• Extraordinary Fleet Call 
  • Vessel Location in order of signup
  • The governor of Jalisco
  • A big Thank You to our Sponsors
  • Dangerous Bar Crossing in El Salvador
  • Pictures of the Week
  • Carnival Floats in Zihuatanejo, MX
  • Update from Ullman Sails – Puerto Vallarta, MX
  • Update from Marina Puerto de la Navidad, MX
  • Update from Shelter Bay Marina, Panama 
  • Update from Chiapas Marina, MX
  • Update from Red Frog Marina, Panama 
  • Update from Marina Vallarta, MX
  • Update from Marina Ixtapa, MX
  • Panama Posse Event Vallarta Yacht Club postponed to later
  • El Salvador, Activities 
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1) Extraordinary Fleet Call Sat Mar 21, 2020

As of today  March 21th 2020 here is where each country stands 

Mexico 

USA and Mexico – border closings but commercial entry permitted

Guatemala – full lock down – no entry permitted 


El Salvador – full lock down – no entry permitted 



Honduras – full lock down – no entry permitted


Nicaragua – Check in possible  with Marina Puesta del sol ahead of time – they will coordinate to send a health inspector out – after which customs, immigration will clear you in 


Costa Rica – no change but upon entry you may be asked about prior countries / health issues – crew flying in from overseas will be subject to questioning at airport(s) 


Panama – no entry permitted  but a 14 day quarantine has been obtained by some – vessel must stay at anchor ( this will be supported by marinas with deliveries of items at cost of water / food and basic supplies )  in the Atlantic side come into colon – in colon you can anchor out and Juan is delivering water provisions and uncertain – entry to Panama –
vessels which went to San Blas and 3 boats got into marina and had not been outside from uncertain – come into marina 


This is a quick summary of issues in Panama regarding Covid. Panama will halt international travel Sunday 3/22/2020 at 23:59, no personnel in or out. Time frame was established as 30 days. I believe all 200 active cases are in the district of Panama City. If you enter that district, you will not be able to leave it. Some Panamanians who live in one district and work in another may get a permit to travel between them. There are bio-borders set up internally to the districts and also at district borders. I believe that temperatures are taken at those location, and hence travel is very long and drawn out. All marinas are closed to bringing in new boats. They require 14 days at quarantine anchor before they consider you coming into port. If you are coming into Panama from another country, then and agent might be able to get your boat checked in, but you won’t be able to get to the customs office for your visa. Shelter bay is helping by bringing out supplies if necessary. Green Flash left Vista Mar and told that there would be no problems coming back, but that changed within two days. They are currently anchored off of the marina. As to transit the canal, check with an agent, but there is no way of getting lines and fenders to the boat, as well as line handlers. Even if you have that equipment and personnel on board anyhow, the Canal Authority does not want to risk the measuring advisor or the transit advisor. If they get sick, that prevents them from using those resources when restrictions are relieved.
Shelter in place, and hope you have enough CERVEZA, because they also have halted sale of that commodity. The restaurants are take out only, grocery stores are limiting the number of people in the building, and there is a curfew from 2100-0500 and it is DEFINITELY being enforced. A Cruisers plans are written in sand at low tide. Stay safe everyone. Walt

Puerto Rico  – many marinas are closed – coming through Vieques culebra  closed  9 PM- 5 AM curfew 


Hawaii  – 14 day quarantine

Colombia – closed with 19-day nationwide quarantine


Ecuador Is  Shut Down 


French Polynesia IS SHUT DOWN

is any one has and specific additions to this please let us now

BUrge

2) Vessel Location in order of signup https://panamaposse.com/2019-2020-vessels

VESSELNAMELOCATIONSTAY IN PLACELOGISTICAL ISSUES
1BAJA FOGBarra de Navidad, MXstay in place 
John & Monique
 
 
 
2ANGELIQUE OF VANCOUVERna  
 Mike & Jacquie
  
  
3TALIESIN ROSE   
 Victoria & Rowan
  
  
  
4THISLDUPuesta del Sol, Nicaragua  
 Garrett & Audrey
  
  
  
5LUNA   
 Bob & Kris
  
  
  
6KAI LANI   
 John
  
  
  
7EIONE   
 Darrin & Linda
  
  
  
