FLEET UPDATE 2024-07-17

OCEAN POSSE | Fleet updates from the Americas, South Pacific and the Caribbean


FLEET UPDATE  2024-07-16          

“Travel
is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our
people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable
views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little
corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” 

— Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain 

OCEANPOSSE in SUWARROW

  ⚓ Suwarrow 🇨🇰 Cook  Islands

2) AWARD ENTRIES OF THE WEEK

3) OCEAN POSSE EVENTS & GATHERINGS

A great way to meet with fellow adventurers and sailors and explorers in person (or on screen)

gatherings

PORT CANTO CANNES

OCEAN POSSE  @ 
CANNES 🇫🇷 YACHTING FESTIVAL
 MEET UP IN CANNES  

Thursday , Sept 12⋅ 2024 
19:00 PM  @ LUPITAS
FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR MEET UP  DETAILS >>>

OCEAN POSSE AT THE ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOW

OCEAN POSSE @ 
ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOW MARYLAND  🇺🇸 USA

October 10 - 14 · 2024
FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR BOAT SHOW >>>

24-25′ PANAMA POSSE KICK OFF WEEKEND 🇲🇽 BARRA DE NAVIDAD, MEXICO WHEN: December 4-8 2024 WHERE: Barra de Navidad, MX at the Marina Puerto de la Navidad RSVP PLEASE AND CONTACT THE MARINA DIRECTLY TO RESERVE A SLIP

 24-25′ PANAMA POSSE KICK OFF  BARRA DE NAVIDAD 🇲🇽  MEXICO
  BIRTHPLACE OF THE POSSE 

Bonfire on the beach

Come meet the fleet at the Bonfire beach party Tenecatita - Mexico Dec  8 20204 

https://oceanposse.com/sign-up/

NOTICE OF A RALLY

The
8th  Ocean  Posse Rally is a group of over 300 pleasure craft
which  travel the coastal waters of Mexico and Central America
south to the Panama Canal, and east through the Caribbean and Gulf of
Mexico to California and the East Coast of the USA . In addition we are
establishing a route to and from Europe <->  Caribbean and
already have 60+ vessels underway in the South Pacific all the way to
New Zealand and Australia with a special focus on Fiji .

The
goal of the Ocean Posse is to support the seasonal movement of vessels
with up to date local information, per-established contacts and
relationships with local marinas and agents, weather reporting and
forecasting, and enable ‘buddy boating’ through introductions between
vessels.

The
Ocean Posse vessels do not travel in a single convoy, they are
distributed along the route and travel at their own pace. The rally
operates a 24/7 chatroom, hosts a weekly all-hands conference call, and
disseminates information via weekly emails and emergency bulletins.

In
the last seven years, over 1,600 vessels with approximately 4200 crew
have participated. The average size is 48 feet. Most vessels are well
equipped ocean going pleasure craft with depth sounders, GPS, Radar,
AIS, EPIRB and/or PLB beacons, VHF radios, safety equipment, Starlink /
Satphones.

To join and for more details visit >>> https://oceanposse.com/sign-up

4) VINTAGE MARINA 🇺🇸 CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR
SPONSORS THE OCEAN POSSE 

VINATAGE MARINA

34° 10.2283′ N  119°13.695′ W

First night free and 25% discount on a week of transient moorings

Michelle Lapointe Marina Manager 

call +1 (805) 984-3366 email  michelle@vintage-marina.com

BOOK A SLIP NOW  !
 Vintage Marina Office

  • Newly Renovated Concrete Docks
  • Electric Hookups: 30, 50, 100 amps
  • Fresh Water Hookup
  • Wired for Spectrum Internet/Phone/Cable
  • LED/Energy Efficient Dock Lights
  • Docking Assistance
  • Dock Box at all Slips
  • Dock Carts at all Gates

  • Dry Storage for Dinghies and Kayak
  • Private Coin-Operated Laundry
  • Private Renovated Restroom & Shower Facility
  • Oil & Bilge Pad Exchange Program
  • State of the art Key System into Private Docks
  • Monthly Marina Newsletters
  • Stunning Succulent and Drought Resistant Landscaping
  • Environmentally Friendly & Clean Marina Certified
  • Daily Garbage Collection
  • Ample Tenant & Guest Parking  ADA

7) GOOD NAUTICAL  

PUERTO REFUGIO

IN THE NORTHERN SEA OF CORTEZ 🇲🇽 MEXICO

Pueerto Refugio

Puerto Refugio @ Isla Ángel de la Guardia is
a small cove within the wide bay at the northern tip of Isla Angel de
la Guardia. Isla Granito, the 1km long skinny island lying at the
entrance to the bay, blocks some of the northerly swell but the
anchorage is still very rolly when a norther is blowing. The western
cove is very well protected from all other directions. ...
MORE >>> 

8)  POSSE PERKS 
 📱
LINE.ME

LINE
LINE

QUICK ANSWERS TO YOUR CRUISING QUESTIONS 

The Ocean Posse uses LINE.me to
communicate within the fleet - whether it's the pin drop of marine
mechanic or the latest update for marina, taxi or taco tuesdays - the
line app pulsates 24/7 with information shared between fellow posse
participants . 

You can control notification settings and use it on iOS / MAC / PA or Android  .

Follow this link ...>>> on how to install it and get added to the information flow 

LOCATION PIN

With just 3 taps you can let the fleet know where you are and what you need 

LINE

9)  OCEAN POSSE YACHTS FOR SALE

10)  CHRIS PARKER – MARINE WEATHER CENTER 
☁️ SPONSORS THE OCEAN POSSE

CHRIS PARKER

CHRIS PARKER THE WEATHERMAN IN ACTION 

Ocean Posse Weather Package Discounts 10- 35 % off 
 

  • Weather Forecasting & Vessel Routing
  • www.mwxc.com
  • Marine Weather & Communications LLC (and dba Marine Weather Center)
  • 5130 Medulla Rd
  • Lakeland FL 33811
  • all voice calls 863-248-2702
  • cell for text only 941-915-7608
Chris Parker

11) QUICK TRIP FROM PACIFIC PANAMA 

12) MEET THE FLEET  

https://oceanposse.com/castillo-de-san-felipe/
BETHANIA CHILE

SY BETHANIA-CHILE

We are Wolfgang Schulze & Paulina Troncoso.

Wolfgang began sailing when he was 12-13 years old.  
5
years later we met and I soon started to sail with him.  We had
our first sailboat after we married: an old wooden 32 ft. On our second
boat, a Morgan 38ft, we sailed from Florida to Chilean Patagonia.
and
sailed from Valparaiso to Galapagos, through de Canal, Cartagena de
Indias, San Andres, Providencia, Roatan, Rio dulce, Riviera Maya Mexico,
Guatemala, USA, Bahamas Turcs and Caicos, Dominican Republic and BVI.
... MORE >>>

13) IGY MARINA SANTA MARTA 
🇨🇴 SPONSORS THE OCEAN POSSE

https://oceanposse.com/colombia-marina-igy-marina-santa-marta/

IGY MARINA  SANTA MARTA 

11° 14.5783′ N   074°13.085′ W

Hello OCEAN POSSE;

 Exciting
new Posse Perk hot off the press: Marina Santa Marta is excited to be
an Ocean Posse Sponsor and be included as a destination within the
rally.

We will offer participants a 35% discount on the rate that we normally handle.

Let us know if you would need additional information from us.

Cordially

Juan Ernesto Gomez

comercial@marinasantamarta.com.co

msm@igymarinas.com

    Tel: +57 5-436-3601

https://oceanposse.com/colombia-marina-igy-marina-santa-marta/

AMENITIES

  •     256 Total Slips
  •     30 amp, 50 amp
  •     100 amp SP, 100 amp 3P
  •     24 hr Gated Security with Guard
  •     Vessel Concierge
  •     Private Showers
  •     Guest Laundry
  •     Crew Lounge
  •     Swimming Pool Access
  •     Sundries Shop
  •     Wi-Fi Connectivity
https://oceanposse.com/colombia-marina-igy-marina-santa-marta/

14) NORTHBOUND
 

15) SAFETY AND SECURITY 

16) THE OCEAN POSSE FLEET IS TRACKING

Predict Wind sponsors the Ocean Posse

🇨🇴 ClubNautico Cartagena - Colombia 
🇨🇴 Club de Pesca Marina - Cartagena  
🇨🇴 Marina Puerto Velero - Colombia 
🇨🇴 IGY Marina Santa Marta -  Colombia 
🇨🇴  Manzanillo Marina Club -  Colombia 
🇯🇲 Royal Jamaica Yacht Club
🇯🇲 Errol Flynn Marina - Jamaica 
🇯🇲 Montego Bay Yacht Club - Jamaica 
🇰🇾 Barcadere Marina - Cayman Islands 
🇭🇳 Barefoot Cay Marina - Roatan - HN  
🇭🇳 Fantasy Island Marina - Roatan - HN
🇭🇳 Jonesville Point Marina -Roatan HN 
🇬🇹 Marina Nana Juana Resort - GT
🇧🇿 Thunderbirds Marine - Placencia 
🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club - Belize 
🇧🇿 Hakim Marina & Boatyard - Belize 
🇨🇺 Marina Marlin Nautica Cayo Largo 
🇹🇨 South Bank Marina - Turks & Caico
🇧🇸 Romora Bay Marina - Bahamas 
🇧🇸 Elizabeth on the Bay Marina 
🇧🇸 Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina
🇧🇸 Great Harbour Cay Marina - Bahamas 🇩🇴 Marina Puerto Bahia - DR 
🇩🇴 Ocean World Marina - DR 
🇺🇸  Pier 66  Hotel & Marina  Florida
🇺🇸 Titusville Marina -  Florida
🇺🇸 Port 32 Marinas - Jacksonville, FL 
🇺🇸
Oasis Marinas at Fernandina Harbor 🇺🇸 Morningstar Marinas Golden
Isles St. 🇺🇸 Windmill Harbour Marina Hilton Head 🇺🇸 Coffee Bluff
Marina - Savannah 

