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World ARC : Tug Elgia Elena tows Shannon 43 Bristol Rose to Panama

Boats and SailingIn the early hours of Sunday morning (14 February), whilst on passage direct from Panama to Galapagos, the American flagged Shannon 43 Bristol Rose, sailed by Robert and Patricia Budd, became entangled in a large drifting rope. The immediate effect was loss of propulsion and jammed steering; on inspection at first light it became apparent that one of the propeller blades was badly damaged, and the thick rope was jamming the rudder. Heavy seas made further overboard work dangerous; with light airs, a heavy swell, and a jammed rudder progress under sail was difficult, so skipper Robert Budd issued a Pan Pan call for assistance. Under direction from the Coastguard in Panama, the tug Elgia Elena was dispatched from Panama to rendezvous with Bristol Rose, now some one hundred miles south west of Panama, and drifting at up to 2 knots. Further assistance was provided by MRCC Falmouth and the US Coastguard, with fellow World ARC participant, Eowyn also involved with communications relays. At 0620 UTC on Monday 15 February Bristol Rose reported that they were in contact with the tug; communications were difficult and it had taken some time for the vessels to identify one another, helped by coordination from World Cruising Club Rally Control in La Libertad (Ecuador), and the regular position reports from the yacht's Yellowbrick Iridium tracking unit, which were relayed to the tug. Too rough to attempt to secure a tow in the dark, the tug stood by during the remainder of the night, before connecting the tow in daylight hours, shortly before 1400UTC. Bristol Rose was towed safely to Bahia Piña, Darien, Panama, approximately 120 nautical miles away. (Source: Received Via Email)
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Americans Aboard Sailboat Rescued in Panama's Darién

Boats and Sailing The American family aboard the sailboat "Bristol Rose" has been rescued, more than eleven hours after their boat became disabled 60 nautical miles Southwest of the village of Jaqué, in the Darién province, in the Republic of Panama, near the border with Colombia. Panama's National Naval Air Service reported they located and rescued the five crew members of the sailboat, all from the United States, at 2:00 am in the morning. Rescued were the Captain of the boat Robert Budd, his brother Rex and his wife Trish, as well as their two sons Owen and Elliot.

(From An Earlier Report on Telemetro) After receiving a distress call via Inmarsat, Panamanian units began searching for the sailboat "Bristol Rose" which is adrift between Panama and Colombia. National Naval Air Service Units (Senan) have launched operations to find this boat which is located about 60 nautical miles Southwest of Jaque, according to press release from Senan. The patrol boat P-302 "Ligia Elena" from the Senan has been tasked to rescue the crew of this vessel. Apparently, a line became entangled in the propeller affecting the ability of the vessel to maneuver. (Source: Telemetro Reporta)

Editor's Comment: You can learn as much as you want about this family and their Panamanian adventure by visiting their website - bristolrose.blogspot.com. On Sunday afternoon they issued a position report saying they were at 07-01.16N / 079-02.29W with "no steering or motor. currently dissabled." When they issued their next report they had drifted due South and were located at 06-44.15N / 079-00.80W on Sun, 14 Feb 2010 at 23:28:00 UTC, with a comment "Rescue expected in next 2 hours." I think the sailboat got towed in by P-302.

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Boat Crew Attacked and Killed Near Panama City!

Boats and SailingMembers of the Naval Air Service (SAN) and SINAPROC continue to search for Ángel Serafino García and two others who were aboard the boat "Sol", who were attacked by criminals at sea. According to statements made by Lisandro López,, the sole survivor, to Telemetro Reporta, the criminals were traveling aboard a "panga" (fiberglass boat) boarded the "Sol" and asked the Capitan if they had enough fuel to reach Panama City, and López said that yes, they did. Then the criminals ordered them to abandon their vessel but Garcia and the others with him resisted, and they were shot. Lopez jumped into the water to save his life, swam to shore, and once there he alerted the authorities, which immediately began searching for the missing men since early in the morning. According to the most recent reports thus far none of the men have been recovered. (Source: La Estrella)

Editor's Comment: I've been here a long time, and this is the first time I've heard of a crime like this. You would think it would be more common, considering the frequency of drug trafficking vessels in the waters near Panama.

