Pacific Puddle Jump
From the Americas to French Polynesia

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  • Ahoy Pacific Puddle Jumpers,
    First, let us wish you a very happy New Year!
    The fact that you are receiving this letter confirms that you are fully registered at
    In the coming weeks we will be sending out a number of informational emails, each numbered (and posted on the PPJ website). This is Fleet Letter #1.
    Our apologies for the delay in getting this note to you, but we are still finalizing plans for our Panama events.
    The most important piece of business today is to make you aware that all non-EU passport holders must post a "repatriation bond" upon entry in French Polynesia, which is equal to an air ticket home for each crew member -- UNLESS: 1) you can show a homeward air ticket, or 2) you get a bond exemption through a licensed yacht agent. (Last year some long-stay visa holders were exempted, but we have been told by French authorities that this is no longer the policy.)
    For the past few years we have been working with Tahiti Crew Agency for the purpose of obtaining bond exemptions. Please see their offering and rates attached to the email you should have received from the PPJ Committee after registering, which includes clearance in and out, bond exemptions, and a duty free fuel certificate (retrievable in the Marquesas). PLEASE NOTE: You are under no obligation to use these services. They are simply offered for your convenience.
    We hope you are able to attend one of our annual PPJ Sendoff Parties, which are open to all crews departing in 2018 (free of charge):
    • March 5 — PPJ Sendoff Party at Vallarta Yacht Club, in Nuevo Vallarta's Paradise Village Resort; 3-6 p.m. Latitude 38 magazine's Editor-at-large Andy Turpin will host a highly informative media presentation, including in-depth immigration and customs info. Mini-profiles of each crew that attends will be published in Latitude 38 magazine.
    • Early March (dates now being finalized) — "Tahiti Bon Voyage" Sendoff Parties in Panama (We will send and post our Fleet Letter #2 as soon as event plans are finalized.)
    Latitude 38 staff and our Tahitian partners will again co-host the following three-day event in French Polynesia:
    June 22-24 — The Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous serves the dual purpose of celebrating the fleet's safe arrival in the islands while introducing several hundred international sailors to time-honored cultural traditions in music, dance, cuisine and sport — including outrigger canoe races where you will be invited to participate. Detailed info to follow.
    In our next fleet email, in a week or two, we'll discuss Panama Events and Radio Nets for the crossing.
    Thanks, PPJ Rally Committee
  • Sign up today! Free registration for the 2018 Pacific Puddle Jump begins today at 3 p.m. Once you have signed up you will receive a series of informational (non-commercial) emails with important passage-related info.
  • PPJ Sendoff parties will be held in March, 2018 at the Vallarta YC, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, as well as at both the Balboa YC and Shelter Island Marina in Panama. Exact dates, times and other details of these free events will be posted here soon.
  • Free online registration for the 2018 Pacific Puddle Jump Rally is open.
  • The 2018 Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous will be June 22-24.
    Details here.
  • What is the Pacific Puddle Jump? Find out here.
  • How you can obtain a 'bond exemption'.
  • Important information on getting a Long Stay Visa.
  • Be sure to check out this year's PPJ sponsors. We encourage you to support them, as we greatly value their partnership in administering the Puddle Jump.

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This site was last updated on January 17, 2018.

This is the official homepage for the annual Pacific Puddle Jump rally. It is not to be confused with the PPJ group hosted by Yahoo. Although that group is not directly affiliated with Latitude 38 or this site, the group members share useful tips and info about Puddle Jump-related topics. All would-be South Pacific cruisers are welcome to join it.

Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous
Tahiti-Moorea Sailing
Rendezvous brochure

TMS Poster2017 Rendezvous Poster

French Polynesia Guide
2016 Yellow Flag Guide to French Polynesia
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New Caledonia Guide
PDF Download (19.8 MB)


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