🇺🇸 Hazzard Marine - Gerogetown, NC
🇺🇸 Holden Beach  - Town Dock, NC
🇺🇸 Portside Marina - Morehead City, 
🇺🇸 TideawaterYachtMarina Portsmouth 
🇺🇸 Ocean Yacht Marina, Portsmouth 
🇺🇸 York River Yacht Haven - VI 
🇺🇸 Yorktown Riverwalk Landing VI 
🇺🇸 Regatta Point Marina - Deltaville VI 
🇺🇸 Regent Point Marina Topping  VI

MARINAS

19) OCEAN POSSE SPONSORS 

  • ABERNATHY - PANAMA
  • BELIZE TOURISM
  • BOAT HOW TO 
  • CABRALES BOAT YARD 
  • CENTENARIO CONSULTING - PANAMA CANAL 
  • CHRIS PARKER – MARINE WEATHER CENTER
  • DELTA MIKE MARINE SUPPLY PANAMA
  • DOWNWIND MARINE
  • EL JOBO DIST. COSTA RICA
  • FLOR DE CAÑA
  • HAKIM MARINA AND BOAT YARD
  • HERTZ RENTAL CARS  MEXICO
  • HOME DEPOT PRO MEXICO
  • LATITUDES AND ATTITUDES  
  • MARINA PAPAGYAO
  • PANAMA YACHT BROKER
  • PREDICT WIND
  • SAFE HARBOR SOUTH BAY MARINA EVENT CENTER  
  • SAN DIEGO MARINE EXCHANGE
  • SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT
  • SHAFT SHARK
  • SUN POWERED YACHTS
  • WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES
  • WIKUS MARINE AUTO 
  • WESTMARINE PRO
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS 

20)  SUBJECT TO A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE 

Hurricane Beryl (/ˈbɛr.əl/) was a deadly and destructive Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that impacted parts of the Caribbean, the Yucatán Peninsula, and the Gulf Coast of the United States in late June and early July 2024. It was the earliest-forming Category 5 hurricane on record and the second such storm in the month of July, the other being 2005's Hurricane Emily. Beryl was also the strongest hurricane to develop within the Main Development Region (MDR) of the Atlantic before the month of July. The second named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane[nb 1] of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, Beryl broke many meteorological records for the months of June and July, primarily for its unusual location, intensity, and longevity.

A close and upfront Video of one man's experience through Hurricane Beryl on his small yacht in Carriacou.

Skipper Jason was caught in Hurricane Beryl on July 1st while aboard his small sailing yacht, Inatosha,
in the Caribbean. He tried to take shelter on the island of Carriacou,
but the hurricane devastated the area. Thankfully, Jason made it through
the storm mostly unharmed, but Inatosha wasn’t as lucky. The boat lost
its mast in winds over 100 knots and suffered significant hull damage.

Despite the damage, Jason managed to get Inatosha to
Grenada, about 40 nautical miles away. However, the boat urgently needs
repairs. Jason can do all the work himself, but the cost of materials
and replacement parts is overwhelming.

There is a GoFundMe page (primarily for friends and family to contribute) , but any contribution to help Jason restore Inatosha would
mean the world to us. Even the smallest amount will make a difference,
and we'll keep everyone updated on the progress. 

https://gofund.me/6815471c

Hurricane Beryl (/ˈbɛr.əl/) was a deadly and destructive Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that impacted parts of the Caribbean, the Yucatán Peninsula, and the Gulf Coast of the United States in late June and early July 2024. It was the earliest-forming Category 5 hurricane on record and the second such storm in the month of July, the other being 2005's Hurricane Emily. Beryl was also the strongest hurricane to develop within the Main Development Region (MDR) of the Atlantic before the month of July. The second named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane[nb 1] of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, Beryl broke many meteorological records for the months of June and July, primarily for its unusual location, intensity, and longevity.

Hurricane
Bery was a deadly and destructive Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that
impacted parts of the Caribbean, the Yucatán Peninsula, and the Gulf
Coast of the United States in late June and early July 2024. It was the
earliest-forming Category 5 hurricane on record and the second such
storm in the month of July, the other being 2005's Hurricane Emily.
Beryl was also the strongest hurricane to develop within the Main
Development Region (MDR) of the Atlantic before the month of July. 

21) PANAMA CANAL AGENT

CENTENARIO CONSULTING 
ERICK GALVEZ

To arrange for transit with the Panama Canal Authority please contact Eric

Galvez our dedicated Panama Canal agent and sponsor of the Ocean Posse.

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

PANAMA CANAL

OCEAN POSSE

 

 

 

 


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FLEET UPDATE 2024-04-07

OCEAN POSSE 
 FLEET UPDATE APRIL 7, 2024

Souht Water Cay reversed

APRIL 7, 2024

 Progress lies not in enhancing what is, 

but in advancing toward what will be.

 – Khalil Gibran

TOP NEWS  

  • Season 7  Posse Seminars and Events Past and Future
  • Sunsets from Mexico to Panama with Posse Meetups in Between 🇲🇽 🇨🇷  🇵🇦 
  • Season 7 Award Entries: Biggest Fish Caught, Pictures of the Year
  • The Adventure Continues in Holandes Cay, Panama 🇵🇦
  • Posse Perk: Sharing Tracks and Inspiring One Another
  • OpenCPN Tutorial: Turn on Tracks and Share Tracks
  • BONUS: Ceviche: A MUST SAMPLE ALONG THE ROUTE
  • Easter Meet up in Marina Papagayo 🇨🇷
  • PredictWind Perks: Tracking and Wave Polars explained
  • Good Nautical: Pargos Cove, Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica 🇨🇷
  • Meet the Fleet: SY MARIA NOA
  • Safety Alert: Safety Flares Revisited
  • MUST SEE: Belize Barrier Reef 🇧🇿
  • SV BISOU FOR SALE
  • Atlantic Posse  🧭 Forming
  • South Pacific Posse  4 🗿  Underway ! 

🇲🇽 🇧🇿 🇨🇷 🇳🇮 🇨🇴 🇨🇺 🇪🇨 🇸🇻 🇵🇦 🇩🇴 🇭🇳 🇯🇲 🇧🇸 🇹🇨 🇰🇾 🇬🇹 

PANAMA POSSE Season 7
vessels's ensigns

1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

northbound crew group shot

Good times waiting for a weather window to cross the Tehuantepec to Chiapas, Mexico 🇲🇽 

SV KEY LIME PIE 🇺🇸 Pawel & Shelly - Kelley Peterson 44'

SY LOST PEARL 🇨🇦 Onno - Hardin 45

& MORE

KEY LIME PIE KEY LIME pie ONNO
CAPUCHIN MONKEY

White faced Capuchin Monkeys are curious onlookers from the trees, Costa Rica  🇨🇷

SY EVER AFTER 🇺🇸 Andrew & Laura - Jeanneau 44′

Ever After Ever After SAILING EVER AFTER
TIADUP GUNA YALA

Tiadup, Guna Yala, Panama 🇵🇦 

SY BOUNDLESS 🇺🇸   Daniel & Naiby - Shannon 43′

BOUNDLESS

2)   PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 

@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W

Panama Posse Paty at Placencia Yacht Club
Approaching the PYC

Sunset atmosphere - dinghies arriving at high speed 

Placencia Yacht Club Anchorage

Placencia Yacht Club Anchorage - room for 150 + yachts 

SAFE APPROACH

SAVE APPROACH   @ 16° 29.9333′ N 088° 20.9266' W

Placencia Yacht Club

Welcoming drift wood

Placnencia yacht club belize

The venue is set 

Marly and Leslie from Belize Tourrism Board

Marly and Leslie representing  from Belize Tourism Board 

BELIZE

3) SUNSETS FROM PANAMA TO MEXICO

POSSE GATHERINGS IN BETWEEN

SUNSET SAN BLAS

Sunset off Baneup island, San Blas Panama  🇵🇦

MY MUIRGEN 🇺🇸 Scot & Laura - Beebe 50′

Scot
>

summerbreeze and cheistry

 “EL SALVADOR 6” in Bahia Santa Elena, Costa Rica 🇨🇷 

 The very bravest and yet, the very kindest, of all sailors!

