Greg Martin is the owner and head instructor of Sail Hawaii. Captain Greg has been sailing since he was a kid growing up in San Diego and he further refined his sailing skills at the US Naval Academy. After the Navy, he became a middle school math and science teacher in Okinawa and it was only natural that his passion for sailing and teaching would come together when he first started teaching ASA courses in Japan with Yoh Aoki. In 2013 Captain Greg bought his Pearson Alberg 35 “Gemini” in California, intending to sail back to Japan, but stopped in Hawaii along the way and fell in love with the Aloha life.
Our Featured American Sailing Association Instructor: Greg Martin
Greg Martin: Sail Hawaii’s week-long “cruise and learn” Pacific Offshore Challenge program takes us all around the Hawaiian islands from our home island of Oahu with visits to harbors and anchorages in Molokai, Lanai, and Maui. On a recent trip, we had particularly perfect weather… and a drone! We were able to take some amazing drone video of some of our favorite anchorages and on the return leg, we took an unusual detour to the north shore of Molokai. We were able to take drone video while flying the spinnaker for the first time on Gemini with the breathtaking north shore of Molokai as a backdrop. Check out the video here!
Greg Martin: Sailing is an activity that is accessible and should appeal to everyone! There’s a misconception that sailing is only for certain kinds of people or that it’s hard to learn. In fact, I think we are all born with an instinct to sail. The universe is all about energy and the wind that is around us all is a type of energy that we are all familiar with. If we listen to and trust our instincts, we can feel this wind energy and we all naturally want to go with the flow (or against the flow if you feel it and want to go there). Sailing is a way to put us all back in touch with the natural rhythm of life.
There are so many ways to get into sailing and you don’t have to have lots of money, fit a particular demographic or even live by the water! People of all walks of life sail on oceans, lakes, ponds- even on land! Flying in the air is also a form of sailing, so whether we realize it or not, we are all sailors!
Learn more about Sail Hawaii and Greg at his website Sail-Hawaii.com.
Greg Martin Teaches at Sail Hawaii on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.