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ECUADOR - GALAPAGOS ECUADOR– CRUISING CENTRAL AMERICA WITH THE PANAMA POSSE

PANAMA POSSE SPONSORSHIP MARINAS

  1. Marina Puerto Amistad / Ecuador

DOCUMENTATION ECUADOR
Passport Valid for at least 6 months; requires one blank page
Boat Documentation Coast Guard Doc (Original)
Proof of Insurance Liability
Crewlist Required at checkin/out
Zarpe Required at checkin/out
OFFICIAL PROCEDURES CAN USE AN AGENT
Official Country Visa NA if your country is on a list
Immigration Visa
Required Permits  TIP / Customs via agent
Upon Arrival Visit: Immigration; Customs; Port Authority
Upon Departure Visit: Immigration; Customs; Port Captain
Entry & Exit Fees:
Notes:
OTHER
Required Vaccinations YELLOW FEVER
Pets Vaccination Certificate
Currency: US DOLLAR

PORTS OF ENTRY

Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Manta, Puerto Bolivar, La Libertad

Crime Index Safety Index Corruption Index Corruption Score GDP Pop (M) Life Ex. Cost of Living Groc. week Rest. $ Loc.Purch.P.
55.14 44.86 120/ 176 31% $ 6,183.82 17.37 76.80 54.2 41.35 30.00  17.0

https://ec.usembassy.gov/

WEATHER

Prevalent trade winds bend along the coast from east really hard, especially along the northern eastern  coast between late December through April. All year long however every near-shore winds will let up  producing manageable jumps for vessels heading east. May through September, Colombia on the Caribbean side, faces long periods with hot and sticky conditions  followed but thunderstorms and as a consequence you have minimal near-shore winds. Early fall can even produce westerlies. Winds and waves are significantly reduced  closer  to shore.  As always do not sail on this coast on a schedule !

PILOT CHARTS

Pilot Charts depict averages in prevailing winds and currents, air and sea temperatures, wave heights,  visibility, barometric pressure, and weather conditions at different times of the year. The information used to compile these averages was obtained from oceanographic and meteorologic observations over many decades during the late 18th and 19th centuries.The charts are intended to aid the navigator in selecting the fastest and safest routes with regards to the expected weather and ocean conditions. For an explanation of historic Colombian Climatology and how to read Wind-roses follow this link.

ECUADOR HISTORIC HURRICANE TRACKS

AIDS TO NAVIGATION

CHARTS ECUADOR

  • 608 Guayaquil to Valparaiso
  • 503 Mexico to Ecuador
  • 124 North Atlantic Ocean (Southwestern Sheet)
  • 21036 Golfo Dulce to Bahia de Paita
  • 22004 Cabo de San Francisco to Paita (Ecuador and Peru)
  • 22000 Archipielago de Colon (Galapagos Islands)

GOOD NAUTICAL

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ECUADOR SEARCH AND RESCUE SAR

MRCC Guayaquil

Type: , Country: , SRR:
Latitude, Longitude:

(-2.1839159,-79.8833160)

Telephone:

593-4-2321602

costera_digmer@armadaecuador.com

Fax:

593-4-2324714

MRCC Guayaquil:
INMARSAT:
Telex:

308-43325 HCGRAD ED, 308-42512 ESTHCG ED

MRCC Ecuador (Guardacostas)

Type: , Country: , SRR:
Latitude, Longitude:

(-2.166670084,-79.90000153)

Telephone:

+593 4 2480812 alternate:
+593-4-2321602

coguar@armada.mil.ec

Fax:

+593 4 2480176

https://www.coguar.dirnea.org

INMARSAT:

AL SUR DE LA CIUDAD DE GUAYAQUIL

Alternate email:
coguar@armada.mil.ec
coguar_ope@armada.mil.ec
costera_digmer@armadaecuador.com

 

Sailing and Yachting in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

  Introduction

Ecuador, a small yet diverse country located on the west coast of South America, offers some of the most unique sailing and yachting experiences in the world. With its rich cultural heritage, diverse ecosystems, and a coastline that stretches for over 2,200 kilometers, Ecuador is a paradise for sailors and yachters. The crown jewel of Ecuador’s maritime attractions is undoubtedly the Galápagos Islands, an archipelago renowned for its extraordinary wildlife and pristine natural beauty. This essay explores the sailing and yachting opportunities in Ecuador, including the mainland coast and the Galápagos Islands, highlighting the unique experiences, challenges, and must-see destinations.

