The Pacific Puddle Jump Starts

When would you set sail for the South Pacific Islands? If you’re one of the more than 80 boats already signed up for the 2018 Pacific Puddle Jump the answer would be this January to April, meaning there’s a slim chance there will be any close maneuvering on the ‘starting line’ which stretches almost 4,000 miles from Southern California to Panama. It may be the world’s longest starting line with the most relaxed starting sequence, but that’s in keeping with the concept of a cruising rally.

There are a lot of good reasons to join the Pacific Puddle Jump. The Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous on June 22-24 is just one of them. 

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While most boats hail from the West Coast of North America there are boats from Japan, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand and more. Boats range in size from the Shannon 28 Summer hailing from Sausalito to the 60-ft Lodestar 55 Tribasa Cross with a hailing port of Albuquerque, NM, and average about 45 feet in length. If the past is any predictor of the future, by the time everyone has set sail to head west, the fleet will consist of around 200 boats.

We suspect most of these people didn’t spend the last week of December wondering, "Should I prepay my 2018 property tax bill?" and are already well south enjoying the cruising life in Mexico or the Caribbean. If you’re among that group, we’d suggest signing up to join the rest of the Pacific Puddle Jumpers on the sail west. You can learn more at

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Reader Lee Panza snapped two amazing photos off Oyster Point on New Year’s Day. © 2018 Lee Panza "The first sunset of 2018," he wrote us.
Back in the ’90s, I was working at the Navy Sailing Center in Point Loma on an especially windy weekend, keeping an eye on the renters (15 knots being a really big deal in San Diego).