FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28, 2018 Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico “Panama Posse” Cruiser’s Rally Launch Party and Start Date November 29, 2018 from Mexico to Panama The second annual “Panama Posse” rally sails to seven countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. The rally, starts at Marina Puerto de la Navidad, located just 150 nm south of Puerto Vallarta and ends at the Marina Vista Mar near the Panama Canal on June 1, 2019. Benefits in joining the “Panama Posse” include daily SSB Communications net, vessel tracking, current country check in and check out procedures, 200+ verified safe anchorages, slip discounts from multiple marinas, express-check in at marinas and the Panama Canal, organized group land excursions and Posse parties along the way. Information includes list of fuel stations, chandleries, provisions, haul out facilities, dive sites, resort anchorages and cultural & eco sites to visit. A “Panama Posse” burgee is included with registration and hats and shirts with names of registered vessels will be available for a nominal fee. In 2018, eighty-three boats ranging from 66 feet to 27 feet, joined the Panama Posse representing 8 countries. Thirty nine boats have already signed up for the 2018-19 Panama Posse, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, many have done the Baja-Haha, Pacific Puddle Jump, Transpac, Tahiti-Moorea, Tonga & Fiji Regattas and multiple countries in the South Pacific, Caribbean and Pacific Northwest. One of the official sponsors, Marina Puerto de la Navidad, is offering very attractive and discounted slip fees for all “Panama Posse” registered vessels for the month of November. The launch party will be held at Marina Puerto de la Navidad on Thursday November 29, 2018. Seminars will be held during that week to cover the following topics: OpenCPN satellite overlay on electronic charts, (more…)
Did you know that there is a rusting hulk of a submarine on a beach in the Las Perlas Island that’s been there since the 1860’s! How cool is that? Check it out on San Telmo Island. Read all about it here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub_Marine_Explorer Cheers, Stan M/V CrossRoads (more…)
And we are off. After a wonderful and stunning Panama Posse Launch Party the fleet is heading south. We will post Pictures of the Party here and in our Facebook group for all to see ! See you down the coast !
We held our opencpn seminar yesterday and shared ( thanks to Marc from Liquid ) most satellite kap files of the coast between Barra de Navidad and Panama ! If you missed it you can download opencpn for free from https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/info/downloadopencpn.html ( mac / pc / android versions ) Download Google earth pro up to version 7.1.2 ( use license key GEFREE ) http://route.panamaposse.com/kap/googleearth-win-bundle-18.104.22.1681.1.exe 3. Here is how to get satellite image chartlets into open CPN the satellite images are now on the server – download them all (it’s 2.7 GB !! please be patient ) http://route.panamaposse.com/kap/ge_chartlets.zip place them into their own directory – create a directory (folder) with a unique name example (c:\ge_charts ) launch / open OpenCpn and add the charts – click on Options ( little wrench) -> Charts -> Add Directory -> Select the Folder you just created -> example (c:\ge_charts ) Click [x] Scan Charts and update Database – Apply – wait and voila ! And here are some raw charts for refrence printing Raw Charts >> Seminar attendance in Barra de Navidad Shearwater Interlude Respite Crossroads Raven Annapurna Easy Volante III Liquid Carinthia Kea (more…)
So it’s time to start our long range planing and regardless of when you and your vessel plan on crossing the Tehuantepec – it is best to proceed with caution – Here are the Pilot Chart excerpts – for December – January and February. This Post will evolve over time to give everyone a good overview and document best practices and lessons learned from fellow mariners. First – here is how pilot chart’s wind roses work. Tehuantepec’s historical data for December Tehuantepec’s historical data for January Tehuantepec’s historical data for February And here is windy’s current state of affairs . More to come – so ponder away ! Below is an image of – Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind and learning – let’s learn to respect this area (more…)
Dear Panama Posse participants; Below are the dates for seminars here in Marina Puerto de La Navidad and the Panama Posse Launch Party. Tuesday 21st at 3 PM – OpenCPN – Free route planning and navigation tool – 2 hours* Monday 27th at 3 PM – Route planning & Weather – 2 hours* Tuesday 28th at 3 PM – Weather – concepts and best practices – 2 hours* Wednesday 29th 3 PM – Q&A Wednesday29t following the Q&A the official launch party – (stay tuned for details – for panama posse participants only) *in the air conditioned marina office confrence room at Marina Puerto la Navidad / Barra (more…)