Panama Posse Rally Kicks Off

"The Panama Posse kicked off their rally to Panama last Wednesday, November 29, with a huge party hosted by Marina Puerto Isla de Navidad, Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico," writes Bay Area sailor Lucie Mewes of the Van de Stadt 41 Georgia, which has been cruising Mexico the last three years.

A group of Panama Posse cruisers gathered for a kickoff party last week. Lucie Mewes and her husband Ben are on the far right in back.

© 2017 Panama Posse

"The fleet consists of 40 yachters on sailboats and motoryachts who intend to cruise the coast of Central America over the next six months to years. Created by Dietmar and Suzanne Petutschnig of the Lagoon 440 Carinthia, the Posse intends to share fun, weather and notes on anchorages, surf and dive spots as they make their way south. Participating hosts include Marina Riviera Nayarit, Marina Chiapas and the El Salvador Rally."

We asked Lucie if the fleet left port the next day. "Yes, several were sober enough to head out [Thursday] morning. Five more left [Friday], with another three to four leaving over the weekend. Others, like us, want to go to SailFest and GuitarFest in Zihuatanejo before crossing the Gulf of Tehuantepec. Stops in Acapulco, Huatulco and Chiapas will catch the fleet before it leaves Mexico.

"There is a daily Panama Posse SSB Net at 15:15 UTC on 8728 USB. Mike on the Ingrid 38 Easy spoke with his dad in Auburn, California, this morning," added Lucie on Friday. "It’ll be great for providing local weather and anchorage information."  

Lucie reports that the first boat arrived at Isla Grande, Ixtapa, on Monday afternoon. See www.panamaposse.com, and the (closed) Facebook group PanamaPosse.

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