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The Inside Scoop on South Pacific Cruising

The vision of sailing from the West Coast of the Americas to the South Pacific is one of the most captivating dreams of cruising, and also a major undertaking. It’s the course to the Southern Cross followed by the recently deceased singer/songwriter/sailor David Crosby aboard his wooden schooner Mayan. Once you arrive, there are literally hundreds of alluring tropical isles that you might explore.

Pacific Puddle Jump Tahiti Rainbow
There may not be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but the raw beauty of this Tahitian lagoon is equally precious.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Andy

This week a team of South Pacific cruising experts will offer a wealth of local knowledge and personal insights on sailing the Pacific Puddle Jump to this vast region, during three South Pacific Bon Voyage events in Panama and Mexico. A joint effort between the Pacific Puddle Jump rally and the South Pacific Sailing Network — with support from Latitude 38 — these (free) highly informative three-hour seminars will include up-to-date information on making the Pacific Puddle Jump passage, as well as cruising French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and the Galápagos.

Panama events at Shelter Bay Marina.

• Jan 27, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

• Jan 28, 10 a.m.–1p.m.

Mexico event at Vallarta Yacht Club, at Paradise Village Marina, Nuevo Vallarta.

• Jan 30, 4–7 p.m.

Tahiti Dancers with Grass Skirts
The richness of Polynesian culture adds immeasurably to the allure of South Pacific islands.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Andy

If you are in either area, we encourage you to attend. All interested sailors will be welcome.

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