8APHRODITE   
Thomas & Mike
 
 
9CARINTHIABarra de Navidad, MX   
Dietmar & Suzanne
 
 
 
10SEAGLUBSan Blas, MXen route to San Jose del Cabo  
Chris
 
 
11BONZER   
 Michael & Vicki
  
  
  
12JEAN ANNEChiapas, MX  
 Steve & Chelsea
  
  
13SINGULARITYVista Mar, Panama   
Robert & Carol
 
 
 
14SLOW DANCER   
Dale & Kenneth
 
 
 
 
15ELAN   
Paul
 
 
16 ©ENJOYbocas del toro panama
 reasonable
 Don & Nina
  
  
  
17AVALON   
 Rick & Karen
  
  
18PERSPECTIVE   
Brad, Sarah & Sydney
 
 
 
 
 
19  © KNOT RIGHTVista Mar Marina, Panama  
Walt & Jeariene
 
 
 
 
20 © COMPROMISE15 miles east of puesta del sol nicaragua
We may be out of range. We plan on crossing the Papagayos to Puesta del Sol. One foot on the beach, so to speak. We will try to attend. s/v Compromise
 chiapas
Ronald & Karen
 
 
 
 
 
21BLOOM   
Jason & Lisa
 
 
 
 
 
22DUE WEST   
 Kirk & Heidi
  
  
  
23TOP CIDERChiapas, MX  
Chuck & Sharon
 
 
 
24RAIREVAcoming in   
Marek
 
 
 
25HALF MOONPuesta del sol, Nicaragua  
Brain & Elizabeth
 
 
 
 
26MADELEINENetherlands  
Huibert & Maaike
 
 
 
27ANGELIQUEKingston, Jamaica advised us to self quarantine bahams isand turks  key west – got marina reservation 
Dan & Angela
 
 
 
28JObarra  
Phillip Jay & Kelley
 
 
 
29DELTA SWIZZLERZihuatanejo, MX barra de navidad 
Mark & Cindy
 
 
 
30FIREFLY   
 Brenda & Ted
  
  
31 ©EL GATOMarquesas ?
 chiapas
 Eric & Annie
  
  
  
32 © MORNING STAR
  
David, Stella & …
 
 
 
 
33LITHA   
Justin, Kimberly and Crew
 
 
 
34ONE LIFEisla ixtapa  barra
Doug & Mary
 
 
 
35  ©FOOTLOOSEbocas del toro red frog   
Michael & Lisa
 
 
 
 
36  ©KOKOPELLI   
 Karen & Ron
  
  
  
37WISHLIST   
Chris
 
 
38ANGELIQUE II   
 Brian & Hiromi
  
  
  
39HUMAN HOLIDAY   
Alan & Robin
 
 
 
 
 
40AVANTShelter Bay, Panama stay in place
no flights 
Rob & Debra
 
 
41ANDANTE   
Kevin
 
 
 
42 ©ROCINANTEchiappas  North
 Bill & Lisanne
  
  
43RHAPSODYvista mar – stay in place 
Sarah & Bob
 
 
 
44 © MAKANI   
Frederic
 
 
 
45 ©  XENIAvista mar   
Tara & Mike
 
 
 
46SINGLE Dbarra   
Tod & Donna
 
 
 
47WIND SWEPT   
Scott & Jan
 
 
 
48 ©DENOVObarra   
Andre, Naomi & crew
 
 
 
49SIRENA   
 Greg
  
  
50ANDURILon the hard in chiapas –  fly back to cananda
Alice & Greg
 
 
51GREEN FLASHQuarantined in place – situation in the pacific site  
Bob & Joan
 
 
 
52BONZAI   
Don
 
 
 
53GARGOYLE Puesta del sol -Nicaragua
  shelter in place
 
Kevin & Carla
 
 
 
54STAND DOWNVista Mar Marina –   
Richard & Nancy
 
 
 
 
55SONAMARABocas del Toro   
 Louis & Patrice
  
  
  
56NAMAHANA   
 Curtis & Jill                          
  
  
57ANTIPODES   
Ian & Aldo
 
 
 
58KATHLEEN   
Robert & Karen
 
 
 
