• Announcing End of Panama Posse 2019-2020 Season
  • Highest Wind recorded
  • Pictures of the Week
  • Insuring with Novamar
  • Nicaragua exit via Humanitarian Flight
  • El Niรฑo or La Niรฑa – Climatology – OpenCPN – Predict Wind
  • Country Updates
  • Vessel Locations
  • Calling on all West Coast Yacht Clubs
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1) Announcing End of Panama Posse 2019-2020 Season

This is your second to last fleet update of the season !


The final celebration Saturday May 30, 2020 at 23:00 UTC via LINE

Everyone get’s the mic and we’ll tell our sea-tales
– have a few cocktails and relax and share
– we can even try turning on video if bandwidth permits it !

Among other things we announce the following awards
– please join and give us your words of wisdom

๐Ÿฅฅ Picture of the Year
๐Ÿฅฅ Biggest Fish caught
๐Ÿฅฅ Highest Wind recorded
๐Ÿฅฅ Biggest Mishap
๐Ÿฅฅ Most un-welcomed visitor onboard
๐Ÿฅฅ Speedy Gonzales award
๐Ÿฅฅ Panama Posse YODA OF THE YEAR


2) Highest wind on record

This entry from Costa Rica shows 49 knots

Highest wind recorded. It was actually 52. Playa Del Cocos. Costa Rica

Bob and Margie



3) Pictures of the Week

Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

โ€˜Wolfhoundโ€™, observing ‘social distancing’ โ€ฆ Anchored off Jimenez, Costa Rica
Steven, Louise & Sam


Marina Pez Vela, Cost Rica


Bob and Margie



Barra de Navidad Lagoon, Mexico

Steve & ChelseaSteveChelsea


We are safe and sound in Santa Barbara after flying home from Barra one week ago.
Wanted to let you know that Novamar has stepped up and helped me with the option to leave our vessel in Barra di Navidad over the summer.
We dropped the hull value to reduce their risk and I am self insuring that portion not covered. The navigation area and the premium were a good
compromise to get Sea Larks covered for the next sailing season. I still may choose to go to California for the summer, but now have the option.
Not sure they would have allowed for this without the connection to Panama Posse and their being quite a few others in similar situations.
Morgan Wells, Broker for Novamar, was also helpful in getting this resolved in a timely manner.
Please forward to share my gratitude.


Jeffrey & Paula

Jeffrey & Paula



5) Nicaragua exit via Humanitarian Flight

“… it was a hell of an adventure …”

Thisldu is through customs waiting on our flight! Flight was approved at 4pm yesterday and tickets were on sale shortly after. The embassy called us before sending out the email, but the flight is not limited to Americans and is completely full (300+ seats).
Flight scheduled for 10am.


Arrived at 7am behind ~75 people already waiting in line. Airport opened doors at 730. They moved the line of 300 people twice. 95% of people wearing masks. 915 they check in the first person. Computers are down and so are printers. Every ticket and luggage tag is hand written. Most payed for a seat assignment but all tickets say โ€œopen seatingโ€. 12 now and we are through immigration waiting to board.
A total cluster *#%}@ but Ill sit on the toilet at this point.

To read Audrey’s blog entry visit

Garrett & Audrey




6) El Niรฑo or La Niรฑa

U.S. forecaster sees 65% chance for no El Nino, no La Nina during summer months


In general, warm El Niรฑo events are characterized by more tropical storms and hurricanes in the eastern Pacific and a decrease in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. … The increased wind shear helps to prevent tropical disturbances from developing into hurricanes.

During La Niรฑa, westerly winds high in the atmosphere weaken. This results in an expanded area of low vertical wind shear, allowing more Atlantic hurricanes to develop during La Niรฑa events. La Niรฑa increases the number of hurricanes that develop and allows stronger hurricanes to form.


In opencpn install the Climatology plugin and you too can become a hurricane pathweather analyst


Or better yet – for professional weather – via our Panama Posse Sponsors
predictwind.com for a full offshore solution

7) Country Updates C19 Extraordinar Line Call

As of today here is where each country stands

โ€จMEXICO  65,856  7,179 โœ
– border closings between USA and Mexico but commercial entry permitted – outbound and inbound vessels still possible – certain ports are closed or locking down โ€จ

On April 21, the Mexican government announced the start of Phase 3 of the pandemic, meaning widespread community transmission, thousands of cases of infection, and increased numbers of patients requiring hospitalization.

