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Old 08-11-2012, 04:58 AM   #1
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I have been looking at Latitude 38's site: Pacific Puddle Jump Articles as I contemplate the commencement of the Pacific crossing next year.

I would like to hear from anyone who has participated in this sponsored crossing. It doesn't appear to be regimented and there seems to be some financial and social benefits.

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It is worth taking part in...especially the pre-crossing seminars and the post crossing events in Moorea. Most of the connections with other sailors that you make in Mexico will remain with you all the way to Australia and beyond.

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many puddle jumping souls leave from puerto vallarta area--there are seminars and meetings and much assistance for these jumping off souls before they leave including radio licensure, weather, and other topics of interest.
jump off is in february.
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Now I'm considering something similar, but about half way.

At the end of 2013 I'll be heading from Sydney out into the Pacific, in reverse. First stop Lord Howe Island, then New Zealand. Then I plan to hitch a ride on the roaring 40's and then up to Raivave in French Polynesia. From there I plan to take the last half of the fairly standard puddle jump route.

It's a bit of an unorthodox approach, but I have a strong, heavy boat well equipped to tackle the 40s and once I reach Raivave I'll hopefully have company from there. I'll plan to take a fairly leisurely approach to it, perhaps 2 years all up to get back to Australia from Raivave and then from there I'll head north to SE Asia.

I'd be interested to hear from any who've made similar trips before. In particular the last half of the puddle jump -- my big question at the moment is how much money to take?
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I can only reply with the name Ken Barnes...my old neighbor from Shoreline Marina. He had a strong boat too.

How much money to take? Well, some people can make it all the way around the world with $100K...I'm not one of them
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:20 PM   #6
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-- my big question at the moment is how much money to take?
Getting money isn't such a big deal anymore, so you're better off just carrying a credit card and a debit card so you can get cash wherever you might find yourself.

With so long at sea for your first legs of the trip, food on board will be more important than cash! You will hear lots and lots of Americans complaining about how very expensive French Polynesia is. And, compared to California and (especially) Mexico, it sure was expensive for food, etc. But so is food all along the chain of islands back to Oz and NZ unless you eat very little meat and a lot of Taro. Back in the 90s, eggs in Tonga were 50 cents US each! I can't imagine how dear they'll be now. Frozen chicken (from the US) was a real bargain in Tahiti, though.

I realize that things have changed since we went through Fr. Polynesia, but here's a link to our log for Raivavae . We loved the island, and because it's so out of the way I don't think you'll find too many boats there, and those that are will most likely be primarily French. We had been told by the French meteorologists on Mangareva that the weather fronts came through pretty regularly, and they could be pretty rough during their winter. Two days of dead calm, two days of moderate weather, and five days of real howlers.

When we reached Tahiti, we met a couple who had decided to sail to the Tuomotus from NZ, and had a terrible time of it - those roaring 40s didn't behave the way they had expected them to, so instead of a run or reach, they were hard on the wind for much of the trip.

One other boat we knew made the west to east slog to Fr. Polynesia, and they, too, had a hard trip. But nobody said "I'll never do that again!", so I guess the rewards were worth it for them.

Also, here's a link to the latest Latitude 38 info on the Puddle Jump deals. I wish they could post the names of the boats that behaved so badly that things are harder for those following them, but I understand the possible legal ramifications if they had done so. Leaving a clean wake is so very important, IMO.

I envy you. I have said so many, many times that I wish we had known just how wonderful French Polynesia would be before we got there. We might then have worked harder to find a way to return for a second season before continuing on across the S. Pacific.

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