SY FIN 🇺🇸 Michael & Susan- Lagoon 450F 45′

FIN
SUNSET SAN JUANICO

Sunset in San Juanico, Sea of Cortez, Mexico 🇲🇽 

SY DAWN PATROL 🇺🇸  Laney & Mark  - Outbound 46’

DAWN PATROL - Mark

4) SEASON 7 AWARD NOMINATIONS:

 TWO NEW BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT ENTRIES

KING MACKERAL CAUGHT

Monster King Mackeral Peter brought aboard SY BOHEMIA 

SY BOHEMIA 🇺🇸 Tom & Peter - Beneteau 36'

BOHEMIA Peter
SAILFISH

Fortitude X caught sailfish crossing the Tehuantepec 🇲🇽

Note * Billfish is excluded from Biggest Fish Award BUT THE CATCH IS STILL IMPRESSIVE 

SY FORTITUDE X 🇨🇦 Stefanie & Torsten - Beneteau 43′

FORTITUDE X FORTITUDE X Torsten

TWO NEW PICTURE OF THE YEAR ENTRIES

Pelican flying across the setting sun in Bahía Huevos, Costa Rica 🇨🇷 

MV SERENITY 🇺🇸 Kurt & Kylie - Horizon 77′

SERENITY SERENITY
SPACE X LAUNCH

Space X from Bahia San Marte, Sea of Cortez, Mexico 🇲🇽 

SY JOURNEY 🇺🇸 Anne & Remmi – Manta 42’

Flor de Caña 12 Year Old

Flor de Caña sponsors the Panama  Posse 

ANNUAL AWARDS INCLUDE:

  • BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT*
  • PICTURE OF THE YEAR
  • YODA OF THE YEAR
  • SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD
  • THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD
  • MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD
  • HIGHEST WIND RECORDED
  • SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION
  • GALLEY GOD(ESS)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR
  • BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR
  • COURAGE AWARD

season 7 posse flag

Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

SUBMIT ENTRIES ON THE LINE AP OR EMAIL TO EDITOR@PANAMAPOSSE.COM

Share the adventure

5) PANAMA POSSE EVENTS 

placencia yacht club

Placencia Yacht Club hosting event Saturday, April 6th, 2024 🇧🇿 

SEASON FINALE AND AWARD CEREMONY 

MAY 11 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦  PANAMA

RSVP FOR THE SEASON FINALE EVENT

6) THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES 

IN EAST HOLANDES CAY  🇵🇦 

PEOPLE IN DINGHY GOING SNORKELING

Posse perk: going snorkeling in new places with new friends

Some places are too good to be kept a secret.  SY COURAGE continued
adventure in Holandes Cay meeting another boat that took them to a
snorkeling spot they may not have otherwise found in the San Blas,
Panama.

TRIP REPORT:

What we wanted to follow up with is the great snorkeling we were taken to by Bob and Joan of SY GREENFLASH yesterday
morning. it is to the west of the swimming pool and a dinghy ride up a
deeper water channel to the deeper water inner side of the coral break
wall along the north of the island. The picture below has two dots where
the channel begins and ends and two fish symbols where we spent a few
hours admiring underwater life (rays, sharks, coral of all kinds, fish
of all kinds). and a brief video so you can see water conditions out in
the swell and water conditions in the deeper water on the inside of
break wall. We would rank these spots as very good, but west Holandes
Cay remains our favorite.

Hokipa's Track

This snorkelers treasure map is marked with fish instead of an 'X'

SY COURAGE 🇺🇸 John & Kristine – Tartan 4100

SY GREEN FLASH 🇺🇸 Bob & Joan – Beneteau 35’

COURAGECOURAGE GREEN FLASH Bob

Thank you for Sharing your Adventures on the water !

 7) SHARING YOUR ADVENTURES  
is the heart and soul of the Panama Posse 

Please
share pictures of your adventures, your award entries/nominations, your
breathtaking sunsets, and picturesque anchorages on our group
communications platform for others to enjoy in real time and/or email
Maurisa at
editor@panamaposse.com
to share in the upcoming newsletter.  Maurisa is a sailor among
us.  She is part of the Ocean Posse crew and enjoys writing fun and
helpful updates to the Panama Posse.
 

SLOTH AT GAMBIER RESERVE

Sloth hanging out at the Gamboa Sloth Sanctuary in Panama 🇵🇦 

8) POSSE PERK: 

SHARING TRACKS & INSPIRING ONE ANOTHER
  

SONG OF THE SEA TRACK TO MARQUESAS

SONG OF THE SEA makes landfall in the Marquesas 
THEY ARE NOW PART OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE !

bravo zulu

9) OPEN CPN TUTORIAL

📍 TURN ON TRACKING

 SHARE TRACKS 🔗 

OpenCPN
is an excellent navigational tool and Panama Posse members have access
to many resources and tutorials to better understand and use the program
effectively.  

For those that have OpenCPN here is a quick tutorial on how to use tracking and share tracking with Open CPN:

enabling open cpn tracks

Once connected to GPS or NMEA – please enable tracking 

tracks on openCPN

Once you are tracking the yellow line will show your track right click on it and select properties 

saving track open CPN

You can then save this track or import another one …

To manage routes click on the Route and Mark Manager Icon on the left 

ROUTE AND MARK MANAGER OPEN cpn

Next 

open CPN

Navigate to the GPX file you wish to import 

gpx FILE

Next activate the track in the ROUTE TAB 

open CPN

Next ACTIVATE THE ROUTE and VOILA 

open CPN

To import GPX tracks from Good Nautical look for the tracks shared on the right bar and download to your device 

TRACKS FROM GOOD NAUTICAL

Review route details 

TRACKS FROM GOOD NAUTICAL

Download the GPX and import into Open CPN as outlined above 

IMAGE WAYPOINTS OPEN CPN

AND DISPLAY THE ROUTE IN OPEN CPN WITH A SEQUENCE OF SAVE WAYPOINTS

BONUS: CEVICHE 🧑‍🍳

 SAMPLE ALONG THE ROUTE

Ceviche
has it's roots in the northwestern region of South America that are now
known as Ecuador and Peru.  Overtime the dish has spread
throughout Central America with each country, each region, each family
adding their own touch of individuality.  Ceviche is the result of
fish and/or other seafood, like shrimp, conch, or Octopus being
submerged in salt and lime juice.  The chemical process that occurs
is similar to fish getting 'cooked' in which the flesh turns opaque and
gets firm...although the fish is not truly cooked.  

ceviche

A colorful bowl of shrimp ceviche

The
additional ingredients, the presentation, the size, and the
accompaniments vary greatly.  For instance, along the Gold Coast in
Mexico ceviche is commonly a mix of fish or mixed seafood with
tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro served on a large platter with
a basket overflowing with various large corn disks called tostados.
Further south, in Panama, ceviche is commonly served in small
individual servings with diced onions and lots of juice.  They are
both DELICIOUS ....just different....and sampling ceviche along the
route is highly recommended.  

My
favorite ceviche as of late was a new twist that I encountered sailing
to the southernmost island in the Perlas.  The base of the ceviche
is still the same: fish submerged in salt and lime juice making the
flesh firm and opaque.  The twist that was a taste bud sensation
was in the additional ingredients, namely coconut.  Suddenly,
ceviche was a fusion of flavors.  It was still crisp and fresh, and
now rich and creamy.  I was in heaven!

Mike with corvina

Fresh caught Corvina is a choice fish for Ceviche

In
my galley, the variation on my ceviche has a lot to do with what I have
so it is often not the same twice.  That said, I do have a general
process.

So far my process:

Step 1: Fresh caught corvina, snapper, or dorado, diced, and put in a bowl.

Step 2: Sprinkle with salt and cover with fresh squeezed lime juice.  Place in the fridge.  Let sit about 30 min.

Step 3: 
Dice what fresh additions I have that sound good.  Ideally, onion
(purple is pretty), jalapeno, tomato, and a leafy green (either cilantro
or culantro ).  

Step 4: When
I am ready to serve, I mix everything together.  Lately, if I want
to try the coconut variation I add in some coconut milk and either a
dash of fish sauce or soy sauce.  I sample and add salt to taste.

Step 5: Serve with chips or tostadas.

SY WHIRLWIND 🇺🇸 Maurisa, Mike, Russell & Josea – Alajuela 48’

WHIRLWINDWHIRLWINDWHIRLWINDWHIRLWIND

Marinas

10) MARINA PAPAGAYO 🇨🇷 COSTA RICA 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

marina

Marina
Papagayo is proud to continue our sponsorship of the Panama Posse fleet
for the 2020/21 season.  Our dockage discount for Posse members
is:

  • Stay three nights pay for two
  • Stay for a week and pay for five days
  • Stay for a month and pay the annual monthly rate
  • Complimentary drink coupons for the Dive bar on arrival  

 

We look forward to welcoming you to Marina Papagayo.  

 

Best Regards,

 

Dan

Dan Marina Papagayo

Dan Eaffaldano

Gerente, Marina Papagayo

Tel: + 506 2690-3600
Tel: + 506 2690-3602
VHF: 16

E-mail: dan.eaffaldano@marinapapagayo.com

Web: marinapapagayo.com

marina papagayo

GATEWAY TO THE EASTERN TROPICAL PACIFIC

Situated
below the hurricane line and sheltered from the northern Papagayo
winds, Marina Papagayo’s naturally protected harbor offers a year-round
safe haven in a yachting paradise, just 30 minutes from an international
airport. An idyllic stop-off point and staging area for epic diving and
underwater adventures in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape. Malpelo
Island, Isla del Coco, Coiba and the Galápagos are all close by.

A FULL SERVICE DEEP SEA PORT

Marina
Papagayo offers 180 fully serviced berths for yachts up to 250 feet
LOA, with both single & 3-phase electrical service, grey & black
water disposal and wireless broadband. All complimented by a wide range
of services and amenities, including mooring assistance, 24/7
monitoring, yacht assist, on-site provisioning, fuel bunkering and
dockside concierge service. From airport transfer, shuttle service, car
rentals, dining reservations and activities for captains and crew
members, the marina concierge team is at your service.

WHERE CAPTAIN IS KING

While
staying at Marina Papagayo, captains and crew enjoy access to select
facilities and amenities on Peninsula Papagayo. Including seven
spectacular beaches, the Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, Andaz
Costa Rica Resort Beach House and miles of hiking and biking trails. For
insider access to nature unleashed, check out Papagayo Explorers Club.
Their expert guides, naturalists and translators are available for crew
expeditions off the beaten path.

VESSELS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES

Among
its ultra-wide, custom-designed floating dock system, 180 owner and
guest slips can accommodate a wide variety of watercraft. From
superyachts and luxury cruisers to schooners and sportfishing vessels.
Ultimately, 350 slips will fill the marina, making it the largest and
most advanced in Costa Rica.

MARINA SUITES

The
village at Marina Papagayo is undergoing a metamorphosis, offering new
and enhanced amenities for owners and guests. A refreshed seaside
apartment hotel offers studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites with daily
housekeeping, pool, gym, lounge and meeting rooms.