Schools are closed until May 30 in most municipalities.
Non-essential activities have been suspended.  Essential activities include medical services and supplies, public safety, fundamental economic functions, government social programs, and critical infrastructure.
Meetings of 100 participants or greater have been suspended.
Individuals should practice good hygiene such as frequent hand washing and social distancing.
Those not involved in essential activities should self-isolate at home.
People over age 60 or with high risk medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, compromised immune system, pregnant, or post-partum should self-isolate at home.
States and municipalities may implement additional closings and restrictions on public gatherings, transportation, business operations, and government operations.

GUATEMALA  3,054   55โœ
– full lock down – no entry permitted  – Curfew extended to june 5thโ€จ
โ€จGuatemala’s Congress has voted to extend the current state of calamity until June 5 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Aโ€จโ€จThe Guatemalan government declared a โ€œstate of calamityโ€ on March 5 and then extended the expiration of this declaration to June 5. Declaring a โ€œstate of calamityโ€ allows the Guatemalan government to take exceptional measures to protect national security (similar to a โ€œstate of emergencyโ€ in the United States). Under a state of calamity, the Guatemalan government can authorize specific actions, such as

EL SALVADOR   1,915  35โœ
full lock down – no entry permitted 
El Salvadorian government extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until June 6 โ€จโ€จ

HONDURAS  3,743  174โœ
โ€จโ€จHonduras – full lock down – no entry permitted โ€จ
National Curfew Extended Until May 24
The Government of Honduras has extended the national curfew until Sunday, May 24 at 11:00 p.m. Under the latest order, circulation for shopping and essential activities is permitted on certain days based on national identity number. 
The National Police announced banks, supermarkets, pharmacies, hardware stores, fruit and vegetable stands, and gas stations will be open Monday through Friday until 5:00 p.m. Shopping will be allowed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. according to the last digit of an individualโ€™s national identity card or passport number for non-Honduran citizens.

NICARAGUA  279  17โœ

โ€จNicaragua – closed

Nicaragua likely to maintain restrictions on international passenger flights and cross-border cargo transport through โ€จ 09 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

The border with Costa Rica has also been closed for cargo transport since May 18. Hundreds of cargo trucks are stranded in Penas Blancas on the Nicaraguan side of the border. โ€จ
Event: Several airlines have extended their suspension of regular service between Nicaragua and the United States. The following dates for resumption of service are current as of April 28, 2020 but could change:
* Aeromexico service suspended until June 01, 2020
* United Airlines service suspended until June 04, 2020
* Avianca Airlines service suspended until June 04, 2020
* Delta Airlines service suspended until June 13, 2020
* American Airlines service suspended until June 04, 2020
* Copa Airlines service suspended until June 01, 2020
* Spirit Airlines service suspended until July 05, 2020โ€จ

COSTA RICA   930  10โœ
โ€จThe travel ban has been extended and  the lockdown will last until at least June 15.
โ€จCosta Rica has announced that it will close its borders (land, air, and sea) to all foreign travelers entering between March 18 and June 15 (at midnight on both dates).
Visas are automatically extended to mid August

PANAMA 10,577  299โœ

On May 15, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days until June 22. The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place.

 May 18, exercises such as bicycling, running, and skating will now be permissible activities if done within one kilometer of your home, with a mask, and inside your two-hour window.  Sundays will remain a day of total quarantine.โ€จโ€จ
 no entry permitted   14 day quarantine has been obtained by some in internal movements – curfew w 1 hour movement x day for mots with 30 minutes based on ID number and day – no alcohol sales – โ€จrestrictions – we do not – in Panama city have been breaking curfew – in particle – the area – show every single infected person – 20 km – from this location – feel rather safe here –  stay on lock down – how – rhapsody – opening up as many curves violations –
The Embassy arrangedโ€ฏforโ€ฏa commercially-operatedโ€ฏhumanitarian flight on May 8 for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States whoโ€ฏhad expressed wishesโ€ฏto depart Panama.โ€ฏโ€ฏThat flight is now full.โ€ฏโ€ฏ
The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, there are no other planned flights at this time.โ€ฏ We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more. 
For now, please closely monitor Spiritโ€™s website (www.Spirit.com) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 8 flight from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (FLL).

