|Jerry's Cruising Poems|
It is time to sail over the sea,
There’s a man with unusual whims.
This was written in 1999 and read on the VHF radio by “Windbag” just before we left Neiafu. “Malo” means “thank you” in Tongan. Pat Ledyard came as school principal, married a doctor, and stayed over 50 years in Vava'u in the village of Utulei. We had dinner with the “Queen” (the King's wife) of Tonga at Pat's house. Some cruisers stopped only for one or two days in Tonga and then rushed on to complete scheduled circumnavigations. Andy and Sandy knew our schooner in the Bahamas and were good friends of the schooner's original owners. They stayed many seasons in Vava'u working as sailmakers, and then became full-time residents of New Zealand. “Passing Wind” was the nom de plume of a cruiser who often read amusing bits on the VHF radio. His nemesis was an unknown radio user who would hold down his microphone button and create static to block out poetry or other humorous stuff. The man from Cornwall was our English friend Roger, who singlehanded the steel junk-rigged schooner “Irena.” Louise ran the cruisers favorite restaurant in Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga.