A sailing festival in the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia was the original idea of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta, created in 2004 by a group of friends.

Deal. Over the years, the “TPR”, as the sailors call it, has become the most beautifun regatta of the Pacific island, and has risen to the rank of international nautical event. It attracts international crews each year in search of an extraordinary experience.

An itinerante regatta

In a warm and authentic atmosphere, the “TPR” takes place with the sound of Polynesian percussions with offshore stages in the South Pacific, or in lagoons with captivating colors, and festive stops on the islands or motu (islets along the coral reef). A real invitation to share the taste of life and the sense of the Polynesian feast.

The itinerary changes each year, and allows to discover the islands of Raiatea (the sacred island, which is also the Island of Sailing) and Tahaa that share the same lagoon, and Bora Bora or Huahine alternately, one year on the other.

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A festive regatta

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta proudly claims its festive dimension to the program: a race village, a nautical parade, tournaments between crews on the beach, traditional dance performances and fire jugglers, dancing and costumed parties on the beach or the motu…. Sharing, conviviality and meeting are the values that serve as the thread of the TPR’s festive program every year.

Open to everyone and to every boat

The TPR is open to all kind of sailing boats (single hulls, catamarans, trimarans, private boats, charters on transpacific stopovers, team or racing boats, etc.) without size limitation, ruled by the WS racing rules. This special format allows participation both passionate sailors that novice sailors in the world of competitive sailing.

The participants can register in one of the following racing category: “Single Hull Racing” (race division 1 or 2) or “Multi Hulls Racing” and concerns boats having a gauge certificate, “Cruising” for the ones not having a gauge certificate, “Corporate Challenge” for companies and sponsored crews. Within each category (TPR racing or corporate challenge), registered boats will score in compensated time, those in the cruising category will be score from their real time.

A sporty regatta with optimal conditions


A trophy will be awarded to the best crews in each category. In addition, a category is designated each year to compete for the TPR Grand Prix. The winner of this category will have the chance to be invited to sail to Les Voiles de St Tropez in September 2017, as part of the partnership linking our two regattas for 8 years with the support of Air Tahiti Nui, the Société Nautique of St Tropez and Tahiti Tourism.

“Originally from the Fenua, I know the magic power of our islands, our bewitched and bewitching lagoons, the steady wind and all the Polynesian gods who accompany us. It is in this unique setting that an interest in sailing and in sport challenges were transmitted to me.

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta manages year after year to bring together local crews, but also crews from all over the Pacific, North America, Europe, etc. With such an event, the sharing and discovery, crew cohesion, fun and competition are the key words.”

Billy Besson, 2016 ambassador

Four times Nacra 17 World Champion