59RAVENBarra  
 Neil, Tammy, & Jan
  
  
  
60BLUE OASISShelter Bay Marina, Panama  head to tampa
Barry & Kathy
 
 
61  ©WILDEST DREAMSPuntarenas, CR  
Grant & Michelle
 
 
62SHEARWATER   
 Pati & Eric
  
  
63SECOND WINDPuesta del sol Marina   
Laurin
 
 
64SECRET WATERBarra  
 Annie & Chris & Crew
  
  
  
65WOODWIND 1   
 Brian & Tracy
  
  
  
  
66PARADISE   
Sid & Manuela
 
 
67CHIMERABahia Drake / Quepos Pez Vela roam in Costa Rica towards golfito


bonding – stay in costs a little etxra 
Dennis & Margaret
 
 
 
68KACHINABahia el Sol, El Salvador new owner trying to fly into el slavador to take posession
Robert
 
 
 
69ALIZANNred frog   
Martin & Suzanne
 
 
 
70FLOATING STONESBahamas  
Bryan & Cheryl
 
 
 
71MOONRISEin marina chahue in there for the long haul
  
 Stephen & Ana Veronica
  
  
  
72KOUMBA BANG   
Abdoulaye
 
 
73ENTERPRISE III   
Martin & Elzane
 
 
 
74MAISON DE SANTEbarrashelter in place 
Keenan & Nicole
 
 
 
75BELLA SIRENA   
Bryon
 
 
76ISLAND DRIFTER   
 Ken
  
  
77EURYBIA   
 Marie & Jon
  
  
  
  
78SALPARE   
Jeff & Fran
 
 
79DESTINATIONshelter bay – anne in CR flight   
 Chris & Anne
  
  
80DAD’S DREAMMarina shelter bay  flight out of the ccountry 
Rick & Brenda
 
 
 
81AY CARAMBA !Puerto Rico looking for location 
Juan & Michelle
 
 
 
 
82BULA   
 Kenny & Cari
  
  
83SKY POND   
 Carl & Roxy
  
  
84VENTURE LIBRE   
Shane & Karen
 
 
85FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW MEMARINA LA CRUZ, MXstay in place all good
 Allan & Rina
  
  
  
86CONTEXTShelter Bay  in san diego 
John
 
 
87EL GATO   
 Jules & Jeff
  
  
88  ©SEA LARKSBanana Bay Marina, CRshelter in place get to calfornia 
 Jeffrey & Paula
  
  
  
89QUE SERA   
 Rick & Mary
  
  
  
90QUEST   
 Daniel
  
  
91DANCES WITH WINDSLa Paz, stationary 

  
Eric & Ana
 
 
 
92BAIT ‘N SWITCH IIIlos angeles – marina papagayo costa rica   
John & Laurie
 
 
 
93PASEO   
 Nan & Doug
  
  
  
94  ©MARIAHBay of Honduras – roatan – Hondursa with 24 vessels lock down – Marshall law 
Trish & John
 
 
 
 
95WAVE DANCERFish Hook, Golfito  panama in the next 2 months propblay fly back to the us 
 Vladimir & Galinda
  
  
96MALOLOZihuatanejo  barara / pv / sea of 
Matt & Britt
 
 
 
97YOSHAN   
Nate
 
 
98DOUBLE DEUCE   
 Ron & Karen
  
  
99HO’OKIPABarra de Navidad, MXshelter  
 Lisa & Lucky
  
  
100VOLAREChiapas, MX no port closings or south borders stared to 
 Jessica & Adam
  
101  © KIANGA   
Beat & Daniela
 
 
102CELESTIAL   
Scott & Donna
 
 
 
103LILIPAD   
Bruce & Kirk
 
 
 
 
104 ©MIDNIGHT BREEZE   
Richard & Caroline
 
 
 
105SALISH DRAGONArizona- vessel in PV –  
Steve & Tracey
 
 
 
106CAYUSE   
Brent & Jill
 
 
 
107CYCLADES   
Daniel
 
 
 
108 ©SEDNA VI   
 Ken & Cheryl
  
  
  
109JOY   
 Jeff & Roxanne
  
  
110KARVIZihuatanejo  heaidng to barra few more people with face masks – went to port captain enforced – no more thena 2 peple in port captina soffice at a time – firelfy inn ixtapa marina – FP basically to come in to get fuel and provisions they will send you home
 Dan & Nancy
  
