Postcard from Holly: Sailing Reunion with Mom and Dad in Tahiti

Postcard from Holly: Sailing Reunion with Mom and Dad in Tahiti


Holly Martin, 29, is sailing around the world in her 27-foot-long Grinde sailboat, which she christened the SV Gecko. She left Maine in the fall of 2019, from Round Pond Harbor on the Pemaquid Peninsula. Holly sent this “postcard” by satellite from the South Pacific, to the readers of Maine Women Magazine.  

It’s been a while since I saw my folks, so I’m really excited that they landed in Papeete, Tahiti last month. They have British friends who needed their 43-foot Hans Christian sailboat looked after for a month, so they volunteered. I’ll be sailing the 300 miles to get there and cruise with them!  

We plan to meet in Rainbow Bay on Tahiti Iti. It’s all so exciting — I can hardly believe my mom and dad finally made it here! 

I heard from them shortly after their first night on the boat. It was in a marina, but they planned to move out to a more secluded anchorage after stocking up on provisions. We are all looking forward to spending a whole month cruising the Society Islands (which are the Tahitian Islands) together. 

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