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Panamanian Authorities Will Investigate Fatal Boat Crash in Bocas del Toro

Boats and Sailing The Directorate General of Merchant Marine of Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) reported Sunday they have sent investigators to learn about the events leading up to the maritime accident which occurred last night in Bocas del Toro, and that killed four people. The AMP said through a press release the investigation is being conducted by the Accident Investigation Department headed by investigator Alexander de Gracia. It is expected that in the "coming hours" a preliminary report on the fatal accident will be released, according to the press release from the institution. Two boats collided yesterday at 8:00 pm on the route from the islands of Bocas to Almirante. According to preliminary reports, a water taxi (speedboat) carrying 18 people collided with a boat which was carrying the four people who were killed by the impact, and another who was seriously injured. The four people killed were Panamanians Yadit Mejía, Silvia Becker, Silvestra Becker and Victoriano Castillo. The fifth person who was seriously injured was Guillermo Forbes. The managers of the ports at Almirante and Isla Bocas, Jacinto Iglesias and Ernesto Navarro respectively, alerted authorities from the Directorate General of Merchant Marine and the Directorate General of Ports and Auxiliary Maritime Industries of the AMP of the accident. The AMP has the authority to investigate maritime accidents and administratively sanction those ships which do not comply with maritime safety laws. (Source: Elizabeth Garrido A. for La Prensa)
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WindRider - The "World's Most Popular Trimaran" - Now Available in Panama

Boats and Sailing By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - So, you've moved to Panama, obtained your pensionado visa, and are now living happily ever after as a resident of the Republic of Panama. Looking for a hobby? Want to take advantage of Panama's lakes and oceans? Have you ever wanted to be a recreational sailor? Usually owning a sailboat requires a significant commitment in terms of both time and money. Now the "World's Most Popular Trimaran" - WindRider tri-hulled sailboats are available for weekend and recreational sailors in the Republic of Panama. These sleek little craft are fun to operate and exceptionally safe. Their design makes them practically impossible to tip over because if you get in trouble the outside pontoon goes deep in the water, creating drag which spins you around to a safer direction. Novices can be taught how to sail the WindRider in about twenty minutes. An innovative setup allows the sailor to turn the craft using the rudder with the pedals at the feet - push right and you turn right - what could be easier? You sit in a cockpit in a comfortable chair with a backrest and the boat can actually sailed with one hand, leaving the other free for a camera or a beer. The boats can be launched and recovered from the beach using a custom built and street legal trailer. And while the WindRider is safe and easy to operate for the novice, they can also get up to 17 knots or more and they "handle like a racecar" in the water. They're also tough - polyurethane hulls might get scratched but the won't break on rocks or reefs like fiberglass would. (more)
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Latest Link Swapper - Economy Fishing on The Blue Turtle

Boats and Sailing By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Welcome aboard to our latest link swapper, economy fishing on The Blue Turtle. From their website: "Panama boasts some of the best fishing in the world - currently 40 world records were set here. There are whale watching cruises from August to October - spectacular sights of a lifetime. Inshore fishing, along the Gulf of Chiriqui and around the numerous islands, is worthy of both the novice or the experienced fisherman. Based out of David, Panama, we fish around Secas Island, Ladrones Island, Coiba Island, and the Hannibal Bank. We take two to three people out at time, so there's more room to move around. Our boat is 25' with a 140hp Suzuki. We try to satisfy every person on board. Our top Capitan is a fisherman out of David with more than 15 years of experience." Professional fishermen flock to Panama every year to experience the world-class salt water fishing, and the Hannibal Bank is world renowned. Again, if you have a website you should definitely take advantage of our long-standing link exchange program. So join the party, and catch a ride on the Blue Turtle...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Boat Sinks And Spills 100 Gallons of Fuel

Boats and Sailing By Viola Guevara Gallimore for DIAaDIA - Like the Titanic, a boat owned by the company Ocean Pollution (OPC), which was navigating in the Bay of Panama, sank and the 100 gallons of fuel it was carrying were spilled into the water. Luis Villarreal of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), explained that the boat left the area of Playita Amador and then began to fill with water so the crew managed to take the boat to Isla Flamenco where it sank. If the OPC company is found to be negligent they could be fined for polluting the water.