  
111SEAQUEL   
Michael
 
 
 
112 ©SALTAIR 3Barra  
 Brad, Krista & Cole
  
113 ©TAKMOANA   
 Gary & (Wendy) Louise
  
  
114STRAY CAT   
Derick & Barb
 
 
 
115NOETA   
Patrick & Alexa
 
 
 
 
116SOUTHERN CROSS III   
Stephen & Janet
 
 
 
117PILIALOHAHuatulco – in care with local marina chahue   
 Rick & Maria
  
  
  
118BELLE VIEMarquesas in Port   
Benjamin,Andrea & Emma
 
 
119 ©TRANCEPV  
 Dan & Marlene
  
  
  
120SANNAVista Mar –  shelter in place
 
Dave & Marie
 
 
 
 
121ANKYRIOSZihuatenjo Puerto Penasco 
Dennis, Brandy & Crew
 
 
122HERITAGE   
Thomas
 
 
 
123EPIPHANY   
Bill and Julianne
 
 
 
124  ©INDEPENDENCERoatan – lock down till the 29th   
 Larry & Jamie
  
  
  
125LILY ROWANpurchased visa in mexico for MXD 575 at airport – 5 – 45 minute transaction  huatulco chahue marina
Jim & Zyanya
 
 
 
 
126EVIE   
 Joel, Ane & Crew
  
  
  
127SHAZAM   
 Jeanette & Neill
  
  
  
128 ©AMANDLAmarina palmira la paz

Lisa Dorenfest and Fabio Mucchi. Crew Steve Kelly joined in Zihuatanejo and will be disembarking in La Paz. We are en route to La Paz and will arrive tomorrow mid-day.  Plan to spend week or two in marina as Captain still recovering from 2 ribs fractured in Zihuatanejo. Will then cruise the Sea of Cortez before hauling out in Puerto Peñasco. Visas good in Mexico until early June. In the event the situation in the US worsens, hope government will allow visas to be extended in country as an emergency measure,  Any tips you have on extending visas here under the circumstances would be appreciated. I believe current laws require exiting and reentering the country to renew visas
 captain rib fraction isolate in place


 cases 25 reporovisonied
Lisa & Captain Fabio
 
 
 
129 ©NESHUMAon the hard at mazatlan marina  
 Carl & Cynthia
  
  
130SIMPLIFYmarina chahue –  stay in Place
Randy & Marina
 
 
 
131MAR Y SOLMarina Vallarta, MX  
Bob & Marisol
 
 
 
 
132IMPOSSIBLE DREAM   
 Tom & Gale
  
  
133BIG CITY FISHzihuatanejo  heading to barra
Rick & Linda
 
 
134DOTTIE SUE   
Bobbie, Neil & Chuck
 
 
 
135 ©TIVOLI   
Judy and Torben
 
 
136 ©TRYST   
Tony and Michelle
 
 
137 ©EMMY KATE   
Eric and Sharon
 
 
 
138BLESSED LIFEBahia Herradura, CR  
Bob and Margie
 
 
139 ©FALKOR 4.2   
Patrick, Sherrie & Crew
 
 
 
 
140 ©FIRST LIGHT   
Don & Julie
 
 
 
 
141  NAUTILUS   
Michele & Randy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
142 ©AZAYA   
Riley, Sharon & Crew
 
 
 
 
143 © SEA GLASSPanama   
Chris
 
 
 
144  ©ELSKA   
Ben & Mary Jane
 
 
145 ©ZOE   
 Sergio & Gemma
  
  
  
146ROSA-LEE   
 Gary
  
  
147 GRASSHOPPER   
Jeffrey & Cheri
 
 
 
 
148 ©ELEVEN 11   
 Tim, Kim &
  
  
  
149 ©MOIRA   
 Nick, Gema & crew
  
  
  
150MILAGROI’m in Bahia Bellena Costa Rica with no crew. I’m planning to remain here until things change. This is a beautiful place to be stuck in.  
Robert & crew
 
 
151ROSA DOS VENTOS   
Ted & Barbara
 
 
 
