They are self-named "Puddle Jumpers" a pretty understated sobriquet, considering they might be at sea for 30 days jumping the Pacific puddle.
|Video of the pie eating (throwing!) contest|
We went to Tonga - Vava'u specifically - to watch, photograph, video and participate in the 4th Regatta Vava'u, a week-long celebration of sailing, culture and Tonga itself. We had a great time - much of it already described in earlier blogs. But reliving it Friday has us already scheming how to get back for Regatta Vava'u V this fall.
|A Regatta Vava'u shirt from Tropical Tease|
At the end of our hour-long talk, we gave away a number of items from Tropical Tease, a clothing shop on the main drag in Neiafu. Owner Cindy Russell makes arguably the finest T-shirts and other clothing I have ever bought and worn. Her Tonga Dirt Shirts are famous here in Vallarta among the cruisers.
At the end of this blog is a video we produced this fall, parts of which are in the videos we showed the cruisers.
|Photography can be dangerous|
We watched some of the folks jump a little before sunset. A second group never got jump - it just got too dark.
But just as the last few jumpers were coming down, one of them collided with a photographer on staff with the group. He took his bloodied head in stride, even grinning for Adm. Fox's camera as he left the landing site.
Below is a video of that crash.
Here's a trailer for Regatta Vava'u IV - the movie...