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Pre-Departure Puddle Jump Fiesta

This week, the Vallarta YC is abuzz with excitement about the 22nd annual Banderas Bay Regatta, which it hosts as a not-too-serious competition for cruising sailors.

Last Friday cruisers were also the focus of the club’s activities. But in that case, the emphasis was on sailing across 3,000 miles of open ocean, rather than racing around buoys in beautiful Banderas Bay. 

Statistically, the sport of sailing may be slowly shrinking, but there’s no shortage of cruisers chasing the setting sun over the western horizon. Jumpers at our Vallarta YC fiesta were in high spirits.

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With the YC (located at Nuevo Vallarta’s Paradise Village Resort) being our longtime generous cosponsor, Latitude 38 hosted its annual Pacific Puddle Jump Send-Off Party for several dozen boats that are currently staged to head west from Banderas Bay in the coming weeks. As always, we gave a multi-part presentation on making the crossing and French Polynesian legalities and customs, as well as tips on cruising the archipelagos. The YC provided a bountiful assortment of hors d’oeuvres, and Latitude pitched in for free drinks for all, plus official Pacific Puddle Jump burgees. 

For us, the only tough part of the gig is doing dozens of back-to-back interviews with the various crews. But that’s also the most fascinating part of the day, as we meet all sorts of people from all walks of life who all share similar dreams of bluewater voyaging. 

Puddle Jumpers come in all sizes including little Benjamin, who couldn’t quite get it together to crack a smile for us. Top row, L to R; Jonathan of Fluenta, Kyle of Lady Carolina, Alex and Brenden of Exodus. Bottom: Victoria and Ben of Fluenta and Joel of Lady Carolina.

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Paul Moore of the San Francisco-based Ohlson 38 Romany Star is the ‘old pro’ of the fleet, as this is his third Puddle Jump. One of his former dockmates, Bonnie Wagner, signed on as crew, obviously seeing the wisdom of cruising on OPBs (other people’s boats).

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In the coming months you can meet all the Banderas Bay Jumpers in the pages of Latitude 38. We’ll also be introducing you to many international sailors who are ‘jumping’ this year from Panama and the Galapagos — a great diversity of adventurers, all of whom had fascinating tales to share.


  1. Shane Crawford 3 years ago

    Looking for Bonnie wagner. I’m an old friend.she sailed with Paul Moore

  2. Shane Crawford 3 years ago

    Looking for Bonnie wagner. Sailed with Paul Moore

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Whether gliding along on a light breeze or pushing the limits of her 2,000-square-foot spinnaker, the schooner Santana was always a splendid sight on the Bay.
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