Editor's Comment: Ocean Pollution Control (OPC) is the same company that is in a fight with the government over a supposedly illegal landfill they built in Colon.

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17 year old Mike Perham becomes the world’s youngest solo sailing circumnavigator

Boats and SailingDateline: Wednesday 27th August 2009 - Day 157 Position: 10:00 UTC 49° 57N, 05° 00W 1 mile South of the Lizard Speed: 7.0kts - 17 year-old British sailor Mike Perham has become the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world. His 50ft yacht Totallymoney.com crossed the traditional Lizard/Ushant line marking the start and finish point of his 30,000 mile record-setting in bright sunshine at 09:47:30 secs (local)am this morning - two months inside the previous age record set by American teenager Zac Sutherland. Aged 17 years, 164 days old the teenager from Potters Bar Hertfordshire, was escorted across the line by Royal Navy guard ship HMS Mersey, a helicopter from 771 Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, and a small flotilla of press boats that had been on standby overnight to record his finish. Mike said: "I've made it, I've made my dream come true and it feels amazing. A BIG BIG thanks to my Dad, Mum, all the sponsors and every one who has helped me along the way. I can't believe that the Royal Navy has sent HMS Mersey and a helicopter to witness my crossing the line. I feel very honoured." Mike's Dad said: "Mike is a very special son, he has done incredibly well. He has shown that with determination, you can succeed even in the most adverse circumstances. He has shown the world that he is an extraordinary young man and an inspiration to us all." The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, KCB OBE ADC passed a message to Mike Perham as he sailed past The Lizard passed on a congratulatory message via Lt Cdr Carl Wiseman Captain of HMS Mersey: “The Royal Navy offers its sincere congratulations to Michael Perham on his record breaking single-handed sailing circumnavigation. This is a remarkable and inspirational achievement in one so young, another impressive event in the rich Maritime history of this island nation and of the Perham family”. “Michael’s family have strong maritime connections, with his father having been a merchant naval officer, his grandfather having served with the Royal Navy during World War 2, and his great grandfather as a Royal Marine in the Crimean war.” “Michael sets a fine example showing remarkable character, grit and self discipline in completing this historic record-breaking voyage and the Royal Navy is delighted to participate in welcoming him back home to the UK as an honoured and much respected fellow seafarer.” After crossing the finish line Mike was joined by his Dad, Peter to continue sailing back to for a homecoming welcome at Gunwharf Quay at 11:00 on Saturday. To read this daily insight on the last leg of Mike's remarkable voyage, visit www.totallymoney.com/sailmike
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Mike Perham, 17, due to become youngest solo round-the world sailor

Boats and SailingBy Kaya Burgess for the Times Online - A 17-year-old boy is due to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world when his yacht returns to British waters this week, nine months after he set out. Mike Perham tackled 50ft waves, broken rudders and gale-force winds during his 30,000-mile voyage, and will tonight have to endure the remnants of Hurricane Bill before he makes it safely back to land. Speaking to The Times from rough seas 300 miles out in the Atlantic, Mike said: “I’m very much looking forward to being back. It’s all getting very exciting now. I’m really looking forward to being in my own room and having a fridge in the house and little luxuries like home cooking and having friends around. “There have been a couple of times when I was thinking, ‘Crikey, what am I doing here?”. I’ve had lots of knocks and bruises and bumps, but nothing serious thankfully. It all soon turns to a sense of wonder and realising why you are doing it.” Mike’s route took him from Portsmouth last November, south through the Atlantic, round the Cape of Good Hope and between Australia and New Zealand. He then plotted a course roughly northeast across the Pacific before heading through the Panama Canal and back across the Atlantic. Mike had hoped to make it a continuous journey, but technical difficulties meant that he had to make a number of stops for repairs. He said: “It has been different to what I originally set out to do. I wanted to go non-stop at first. It’s been very hard. I’ve stopped five times for repairs and in Panama for the canal, but I always have a bit of time in advance to make some calls and my dad helps with the organisation.” (more)