Panama Posse Party Papagayo Costa Rica  

(7) Posse boats all together for Easter dinner!  Was a great time and wonderful food.  

MV PAUSE: 

I would like to give a shout out to Dan and his team at Marina Papaguayo, CR.
There are 7 PP boats here now and we mentioned that we would like
to have a get together on Easter.  Dan provided a place for the
party, drove across the peninsula to borrow a grill for us , bought 3
bags of charcoal and donated 2 cases of beer for our party.  That
is going above and beyond.  Thanks Dan!

SV BRIGADOON, SV QUE VENDRA, SV PERCEPTION, SV FIREFLY, MV SERENITY, MV PAUSE, MV MARTINI

BRIGADOON III BRIGADOON III QUE VENDRA- Maciek QUE VENDAR Olena
MARTINA - Bryan MARTINA - Mary
PAUSE PAUSE PAUSE Willie PAUSE Pebbles
SERENITY SERENITY
 

11) PREDICTWIND SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE: 

TAKE A DEEP DIVE INTO TRACKING & WAVE POLARS 

PREDICTWIND offers mariners powerful tools to advance 
their safety and weather routing capabilities 

We
support the Panama Posse with free tracking and a Discount 20% off
>> 499/year for Pro, 249 for 3 months, 249/year Standard , 99 for 3
months.

To claim your discount please login and email support@predictwind.com with your vessel name and email address

There are multiple ways to take advantage of the tracking offered by Predictwind:

  1. Sign up for PredictWind Pro package using the Posse 20% Discount and tracking will be automatic through your PredictWind Pro account.
  2. Sign up for PredictWind Standard package using the 20% Discount and you can link to a PredictWind tracking page using Datahub automatically
  3. Tracking is also available for Panama Posse members without a PredictWind Subscription using Garmin Inreach URL link which will link automatically 
  4. PredictWind also offers Posse members a tracking page that can be managed manually.  This method is a bit more cumbersome, but do'able.  See the link and article below for explanation.

Note: Starlink customers will require a Datahub to get automated tracking. It cannot track without it.

PredictWind Pro Subscribtions get access to PredictWind advance Weather Routing Features.  Highlighted here are WAVE POLARS

different boat hulls

Boats respond to waves in their own unique manner based on boat specifications

With
PredictWind Weather Routing, you can set your Wave Polar not only to
define the performance of your boat in various wave conditions but also
to view the Roll, Vertical accelerations and Slamming Incidence that
your boat will experience through the route.

Setting
up the Wave polar can only be done on the PredictWind Website at
https://forecast.predictwind.com; once set up, all the PredictWind Apps
will use these settings saved on your account. The Apps (PredictWind App
and Offshore App) cannot modify the Wave polar settings. They can only
turn it ON or OFF.

To set up Wave polar:

  • Go to the weather routing page, then click Routing Preferences.
  • Press the Wave Polar button in the Routing Settings section
  • You will first need to turn ON Wave polar
  • Next, turn OFF Advanced Wave Polar (if it isn't already. We will explain Advanced Wave polar at the bottom of this article)

If
you use a Predefined Polar, make sure the checkbox indicating "Use
Predefined Boat Dimensions" is ticked. The boat dimensions of our
Predefined Polars will be automatically defined using this setting,
saving you the effort of looking them up.

If
you're not using a Predefined Polar or think the values given are
incorrect, uncheck the box, then fill out the fields, Displacement, LWL,
Beam and Draught. If you're unsure what these values mean, click on the
link: "What are Displacement, LWL, Beam and Draught?" The image below
will be shown on screen.

The router will use these supplied dimensions to alter the performance of your boat based on the influence of wave conditions.

Note:
For sailboats the the roll damping effect of the mainsail is accounted
for. The mainsail forms a large part (around 40 – 60%) of the roll
damping. So, resonant roll motions may be approximately doubled with no
sails up.

If motoring, it has been assumed that the mainsail is hoisted.

Roll, Vertical Acceleration & Slamming Incidence

(Only available on the Professional Subscription.)

There are three new data points output by the router at each route point: Roll, Vertical Acceleration and Slamming Incidence.

Roll
is the root-mean-square (RMS) roll amplitude in degrees. When roll
motions are large, moving around the boat and performing tasks becomes
difficult. Objects not strapped down are likely to move. A roll RMS
limit of 4 degrees is often used to move around the boat and complete
tasks safely. Roll tends to be the largest in beam seas. For sailing
yachts, which have a heel angle, the roll is the change in heel angle
due to the waves.

roll graph from predict wind

There
are three new graphs on the graphs tab of the route results, one for
each new variable; the data is also given in a tabular format on the
wave tab.

Vertical acceleration is
pitching or a vessel's up and down motion. This is characterized by the
rising and falling of the bow and stern. Vertical acceleration is the
root-mean-square vertical acceleration in 'g's' (1.0 = Earth's gravity
9.81 m/s^2). Vertical acceleration is a good indicator of the potential
for the crew to get seasick. The algorithm considers the primary,
secondary and tertiary swells to calculate the overall vertical
acceleration for the boat. The higher the acceleration, the more likely
the crew will get seasick.

A vertical acceleration limit of 0.2g is often used for safely performing tasks and avoiding seasickness.

vertical acceleration graph

Vertical Acceleration Graph

"Slamming Incidence”
is the likelihood of experiencing at least one slamming event per
minute. For monohulls, slamming is measured near the bow (10% LWL from
the forward extent of the waterline). When this part of the boat emerges
clear of the water and then impacts the water with a high relative
vertical velocity, it is called a slamming event. For sailing
catamarans, slamming is measured at the cross-deck structure (bridge
deck), and again is based on relative vertical velocity. For either
monohulls or catamarans, a slamming incidence of 50% is considered
excessive and may lead to hull damage or injuries to the crew.

slamming incidence graph

Slamming Incidence graph

To
continue learning more about the Wave Polar Features on PredictWinds
Pro Subscription see the link below.  This article sets it out
well.

12) GOOD NAUTICAL: 

PARGOS COVE, GULFO DULCE, COSTA RICA  🇨🇷 

GOOD NAUTICAL

Golfo
Dulce, Costa Rica (north end) – Near Pargos Cove there some underwater
geothermal hot springs where the water temp goes from a balmy 82 degrees
to a hot 106 degrees.

GPS coordinates at 08° 43.730 N  083°  23.314 W

Visually, vector the small island sea cave with the slightly offshore rock formation and that’s where the thermals are.

https://goodnautical.com/costa-rica/point-interest/geothermal-hot-springs
pargos cove anchorage costa rica

CRACKERJACK & SERENITY at Pargos Cove, Golfo Dulce, CR

GLASSY CALM ANCHORAGE

Glassy calm anchorage

MV CRACKERJACK  David & Nancy- King Yacht 47′

& SY SERENITY 🇺🇸 Mark & Kathryn – Antares 44′

SERENITY Kathryn
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13) PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB 🇧🇿 BELIZE 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

16° 30.5216′ N   088°21.7333′ W

placencia yacht club

We are please to sponsor the Panama Posse with a 20 % discount on our slip fees

CONTACT

 Beat,  Caroline, dogs & Heyson Garcia

Beat & Caroline Heyson Garcia PYC

PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

info@clearwaterexploring.com

www.placencia-yacht-club.com

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181

VHF 68

RATES

4bzd/2usd/ x ft 20% off

Potable Water free

Metered Electricty

PLACENCIA

Placencia Yacht Club

14) LATITUDES AND ATTITUDES 

& PANAMA POSSE

“The Journey is the Destination”

PANAMA POSSE PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE: 

 $5.00 off per subscription

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15) MEET THE FLEET  

SV MARIA NOA

Hans-Joerg & Brigitta

maria noa crew

Hannes and Brigitta with Maria Noa in the background

Our
sailing Catamaran MariaNoa , a Lagoon40 has been our home for the past 3
year. Because of a special incident in our life we decided to leave our
hometown Hamburg/Germany to sail around the world on a boat.

We,
that’s Hannes, the skipper and Brigitta, sailor and head chef, started
in Les Sables d’Olonnes/France in February 2021, in the middle of the
Covid time. After traveling the Canary Islands for 7 months, we sailed
across the Atlantic to Barbados via Capo Verde.

For
2 years we enjoyed traveling the Caribbean, with Martinique, St.Vincent
and the Grenadines, Grenada and back north with several stopovers to
the British Virgin Islands.

The first hurricane season we spent on the ABC Islands and Colombia.

The
following year we focused on the Western Caribbean with Dominican
Republic, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Florida, Cuba and Mexico. Last year
our Hurricane Hole was the Rio Dulce/Guatemala after we had been to
Belize.  Because of a lightning strike in the Rio Dulce in July
2023, we had to stay much longer in Guatemala than intended to get our
ship repaired.

Now
the boat is fit again, and we have been enjoying the San Blas Islands
in Panama since January. A few days ago, we arrived in the Pacific
through the Panama Canal and are now preparing for the Galapagos Islands
and French Polynesia.

Eventually
Kiribati in the South Seas is one of Hannes’ dream destinations.
Afterwards we slowly drift towards Australia and see where the wind
blows us next.

In
Germany Hannes was very engaged as a volunteer in Plan International,
which is a humanitarian organization that advances children's rights and
equality for girls. We have different sponsored children in various 3rd
World countries on are sailing route which we try to visit and see what
Plan is doing for them and the communities. So far, we have been doing
this in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Honduras.

Hope to see and meet one or the other in the pacific

maria noa humanitarian work

SV MARIA NOA 🇩🇪 Hans-Joerg & Brigitta - Lagoon 40′

MARIA NOA Brigitta

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17)  SAFETY ALERT:

DITCHBAG SAFETY FLARES

RE-EXAMINED

FLARE

Historically, flares have been recommended in mariners ditchbags and safety kits.

