1) Panama Posse Send off-Party has moved up one day up to Friday 6th of December
– BUT we will still plan another gathering (no-host bar) for the 7th !

Thu Dec 5th, 2019  Route planning & navigation

Fri Dec 6th, 2019   Communications,  Weather, Safety 

Fri Dec 6th, 2019 Evening  – the official Panama Posse Kick off Party

Sat Dec 7th, 2019  Satellite Charts / OpenCPN / Good Nautical Sun  Dec 8th, 2019  Provisioning & What to see and do – Recap & Q&A

2) Officially announcing our Panama Posse Canal Sponsor Agent Erick Galvez

Associated Rates effective 1st January 2020 Transit tolls                      1,600.00 ( up to 65 ft length)
Transit inspection                  54.00
Transit Security fee              130.00
Canal EDCS-Check out           75.00
Fenders & lines rental             75.00 (not tires !!)
Bank charges                          60.00
Agent service Fee                  350.00

WITH A SPECIAL Panama Posse DISCOUNT   $125.00 ( thanks Erick )

Typical Ties ups below

Erick Galvez Canal Agent
Centenario & Co.S.A. Cellphone/whatsapp +507 6676-1376

To watch a 17 minute time-lapse video of Season 1 “WIND DANCER”
what it’s like to go through the canal South to North  – follow this link !

3) Panama “counter” Posse is forming this season around 16 vessels are heading north
– good news they will meet everyone on their way down
– the vessels designated with the symbol © in the contact sheet are on the counter posse

4) We are happy to announce the first prize of the season – courtesy of the Papagayo Marina.
One week stay up to 700 USD at the Marina Papagayo in Costa Rica !

Thank you

Dan Eaffaldano  
Operations  Manager Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica 
T +(506) 2690-3600
C +(506) 8338 3620 

5) This season’s Panama Posse contest categories ….

  •   highest wind recorded          (submit a picture) 

  •   biggest sea-state recorded   (submit a picture)

  •   biggest fish caught               (submit a picture)
  •   most UN-welcomed visitor onboard  (submit a picture)

  •   best photograph – from all the Pictures of the Week 

Winners will be announced at the Season Finale Party at Vista Mar Marina on May 30th !

6) New Sponsor ULLMAN SAILS

We welcome Ullman Sails has become our latest sponsors with a 15% off their rates and a special welcome
gift which will be distributed at the kick off event in Barra de Navidad
Their sail lofts are in Puerto Vallarta and San Diego / Harbor Island – simply contact them via email or call.

Chuck & Sabine

Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta   Av Estaciones 1099 Colonia Los Arroyos Verdes  Bucerias, Nayarit 63732

7) – DETAILS AND TESTING this Monday
there will be a conference call this Monday @ 15:45 UTC

The following vessels need to login and accept the 2019-2020 Panama Posse group invitation with LINE to be on the call.

Remember to practice muting and un-muting your mike

GREENIS MUTED – White mike is OPEN

– Register using your vessel name as the USERNAME (example Carinthia or CARINTHIA_Dietmar)
– the LINE system allows for up to 200 live conference call participants  !
Search for dietmarpetutschnig and become a friend wait and accept your panamaposse20192020 GROUP INVITEsend us your position via the message system and listen to the vessel check instab


Adjust the blue marker

tap the grey box

8) PICTURE OF THE WEEK / Halloween @ La Herradura, La Paz, El Salvador

Happy Halloween from the Secret Water crew!


Annie, Chris & crew + Opal

9) Burgees are being distributed – if you have not received yours we can mail it to you in the USA

or pick them up at the Marina Puerto de la Navidad, Mexico or @ Vista Mar Marina, Panama

10) The state department has a new system to track US citizens:

“We encourage all U.S. citizens who are traveling abroad to
enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to
receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Kind regards,

American Citizen Services Unit (ACS)
United States Embassy

11) The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos)

.. is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey. In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Mexicans view it not as a day of sadness but as a day of celebration because their loved ones awake and celebrate with them

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves. Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. It has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation’s schools.

12) Please reply to this email with … anything really

– your updates
contenders for picture of the week links to your favorite SONGS
– relevant blog posts – and of course your valuable suggestions

and we’ll include it in the next FLEET UPDATE – Keep em ‘coming

Dietmar & Suzanne


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