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Mike Perham - Sailing Up The Eastern Seaboard of the US

Boats and Sailing By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Remember Mike Perham, the 17 year old who departed Panama about a week ago on his bid to become the youngest person to ever have sail around the world alone? Well, he's doing just fine, thank you very much. He's currently in the Atlantic Ocean, about due East of Charleston South Carolina, making good progress to the North and taking advantage of great weather and the 2 knot Gulf Stream. According to the most recent entry on this daily blog, a warship came up and checked him out pretty closely for awhile, probably just making sure he wasn't running drugs or something. Anyway, they eventually turned away and left him alone. Mike is expected to finish his around the world voyage in about 18 days or so when he gets back to England.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Ah, That's Better - Updated Position for Mike Perham

Boats and SailingBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Mike Perham's position finally updated at 19:00 GMT (14:00 hrs local) and reflects his position as 09° 31.0961 N, 079° 52.6173 W, making 7.2 knots at a heading of 57 degrees. According to his blog his intent is to skirt around the western side of the Caribbean, head past Florida to catch what he can of the Gulf Stream, and then head across the Atlantic and back home to Portsmouth in the UK.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Mike Perham's Boat Got Slightly Damaged in the Gatun Lock

Boats and SailingBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I just got an update via cellphone from my son who is with Mike Perham aboard his sailboat the totallymoney.com. Apparently there was some kind of a minor mishap in the very last stage of the Gatun Lock of the Panama Canal. According to my son, currents in the lock pushed the sailboat up against a tug that was to their starboard side. Some side railing wires got caught up in the tires that were hanging from the side of the tug as bumpers, and there was some minor damage to the starboard side of the boat. Right now they are headed toward the Shelter Bay Marina on the old Fort Sherman installation. Mike was scheduled to depart Panama tomorrow morning at 6:00 am, but at this point I don't think they have determined whether or not repairs are required before he can set off. This just happened about five minutes ago, and Mike is discussing the requirements to file an accident or incident report with the Panama Canal pilot who is aboard his boat. I've heard lots of stories like this from guys who transit the Panama Canal in relatively small boats - it's practically common.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Mike Perham - Blasting Through The Panama Canal

Boats and SailingBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - At 20:00 GMT (or 15:00 local) Mike Perham and his boat the totallymoney.com are making their way through the Panama Canal at a healthy 7 knots. They should clear through the Gatun Locks later this afternoon, which will put the hull of his boat into the waters of the Caribbean for the first time on this trip. I just tried to call my son on his cell phone but got no answer because they're in the middle of the canal, passing close to the famous Barro Colorado island, and are out of cell phone coverage. I'm sure he's getting some great photos and video of the transit. If you're following the transit stay tuned to the ACP's High Resolution Cameras at the Gatun Locks. I'll see if I can get them to wave...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Mike Perham Has Cleared the Miraflores Locks

Boats and SailingBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Mike Perham has cleared the Miraflores Locks in the Panama Canal and is now transiting Miraflores Lake en route to the Pedro Miguel locks.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Mike Perham Will Transit Panama Canal Tomorrow

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Mike Perham in Panama
Mike Perham in Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Mike Perham, the 17 year-old from England who is vying to become the youngest person to ever have sailed around the world alone and unassisted will transit the Panama Canal during the day tomorrow from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Mike has been delayed in Panama for a couple of weeks due to damage in his rigging. He needed to order replacement parts from the United States, and now that repairs have been completed he is anxious to get back on the water. He plans to go up the Western side of the Caribbean, scoot past Florida, and then out across the Atlantic and eventually home to England. You can follow Mikes progress on http://www.totallymoney.com/sailmike/ - if you click on the "M" on the map on that site you can see Mike's current position (which has been in the Flamenco Marina for the past couple of weeks.) You also might be able to catch his transit tomorrow on the ACP's webcams.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Brahms Is Now In Panama