152 ©SUSIMIzihuatanejo – barra stores are stocked well in Z
Paul & Hazel
 
 
153ALTERÉ   
Terrence
 
 
154YAHTZEE   
Andy & Jill
 
 
 
155 ©LEILANI   
Richard & Tracy
 
 
 
156 ©EVOLIAS   
Warren & Erica
 
 
 
157SOL GOOD   
Jeff
 
 
158TIDAL DANCER   
Dan & Ella
 
 
159 ©DEVINE DESTINY   
Bruce & Barbara
 
 
 
160 ©TOUCHÉ   
Judith & Haakon
 
 
 
 
161 © SPREZZATURAPanama Bocas del Toro 
 quarantine 
Eric
 
162 ©CHELSEA KRU   
Charles
 
 
 
163 © LORIEN   
Julie & Chris
 
 
 
 
164 ©KJALOHA   
Jürg & Catherine
 
 
 
165 ©AD ASTRA   
Erik & Daniela
 
 
 
166 ©MANUREVA   
Jon
 
 
 
167 ©ZARZAGAN   
Paul Antoine & Monique
 
 
 
168CONVERGENCE   
Randy
 
 
 
169 ©WOLFHOUND   
Steven, Louise & Sam
 
 
 
 
170 ©BAD BUNNY   
John & Hye
 
 
171GenMBrula – Island Baha Chamela  go slow – play ion beach – happier 
Marvin and Laurie
 
 
 
172 ©AMEKAYA   
Maris and Linda
 
 
 
173 ©BISOUOff beach in bocase dle toro stay in place away crazy back in australia 
Robin and Tad
 
 
 
 
174ARROW   
Maurisa & Mike
 
 
 
175VAGABUNDO DOS   
Grant & Donna
 
 
 
 
176REEF DANCERBarra in de navidad  
Jerry & Debra
 
 

3) The governor of Jalisco has asked everyone to stay secluded for the next 5 days

Jalisco

4)  A big thank you to all of our sponsors

Official Panama Posse  Sponsors, Partners and Ambassadors

  • Marina Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta – Mexico 
  • Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de Navidad – Mexico 
  • Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 
  • La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco – Mexico 
  • Marina Chiapas – Mexico 
  • Marina Bahia del Sol – El Salvador 
  • La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol, El Salvador 
  • Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua 
  • Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica 
  • Marina Pez Vela – Costa Rica 
  • Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica 
  • Vista Mar Marina – Panama 
  • Shelter Bay Marina – Panama 
  • Red Frog Marina – Panama 
  • Bocas Marina – Panama 

Official Panama Canal Agent

Official Panama Posse Ambassadors

Panama Posse Partners

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5) Dangerous Bar Crossing in El Salvador



Originally Bill had closed the bar Monday-Wednesday and we were slotted to leave Thursday. He soon thereafter said the forecast had changed and we could leave Wednesday. During this whole time Chris was predicting sizable swell. We walked out to the bar Monday to take a look. Surf wasn’t that big but we couldn’t really see well enough to judge from our vantage point on the beach. We told Bill we’d be happy to wait until Thursday if he thought it best but he said Wednesday would be fine. Steve took a drone shot on which it appeared there was a channel with no breakers. So we went. Jean Anne went first. Bill had them accelerating and then waiting at intervals to find a break in the swell. They caught some air, got a bit wet, but made it okay. At one point Bill in the panga was behind us and called Jean Anne saying “How are you guys doing? I can’t see you from where I am.” Once they were clear and we were moving forward, we got the same instructions. Throttle up here, wait a minute there. As we got to the worst part of the breakers, we were instructed to wait. Unfortunately we were too far forward and were already in the breaking waves. We took two over the bow. The third breaking wave crashed over Volare, ripping the dodger from the deck, tearing jerry cans from the rails, and slamming down on us in the cockpit. The dodger was still attached by the piece that zips to the bimini, and was lying mangled across the cockpit table. At the helm, Adam could not see forward so I called out directions for him to steer us out of the surf. Luckily, no more large waves were in front of us. We smelled diesel and looked in the gunnel to see the jerry cans floating in a slush of diesel and seawater. One of the caps had come off one of the cans and 2 1/2 gallons spilled before we could right the can. It’s amazing how slippery diesel can make the deck and your shoes and your hands. We were still in pretty big swells and trying to hold on while doing damage control was a challenge. We spent the next hour or so recovering and assessing the situation. We nearly lost a few lines that were lying on the coach roof under the dodger but they had snagged on the rails. Very luckily nothing got in the prop! Everything else had been tied down. One solar shower was hanging over the side but was attached to a cleat so we were able to pull it back aboard. The drinking cups and Adam’s cell phone had been in cup holders set in the cockpit table. We found them washing around on the cockpit sole. The jerry can covers were soaked in diesel and had to be removed and the cans re-tied to the rail. The nylon webbing with plastic buckles holding them to the toe rail proved no match for that wave. At first we believed the dodger was destroyed as it sat in a mangled heap in the cockpit. Once we lifted it up we could see that the stainless tubes had been pulled out of the cups with set screws holding it to the deck. The bolt ropes on the lower part of the front of it had ripped free, leaving the bolt rope still in the mangled track with ripped stitches hanging out. A few screws in the bolt rope track were ripped from the deck. We were able to lift it back up and replace the tubing in the cups. The frame was miraculously intact! We had to clip the windows up and out of the way for the rest of the passage to Chiapas. We are hopeful the bolt ropes can be sewn back into place and the track glued where it is broken.


