Sat, Jan 20, 2018

The 2018 Cruisers Roundtable Seminar Series Kicks Off

Starting the first week in January and continuing through February 19th, the Vallarta Yacht Club is hosting all Cruisers (Puddle Jumpers, Southbounders and coastal Mexico) in the Banderas Bay area to a series Roundtables led by experienced marine business leaders and Blue Water Cruisers covering subjects of local government requirements and assistance, navigation, weather, on-board medical care, emergencies underway to sail, machinery, electrical and electronics repair and maintenance.

These Cruisers' Roundtables are held at the Vallarta Yacht Club each Monday and Thursday afternoons from 15:00 - 17:00 (3 to 5 pm), followed immediately by the VYC daily Happy Hour featuring 2 for 1 beer, wine and all well & soft drinks; as well as the first hamburger & fries at the low regular price and get the second for 40 pesos less."

The first of this Cruisers' Roundtables was at 15:00, Thursday, January 4th. led by Vilma Habelloecker of Vilma's Yacht Agency, and US Consular Agent Kelly Trainor. The Port Captain was detained. It was suggested that he be scheduled to become a participant in Andy Turpin's Puddlejump session in March to cover the latest Mexico check-out procedures.

Date Subject Presenter
January 4th Introduction to Mexico Cruising Immigration – Vilma, Port Captain - Hector Medina, Navy - Aguiera Giez, USA Consulate - Kelly Trainor*
January 8th Sails Design, Materials and Care Ullman Sails – Chuck Skewes
January 11th Rigging and Sails: Wear and Tear Underway With: “GET THE BALANCE RIGHT” SYS - Jorge Servin & PV Sailing/North Sails - Mike Danielson
January 15th Building Your own Chart Plotter & Creating Useable Charts Using Google Earth VYC IT – Andy Barrow
January 18th Provisioning & Long Passages E2 Yacht Services - Elizabeth Shanahan
January 22rd Troubleshooting & Repairing Electric And Mechanical Systems Underway John Pounder & Jack Tinsley
January 25th Emergencies, Tropical Deseases and Medical Care in Remote Areas Dr. Essau Gutiérrez
January 29th Emergencies at Sea (Sinking & Man Overboard) E2 Yacht Services - Eugenie Russell & VYC Commodore – Dan Green
February 1st Offshore Weather & Navigation With: “PICKING YOUR WINDOW” PV Sailing/North Sails - Mike Danielson
February 5th Troubleshoot & Repair Engines & H2O Makers Jack Tinsley
February 8th Health & Safety in the Tropics Dra. Alma Vargas* & Dr.Jim Nordstrom
February 12th Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Geisha - Scott Powers
February 15th Troubleshoot & Repair of Electronics at Sea John Pounder
February 19th Fire Prevention & Underway Emergencies Dick Markie

Pacific Puddle Jump Seminar Series Schedule 2011

JOIN IN !   Join the group of cruisers who band together to have fun, learn what to expect, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Every year the Vallarta Yacht Club hosts a series of seminars intended to provide vital information to cruisers heading to the Pacific. These seminars are presented by local experts on a number of topics important to cruising sailors.  This year’s Pacific Puddle Jump Seminar Series includes 15 presentations from January through Marc,h covering a broad range of topics important to cruisers preparing for this adventure.  All offshore cruisers and sailors will also find these topics interesting. 

The full schedule is below. To download and print it, click here.  Questions? contact Bill Noonan, Rear Commodore VYC, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Session No.







Jan 15

Sat 4-6pm

OPENING SESSION – A Whale of a Close Encounter - Surviving a Sudden Sinking During the 2009 Ha-Ha


Eugenie Russell with intro by Dick Markie


Jan 19

Wed 4-6pm

35,000 Miles of Lessons Learned from a Veteran Jumper, plus First Mate Perspective

Followed by ladies only get together


Keith and Susan Levy

Susan Levy


Jan 26

Wed 10-12am

Provisioning Tips and Sources (panel discussion)


Laurie Ailworth, Jean (Mita Kuluu), Susan Levy, and Carnes del Mundo


Jan 26

Wed 2-4pm

Safety at Sea – Boat and Crew Preparation

Common Sense at Sea


Doug Danielson

Dick Markie


Jan 28

Fri night 7-9pm

2010 Passage Diary Aboard Freezing Rain (and the very best of 3,000 photos)


Jay Ailworth


Feb 2

Wed 4-6pm

Rigging and Sails – Get the Balance Right


Mike Danielson


Feb 4

Fri 2-5pm

PPJ Kick-off Party at VYC with Latitude 38

Preceded by presentation on South Pacific Weather


Andy Turpin

Mike Danielson


Feb 9

Wed 4-6pm

Radio Communication – Staying Connected in the Middle of Nowhere


Radio Rob



Feb 16

Wed 4-6pm

First Aid and Dental Care at Sea

Skin Deep – Advice from a Dermatologist


Jim Nordstrom

Dr. Alma



Feb 23

Wed 4-6pm

Refrigeration Care and Feeding

Watermaker Care and Feeding


Don May

Kim McDonald


Mar 2

Wed 4-6pm

Boat Systems and Spares


Teapot Tony


Mar 7

Mon Evening 7-9pm

PPJ Get Together at Philo’s Bar in La Cruz

Special talk on tips on fishing along the way



Speaker TBA




Mar 8-12 Banderas Bay Regatta




Mar 16

Wed 4-6pm

Now What?  Yacht Transport Options


Doug Danielson and Tea Lady Ronnie 

Upcoming Events Around the Bay

Sat Jan 20 @12:00AM
Vallarta Cup
Vallarta Yacht Club
Sat Jan 20 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Gypsy Rumba in Concert
Vallarta Yacht Club
Mon Jan 22 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Troubleshooting & Repairing Electric And Mechanical Systems Underway
Vallarta Yacht Club
Thu Jan 25 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Emergencies, Tropical Diseases & First Aid
Vallarta Yacht Club
Sat Jan 27 @12:00AM
Vallarta Cup
Vallarta Yacht Club
Mon Jan 29 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Emergencies at the Sea
Vallarta Yacht Club
Tue Jan 30 @ 6:00PM -
Bingo in Paradise
Vallarta Yacht Club
Thu Feb 01 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Weather & Navigation - “PICKING YOUR WINDOW”
Vallarta Yacht Club
Sun Feb 04 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Tenacatita Cruise-Out
Vallarta Yacht Club - Tenacatita
Sun Feb 04 @ 4:00PM -
Superbowl Party
Vallarta Yacht Club
Mon Feb 05 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Tenacatita Cruise-Out
Vallarta Yacht Club - Tenacatita
Mon Feb 05 @ 3:00PM - 05:00PM
Troubleshooting & Repairing Diesel Engines and Water Makers Underway
Vallarta Yacht Club
Tue Feb 06 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Tenacatita Cruise-Out
Vallarta Yacht Club - Tenacatita
Wed Feb 07 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
VYC Fashion Show
Wed Feb 07 @12:00PM - 10:00PM
Tenacatita Cruise-Out
Vallarta Yacht Club - Tenacatita

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