8) Vessel Locations and plans from the Saturday 24th Extraordinary 12th Line call



1 BAJA FOG Barra de Navidad, MX  
John & Monique
2 ANGELIQUE OF VANCOUVER Vessel is in Mazatlan  
  Mike & Jacquie
3 TALIESIN ROSE Barra de Navidad, MX  
  Victoria & Rowan
4 THISLDU Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua  
  Garrett & Audrey
5 LUNA Barra de Navidad, MX  
  Bob & Kris
9 CARINTHIA Barra de Navidad, MX  
Dietmar & Suzanne
10 SEAGLUB Marina San Jose de Cabo – pretty full   
12 JEAN ANNE 5 boars in tenecatita – firefly   
  Steve & Chelsea
13 SINGULARITY Vista Mar, Panama   
Robert & Carol
19  ยฉ  KNOT RIGHT Vista Mar Marina, Panama – 2 healthstops on the way to the airport – had to stay outside – once inside – had to use sanitizer – heat check camera –  I’m flying repatriation flight – heading to virginia –  june 22 airport is closed 
Walt & Jeariene
20 ยฉ  COMPROMISE no much new s- we are new chiapas –   
Ronald & Karen
22 DUE WEST Barra de Navidad, MX  
  Kirk & Heidi
23 TOP CIDER Chiapas, MX  
Chuck & Sharon
24 RAIREVA on dry land in arizona in mazatlan on the hard   
25 HALF MOON Nicaragua  
Brain & Elizabeth
26 MADELEINE Vessel in El Salvador  
Huibert & Maaike
27 ANGELIQUE telemar near cape canavral – anchor   
Dan & Angela
28 JO Barra de Navidad, MX  
Phillip Jay & Kelley
29 DELTA SWIZZLER Barra de Navidad, MX insurance – agent with jackline is a resident in boca del toro,  
Mark & Cindy
30 FIREFLY Tenecatita, MX  
  Brenda & Ted
34 ONE LIFE Barra  
Doug & Mary
37 WISHLIST Barra de Navidad, MX  
40 AVANT Shelter Bay, Panama – post updated humanitarian flights – air canada – started to re-announce flights but – not this  canada is nice – meet with friends –  all is well – slowly returning back to normal 
Rob & Debra
48 ยฉ DENOVO Puerto Penasca – I am in Canada ?  
Andre, Naomi & crew
51 GREEN FLASH boat is in vista mar  – we are in california – hoping to get to panama in june – ultimatly to get to shelter bay   
Bob & Joan
52 BONZAI South beach miami – restrictions arebeing lifted on Monday  tracking 7 vessels that are leaving honduras on route to the keys  – anchored behind the tropical storm – – 
54 STAND DOWN Vista Mar, Panama   
Richard & Nancy
55 SONAMARA bocas del toro – all is well – easing of restrictions issue without local flights – need to take a car 12 hour drive  – copa airlines on july 3rd – local airport
  Louis & Patrice
56 NAMAHANA Barra de Navidad, MX  
  Curtis & Jill                          
58 KATHLEEN Barra de Navidad, MX  
Robert & Karen
59 RAVEN Barra de Navidad, MX  
  Neil, Tammy, & Jan
60 BLUE OASIS Blue Oasis – St Petersburg Fl on the hard- waiting next cruising season   
Barry & Kathy
62 SHEARWATER Belize  
  Pati & Eric
63 SECOND WIND Puesta del Sol NIC  ;eave boat there and head to us jun 8 
64 SECRET WATER En Route to Puerto Penasco   
  Annie & Chris & Crew
65 WOODWIND 1 paradise village – all is well – 2 sets of rules – beaches are closed – able to walk around with masks –   
  Brian & Tracy
67 CHIMERA Costa Rica  
Dennis & Margaret
69 ALIZANN approaching the yucatan channel – their plan is to go to deltaville virgina – put boat hard   
Martin & Suzanne
70 FLOATING STONES Currenty  in brunswick georgia – made a decision – hoping to get cruising again – midst of boat cleaning   
Bryan & Cheryl
74 MAISON DE SANTE we are barra all well indefinatly – all is well nicole and I   
Keenan & Nicole
75 BELLA SIRENA Puerto Vallarta Marina Vallarta  
80 DADโ€™S DREAM Vessel for Sale in Panama   
Rick & Brenda
81 AY CARAMBA ! On the Hard in the US  
Juan & Michelle
82 BULA Barra de Navidad, MX  
  Kenny & Cari
  Allan & Rina
86 CONTEXT san diego – vessels is panama   
88  ยฉ SEA LARKS Banana Bay Marina, CR  
  Jeffrey & Paula