Boats and SailingThe Panama Sailing School in excited to announce the magnificent sailing yacht "BRAHMS" - Gulfstar 44 is now in Panama and with Panama Sailing School offering the heights of luxury and excitement in 'CANDLELIGHT DINNERS & CONCERTS right on board. "BRAHMS" has a built in & rare Hazelton Bros. Baby Grand Piano, which is serenaded by renown pianist Joel Willner of Israel and cuisine is served by five star chef "PATRICIA" from Colombia and is now here in Panama. Join us for an exquisite and elegant evening of sailing, fine dining and concert in the Bay of Panama for a fraction of the cost in a six star fine restaurant. Reservations are limited and we can accommodate up to six guests on board for an evening and up to 8 guests for an all day sailing cruise to Taboga. Come and join us http://www.panamasailingschool.com Photos are on facebook!
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British teenager Mike Perham aims for round-the-world sailing record

Boats and SailingBy Philip Sherwell in New York for the Telegraph - After surviving ferocious storms, 60 ft waves and emergency underwater repairs, the teenager from Potters Bar is on course to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo. He must first clear the Panama Canal and then sail through the Caribbean and home across the Atlantic. "I'm very chuffed that the next time I step on land, I'll be home," Mike told The Sunday Telegraph as he completed repairs to his rigging before heading into the Canal. While he was awaiting the delivery of a new part in Panama, an American teenager temporarily claimed the record as the youngest single-handed circumnavigator. Zac Sunderland steered his sailboat back into his home port of Marina del Rey, California, on Thursday, aged 17 years, seven months and 17 days. But Mike is more than three months younger than his fellow "yachtboy". And as he expects to complete the last 5,000 miles of his 30,000 mile journey in 25 days, he will then take the crown of youngest round-the-world solo sailor in mid-August. (more)

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Mike Perham - Preparing To Transit the Pamama Canal (At Last)

Boats and Sailing By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Mike Perham, the 17 year-old vying to become the youngest person to have ever sailed around the world alone and unassisted, finally is preparing to transit the Panama Canal and proceed on with his voyage. Upon arrival in Panama he discovered a broken fitting on his mast rigging that had to be repaired. It took a few days for the part to be shipped from the US, and now that repairs have been completed Mike is itching to get back on the water. There's also a problem with his motor - it runs in neutral but when it's shifted into gear it begins to vibrate terribly. At first they were going to haul the boat out of the water to try to fix it but complications regarding the availability of equipment, combined with draft limitations (his boat has a 4 meter keel) would have made that very complicated and time consuming. So, Mike has decided to press on through the Caribbean and across the Atlantic without a working engine. He said "I'm not really concerned about setting out without the motor - it's what I do. My original goal was to sail around the world anyway, not motor around the world. It would have been nice to have the motor in case of an emergency but even if there's a ship pouring down on you doing 20 knots or something the best the boat can do with the motor is about 4 knots so even that wouldn't be much of a help. I'll just fire flares at their bridge or something to get noticed." He also said there are ways of sailing around "holes" of no wind, where the overall track might be longer but the trip actually made much faster by taking the longer route. It looks like a tender from the Balboa Yacht Club will bring Mike through the Panama Canal, possibly as soon as tomorrow. (In the photo, Russel the camera man, my son Kent, and Mike Perham.)

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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SoCal Teen To Become the Youngest to Sail Around the World

Boats and Sailing KTLA.com - MARINA DEL REY -- A teenager from Thousand Oaks is expected to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone when he arrives in Los Angeles Thursday morning. Zac Sunderland, who left Marina del Rey June 14, 2008 at age 16 and has been headed west ever since, is expected to arrive in his homeport at 10 a.m. Thursday to a hero's reception at Fisherman's Village. Zac turned 17 off Africa's Cape of Good Hope and is expected to be certified upon his arrival as the youngest person to circumnavigate the Earth alone by sailboat and the first person younger than 18 to have done it, according to the American Sailor's Association, which is also one of Zac's sponsors. "The patience, knowledge and fortitude required for such a journey is immeasurable," said Charlie Nobles, executive director of ASA. "And, it's beyond unusual to find those qualities in someone Zac's age. This is an age group we associate with all things instantaneous -- texting, tweeting at a mile per second." (more) (See Comments)
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Mike Perham Meets With Her Majesty’s Ambassador at Panama City

