t make a live webinar? Not a problem. Our members are spread out all over the globe, and therefore the times of some live webinars may not be convenient for everyone. All registered participants for a course will receive a link to the recording of the live webinar, and instructors make themselves available via email to take questions. So you can register for a course and then view the recording at your convenience. Or you can use the recording to review a webinar that you attended live. More information on Seven Seas U is available on the Seven Seas U page.

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Seven Seas U
 

Cruisers' Bulletin

Of all the traditions of SSCA, the oldest and most cherished is the Cruisers' Bulletin (formerly called the Commodores' Bulletin). Each month members share their firsthand cruising experiences and knowledge while providing advice and inspiration through their letters and contributions. From hand-copied, shared letters in the 1950s to a distinctive 48-page information-packed monthly, the Bulletin has always been the SSCA's most well-known benefit. 

"The camaraderie of SSCA members around the world is remarkable. We have used the Bulletin extensively while planning and traveling to 114 countries and always look forward to reading it each month." 
Liza and Andy Copeland, s/v Bagheera

Available as a digital pdf format, this monthly publication provides pertinent information about the cruising life ... written by cruisers for cruisers.  An index of the previous year's articles is published each February making it easy to locate articles by area, topic or contributor. Use this key benefit for passage planning, keeping track of actively cruising friends or browsing page by page, dreaming of what's out there and where you'll go.

Share the tradition by browsing through a recent Bulletin sample.

It’s been said that the Cruisers’ Bulletin has probably launched more voyages and kept more cruising dreams alive than any other publication. Just one more reason to join SSCA today!


Members may access all online Bulletins here.

Commodores' Bulletin
 

Free Sailing Magazine Subscriptions

As an SSCA member, you will receive a free online subscription to Ocean Navigator magazine, "the on-line resource for the offshore sailor." Enjoy articles, tips and strategies from experienced cruisers. Downloadable so you can save it for your future reading pleasure and/or reference.  Value: $27.95/year

 

Cruising Stations

Imagine sailing into an unfamiliar port... in the South Pacific, on the U.S. Coast, in Turkey or Thailand. Think of the advantages of having a host there to provide information in advance and welcome you when you arrive. That's an SSCA Cruising Station Host.

With over 150 Cruising Stations currently in place, this ever-expanding program offers unparalleled benefits to our active cruising members worldwide. Members can locate individual Cruising Stations with contact information on our World Locator Map, which uses a green icon to display Port Guides with Cruising Stations.

Take a look at the list below it to see some of the services you might expect from a Cruising Station. If you're an active cruiser or planning to be, this is a benefit you don't want to miss!

Some of the activities/services offered by our Cruising Station Hosts:

  • Advance information about a port and its facilities
  • A welcoming visit
  • Local maps and Port Guides
  • Assistance in locating boat parts and services locally
  • Potlucks, especially around holidays (though cruisers need no excuse to party!)
  • Guest speakers and educational programs
  • Gams and other get-togethers
  • Internet access
  • Social and cultural information and exchanges with local people
  • Book exchanges
  • Humanitarian projects and community involvement
  • Activities which bring everyone together for a good time

Members will find Cruising Station Hosts by searching for them using the "Interests" field in the membership directory found under the Membership menu after logging in. Members can filter further by state or country using those fields.

 

Port Guides

Whether you're on the move or making plans, Port Guides for worldwide ports provide information you need.


Sharing information is one of SSCA's key traditions.
 It's great to be able to refer to Bulletin letters about a port while you're planning a passage. We buy and share costly cruising guides, and yet, as we all know, much of the information in print becomes obsolete as soon as they are printed. People move, regulations change. Plus you don't always get the nitty-gritty information you want. Where's the nearest laundry? Can you buy varnish? Where do you buy diesel or get your propane tanks filled? My dog needs shots; is there a vet around?

Sitting in a port or know it well? Members can and should add their local knowledge and experience to the ever-expanding library of online Port Guides. Not going anywhere right now? Take a look and start dreaming!

This invaluable benefit is yours free with membership.

Members will find Port Guides in the Document Library categorized by country.

Port Guides
 

Ship's Store

 

What better way to "show your colors" and let everyone know that you're part of the world's largest cruising family. Support your favorite cruising organization by flying our distinctive burgees, wearing SSCA sportswear and accessories or taking advantage of our information-packed SSCA Reference DVD. And don't forget our cruiser's cookbook, Seven Seas Potluck Favorites! Fine quality merchandise, available online exclusively for SSCA members.Members will find SSCA merchandise by clicking here.

Ship's Store
 

Gams

gam (noun): A social visit or friendly interchange, especially between sailors or seafarers.

Camaraderie is a cornerstone of SSCA. Wherever members gather, they organize get-togethers and exchange cruising information. SSCA sponsors gams throughout the world. Trinidad hosts the first SSCA gam of the year—on New Year's Day each year. Annual gams are also held in Annapolis, Maryland; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Melbourne, Florida; Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia; Islesboro, Maine; St. Petersburg, Florida and Essex, Connecticut.