92 BAIT โ€˜N SWITCH III still in la – vessel is in Marina Papagayo – slice of good news – start to do the 2 year importation and a guy got the tip extended with a power – thank   
John & Laurie
94  ยฉ MARIAH En Route to Key West   
Trish & John
95 WAVE DANCER everything the same in florida in isolation – boat is well preserved in golfity  
  Vladimir & Galinda
96 MALOLO Perula , mx – underway – left chamela – headigng north – to banderas bay – 5 botas anchored   
Matt & Britt
99 HOโ€™OKIPA Barra de Navidad, MX next foreseabel future
  Lisa & Lucky
100 VOLARE Tenecatita, MX  
  Jessica & Adam
109 JOY barra de navida, mx –   
  Jeff & Roxanne
110 KARVI barra de navida, mx –   
  Dan & Nancy
117 PILIALOHA we are in hawaii  – lockdown has been extended to june 30th in hawaii – lowest cases of c19 in the country – 300 all arrivals must quarntine for 14 days –  few cases vessel is in chahue 
  Rick & Maria
121 ANKYRIOS Barra de Navidad  
Dennis, Brandy & Crew
124  ยฉ INDEPENDENCE in jupiter florida – after leaving roatan – is opening to all people on the island – made it to a restaurant – heading back to Bay   
  Larry & Jamie
125 LILY ROWAN Marina Chahue  
Jim & Zyanya
129 ยฉ NESHUMA on the hard at mazatlan marina  
  Carl & Cynthia
131 MAR Y SOL Marina Vallarta, MX  
Bob & Marisol
138 BLESSED LIFE Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica – in quepos Costa Rica – immigration has extended the visas to august 18th stay witj boat in quepos  farmers market – open things   
Bob and Margie
146 ROSA-LEE texas  vessel is in el salvador leave october 
147  GRASSHOPPER chiappas – pool to be finished   
Jeffrey & Cheri
148 ยฉ ELEVEN 11 Barra de Navidad, MX  
  Tim, Kim &
161 ยฉ  SPREZZATURA buddy boating in Bocas – very nice – planning to leave on june 3rd flight to houston and heading to shelter bay   
171 GenM still in la paz – working away on the boat – in the heat – swapping vessel to cooling  stay at home to june 15th orders in la paz
Marvin and Laurie
173 ยฉ BISOU bocas del toro – been out for 10 days – government is talking about easing things up – take away only – hardware stores – opening in 14 days blovks   
Robin and Tad
176 REEF DANCER  barra de navidad – trying to dive – too much swell – all well   
Jerry & Debra
179 Seamantha locked down in Colombia 3 or 4 weeklt flights to ft luderdale – humantarian flights staying in carthagena 

9) Calling on all West Coast Yacht Clubs

If you are a member or have good relations with any West Coast Yacht Club please let us know we’d love to create a bigger liaison
with the Panama Posse and work on a graduation plan to get your Yacht Clubs Vessel to participate and plan for future Panama Posse Rally’s.

10) Sign up for the next season 20-21 of the Panama Posse
– simply reply with “sign me up again”

Registration fees will stay at $100 for those who “re-posse” before July 31st, 2020

It all starts Dec 3rd 2020 at Barra de Navidad, MX

54 vessels are already signed up and for our kick of week schedule visit


11) Panama Posse Swag !
Is your vessels name on the back of the 2019-2020 T Shirt ?


We will open our T-shirt hats and Visor Swag upon completion of this season in June
– please confirm that your vessels  name is on this list above 
T Shirts, V-Shirts, Visors, Caps etc will be priced ~ 20 $ plus S/H 

Stay tuned for our pre-order payment and full fillment process via squareup.
– basically we’ll need your sizes quantities and ship to address

12) Please reply to this email with

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

and weโ€™ll include it in the next FLEET UPDATE โ€“ Keep em โ€˜coming

The Panama Posse philosophy is to pass on nautical knowledge via the gestalt theory…



Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

SV Carinthia

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