The Oyster World Rally is recognized among the most important interoceanic yacht events in the world and Panama is one of the chosen destinations.
Twenty three (23) sailboats of different nationalities visited the San Blas Islands and sailed to Shelter Bay Marina (Colón, at the entrance of the Panama Canal), where the yachts remained for a few days, awaiting transit
The first group of twelve (12) sailboats began their transit today. The remaining group of eleven(11) sailboats will transit on Wednesday. The boats will visit the Panama Pearl Islands and then continue their route to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
During their stay in San Blas and in the Shelter Bay marina, the sailors participated in various activities where they had the opportunity to learn about the Panamanian culture and folklore.
Russ Goedjen, President of the Nautical Tourism Association, advocate and promoter of Panama's Yacht Tourist Industry in a recent interview expressed that "Panama seeks to consolidate itself as an international destination for nautical tourism and attract international sailboats to our coasts, to enhance the tourist offer and generate income for local companies in the sector" . He went on to say that “Panama is an important market for nautical tourism. It has the infrastructures, there are no hurricanes and the country offers an ample selection of high quality tourist services. With the realization of rallies we can increase tourism in our country. We have to continue promoting the nautical industry that is growing”.
ASA through it’s specialized yachts division is a long time supporter of the Oyster world rally and is proud to assist the Oyster Rally organization with their Panama Canal transit arrangements.