Members are encouraged to hold regional gams, as well. These mini-gams often occur with little planning—just an announcement on the VHF radio or a flyer hung at a beach or marina. More than 50 people recently got together in George Town, Bahamas for an enjoyable spur-of-the-moment gam. Non-members are welcome to attend most Gams as noted in the Gam's description.

Schedule of SSCA Gams 

 

SSCA Gams
 

Additional Publications

Many SSCA members go above and beyond when reporting their cruising experiences to share with their fellow members. SSCA maintains an expanded 3-part library of:

  • Cruising guides and destination information from all five continents and islands in between
  • Technical information and do-it-yourself projects
  • General useful information

All are available for free download to members. Join SSCA now and see how you might benefit immediately from the knowledge and experience of our members. 

Members can access the Additional Publications in the Document Library

 

 

Cruising Advocacy

Most cruisers are just too busy to find and attend meetings to fight for the right to cruise and anchor safely and freely. SSCA provides a VOICE for cruisers, whether it is our Anchoring and Navigation Rights Committee pushing for cruisers’ rights to anchor responsibly or your SSCA Board of Directors writing an appeal advocating that governments take a stand against piracy. Your SSCA is the voice for your cruisers’ rights.

For more information on our advocacy, visit the Anchoring and Navigation Rights Committee page.

 

Discussion Forum

The SSCA Forum is one of the most ACTIVE and helpful cruising forums around. You can find answers to most boating questions and, if by chance the answer isn't there, you can post the question to solicit replies (and have the Forum notify you if/when someone responds). Not only that, it is fully searchable! Find information on a huge variety of cruising topics such as recommendations on the type of boat to buy, engine/boat repairs, equipment, coastal or offshore cruising, navigation, weather tactics, family and crew and even about SSCA and our efforts on behalf of cruisers' rights.Some of the greatest and most experienced cruisers in the WORLD post to our forum! Take advantage of their knowledge and experience.

And if you are an experienced cruiser who has answers rather than questions, what better way of upholding an SSCA tradition of helping other cruisers by sharing your knowledge by answering questions posted by others?Members can access the forum here.

 

 

Member Search

Can't remember someone's name or boat name? Look it up! Search by cruiser name or boat name to locate friends and fellow members. Used alone or in conjunction with the Member Locator Map within the mobile app, this benefit provides easy access to member contact information and location.

Interested in other members who own sister ships to yours? Want to contact members who own a boat you are thinking about buying? Search by "boat make" for an instant list of fellow members who own boats by specific manufacturers.Members can access the directory under the Membership menu after logging in.

 

Free Island Cruising Assn Membership

 

SSCA members can receive a free membership, upon request, in Island Cruising Association. ICA offers an ever growing knowledge-base of cruising resources and information specific to extended coastal (New Zealand and a developing section on Australia) and Offshore, with an emphasis on the South West Pacific. ICA has a wide range of fun events, training, practical demonstrations, on the water preparation and back up to assist cruisers to get out there.

The South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia are the collective backyard of ICA and they've cruised extensively here for the past 25 years. All of this accumulated knowledge is available to club members in a variety of forms. In addition to cruising information, ICA offers training and sponsors rallies including ICA's Pacific Circuit Rally and the All Points Rally. A special thanks to SSCA members John and Lyn Martin, founders of Island Cruising Association, for this great benefit!

 

Member Locator Map

 

See who's in the anchorage before you get there! Find members you've lost touch with or who can give you insight into what you can expect when you arrive at your destination.  SCCA's Fleet Map can help you do that.

The map works in conjunction with MarineTraffic.com and is based on your boat's MMSI number.  Once members have an MMSI number for their vessel, they just put the MMSI number in their member profiles and report to MarineTraffic.com one time.  SSCA uploads member MMSI numbers to the fleet locator software every month and member boats show up on the map automatically, staying displayed wherever they cruise.  Members can learn how to use the map here.
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Photo Albums

 

As an SSCA member you can have free unlimited storage for your cherished photos.  Many a camera, thumb drive, or hard drive has failed or been lost forever due to the harsh ocean environment so the SSCA photo album directory gives you a safe place to store, preserve, and backup your captured memories.  Members can choose to make their photo albums viewable to members only or to the general public allowing family and friends to view them.   SSCA also holds a members-only photo contest each year giving members an opportunity to submit their most prized pictures for the contest.  Monthly winners are selected from each month's submissions by the membership and an overall yearly winner is selected from among the monthly winners.  All the monthly winners are recognized at the Annual General Meeting and Gam held each November where the overall winner is selected, announced and presented with a prize. 

 

Moroccan Delivery
Rick Peterson, s/v Believe