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We had taken the crossing seriously and prepared carefully, which is why this isn’t a worse disaster. Everything in the cockpit was down below, including cushions. Our dog was wearing her life vest and was tethered to the cockpit table, which is very stout on our boat. As the waves were hitting us, I was sitting on the cockpit bench leaning over her. After the wave slammed us, she was soaked and pretty sad looking, with her life jacket strobe going off, but she was unhurt. We had removed our paddle boards from their racks on the bow rail and stowed them below. Had they been in their usual spot I have no doubt they would have been ripped from the boat, along with the stanchions to which they were mounted. The dinghy was on the davits, about six feet above the water. It did take on water as the wave crashed down, but no damage was done. We had seriously debated about putting it on the bow and decided against it. It’s difficult to say now what the right decision would be. Because our davit system is extremely strong, we suffered no damage. If the dinghy had been on the bow, it may have been fine or it may have torn loose or sustained damage. We can’t know. After surviving that wave, though, I would never leave it on the davits while entering the bar when the waves come from behind. We had also removed the motor and placed it on the stern rail, removing about 100 pounds from the dinghy.
 

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When we arrived in Chiapas last night, we received an email from Bill apologizing for what happened. He said that the swell was larger than he anticipated based on the forecast. Because of its size, he, in the pilot panga, had to move back to keep from getting swamped and could not see what conditions we were in. I only wish that when he made that decision he had informed us and we could have exercised our own judgement. Our instinct was to throttle forward and get out of the breakers but the last instructions we received were to wait where we were.  I don’t think he realized we were stopped in the most dangerous part.


In my hindsight opinion, the bar should not have been open that day. Chris was absolutely right. From afar he was able to see that conditions would not be good for crossing and I think Posse boats should give more credence to those observations. Our haste to cross and get to Mexico in light of all the border closures led to us crossing too soon. Just because the bar is open doesn’t relieve skippers of their responsibility to assess conditions for themselves and make their own judgement calls. Having zero experience with bar crossings, we felt that if they opened the bar it must be okay. It was definitely not okay. The wave that hit us was massive. As you both know, Volare is a tall boat. She has high freeboard, a deck salon coach roof, and a dodger that is six and a half feet above the cockpit sole. For a wave to slam down on that tells you it must have been insane.
 

We are all healthy and well and glad our sturdy home handled the waves as well as she did. The force of that wave could have easily broken bones but it didn’t. We are grateful for that! The message behind this story is to encourage sailors to take these dangerous areas seriously. Never assume that you will encounter benign conditions. Take every precaution you can think of. You won’t have time to do anything when you’re out there. Do it all and do it before you go. Listen to and consider all the information. One source from afar looking at the forecast and saying the swell looks pretty big should hold as much weight as the local source saying it looks like it should be okay. Take the most conservative course of action.
 

