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I en­joyed the re­cent ar­ti­cle by Lies­bet Col­laert “The Spell of Maupiti” (July 2017). On the first page, it states, “Ber­nadette Bren­nan might well have been the first per­son ever to write a sail­ing ar­ti­cle about this mys­te­ri­ous and laid-back gem.” In fact, there is a de­light­ful

book called Tahiti, Voy­age through Par­adise: The Story of a Small Boat Pas­sage through the So­ci­ety Is­lands, by George T. Eg­gle­ston, pub­lished in 1953. I have al­ways as­sumed that the cruise it­self took place in the early years fol­low­ing World War II. Each chap­ter is de­voted to one of the So­ci­ety Is­lands. Chap­ter 6 is about Maupiti. It’s the kind of book that kin­dles dreams in most cruis­ing sailors.

Christo­pher Way via email

Maupiti’s lovely la­goon and friendly peo­ple are a wel­come respite for sailors cruis­ing the South Pa­cific. Some end up stay­ing for weeks or longer.

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