  Mainland Ecuador: Coastal Exploration

 1. Guayaquil: The Starting Point**

Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and main port, is often the starting point for sailors and yachters. Located on the Guayas River, Guayaquil is a bustling metropolis with a vibrant maritime culture. The city’s modern marina facilities, such as the Puerto Santa Ana and the Yacht Club de Guayaquil, provide excellent services for visiting yachts. From here, sailors can prepare for their journey along the Ecuadorian coast or venture out to the Galápagos Islands.

 2. Salinas: Ecuador’s Beach Resort

Salinas, located approximately 150 kilometers west of Guayaquil, is one of Ecuador’s premier beach resorts and a popular destination for yachters. The Salinas Yacht Club is a well-equipped marina that caters to international sailors. The region offers stunning beaches, excellent fishing, and vibrant nightlife. Sailing around Salinas, yachters can explore the nearby La Libertad and the picturesque village of Ayangue, known for its calm waters and seafood restaurants.

3. Bahía de Caráquez: The Eco-city

Bahía de Caráquez, or simply Bahía, is known for its commitment to eco-friendly practices and sustainable tourism. The Bahía Yacht Club offers secure anchorage and modern facilities. The city’s scenic waterfront, surrounded by lush hills and the Chone River, provides a tranquil setting for sailors. Nearby, the Machalilla National Park, home to the famous Isla de la Plata, offers exceptional opportunities for wildlife viewing, snorkeling, and diving.

4. Manta: A Thriving Port City

Manta is Ecuador’s second-largest port city and a vital hub for the country’s fishing industry. The city’s marinas, such as Marina Puerto Amistad, cater to yachts of various sizes. Manta’s coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches, including Playa Murciélago and San Lorenzo, perfect for relaxing and enjoying water sports. From Manta, sailors can visit the charming town of Montecristi, renowned for its Panama hats and traditional crafts.

 

5. Esmeraldas: Gateway to the North Coast

Esmeraldas, located in the northern part of Ecuador’s coastline, is a region rich in Afro-Ecuadorian culture and traditions. The Port of Esmeraldas and its yacht facilities provide access to some of the most unspoiled beaches in Ecuador, such as Playa Esmeraldas and Atacames. The region’s warm climate, lively music, and delicious seafood make it a delightful destination for sailors seeking a more laid-back atmosphere.

 

 

Galápagos Islands: A Unique Maritime Adventure

 

1. Archipelago Overview

The Galápagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are located approximately 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador. Comprising 18 main islands and numerous smaller islets, the archipelago is famous for its unique wildlife and pristine landscapes. The islands’ remote location and strict environmental regulations make them a challenging yet rewarding destination for yachters.

2. Arrival and Regulations

Before setting sail to the Galápagos, yachters must obtain the necessary permits and comply with stringent regulations designed to protect the fragile ecosystem. Conatct yacht agents gapapagos ( Javier ) The main entry points for yachts are the ports of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island, and Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. Each of these ports offers basic marina facilities, including mooring buoys, fuel, and provisioning services.

3. Santa Cruz Island: The Heart of the Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island, home to the largest town in the Galápagos, Puerto Ayora, is a central hub for yachters. The island offers various attractions, including the Charles Darwin Research Station, where visitors can learn about conservation efforts and see giant tortoises up close. Nearby, Tortuga Bay’s white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters provide a perfect spot for swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling.

4. San Cristóbal Island: Rich in History and Wildlife

San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost island of the archipelago, is the administrative capital of the Galápagos. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the main town, offers a range of services for visiting yachts. The island’s highlights include La Lobería, a beach frequented by sea lions, and the Interpretation Center, which provides an excellent introduction to the islands’ history and ecology. Kicker Rock, a dramatic volcanic formation off the coast, is a popular dive site teeming with marine life.

5. Isabela Island: The Largest Island

Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago, is renowned for its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. Puerto Villamil, the main town, is a quaint settlement with a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors can explore the Sierra Negra volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Galápagos, and the Wall of Tears, a historic site built by prisoners in the mid-20th century. The island’s extensive wetlands are home to flamingos, marine iguanas, and other unique species.

6. Floreana Island: A Blend of History and Nature

Floreana Island, one of the smaller inhabited islands, has a fascinating history of early settlers and pirates. The island’s Post Office Bay, where sailors have left mail for over two centuries, is a charming stop for yachters. Floreana’s rich marine life and vibrant coral reefs make it an excellent destination for snorkeling and diving.