This is not to second guess ourselves or diminish the advice of those who watch the bar every day. Sometimes shit happens. We will recover from this. We’d just prefer it not to happen to anyone else. Now you two know our story. Hopefully you can use it to advise sailors in the future!

Danger

Bill has said he has pictures he’ll send if we want to see them. I’m not sure I do but in the interest of helping others I will request them and forward them on to you. Steve and Adam also have GoPro footage we’ve yet to see.

Thank you for all you’re doing and keep it up! Stay healthy!

Adam
Jessica

Jessica & Adam

VOLARE



6) Pictures of the Week

Rocinante
Bill

Rocinante Shelter in Place



Bill & Lisanne
ROCINANTE


El
      Slavadro Bar Exit

Exiting the Bar El Salvador

Chelsea & Steve

JEAN ANNE




Bahia
      Herradura Costa Rica

Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica

( sorry lost the email so credit is missing )

Carnival
        Floats in Zihuatenejo, MX
Floats
Floats

7) Carnival Floats in Zihuatanejo, MX






No social distancing in Zihua last weekend as thousands watched the cool floats of Carnival go through town

Kris and Bob
LUNA




8) Update from Ullman Sails – Puerto Vallarta

Ullman Sails will be open and operating as scheduled during this event.  We will continue as long as regulations allow as we are a small staff and work isolated.

Our pick up schedules of Tuesdays in Marina Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta, and Paradise Village, and Thursdays in La Cruz Nayarit will continue until further notice.

We understand these are hard times and will do our best to help you keep cruising where it is most likely the best place to be. 
We wish all of you a healthy and safe future as we all deal with this pandemic.

Chuck Skewes

+1 619-871-2171

Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta

Mariners
Secundino

9) Update from Marina Puerto de la Navidad, MX

Puerto de la Navidad for Long term and Hurricane season – letter from Insurance Group
Secundino Alvarez 
harbormaster@islaresort.com.mx
Marina Puerto de la Navidad



10) Update from Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

Hola Panama Posse !!

As off right now panama in 14 day quarantine for all arriving vessels.  Vessels that have been in panamá for more than 2 weeks we are trying to get them to port but need to provide documentation and i need approval of health dept. and Aeronaval to allow them Access.   Al vessels at quarantine zone will be visied daily for provision deliveries!!

The situation with ports around the world is constanly changing.  I would love to have everybody come to SHelter Bay Marina, but my advise is, if you and your vessel are at a secured port, stay there until the situation is under control, leaving a secured port hoping to get to another and the be turned around wont be a pleasant experience.

Shall i be of assistance please let me know

Saludos,

Juanjo Boschetti

General Manager
Shelter Bay Marina
juanjo@shelterbaymarina.com
www.shelterbaymarina.com
+507-6813-5327 Here in Shelter Bay we are in a soft lockdown by now- soft because 1 person per crew is still allowed to go shopping by bus. For now. Other than that we are confined to the marina with a closed restaurant and a closed pool.  There are many kids boats though and yesterday we parents had a meeting discussing how best to approach the Corona virus. With kids social distancing is nearly impossible. They play with each other and they move freely between boats. We discussed how to talk to our children about it, how to minimize the risk of spreading anything and maybe if we should organize some safe groups activities to keep them occupied while not being able to move anywhere. Low risk activities can include treasure hunts or playing soccer. For crafts and arts, everyone can take their own supplies with them. The kids need to forget everything about sharing that we ever taught them 🤣. As for hygiene, in front of every kid boat we placed a bucket with soap water. Before entering a boat the kids have to wash hands. As long time as it takes to sing Happy birthday twice 😉 . Also as soon as stepping off a boat the kids need to wash hands again. That way we hope to make sure no bacteria or worse spreads between the boats while not locking in the kids. 
daniela.rausch@gmail.com

11) Message from Marina Chiapas, MX

Hello I’m Memo Garcia

manager of marina chiapas just to remind you that we have always had our support to do any procedure, in the case of the border the taxi fee is charged and they are accompanied by a person from the marine trust, you just have to request it

and we have never had any problems

UN FUERTE ABRAZO

MEMO

memogarcia@marinachiapas.com.mx

12) Message from Red Frog Marina, Panama

Hi all from Red Frog Marina in Bocas Del Toro Panama. Red Frog Marina is open to vessels that are checked into Panama and have been in Panama waters for 14 days or more. When you send in a reservation, there will be a short questionnaire for you to fill out.Look forward to hearing from you!