BEWARE: Safety of flares is being called into question. 

Yachting Monthly reports: "The
RYA is urging the MCA to recognise that modern technology is safer and
now able to provide reliable, accurate and timely rescue alerts and
location information"

Over
the years there have been multiple incidents in which mariners have
been injured or even killed by accidents caused by flares.  This
has caused some orginazations to fervently urge authorities to
re-evaluate flare requirements aboard vessels.  See this article
below from Yachting monthly to learn more about what has happened and
what to consider when stocking your ditch bag.

ditch bag and other satefy items

Ditch Bag and Grab items.

What safety items are in your Ditch Bag on on your Grab List?

18)  MUST SEE: 

BELIZE BARRIER REEF RESERVE SYSTEM

UNESCO
designated The Belize Barrier Reef System a World Heritage site in
1996. UNESCO describes the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System as:

The
coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of
the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls,
several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and
estuaries. The system’s seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history
of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened
species, including marine turtles, manatees and the American marine
crocodile.

belize barrier reef

Belize Barrier Reef

belize barrier reef

Belize's Barrier reef is the second largest reef system in the world & the largest living reef system in the world.

The
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) stands as a natural wonder
of unparalleled beauty and ecological significance. Comprising seven
protected areas, this UNESCO World Heritage Site represents the
second-largest reef system in the world, making it a global treasure.
This remarkable reef complex is lauded for its pristine condition,
hosting adiversity of marine life and serving as a vital habitat for
numerous threatened species. From majestic creatures like the West
Indian manatee and green turtle to vibrant coral reefs teeming with fish
and other marine organisms, the BBRRS is a haven for biodiversity.

Beyond
its ecological importance, the BBRRS holds cultural and historical
significance, as evidenced by Charles Darwin's admiration of its beauty
and diversity. Its atolls and cayes are not only home to diverse flora
and fauna but also serve as breeding grounds for endemic and migratory
birds, making it a haven for avian enthusiasts.

Safeguard

Belize's commitment to safeguarding this invaluable natural heritage.

Belize
is committed to safeguarding their natural heritage through collective
efforts, including government legislation, individual actions, and
organizational initiatives. Mother nature’s best best-kept secret
remains intact for future generations and visitors to cherish and enjoy.

Sail to Belize and get inspired by the tiny world leader today!

belize barrier reef

 

19)  SY BISOU FOR SALE

BISOU ON ANCHOR

After 10 wonderful years of cruising, it’s time for our beautiful Fountaine

Pajot Helia 44 catamaran (2014)  to find a new owner.  “BISOU” is

the Maestro version (owners’ layout with three queen-sized cabins) and

has been meticulously maintained. She is fully equipped for offshore

cruising
and ready to go. North, south or across the Pacific. “BISOU” is in
Paradise Village Marina, Mexico and can be viewed by appointment.

For a full listing follow this link:

 

20)  75+ PANAMA POSSE MARINA SPONSORS 

Marinas

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista, USA

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor Ventura Isle -  Ventura, USA

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🇲🇽 Marina Puerto Escondido – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Palmira Topolobampo – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina y Club de Yates Isla Cortes – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina el Cid – Mazatlan – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta – Mexico  

🇲🇽 PANAMA POSSE HQ  – Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Mexico  

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🇯🇲 Royal Jamaica Yacht Club – Jamaica 

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🇬🇹 Marina Nana Juana Resort & Boatyard – Guatemala 

🇧🇿 Thunderbirds Marine – Placencia – Belize 

🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club – Belize 

🇲🇽 Marina Makax – Isla Mujeres – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina V&V – Quintana Roo – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina El Cid – Cancún – Riviera Maya – Mexico  

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🇹🇨 South Bank Marina & Boatyard – Turks and Caicos  

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🇩🇴 Ocean World Marina – Dominican Republic

🇩🇴 Marina Puerto Bahia – Dominican Republic    

🇺🇸 Marathon Marina – Marathon Keys 

🇺🇸 Pier 66  Hotel & Marina – Ft. Lauderdale, USA

🇺🇸 IGY Marina at Ortega Landing – Jacksonville, FL , USA 

🇺🇸 Oasis Marinas at Fernandina Harbor Marina – FL , USA  

🇺🇸 Morningstar Marinas Golden Isles St. Simons Isl. – Georgia, USA  

🇺🇸 Windmill Harbour Marina – Hilton Head South Carolina , USA  

🇺🇸 Coffee Bluff Marina – Savannah Georgia , USA  

🇺🇸 Hazzard Marine – Gerogetown, North Carolina , USA  

🇺🇸 Holden Beach  – Town Dock, North Carolina , USA 

🇺🇸 Portside Marina – Morehead City, North Carolina USA  

🇺🇸 Tideawater Yacht Marina – Portsmouth,  USA  

🇺🇸 Ocean Yacht Marina, Portsmouth, USA  

🇺🇸 Yorktown Riverwalk Landing – Virginia USA  

🇺🇸 Regatta Point Marina – Deltaville, Virginia USA 

🇺🇸 Regent Point Marina – Topping, Virginia USA 

Titusville Marina 🇺🇸 SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE 28° 37.2466′ N 080° 48.5316′ W
Titusville Marina 🇺🇸 SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

AMENITIES

Each and every member of the staff at Titusville Marina is invested in professional management and superior customer service.

  •     Transient Dockage
  •     Public Launch Ramps
  •     Newly Remodeled Ship Store
  •     WiFi
  •     Pump Out Station and Boat Available
  •     Diving Services
  •     1 Hour to Orlando Attractions
  •     New Indoor Captain’s Lounge
  •     Newly Remodeled Bathrooms
  •     Gas & Diesel
  •     Laundry Facilities
  •     Nearby Restaurants
  •     5 Minutes to Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge
  •     10 Minutes to Canaveral National Seashore
  •     Grocery Store Within Walking Distance
We are pleased to sponsor the Panama Posse and offer 10 % discount off our short term docking rate Please let the Posse know that dock age reservations may be made directly through our website, or by giving us a call at 321.383.5600 Tom Lawson Titusville Marina Tom Lawson​ General Manager

We are pleased to sponsor the Panama Posse and offer

10 % discount off our short term docking rate

Please
let the Posse know that dock age reservations may be made directly
through our website, or by giving us a call at +1 321.383.5600

Tom Lawson​

General Manager

21)  PANAMA POSSE SPONSORS 

  • BELIZE TOURISM
  • CHRIS PARKER - MARINE WEATHER CENTER
  • DELTA MIKE MARINE SUPPLY PANAMA
  • DOWNWIND MARINE
  • FLOR DE CAÑA
  • HERTZ RENTAL CARS  MEXICO
  • HOME DEPOT PRO MEXICO
  • LATITUDES AND ATTITUDES  
  • PANAMA YACHT BROKER
  • PREDICT WIND
  • SAFE HARBOR SOUTH BAY MARINA EVENT CENTER  
  • SAN DIEGO MARINE EXCHANGE
  • SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT
  • WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES
  • WESTMARINE PRO
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS  
     
WEST MARINE PRO

22) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

To
arrange for transit with the Panama Canal Authority please contact Eric
Galvez our dedicated Panama Canal agent and sponsor of the Panama Posse
and the Pacific Posse

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
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23) WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES

Waypoint Yacht Services

“Our
vision is to provide a top tier service to our customers while covering
every potential need they may have when approaching shore. 

Small
yachts (up to 38.1 meters LOA) are expected to experience substantial
delays, and in the meantime, we will be able and willing to help you
mitigate this impact and serve you.

 Contact us today through panama@waypointyacht.com

Panama Posse party dogs

Panama Posse party dogs 

24) STRATEGIC PARTNERS

 

SSCA

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25) MORE POSSE NEWS FROM 
AROUND THE OCEANS

atlantic posse

ATLANTIC POSSE  
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Madeira Natural Park, Madeira

Madeira Natural Park 🇵🇹  Madeira 

Atlantic Posse 24

Atlantic Posse '24

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Atlantic Posse Routes
voyage between the  Mediterranean  and  the Caribbean 

Guadeloupe
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The Amazing 🇨🇰  Cook Islands just a quick sail west from French Polynesia 

South Pacific Posse BUrgees

South Pacific Posse burgees available now in Panama & soon in FP 

Marquesas

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FLEET UPDATE 2024-04-14

Weekly Ocean Posse Fleet update from the particpants

OCEAN POSSE 
 
FLEET UPDATE APRIL 14, 2024

Striped Marlin underwater

Swimming Striped Marlin approaching Mag Bay Baja Peninsula 🇲🇽 Mexico

APRIL 14, 2024

"No great voyages have ever been undertaken 

without creditors chasing you down the dock" 

 – Captain Mike: SV WHIRLWIND 

TOP NEWS  

  • Season 7  Posse Season Finale and Award Winners May 11 
  • Spectacular Sunsets from Mexico to Panama 🇲🇽 🇵🇦 
  • Season 7 Award Entries: 
    - Biggest Fish Caught
    - Yoga Pose of the Year
    - Captain Ron
  • Posse Perk:Life Changing experiences on the Pacific Coast 🇲🇽 🇨🇷
  • Spring Celebration in Santa Rosalia, Mexico 🇲🇽
  • Lightning: What to know and how to be Prepared
  • Armadillo: Old Spanish for Fast Sloth
  • Good Nautical: Bahia Honda Domingo's Anchorage 🇵🇦
  • Meet the Fleet: SY OHANA
  • Safety Procedures in Columbia 🇨🇴
  • MUST SEE: San Christobal de las Casas 🇲🇽
  • SV BISOU FOR SALE
  • Atlantic Posse  🧭 Forming
  • South Pacific Posse  4 🗿  Underway ! 