Challenges and Considerations

1. Navigational Challenges

Sailing in Ecuador, especially around the Galápagos, presents several navigational challenges. The region’s waters are known for their strong currents, variable winds, and occasional rough seas. Yachters must be well-prepared and have up-to-date navigational charts and equipment. Additionally, the presence of numerous marine protected areas requires careful planning to avoid restricted zones.

2. Environmental Regulations

The Galápagos Islands are one of the most protected marine areas in the world. Strict regulations are in place to minimize human impact on the fragile ecosystem. Yachters must adhere to guidelines regarding anchoring, waste disposal, and wildlife interactions. Engaging with local authorities and obtaining the necessary permits in advance is crucial to ensure compliance with these regulations.

 

3. Provisioning and Supplies

While the mainland offers ample opportunities for provisioning, the Galápagos Islands have limited resources. Yachters should stock up on essential supplies before departing for the archipelago. Fresh produce, fuel, and spare parts may be scarce or expensive in the islands, so thorough preparation is essential.

Conclusion

Sailing and yachting in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands offer an unparalleled maritime adventure. From the vibrant coastal cities of mainland Ecuador to the remote and pristine beauty of the Galápagos, sailors are treated to a diverse range of experiences. The unique wildlife, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural heritage make Ecuador a must-visit destination for yachters. However, the region’s navigational challenges and stringent environmental regulations require careful planning and preparation. For those willing to embrace these challenges, the rewards are extraordinary—a chance to explore one of the most ecologically significant and visually stunning regions on the planet.


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

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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)

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PORT CANTO CANNES

OCEAN POSSE  @ 
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  BIRTHPLACE OF THE POSSE 

Bonfire on the beach

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

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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  !
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  • Newly Renovated Concrete Docks
  • Electric Hookups: 30, 50, 100 amps
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  • 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 
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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 

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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  

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

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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

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🇨🇴 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 
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🇧🇸 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 
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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
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  • BOAT HOW TO 
  • CABRALES BOAT YARD 
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  • 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  
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  • PANAMA YACHT BROKER
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  • SHAFT SHARK
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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

 

 

 

 


el valle de anton

EL VALLE DE ANTON 🇵🇦 PANAMA

EL VALLE DE ANTON 🇵🇦 PANAMA

The isthmus we know of as Panama is said to have formed over millions of years with the collision of two tectonic plates in the deep ocean creating a chain of volcanoes that later emerged above the sea surface.  El Valle de Anton is a village in the crater of one such ancient volcano surrounded by mountains and clouds just north of Vista Mar Marina and Buenadventura Marina.  For many Panamanians that live and work in Panama City, El Valle is the 'country' where they visit their family, grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, and/or spend time on the weekends in nature.

el valle de anton
The community thrives in the crater of an ancient volcano.

The town is located in the flat wide caldera of the 6 km wide El Valle volcano that is inactive; there is evidence that it erupted as recently as about 300,000 years ago. Because of its elevation (600 m), it is cooler than the Panamanian lowlands.  This cooler climate is a welcome respite from the heat at lower elevations.

windswept trees
Windswept trees hi above El Valle de Anton with a view of the Pacific Ocean

Natural attractions near El Valle include the Chorro El Macho waterfall, Las Mozas waterfall, the “square” trees behind Hotel Campestre, and a group of small natural thermal pools. There are many developed hiking trails to walk on.  Birding is phenomenal.  The area around the town is also known for being one of the last habitats of the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog. Some of the forests around the town are protected areas.

panamanian golden frog
Critically endangered Panamanian golden frog
butterfly
Butterflies are abundant in El Valle in part due to the efforts of the Butterfly Research Station.

The valley is very fertile and produce grows in abundance.  There are many people living in and around El valle that sell fresh produce at an open air market in the center of town.  In July we found a very wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Some I had never even seen before like this red spikey fruit sold on a branch or by the bushel.

rambutan
Mamon Chino or Rambutan is considered the national fruit of Panama
rambutan fruit
Inside the odd, soft spiney skin is a white, juicy fleshy fruit with a huge seed in the middle.

There are two museums in El Valle de Anton as well.  Both highlight the history, culture, biodiversity, and uniqueness of this special place in and of itself, and as it relates to Panama at large.  One museum is older, one is quite new; while both tell the same general story, they tell it in very different ways.