Safe Sailing, Deci

DDavis@IGYMarinas.com

13) Update from Marina Vallarta, MX

We Will try to keep things as normal as possible but we are taking steps towards being at the office the shortest time we can.

Vessels as of today are free to enter as long as they are not coming from other countries.

It is not advisable to leave marina Vallarta at this time since all ports should be closing soon depending on the outbreak.

Puerto Vallarta has many hospitals and also airport only 5 minutes away.

Stay safe and first of all try to stay clean and not in contact to many people.

God help us all.

Sincerely.

Lic Pablo Fernandez G.
Harbor Master
Paseo de la Marina S/N Interior 3
Colonia Marina Vallarta.
Teléfono (322) 221-02-75 (322) 221-07-22
e-mail pablo@marina-vallarta.com.mx
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México.

14) Update from Marina Ixtapa, MX

Hello Panama Posse ,

I just want to let you know that Marina Ixtapa has completed the dredging works. Channel is open now and the depth we have is 4 meters.

Best Regards

Lic. Elsa Zuñiga

Marina Ixtapa

Phone: 011-52-755-553-2180/011-52-755-553-0222

ezuniga@marina-ixtapa.com

reservations@marina-ixtapa.comwww.marina-ixtapa.com

HA

14) Panama Posse Event Vallarta Yacht Club postponed

The whole Banderas Bay area is shutting down due to Coronavirus concerns.
The club has cancelled pretty much all its events that bring groups of people into the club. We need to postpone your event too.
Feel free to  give me a call to discuss this. My phone number is +52 322 181 9109

Regards

Dick Locke

15) El Salvador,
We are enjoying ourselves as we make tough choices in El Salvador. We made it across the bar into Bahia del Sol less than a week before the country’s borders were closed to foreigners. We were surprised at the dock by our marina neighbors from San Diego who presented our welcome drinks. We’re lucky to be here and enjoying every minute! We traveled inland to San Salvador and stayed in a house with a real jacuzzi on the side of the volcano. We hiked around part of the rim and enjoyed views of the caldera and the Pacific at the same time. We then traveled to the town of Suchitoto and soaked up the El Salvadoran hospitality in this quaint town. Now it’s back to the boats and the decision to continue on or return to Mexico!

Welcome

Meeting Sam and David on the dock after crossing the bar

Adma

Adam at the caldera’s edge




Walk

Foxy enjoying the hospitality in Suchitoto

Jacquizzi

The jacuzzi in the nearly 6000 foot elevation house over San Salvador

Walk

The path around the rim of the caldera at Boqueron National Park

Adam
Jessica

Jessica & Adam

VOLARE

16) We are planing for next year’s 2020/2021Panama Posse,
and are considering on partnering with WMA and offering a 2-3 day intensive class on the following

*  WILDERNESS FIRST AID
*  OFFSHORE EMERGENCY MEDICINE

these are U.S. Coast Guard approved to satisfy First Aid and CPR training requirements 
of 46 CFR 11.201(i)(1) for merchant marine licenses and cost will be around 500- 750 pp stay tuned for sign up – let us know if interested or any other considerations


17) Safety reminder

A strong dinghy lock and thick long cable

Season One of the Panama Posse took the brunt and we have identified areas which are prone to dinghy and outboard theft-

Lock

but as always bring your dingy and outboard up at night and lock it with a hard lock !


ABUS 92/65 Mono-block Brass Padlock
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005UMBCDW/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_kUZODbHH915CZ

18) Get on the LINE app !

Please make sure to sign up with Line.me so you can participate in our weekly LINE calls on Mondays; at 16:00 UTC
and be part of the 24/7 chatroom anytime
Once you have downloaded it – find dietmarpetutschnig ( carinthia ) and send a message

we’ll add you to the 2019-2020 Panama Posse group

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19) As always -SIGN ME UP AGAIN – if you want to sign up again for next season – simply let us know

keep ’em coming – reply with any relevant updates
– next update next Sunday

SV Carinthia

Dietmar
Suzanne

Dietmar & Suzanne

Panana Posse

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