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Mike Perham and H.E. Richard Austen, Her Majesty’s Ambassador at Panama City
Mike Perham and H.E. Richard Austen, Her Majesty’s Ambassador at Panama City
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This morning Mike Perham, the 17 year-old vying to become the youngest person to ever have sailed around the world alone, was invited to meet with H.E. Richard Austen, Her Majesty’s Ambassador at Panama City, in the offices of the British Embassy in Marbella. Accompanied by Tatiana Nazarova and Dr. Monte Friesner of the Panama Sailing School, Mike met at length with Ambassador Austen and David Andrews, the Consul of the British Embassy in Panama. They spoke about Mike's voyage thus far, his planned route once he clears the Panama Canal, the repairs being accomplished on his boat the TotallyMoney.com, among other things. Recognizing the potential for growing media interest in Mike's trip once he gets closer to completing his voyage and returning home, Mr. Andrews joked about the possibility of coordinating with the Royal Navy to have someone come out to escort Mike once he gets closer to home. Mike just said "I expect we'll have a really big party" once the trip is over. In describing some of the most memorable moments of this voyage, Mike described the 60 knot winds and 50' (plus) seas of the South Pacific, and how he was literally able to outrun the waves in his boat at times. The part needed to fix Mike's boat was finally delivered this morning, and right now it looks like he might be making his transit through the Panama Canal on Friday, 17 July 2009.

Copyright 2009 Text and Images by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Panama's Yacht and Fishing Club - Next To Be Seized By Martinelli?

Boats and SailingBy Aet Elisa Tejera C. for La Crítica - Another concession that will be reviewed (by the new administration of Ricardo Martinelli) is that given to the Club de Yates y Pesca (Yacht and Fishing Club), where the State had to pay $8 million dollars to build three hectares of landfill, forming part of the construction of the new "Coastal Strip" - land that was handed over to this organization. Panama's Minister of Economy and Finance, Alberto Vallarino, said they would call the directors of the Club to come in for a meeting next week for them to report on the landfill. "The State created this landfill with an investment of $8 million dollars that did not have to be done, and much less for free," said Vallarino. He indicated the Panamanian Maritime Authority will be conducting a detailed review of the concession contracts to determine how many of these properties will be seized because the people holding the concessions have not complied with the contracts. The Yacht and Fishing Club has occupied 1.8 hectares of ocean front and marina property for decades without proper authority or permissions. In 1959 the State gave finca number 30,147 to the club measuring 8,088 square meters, but over the years the club expanded and now occupies 4.7 hectares. The Club alleges the building of the Coastal Strip affected their facilities, which is why they returned the lands donated to them by the state in 1959 in exchange for the three new hectares of landfill built by the State as part of the new Coastal Strip.
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Mike Perham - Still Making Repairs in Panama

Boats and Sailing By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Mike Perham, the 17 year-old vying to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world alone and unassisted, is still in Panama and making repairs to his boat the TotallyMoney.com. As you can see in the image he found a broken "jaw tooth shackle" in his rigging, and it would have been unsafe to continue the voyage without first having that repaired. The part arrives today, shipped via overnight pouch from the United States. Mechanics are also working out some lingering problems with the motor. After replacing a fuel pump the motor now runs, but after awhile it begins to vibrate so they will be working on that as well today. Mike is now hoping to transit the Panama Canal on Wednesday, 15 July 2009, and then to head out into the Caribbean to begin his trek towards his home in England. Here's a video Mike shot from high on the mast of his boat:

Mike Perham Fixing Rigging on the TotallyMoney.com
Mike Perham Fixing Rigging on the TotallyMoney.com



Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Sailing schoolboy arrives in Panama