A visit to El Valle de Anton is well worth the trip.


beneteau first 42S7

Beneteau First 42S7 FOR SALE

1996 Beneteau First 42s7

DESCRIPTION

After the success of the First 45F5 and First35F5, Bruce Farr looked to take things a step further in terms of quality, performance and comfort. The result, the Beneteau First 42s7, is a performance-oriented sailboat known for its blend of speed, comfort, and seaworthiness. The 42s7 is a fast sailboat, thanks to its Farr-designed hull and large sail area. It can easily handle a wide range of wind conditions and is known for its excellent upwind performance. This two cabin layout features a salon perfect for entertaining, with the galley that is out of the way, yet secure on passage. Nothing says pride of ownership like a pair of electric Lewmar 54ST, making sailing and getting the dinghy up a lot easier! Sail fast and in style in Alacran, this boat is dialed in for cruising with top quality gear! Load her with food and start your adventure! Stop dreaming, start sailing!

DETAILS

Visit this link for Alacrans details: https://www.yachtworld.com/yacht/1996-beneteau-first-42s7-9197183/


southern costa rica

Northbound: Along the Pacific Coast with SV Aeeshah

Northbound:

Along the Pacific Costa Rican Coast

with SV AEESHAH

southern costa rica
Southern Costa Rica

SV AEESHAH entered Costa Rica from the south and checked in at Golfito, Costa Ricas southernmost port of entry.  While awaiting parts they explored the area by dinghy and by car.  Their photos and descriptions below capture their experience and the natural beauty in abundance in Costa Rica.

costa rican blues
Costa Rican blues

We went across to the peninsular opposite Banana Bay had a look around the bay with its amazingly, green, foliage, from the mangroves at the shoreline to the mammoth trees covering the hillsides.

costa rican greens
Costa Rican greens
banana bay sunset
Costa Rican purples and pinks

To break the week up and relieve the boredom: we again rented a car. 

The first destination:

Wilson Botanical Gardens

The Robert and Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden has a rich, internationally recognized collection of tropical plants from around the world. Over 1,000 genera in more than 200 plant families form the unique collection that is an integral part of the Las Cruces Research Station. There are hundreds of bromeliads and orchids; dozens of philodendrons and other aroids of all sizes; scores of heliconias; plus ferns, gingers, marantas, giant bamboo and close 500 species of palms well represented on the 12-hectare (30-acre) site.

The Wilson Botanical Garden is part of “La Amistad Biosphere Reserve” that encompasses 472,000 hectares of park land and buffer zones centered in the southern Talamanca mountain range in Costa Rica’s South Pacific.”

Ferns
Not surprisingly all ahead was greens or every hue and shade as far as one could see.
Bamboo
Bamboo is part of the grass family.
Agouti
On our way we saw a few Agouti. They were hunting through the brush for berries and nuts to eat. Such cute animals, looking like a huge Guinea pig but with the legs of a short deer.
The gingers flowers were very impressive, with so many varieties and all under the huge, shade, trees which made for a lovely, walk.

To continue reading about this road trip inland or other adventures with SV AEESHAH visit: https://www.aeeshah.com/2024/06/golfito-area-wilson-botanical-gardens-piedras-blancas-national-park-where-are-you/

Want a photo tour instead?  Visit: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMJkD0xR29D02xiu5efL4CyJpGvLZbkdGiRHmTNx8-HDRcI-nHYPP9Iibrw1X6zHQ?key=V3VRRWpoaTJRUkpYVjQ5Zm1rcVoyR0hUNjVzTVNB

SV AEESHAH 🇧🇲 Jen & John – Gulfstart Hirsh

THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR ADVENTURE!

 


puerto refugio

Good Nautical: Puerto Refugio in the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Good Nautical: Puerto Refugio

in the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico

29° 32.3883' N  113° 33.5799' W

isla angel de la guardia
Isla Angel de la Guardia

Many say that in the Sea of Cortez you can be where the desert meets the sea.  This is truly the case in Puerto Refugio.

puerto refugio
Puerto Refugio has many lobes to explore on and off the water
puerto refugio
Where the desert meets the Sea
puerto refugio
Sunset in Puerto Refugio

Puerto Refugio is a small cove within the wide bay at the northern tip of Isla Angel de la Guarda. 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.  In the summer months this bay is a calm place to anchor and spend time exploring.  There is a sea lion rookery and a pelican rookery in different parts of the bay.  Many people will visit this bay as their last stop on the way to Puerto Penasco.

Anchorage

Rocks extend from the western point towards the boney finger of rock that juts out from the south side of the cove. Anchor in the northwest corner of the bay in 4.5m on a sandy bottom. The southern part of the bay is scattered with rocks and islets and a lookout on the bow is recommended if trying to enter this part of the cove. Dinghy ashore to the beach and be careful when landing if waves are breaking.

sea lion rookery
Visit this Islet to see sea lion rookery
puerto refugio
Expansive desert surrounded by the Sea.  3 sailboats anchored on the right with plenty of room to swing.