🇲🇽 🇧🇿 🇨🇷 🇳🇮 🇨🇴 🇨🇺 🇪🇨 🇸🇻 🇵🇦 🇩🇴 🇭🇳 🇯🇲 🇧🇸 🇹🇨 🇰🇾 🇬🇹 

PANAMA POSSE Season 7
 

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1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

bait ball and dorado underwater

 Dorado circling bait ball underwater off the coast of Magdelena Bay, Mexico 🇲🇽 

MV DRAGON 🇺🇸 John & Erin - Nordhavn 68′


DRAGON
DRAGON
2024 WATCHING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE

2024 Solar Eclipe viewing in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico 🇲🇽 

SY DO THE THING 🇺🇸 Andrew & Laura - Jeanneau 44′

Ever After
Ever After
SAILING EVER AFTER
Poolside Marina Papagayo

Poolside with boat on anchor through the trees in Costa Rica 🇨🇷 

Capuchin Monkey

Capuchin or White Faced Monkey also Poolside in Costa Rica 🇨🇷 

MY TIDINGS OF JOY 🇺🇸 Jeff & Joy - DeFever 52′

tidings of joy
Tidings of Joy

2)   OCEAN POSSE 
🦺
INSURANCE SEMINAR 

 

Panama Posse Exit

 

Marine
Insurance can be challenging with the appearance of few to no options
available at times, policies riddled with exceptions, and most insurance
agents simply not having solutions.  We are going to have a zoom
meeting with an Marine Insurance Specialist Steve Bonner who not
only has 33 years of experience in writing marine insurance for
worldwide sailors but Steve also has two circumnavigations to his
credit.

Because of his background with both mariners and insurance carrier he can bridge the gap perfectly between insured and carrier.

Join the call with questions or watch it later

OCEAN POSSE is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Thursday, April 18 2024

Marine Insurance

3) SPECTACULAR SUNSETS
☀️

THIS WEEK

SUNSET barra de navidad

Sunset off Barra de Navidad, Mexico 🇲🇽 

SY ROXXY 🇺🇸 Dennis & Kelly – Beneteau 52’

ROXXY - Kelly
ROXXY Dennis
SUNSET ISLA PARIDA PANAMA

Sunset Isla Parida, Western Pacific Panama 🇵🇦

SY SERENITY 🇺🇸 Mark & Kathryn – Antares 44′

SERENITY KathrynSERENITY - mARK
SUNSET bahia marquer

Sunset in Bahia Marquer, Mexico 🇲🇽 

SY JOURNEY 🇺🇸 Anne & Remmi – Manta 42’

4) SEASON 7 AWARD NOMINATIONS:

 ONE NEW BIGGEST FISH CATCH ENTRY

WITH TWO BONUS SAILFISH

tuna CAUGHT

Nice size Yellowfin Tuna brought aboard SV OHANA

sailfish catch and release

Sailfish Catch and Release

Note * Billfish is excluded from Biggest Fish Award BUT THE CATCH IS STILL IMPRESSIVE 

Chad says: 

Here
is my big fish entry.   It was welcomed aboard SV Ohana and
immediately released.  I put a tape measure over the deck of where
the fish laid and it was 7’ or so.  It was our first sail fish and
our second big fish of the passage
(first above).  

Pro
tip - make sure to reel in all lines before backing down on the fish.
I got the opportunity to verify water temp and clarity.  Both
were excellent!!!!

SY OHANA 🇺🇸 Chad, Nicole & crew – Fountaine Pajot 50’

OHANA Chad
 

SAILFISH

Fortitude X caught sailfish crossing the Tehuantepec 🇲🇽

Note * Billfish is excluded from Biggest Fish Award BUT THE CATCH IS STILL IMPRESSIVE 

SY DO THE THING 🇨🇦 Marjolaine & Francois - Dufour 43'

AHOY DO THE THING Francois
AHOY DO THE THING - Marjolaine

 🧘+ ⛵
 BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ENTRY

YOGA POSE AWARD ENTRY

One must be brave and nimble in the lazarette looking for loose wires!  

SY ROXXY 🇺🇸 Dennis & Kelly – Beneteau 52’

ROXXY - Kelly
ROXXY Dennis

ONE NEW "CAPTAIN RON OF THE YEAR" 🤪
AWARD ENTRY

CAPTAIN RON AWARD entry

Charred Chart Plotter

ROLLING THUNDER Pro
Tip: If you put your chart plotter in the oven to protect it during a
lightning event, put the knob in the oven or otherwise disable the stove
till you take it out.

MV ROLLING THUNDER 🇺🇸 Bruce, Janis & Rosa  - Horizon 42’

ROLLING THUNDER
368220367
368220367
 

Flor de Caña 12 Year Old

 

Flor de Caña sponsors the Panama  Posse 

ANNUAL AWARDS INCLUDE:

  • BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT*
  • PICTURE OF THE YEAR
  • YODA OF THE YEAR
  • SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD
  • THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD
  • MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD
  • HIGHEST WIND RECORDED
  • SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION
  • GALLEY GOD(ESS)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR
  • BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR
  • COURAGE AWARD

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Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

SUBMIT ENTRIES ON THE LINE AP OR EMAIL TO EDITOR@PANAMAPOSSE.COM

Share the adventure

5) PANAMA POSSE EVENTS 

posse meet up chiapas marina poolside

Awesome Panama Posse members potluck at the pool in Marina Chiapas, Mexico 

John & Trish & John SV CARPE DIEM, Tom & Patty SV TRIAENA, André MV CAVENDISH, Matt SV ZEPHYR, Steffi & Torsten SV FORTITUDE X

SEASON FINALE AND AWARD CEREMONY 

MAY 11 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦  PANAMA

 

 


RSVP FOR THE SEASON FINALE EVENT

6) POSSE PERK: LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES 

GOING DOWN THE PACIFIC COAST

Greetings from John and Erin on MV Dragon.

We
left San Diego in early December on Dragon our Nordhavn 68 Forward
Pilothouse on a West Coast to East Coast mission which is the first
chapter in our West to East circumnavigation. We tapped the brakes for 5
days around Mag Bay to fish Marlin and Dorado and ultimately freedive
the bait schools on the banks around this pelagic wonderland. This would
become the most incredible wildlife experience of our lives. 

 

 

Posse perk: MIND BLOWING AND MAGICAL underwater experiences

After
Mag Bay we headed south and stopped in La Cruz, Mexico for a bit to
prepare, provision, and obtain permits for a trip to the Revillagigedos
archipelago for a dive trip to the legendary world heritage group of
islands 290 nm West of Puerto Vallarta. The diving was amazing and
(we had) regular
underwater sightings of Pacific Mantas, Bottle nosed dolphins and 5
different kinds of sharks as well as tuna and bonito.
(The) weather kept us from visiting Roca Partida but with so many other dive sites we could hardly be disappointed. 

 

scuba diver

 

Erin Scuba diving in the Revilagigedos

A
loop back to La Cruz and we headed south. We visited Tenecatita, Barra
de Navidad and Zihuatanejo for a few days each to walk each charming and
dusty town filling up on sites and fresh seafood.  

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 We
checked out of Chahue without drama and grabbed a perfect window to
cross the often perilous Gulf of Tehuantepec which was glassy and full
pesky Sailfish instead of the Dorado we had hoped for. The weather held
amazingly well until Costa Rica where the Papagayo winds made the last
24 hours of our passage lumpy. Our insurance carrier declined to cover
us for stops between Mexico and Costa Rica so we bombed thru to the
beautiful and brand new Flamingo Marina where our check-in was prepped
and expertly managed by our chosen Costa Rica agent Bruce and Joaquin at
BB Seas. We stayed for 3 weeks. We surfed and rode our bikes down the
beach occasionally stopping in a shady spot where a massage therapist
had set up a table for what we came to call a $40 nap.

I
unloaded a KTM 890 adventure motorcycle that lives on Dragon and took a
multi day motorcycle ride up around the Rainforest and Volcano outside
Lake Arenal. The ride was filled with regular sightings of sloths, 2
kinds of monkeys and a curious creature called a Coati which looks like a
fuzzy anteater but is more closely related to a raccoon.

dirt biking costa rica

trailside Coati

We
hopped down the coast to Quepos and tied up at the Marina Pez Vela. We
have visited the Manuel Antonio National Park several times, surfed the
jetty outside the marina and done day trips to the Sailfish grounds
where we could find lots of Sails and small tuna to pull on.

fishing
tuna CAUGHT

Nice Haul!  Bravo Zulu.

After
a few weeks our friends at BB Seas gave us the news that our permits to
visit and dive the Cocos Island Marine reserve were approved. The
diving there is fairly deep so we arranged to get some oxygen cylinders
delivered from Punta Arenas and mixed our own Nitrox with our on board
compressor. Cocos has long been a daydream and I never imagined taking
our own boat and mixing our own dive gas. I had been introduced to a
seasoned dive guide who had the required credentials to guide us by a
friend and truthfully our new friend and Dive Guide Chipopa was more
excited than anyone to get out there. Cocos is almost halfway between
Quepos and the Galapagos. It’s within the ITCZ and the wind never blew
more than 6 knots all week and although a few anchor spots were rollie
from the long period swell our Seakeepers kept the decks flat.