Boats and SailingYachting Monthly - Sailing schoolboy Mike Perham, 17, has arrived in his Open 50 Totallymoney.com in Panama. He hopes to become the youngest solo circumnavigator. His parents are relieved he has arrived safely. Their missive on his website reads: 'The Perham family anxiety levels have now receded as Mike safely arrived at Flamenco Marina, Panama at 09.30hrs local time (15.30hrs BST). He was escorted in by guys from the Panama Sailing School and shepherded into his berth by three ribs from the marina. 'There were several members of the media and people from the yacht Club to greet him. However, a press conference has been arranged for 2pm at the Consulate tomorrow. 'Stopping in Panama will allow TotallyMoney.com to have a thorough check over before she transits the canal and heads off into the Caribbean. If all goes well we are hoping that Mike will be able to transit over the weekend. As soon as we know timings, we will post them on the website. 'As Mike was unable to sleep last night due to the proximity of shipping and only had a couple of hours the night before, we are hoping he is able to thoroughly re-charge his batteries whilst staying in the company of a lovely family in Panama. 'We are hugely grateful to the people of Panama who are making Mike so welcome and organising everything that needs to be done to get TotallyMoney.Com on her way. 'A good record of Mike's arrival can be seen at : http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20090708131514610 Peter and Heather' Yachting Monthly, 9 July 2009 (Photo Credit: Don Winner, www.panama-guide.com)

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Zac Sunderland's British sailing rival fires shot across his bow

Boats and Sailing Los Angeles Times - While Zac Sunderland plods slowly north off Baja California, less than 300 miles from home after a 13-month around-the-world odyssey, Mike Perham, his British counterpart, has entered the Panama Canal. Tale of the tape: Both sailors are 17. Zac is a few months older, though, so not long after he becomes the youngest person to sail alone around the world, Mike is expected to complete his journey and claim that distinction. Zac's trip is not well-funded. He's on a smaller (36-foot), older, much slower boat. Mike's journey is fully sponsored. He's aboard a 50-foot racing yacht whose sails might be worth as much as Zac's entire vessel. Mike left England months after Zac left Marina del Rey and were it not for a series of boat issues he'd have easily beaten his Yankee rival to the record. Mike is due home in early August. Fighting words: Zac and Mike are not friends and Mike recently issued a statement on his blog that could be perceived as being directed at Zac: "Usually cruising boats making this trip up from New Zealand or Australia would use their engine during these light conditions to make good progress -- but due to the nature of my trip, which is to sail around the world, I haven't and I won't use the engine to push me even one nautical mile around the planet.... Using my engine wouldn't be right or fair!" (more) (See Comment)
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Mike Perham, Youngest To Sail Around Globle Alone, Nearing Panama

Boats and Sailing By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Mike Perham, the 17 year old young man who has already sailed more than 25,000 miles around the globe, is approaching Panama, slowly but surely. Mike has been calling me every evening on his Satellite phone to report his progress, and it's been frustrating. "I'll get there sooner or later, but it's been slow going the past couple of days - there's just been almost no wind at all," he said. Mike is striving to become the youngest person to ever have sailed around the world, alone and unassisted, and right now he's predicting his arrival in Panama as "Wednesday-ish." The really cool guys from the Panama Sailing School are going to head out aboard their 44.7' Beneteau First "French Kiss" to meet Mike in the Bay of Panama and escort him into the Flamenco Marina. This morning at about 6:00 am local, Mike was making 9.6 knots. (more)
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Sailing schoolboy approaching Panama

