1) First of all we are
101 Vessels of 8 flag states – a.k.a.


Hip Hip Hooray to the 2018-2019 Panama Posse โ€จโ€จ

โ€จโ€จThank you to all participants, sponsors and ambassadors for all the
wonderful detailed โ€จand up to date info you share for the next Panama Posse
(6 Vessels have already signed up for next season hint hint ) โ€จโ€จ

2) Show off these Burgees !โ€จ

LUNA SEA at Marina Puerto de la Navidad, Barra de Navidad, MXโ€จ

3) The 2,000 nm Panama Posse route has a few challenges and will test you, your crew, your gear and your vessel, but unlike the Puddle Jump – the proximity to land and hundreds of anchorages and marinas provide you with plenty of “outs” and ports to mend things.โ€จSome of the more heralding stories and challenges will come from Octopus Garden, Simple Life and Paradise. โ€จโ€จThings break, rip and fall apart, Long lines, a.m.o.  – Sails, Engines, Generators, Water-makers, Standing Rigging, Running Rigging, Batteries, Solenoids, Toilets, Pumps, โ€จa.m.o.

We sail where the coconuts grow !โ€จโ€จ

โ€จโ€จโ€จ4) Marina Sponsor Banana Bay Marina, Golfito, Costa Rica โ€จ

has a few tags of their own now !โ€จ

5) Somewhere along the Pelican Ridge Coast โ€จโ€จ

I can’t believe I could possibly ever enjoy motor sailing, but here I am racing to get to the anchorage before sunset, but with only one engine to save fuel, etc, and trying to squeeze every bit of speed from only 8kts of wind. We’re doing 7.5k, where usually one engine alone gives us about 5.5. But hey, we’re still racing! Racing the sunset!!

โ€จJuan & Michelleโ€จAY CARAMBA !
6) Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica โ€จ
Getting tired of the rock and rolling of all those anchorages SE of Playa Cocos? We anchored in Puerto Jimenez a couple nights ago – very fine conditions here, no swell, no wind chop last two nights, great sleeping finally. Although anchoring is a challenge, as described in SVSerena’s book. Find a spot on the slope where depth goes from 80 to 5 feet in a few yards. The town is very plain but there are a couple good restaurants, small grocery and hardware stores. Easy beach access with dinghy, sand, no waves, lock to tree, but going at high tide is easiest. .

Douglas & Luom


(note please email us the exact lat and long of where you dropped the anchor)

7) Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama – SW of the stunning Islas Secas โ€จ

Carinthia, Sprezzatura & Free Spirit passing each other in Panama.

8) Sailing on land – one of my pet peeves – chart accuracy.

We had our Central America chip in our chartplotter and decided to check out chart accuracy – we hate to tell you –
So trust your eyes – ears – depth sounder and satellite charts with OpenCPN – See the difference below at our patch through

@ Canal Isla Canal Afuera

And the view behind our path through – stunning area

Dietmar & Suzanne


9) Huatulco, MX
Klickitat II had a good Tpec crossing until the last 12 hours where we had 20-30 knots on the nose with waves to match – had to motor tack a bunch of times to finally get into Bahia Tongolunda. Whew! A bit of a reverse T-pecker – SSW winds, stronger than forecast by about half. But all is well aboard now with cocktails in hand! Also sailed about half – pleasant until the last part.

Bill & Katy



Flor de Caรฑa Rum Tours                                         @ Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua – (Dec-Apr)

Papagayo Survivors Party
– anytime !                     @ Coconutz , Playa Cocos, CR (Early Febโ€™19)

Golfito Marina
Village an IGY Destination Party    @ Golfito, CR (May 1st, โ€™19)

Official Panama Posse Rally Completion Party
     @ Vista Mar Marina, Panama (May 25th, โ€™19)

11) A few Line Fleet Check in’s

Weekly Panama Posse call every Monday @ 16:00 UTC

FREE SPIRIT – Vista Mar Marina, PANAMA
KNOT RIGHT – Vista Mar Marina, PANAMA
NILAYA – Marina Chiapas, MX
– Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
PARADISE – Golfito Village Marina, Costa Rica
CARINTHIA – Golfito Village Marina, Costa Rica
FIGMENT – Marina Chahue, Huatulco, MX
SLOW DANCER – Zihuatanjeo, MX
MALOLO – Zihuatanjeo, MX
JO – Zihuatanjeo, MX
EPIPHANY – Isla IXtapa, MX
DESTINATION – Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica

12) PICTURE OF THE WEEK – Carrizal – Slow Dancer with Seaglub

Dale & KennethSLOW DANCER

13) Please reply to this email with any  updates and we’ll include it in the next Fleet Updates

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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