Photos taken in July and contributed by SV ARROW and crew

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ANCHORAGE

YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE POSSE?

Send photos and description to Maurisa at editor@oceanposse.com
 29° 32.3883' N 113° 33.5799' W

 


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SAFETY ALERT: RAINY SEASON IS DENGUE SEASON

MOSQUITO
Dengue fever is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.

About Dengue:

Mosquitoes Spread Dengue.  Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses (dengue virus 1, 2, 3, and 4). The same type of mosquitoes can also spread chikungunya, Zika, and other viruses.  If a person is infected with different dengue viruses during their life, it increases the chance of severe disease.  Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Mosquitoes come out to feed around sunrise and sunset, but people can be bitten by an infected mosquito at any time.  Aedes mosquitoes often like to rest in closets or other indoor locations near humans.  Aedes mosquitoes typically lay eggs in containers with standing water, like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flowerpots, and vases.  During the rainy season mosquitoes have many many places to lay eggs and reproduce which is why Rainy season often sees a higher incidence of Dengue.  Presently, all members in locations experiencing the rainy season are wise to be aware and cautious.  Avoid mosquito bites by whatever means works for you.

Avoiding Dengue:

  • Wear repellent to reduce mosquito bites. Repellents with DEET or picaridin give the longest protection, but there are many less toxic and non toxic effective options available.
  • Mosquitos are most active in the morning and in the afternoon/early evening when the sun is on the horizon.  Be more vigilant during these hours.
  • Remove standing water where mosquitos may lay eggs, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Check indoors items that hold water, such as vases or flowerpot saucers.
  • Close windows and doors or install screens. Consider using an indoor insecticide if you have mosquitoes in your home.

Dengue Symptoms and Warning Signs

  • Infection with dengue virus can result in no symptoms, mild, or severe illness. Severe dengue can be life-threatening within a few hours and requires care at a hospital although this is very rare.
  • The most common symptom of dengue is fever with any of the following: nausea, vomiting, rash, aches, and pains (including muscle, joint, or bone pain or eye pain, typically behind the eyes).  There is no specific medicine to treat dengue virus infection.
  • About one in 20 people who get sick with dengue will develop severe dengue. Severe dengue can result in shock, internal bleeding, and even death.  If you have had dengue in the past, you are more likely to develop severe dengue when re-infected with a different serotype, though severe disease can also occur on the first infection.  Infants and pregnant women are at higher risk of developing severe dengue.
  • Watch for signs and symptoms of severe dengue. Warning signs usually begin in the 24-48 hours after your fever has gone away.  Immediately seek medical evaluation if you have any of the following symptoms:  belly pain or tenderness, vomiting (at least three times in 24 hours), bleeding from the nose or gums, vomiting blood, blood in your stool, or feeling tired, restless, or irritable. Do not delay seeking medical attention.

dengue symptoms in the body

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE THIS LINK: 

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dengue-and-severe-dengue


Wolfgand and Pauline from SV Bethania

MEET THE FLEET: SV BETHANIA Wolfgang & Paulina

chilean vessel crossing panama canal

SV Bethania coming through the Panama Canal flying their Chilean Flag

Wolfgand and Pauline from SV Bethania
Wolfgang and Pauline from SV Bethania

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.  Our second boat was a Morgan 38ft sloop.  We sailed from Florida to Chilean Patagonia. We sailed 15 years along the Chilean coast.  Then we decided to sail out of Chile and started 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.  We loved this boat and all the places we went.  Unfortunately our lovely boat sank in hurricane Irma in St Maarten on 2017.  We began our new adventure rebuilding a Irwin 54 ft monohull sloop for 18 months in St Peterburg, Florida.

We named this vessel Bethania.

Aboard Bethania, we recently crossed the Panama Canal with our friend, Marco.  We went out the the Perlas Archipelago to prepare for our ocean Crossing.  The journey from Isla Contadora to Hiva Oa, in the Marquesan islands of French Polynesia took us 32 days without any problems. We really enjoyed every day; every day was different. The wind , the sea, the sky were different. Not one of us wanted to get to the islands; we were so happy and relaxed.  We had sailed long before, but never such a long distance.

SV Bethania Crew

left to right: Marco, Pauline, & Wolfgang: Their Chilean flag signed and their Pacific Crossing Complete.


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