Cocos
is a tropical postcard. It’s simply beautiful. The water was 88 degrees
and the Island was covered by waterfalls and although it can rain for
weeks there we had not a drop in the week we were there. Average
visibility in the water was 75-100’. We saw sharks on every dive and at
times we saw walls of hammerheads. We glided thru massive clouds of
horse eyed jacks and had tuna and wahoo swim close enough to witness our
dumbfounded stares. The density and diversity of life there is beyond
measure. It’s mostly big water diving with fast currents and deep
ledges. We toured the well run Ranger Station and hiked the corner of
the island. We swam thru a small shore break on the island and swam in a
300’ tall waterfall pool that brought Erin to tears. It’s not a cheap
or short trip but if any of what I’ve described appeals to you...GO
THERE!

shark underwater

Sharks are very common to see under water at Isla Coco, Costa Rica

Isla del Coco Costa Rica

MV DRAGON 🇺🇸 John & Erin - Nordhavn 68′


DRAGON
DRAGON

Thank you for Sharing your Adventures on the water !

bravo zulu

 7) SHARING YOUR ADVENTURES  
is the heart and soul of the Panama Posse 

Please
share pictures of your adventures, your award entries/nominations, your
breathtaking sunsets, and picturesque anchorages on our group
communications platform for others to enjoy in real time and/or email
Maurisa at
editor@panamaposse.com
to share in the upcoming newsletter.  Maurisa is a sailor among
us.  She is part of the Ocean Posse crew and enjoys writing fun and
helpful updates to the Panama Posse.
 

goats in sea of cortez

SV PRIYA photographs rare animal sighting: Goats on Isla Espiritu Santo, Mexico 🇲🇽

8) SPRING CELEBRATION 

IN SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO
  

SANTA ROSALIA WITH sTARLINK LAUNCH

Spring Festival at the mining ruins in Santa Rosalia, Mexico 🇲🇽 

TRIP REPORT  SV DAWN PATROL:

After
hearing so many sailors talk about how great Santa Rosalia is, we had
to see for ourselves.  Marina Fonatur Santa Rosalia holds
approximately 20 boats, and the complex resembles all the other Fonatur
marinas in Mexico.  On this occasion the Pool and Jacuzzi were both
drained.  The marina is having issues with water and was out the
day we arrived but had a truck deliver water a couple days later.
We didn’t use any though giving the scarcity, even though Dawn
Patrol needed a bath!  Being within easy walking distance of town
is a plus as we ventured in every day.  The town has a French
influence as it was founded by a French company in 1884 when copper was
discovered and a large mining operation was established.  The
remnant of the copper mill can be seen all over town along with
locomotives used for transport.  We toured Museo el Boleo where
artifacts and pictures are displayed that gave a glimpse into the
workings of the mine.  We also visited Las Minitas del Boleo,
underground mine with pictures of people who worked at the time.
The townspeople requested a church to be built so the director of
the mine located a metal church that’s said to be built by Mr Eiffel (
of Eiffel Tower) so he shipped it to Santa Rosalia in 1897 where it is
still standing today and is actively used for the catholic denomination.
We also visited the famous bakery, El Boleo, for some delicious
bread and pastries! The highlight was meeting Jose Caballero and his
family who run the brewery located just inside the marina gates called
Padre Santo Brewing!  If your in the mood for a dark beer, their
Cacoa Stout can’t be beat.  They, along with Mulege Brewing, were
sponsoring the Spring Festival that weekend as a benefit for the Santa
Rosalia nursing home.  Live bands, great beer, wonderful venue
amongst the ruins by the waterfront what more could a person want!
Unfortunately it was a very cold, blustery day so participation was
limited but those who did brave the weather were treated to a sky show
in the evening, a Space X (Starlink satellites) rocket launch over the
city!

Proud owners and producers at Padre Santo Brewery

santa rosalia brewery

Brew process at the Santa Rosalia brewery inside the marina Fonatur gates

Santa Rosalia pueblo magico

Santa Rosalia on the Baja in the Sea of Cortez is a Pueblo Magico

Santa Rosalia bakery

Famous Bakery in Santa Rosalia 

Church of Santa Rosalia brought by the French

santa rosalia old hotel

The Architecture around town is well preserved and reminiscent of the Northwest

SY DAWN PATROL 🇺🇸  Laney & Mark  - Outbound 46’

DAWN PATROL - Mark
 

9) LIGHTNING
⚡⚡⚡
By Rob Murray SV AV   first published in Currents March 19,2022

Lightning
strikes fear into every sailor’s heart. You never feel more powerless
than you do when you hear and see a thundercloud filled with lightning
bearing down on your vessel. A ground strike, where two electrically
charged regions equalize, one in the atmosphere and one in the water or
on the ground, causes the instantaneous release of an average of one
gigajoule of energy. The heat and current can melt metal, cause wood to
explode, and will without failure strike fear in the heart of all living
things nearby. While (apparently) 90% of people struck by lightning
survive (at least according to Wikipedia), it still seems like something
one should avoid.

sailboat with Lightening in the sky

Short
of burying your boat in a pit, there is no sure-fire way to eliminate
the risk of a lightning strike, but here I discuss some of the ways you
can reduce the risk and reduce the potential damage in the event of a
strike.

So, what can you do? It is all about preparation and awareness.

How Can You Know It’s Coming?

There are real time lightning tracking services available. A notable free one is:  Blitzortung.org.

lightning tracking on map

Lightning as seen on Blitzortung

There
are also commercial websites like WeatherBug that track lightning and
integrate lightning reports with other weather data. Weatherbug also has
an App you can load on a smartphone that can be configured to give you
‘alerts’ (as long as you’re connected to the Internet).

weatherbug lightning tracking

Weatherbug lightning forecast

You
can also get hand held or portable lightning detectors like the
Accurite 2020. These work by detecting the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP)
of lightning strikes. Typically they have a range of ~25 miles, and will
tell you if the lightning is getting closer or further away. We don’t
have one, and we can usually see and or hear a vigorous lightning storm
when it’s within 25 miles, so we’re not planning on getting one.

These
systems are all ground-based (as opposed to satellite based) detection
systems and offer good short term warning for lightning events.

TALOS

 Ocean Posse's seminar about TALOS onboard lighting detection device 

 

 

For long term safety, you can try to be in places with less lightning.

Where Can You Hide?

Well,
you really can’t ‘hide’ per se, but you can seek shelter. According to
Boat US insurance claims, catamarans are struck twice as frequently as
mono-hulls of similar length, so if you’re in a mono-hull, getting close
to a catamaran offers you some comfort in knowing that the catamaran is
more likely to be the target of any lightning strike. Lightning also
prefers taller targets, so getting close to a taller (larger) boat would
also be in your favor. This is also true of buildings, trees and
landforms in general, so moving the boat anywhere there is taller
‘stuff’ will offer some protection.

You
can also try to cruise (or lay up your boat) in areas where there is
less lightning, like the strategy cruisers use to avoid hurricanes.
While lightning (unlike hurricane tracks) is not on pilot charts, and is
only sporadically mentioned in cruising guides and pilot books (and
then only anecdotally without any real scale of comparison), there is
data available from satellites gathered over years and freely available
on the Internet.

satellite lightning data

Historical satellite data of lighning

For
16 years, the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on the Tropical Rainfall
Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite gathered data on lightning strikes
and the data is available to use on the internet. The data circles the
globe from about 40 north to 40 south. While the geographic precision of
the data isn’t great, it is certainly more than enough to paint a
picture of where lightning is terrible and where it is just bad. The
TRMM satellite has been retired and the new Geostationary Operational
Environmental Satellite (GOES) series satellites have even more
sensitive Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instruments (since about
2017 or so), but the data is derived over a shorter period and has yet
to be collated in a readily available fashion.

According to the website:

“The
TRMM LIS 0.1 Degree Very High Resolution Gridded Climatology data
collection consists of a set of gridded climatologies constructed from
individual observations made by the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on
the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite (data also at
GHRC). Complex algorithms are used to estimate total flash rate density
(number of flashes per square kilometer per year) based on the flashes
observed by the instrument and the amount of time it viewed a given
area.

This
Very High Resolution (VHR) Gridded Lightning Climatology Collection
consists of five lightning climatologies (links to data products
provided below): the full climatological mean (VHRFC), monthly (VHRMC),
diurnal (VHRDC), annual cycle (VHRAC), and seasonal (VHRSC). These
gridded climatologies include annual mean flash rate density, mean
diurnal cycle of flash rate density, and the mean annual cycle of flash
rate density with daily, monthly, or seasonal resolution.”

Retrieved from GHRC on March 20, 2022

What
that means is you can see when and where in a given region the
lightning is better or worse, where it is absolutely terrible (the 500
hot spots), and what time of year it really begins to ‘heat up’.

What Can You Do To Prepare?

The primary preparation is ensuring your vessel is properly ‘grounded’. Grounding has two purposes:

1. to
ensure the electric potential of the vessel is the same as the
surrounding sea, so its not more attractive to lightning than the open
ocean

2. to ensure there is a path to ground for a lightning strike should one occur

Proper
lightning grounding should be done as follows (according to Stan Honey,
an electrical engineer and sailor geek extraordinaire):

“Lightning Grounds

Connect
a 4 AWG battery cable from the base of your aluminum mast to the
nearest keel bolt from external ballast. If you have internal ballast,
you should install a lightning ground plate. One square foot is
recommended for use in salt water; fresh water requires much more. Do
not rely on a thru-hull or a sintered bronze radio ground (e.g.
Dynaplate) for use as a lightning ground. For additional comfort, also
run a 6 AWG wire from your keel bolt or ground plate to the upper shroud
chainplates, and to your headstay chainplate. Don’t bother with the
backstay if it is interrupted with antenna insulators. Have each of the
cables that are used for lightning ground wires lead as directly as
possible to the same keel bolt, with any necessary bends being smooth
and gradual. Given that you have grounded your mast solidly to the
ocean, your mast will be at exactly the same electric potential as the
ocean.”

Retrieved from https://www.kp44.org/ftp/MarineGroundingSystems.pdf on March 20, 2022

If
you can’t find cable as specified, try to find thicker cable (i.e.
lower number). Having your mast at the same potential as the surrounding
ocean theoretically makes it no more likely a target than the
surrounding ocean.