Boats and Sailing Yachting Monthly - Sailing schoolboy Mike Perham, 17, who hopes to become the youngest solo yachtsman to sail around the world is just 650 miles from Panama. His latest log reads: 'After a fantastic day's run, the wind began to drop off slightly this evening and I've now slowed down to 9knots. I'm still chuffed with my progress though as usually in this area by the doldrums the conditions are pretty variable. 'At the moment, it looks like I could be In Panama for Monday morning, which would be a great result. I'm only 650miles off from Panama as the crow flies, but I think I'll be sailing around 750miles to get in there. Sailing straight isn't the quickest way. I'm staying south for as long as I can before peeling off north, almost straight up to Panama. This way I stay in the good winds for longer and will be able to make the most of the current. 'The sheer amount of random gear floating out on the ocean I've come across has been crazy. Today, as I came on deck this morning, I looked out to sea and 10ft away was a large fishing buoy with a flagpole attached. This is a typical marker for something like a lobster pot which would have been a short way offshore. It had obviously come away from whatever was tethering it before and had drifted all the way out here. 'The moment I saw it I immediately thought that one of its trailing lines would wrap around Totallymoney.com's, keel which is nothing less than a perfect hook - especially as we were sailing on the leeward side but, thank goodness, as we sailed straight past at 11knots, nothing got caught and it continued to bob away into the distance and out of sight. The ocean really is full of junk in places. Apart from several mooring buoys I've also had a close encounter with a huge 10inch towing rope stretching further than I could see, in the middle of the Southern Ocean, thousands of miles from anywhere. I've seen countless random plastic bottles and small bits of rubbish just floating about in all sorts of places around the world. 'It's the end of a food week today, so the choice is pretty poor for dinner - oh well, at least I'm going to have a fantastic selection tomorrow!' More at www.sailmike.com
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CG Rescues 2 Off Coast of Costa Rica

Boats and Sailing U.S. Coast Guard ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman rescued two mariners from a life raft 50 miles west of Costa Rica. A Coast Guard C-130 crew, from Air Station Sacramento, located the life raft in the vicinity of the Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon signal and confirmed there were two people in the life raft. The crew dropped food, water and a radio to the survivors. The Sherman, a 378-foot high endurance cutter, homeported here, was in the vicinity and diverted to the scene. The cutter arrived on scene and lowered their smallboat so they could transfer the two survivors from the life raft. The two men rescued are the master of the Black Pearl, Stephen Szukics, 55, of Fort Worth, Texas, and James Winningham, 45, Murphy, Calif. Szukics and Winningham said they were en route to Texas via the Panama Canal aboard the Black Pearl, a 55-foot boat homeported in Loch Lomond Marina, San Francisco, when the vessel sank. The two survivors are reported to be in good condition and will be transferred to land at the cutter’s next port call. (more)
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Panama Canal Yacht Club

Boats and SailingThe Panama Canal Yacht Club: This information is second hand and needs to be confirmed.I understand Panama Ports sequestered this historic club in Cristobal. After the initial sequestration PPP arrived at 3 AM and proceeded to block access to the club. They then started tearing down the club house. The sequestration is in question as the club has paid it's rent and the payment was accepted by PPP. My understanding of sequestration is that they are not allowed to destroy property until the court has decided the case. This action appears to have been carefully timed for "Colon Day".
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Nightmare with Mercury Marine Panama City

Boats and SailingDear Mr. Winner, I am having a horrible experience with the Mercury Marine Corporation in Central America, and wanted to share my experience with you. I need help and am grateful for your time in reading this unbelievable nightmare. My name is Carl Miller and I purchased a Mercury 225 Optimax with the extended warranty. At the time I lived in Florida and have since moved to Bocas. Instead of selling my Mercury motor I choose to pay about $8.000.00 to bring it and my boat with me. When the boat arrived in Panama the motor computer acted erratically. I checked the owners manual which lead me to check the oil and other items and they were fine, but still the computer seemed to be malfunctioning. (more)
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Panama Canal Yacht Club closed

Boats and SailingBy Sharon Drechsler - Yachting Examiner - Amidst some controversy, the Panama Ports Company carried out a “midnight massacre” maneuver to take over the historical Panama Canal Yacht Club in the town of Colon, Panama, recently. Arriving in the middle of the night and demolishing the club during thAmidst some controversy, the Panama Ports Company carried out a “midnight massacre” maneuver to take over the historical Panama Canal Yacht Club in the town of Colon, Panama, recently. Arriving in the middle of the night and demolishing the club during the course of a holiday weekend, workers were reported to have leveled the club. According to a report by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com, most boaters moored at the yacht club had just paid their monthly slip fees and are now without electricity or water. They will be required to remove their vessels by April 1st. (more)
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