We said a sad farewell to Huahine and set sail for the 120 mile passage to Tahiti, which unfortunately was directly into the wind. We were determined to enjoy our last sail and the seas were fine and the wind moderate to light so it was an easy and enjoyable passage. Felix did his usual trick of building a den and Hugo built Lego while listening enraptured to another audio book. Everyone was quickly back into sea-mode life.
We sailed through the night and arrived in Tahiti at dawn, sailing past Morea in the moonlight on the way.
As we sailed into the marina at Papeete we saw friends and yachts from our trip and by the time we got to a free slip there were plenty of friendly faces all ready to take a line and welcome us in. It was a great way to end an adventure greeting friends and families we hadn’t seen for months. As soon as we moored up the kids were off clambering on their friends boats as if it were yesterday that they’d all seen each other and not the 1 year or 6 months respectively!
Time now to catch up, enjoy a city, clean and sort the boat for shipping and celebrate our 15,000 nautical miles sailed across the oceans from Lymington on the English south coast to Tahiti in the south Pacific.