Because
you’re likely to be mixing copper, aluminum and stainless steel in the
wiring for this grounding, be sure to use plenty of dielectric gel and
keep the connections ‘clean’ with regular inspection. They will likely
be in the bilge, where moisture will further complicate cleanliness and
hasten their demise (see this article in Practical Sailor for more on
this)

Aboard SV AVANT, we go a step further when we lay the boat up and use jumper cables to increase the grounding.

If
in the water, we buy a set of cheap but thick jumper cables. Separate
into two wires. Remove one clamp from each wire, strip back a couple or
six inches of insulation and ‘fray’ the end (or keep the clamp and clamp
it to a 1’x1′ metal plate) to make a better ground connection with the
water. Attach remaining clamp to a top shroud or other bit of metal that
connects to near the masthead and throw the frayed/plated end in the
water. One cable port, one cable starboard.

Of
course, when your boat is hauled out, the grounding system stops
working because the keel and/or grounding plate is no longer in the
water (and in most yards is insulated from the ground by blocks of
wood). If we lay up on the hard, we separate the two cables and attach
one to the top shrouds and jack-stands on the port side, the other to
the same points on starboard.

Here
is a photo of a boat that was struck by lightning on the hard. You can
see the hole in the hull and the trail the lightning burned in the
bottom paint from the exit point in the hull to the jack stand and hence
to ground. By providing better grounding and a more direct alternate
path for the charge we hope to avoid this kind of damage.

open CPN

Hole in the hull of a boat struck by lightning while on the hard.

In
either case, the cables will be trash at the end of the season, as they
are not designed for continuous outdoor use. Brushing clamps with wax,
Vaseline or any other topical protectant helps them rust less and look
better longer. Even if you think your boat might be/is well grounded,
these jumper cable tricks will ensure/increase it.

While
most experts say the bottle brush style ‘lightning dissipaters’ such as
the ‘Lightning Master™” by Forespar designed to go at the top of the
mast don’t work, we have one on Avant. I picked it up on a sale table
for less than $10, and I can attest that it does keep birds off the
masthead, and so far, we haven’t been struck by lightning. (For more
reading on them, you can see this article in Practical Sailor)

What Can You Do To Try To Mitigate Damage?

Aboard
Avant, when we hear a storm approaching, we gather up all portable and
easily de-mounted electronics (hand-held VHF and GPS units, EPIRBs, LED
flashlights, cell phones, tablets, computers, radios, etc.) and place
them in the oven as a kind of faraday cage. We disconnect all antennas
and power connections from easily unplugged items like Chartplotters,
AIS, VHF, etc. and leave them disconnected and just hanging loose to
disrupt possible paths for lightning.

We
also ensure all aboard stay away from the mast and rigging and any
chance of forming part of the ‘path to ground’ of a strike.

When
we lay up for the season, we do the same, and we also wrap portable
items first in paper towel and then in a double layer of aluminum foil
to make it a double faraday cage.

When
we store electronic spares aboard, we wrap them in paper towel and then
in a double layer of aluminum foil before they go in the spares locker.

In areas where lightning is endemic, we pray more frequently and sleep with a bible under our pillow.

There
is no way to make any vessel ‘lightning proof’. But you can take steps
to avoid more lightning prone areas, and to mitigate the effect of a
strike.

LIGHTNING- PACIFIC AUGUST

LIGHTNING DENSITY AUGUST 

Decemebr

LIGHTNING DENSITY DECEMBER

SY AVANT 🇨🇦 Rob & Debra – Beneteau 43.5

AVANAT DebraAVANT Rob

 

10) PANAMA POSSE & PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB
🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST CLUB RECAP 

 

 

 

https://panamaposse.com/belize

 

BELIZE YACHT FEST

  Cruising Couples and young crew at the event 

PANAMA POSSE & PLACENCIA YACHT CLUBBELIZE YACHT FEST CLUB RECAP

Seasoned Cruisers waiting for their new Catamaran to be built 

Marley

Marley from the Belize Tourism Board 

Posse Gathering in Belize

Lucky Chucky winner of the GalleyGod award for his Roasted Red Beat and Walnut Salad holding court 

Food

Tasty and embarrassingly good  food at the Placencia Yacht Club in🇧🇿  Belize 

Marinas

over 75  marinas sponsor the participants of the Panama Posse with discounts 

11) MARINA IGY MARINA SANTA MARTA 🇨🇴 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

marina santa marta

Hello PANAMA POSSE;

According
to what was discussed today, Marina Santa Marta we are excited to be a
Panama Posse Sponsors and being included as a destination within the
Rally

We will offer participants a 35% discount on the rate that we normally handle.

Let us know if you would need additional information from us.

Cordially

Juan Ernesto Gomez

comercial@marinasantamarta.com.co

msm@igymarinas.com

CONTACT

Tel: +57 5-436-3601

VHF: VHF Channel 16 & 72

Carrera 1 Calle 23 Esquina Santa Marta Magdalena

Santa Marta Colombia

Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sat. & Sun. 9:00 am to 4:00 

*** CURRENT PROMOTION BEING OFFERED ***

SANTA MARTA PROMOTION

12) ARMADILLO

SPANISH FOR FAST SLOTH

By Russell Descheemaeker (age 13) of SV WHIRLWIND

The
armadillo is a very impressive animal. There are 21 types of
armadillos. Although it is rumored that all armadillos curl into balls,
the fact is only the three banded armadillo can actually curl into a
ball. 

armadillo in a ball

The
rest of the 20 species just lay on the ground hiding their head, arms,
and tail under their hard, armory shell.  They are descended from
anteaters. In my opinion, they really look like anteaters popped into a
suit of iron man's armor and became armadillos.  Their favorite
foods are termites, ants, and other insects. 

armadillo range

"the armadillo range"

Armadillos
are exclusively New World mammals, originating in South America
millions of years ago  when the Central American isthmus had yet to
form and the continent was cut off from North America. Starting about
three million years ago, the appearance of the isthmus made way for what
has been termed the "Great American Interchange" (GAI).  During
the GAI is when various armadillo species migrated north (and, in turn,
other types of mammals migrated south and replaced or mixed with what
was then native South American fauna). Today, most armadillos live
exclusively in Central or South America. The only species whose range
spans the Americas is the nine-banded armadillo, which can also be found
in Texas, Florida, and Missouri.

Armadillo shells are used for instruments in some parts of South America

A
variant of the guitar, charangos, became popular among the indigenous
peoples of northwestern South America after the arrival of European
settlers. For hundreds of years, the the main body of the typical
charango was made from the shell of an armadillo.  Some classic
charangos are still made out of armadillos, but wooden instruments are
now much more common. 

Armadillo shells closeup

Armadillo shells closeup

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Bahia Honda, Panama 🇵🇦 

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Bahia Honda is located in Western Panama on the Pacific side.  

"Domingo's Anchorage"

GPS anchorage coordinates at 07° 45.746 N  081°  31.812 W

Depth 10 ft in low water.

 

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sunset bahia honda

 

Sunset in Bahia Honda from SV PILIALOHA

Greetings
from Bahia Honda, Panama. Based on so many suggestions from fellow
Posse Peeps, we went out of our way to the anchorage outside Domingo's
home. We were greeted by Domingo, a grandson, then sons Kennedy and
Edwin. They so very much appreciated the clothes, notebooks, sunglasses,
fish hooks, and shoes we gave them. In exchange, they brought us fruits
and greens from their property (which we gave cash for). The anchorage
is super calm, surrounded by green hills and mountains. It's truly worth
a stop.

PLEASE
consider bringing the following items if you visit: L/XL mens shirts,
especially sunshirt (for Kennedy), size 14 laced shoes, school backpack,
sunscreen, AAA batteries. They asked we spead the word to fellow
cruisers in hope of their generosity. We wish we could spend more time
here. Thanks for including this in your planning, if possible! You won't
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Mark and Kathryn

Glassy calm anchorage

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Chad, Nicole, Sam, Huntley, and dog JJ.

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Hannes and Brigitta with Maria Noa in the background

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being in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico for hurricane season. Our daughter, Sam
(17), graduated a year early through online classes and is currently
taking online college classes. Our son, Huntley (14), is taking online
high school classes. Our last passage was 7 days from Panama City to
Chiapas, Mexico and we were fortunate enough to catch a tuna (yummy!)
and a sailfish, but we released the sailfish.

ohana under sail

Ohana underway

ohana family

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SAN CHRISTOBOL DE LAS CASAS MEXICO 🇲🇽 

by Josea Descheemaeker (age 10) on SV WHIRLWIND

San Cristóbal de las Casas is a wonderful place.  There are many cool
cultures to learn about around the vicinity and wonderful hikes to go
on.  The food is scrumptious and you can get a lot of cool little
gifts for people if you want.  Plus, if you like churches there are
a lot of amazingly cool churches in San Cristóbal.  There also are
many pretty amazing bakeries that you can find in San Cristóbal.
My parents love the coffe there too. The temperature is much
cooler than Chiapas, Mexico.  Comparatively, it gets pretty cold at
night so make sure to wrap up in a bunch of blankets and maybe even
light a fire if you want.  I recommend not spending all your time
in one place because there's a lot of places to see to see in every part
of San Cristóbal.  I hope you have a wonderful trip if you go to
San Cristóbal.  

 

san christobal de las casas

 

Decorated walking street lit up at night

 

san christobal de las casas coffee

 

the delightful Chiapanecan Coffee

indiginous handicrafts

There are many indigenous people living in and around San Christobal that sell their wares at the market and in the streets

san christobal de las casas

San Cristóbal is located in the highlands of the state of Chiapas Mexico

 

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